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Old 09-12-12, 07:02 AM   #1
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Hi all, first post here so I'll introduce myself first. I'm Dan, 21 (nearly 22) and pretty healthy, not got a terrible life compared to some but I suppose anxiety effects everyone differently.

So this thread is mainly going to be about something I was up to now terrified about, although now I am just frustrated by it.

About 6 months ago (the week before my exams) I had an anxiety attack. It was horrible; fear of dying, sweating, shaking, panicking and the chest pains were making it worse. I would later find out it was the adrenaline not my heart that was causing most of the fuss. Nevertheless, I felt very uncomfortable fearing a heart attack for the next 2 weeks before (after my exams) it subsided.

3 months later I was drinking one night, everything was fine until the morning after when I forced myself up and had a coffee on an empty stomach. I ended up in hospital that day because my heart was going crazy. I had 2 ECG scans, a blood test and several blood pressure tests. Everything seemed fine. Doctor said it was caffeine on an empty stomach, and my previous experience meant it would be easier for my heart to feel like this in the future.

This weekend was the third occurance now. Nothing more than alcohol related, and I had another panic attack. I have been to the doctors, and I am having a blood test tomorrow to look at my thyroid etc. The doctor didn't really seem helpful other than "It IS anxiety though".

Personally though, I am sat here with what feels like a tight chest, feeling weak and extremely distracted. I went outside today (it felt cold) and my heart began to flutter, I would feel really weak like I wanted to sit down and that has had no cue from anxiety.

I no longer believe I am going to have a heart attack (unless I keep worrying) but these chest pains are so distracting and worrying. I know the bloods will end up coming back fine, and I want to go on medication but the doctor outright refused me. I didn't even know they could, which has bothered me a bit. Even if they don't work, mentally I will believe they have.

Has anybody else had any experience of this? I'm sure I will survive for years but I am sat here shaking trying to type for no damn reason and it is very difficult to live normally under these circumstances.

Honestly I'd rather just have the heart attack and die than have this incurable thing.
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Old 09-12-12, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hey there Dan,

First just want to make sure you are aware of this. Most places, you can ask for a second opinion from another doctor. Also ask to see a different doctor completely. So if this has been the same one, I would recommend that.

Anxiety sucks. But it is manageable. You need to ident the triggers. Like caffeine. For me personally, greasy foods can cause anxiety. So even watch the things you eat. Also, look at what helps when you are getting it. Cold can do amazing things-ice, cold drink, cold shower.

Also it may be beneficial to see a psychologist and or a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist would be able to help you get anxiety medication. And going to therapy could help identify what is causing your anxiety and aid you in over coming it.
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I'm definitely interested in seeing a psychiatrist this time. It is less now about establishing I have a problem but more the stage of addressing and overcoming it so I believe I will have much more patience with them.

I am starting to question certain foods. I have 3 protein/carb shakes a day as part of my nutrition diet for the gym. I am becoming suspicious the shakes may be a trigger so I am trialling stopping them.

Funny you should say the cold, as today it was in-fact the cold weather that triggered it. The problem is it lasted all day.
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Yeah you should see what cutting those out does. Make sure you are remaining aware of your body. Maybe try warm instead of cold? Knocking out some push ups could help with it too. Or make it worse. May be worth a shot.
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