Hey everyone. My issues with anxiety started a little more than three years ago. I can honestly say that I didn't see it coming. I went to the hospital twice concerned about having a heart attack. I have actually gone back to the hospital because of the same concern recently. I was referred to a Cardiologist who informed me after a treadmill stress test and an echocardiogram that I have less than a 1% of having a heart related incident. He also said that a blood test ran in the ER showed no signs of clotting in my body.
To get to the point, my anxiety has recently caused many unfamiliar feelings. The symptoms ranged from a quivering heart, tightness in my chest, pain in my left armpit, and soreness in my left pectoral muscle. Has anyone else experienced this or from a medical doctor's perspective, is this normal?
I have recently been put on the medicine Bupropion 150mg twice a day. I am also taking Verapamil for high blood pressure. Out of curiosity, is this a good combination and has anyone else taken either of these medications? What was the outcome? I realize that everyone will have a different outcome as we are all different. I am looking for advice so that I can better understand this craziness.
When I started going to the VA, they assigned me a counselor who is a nurse practitioner who also counsels veterans. While I know I have stress in my life because I am a father, husband, student and employee of the federal government. My main concern is my overall health. As I stated in previous posts, I have never had issues like this. I try and not think of the bad things that happened in my life while in the Army and if I do, I use it as fuel to be a better person.
I do speak with the counselor on somewhat of a regular basis, at least once a month. I truly just want to go back to the way I was before the Army. My body is just acting crazy. Today I had a random spell. I felt a pulsating on the side of my head which made my body feel almost numb and made my face feel numb. This type of thing is what has sent me to the hospital before but I have been told that anxiety can do this and that is what have caused it. I have had MRIs, catscans, blood tests, EEGs and now an electrocardiogram. Everything checks out. I just want to be normal again!!
Is it still your recommendation that I see a psychologist?View Thread
I can definitely relate to your social anxiety. When this first happened to me three years ago, it hit me so hard that I almost passed out in the grocery store with my wife. I seriously turned pale white and about fainted in the checkout. This whole thing has definitely made me a mild hypochondriac. I am going to my primary care doctor this week and hope to get more answers. I desperately want to get in the gym and lose some of this extra weight but now I'm just convinced there must be something off in my body. This whole thing has just thrown a wrench in everything!View Thread
I became concerned with my heart because of the quivering I experienced. The first time this happened I didn't experience anything crazy with my heart. I agree with you that I would much rather have stomach pain or any other type of pain than have my heart act crazy. What is funny about this whole anxiety thing is that I have experienced things much worse overseas and I finally get home and I feel like all hell has broke loose.View Thread