About 3 months ago I woke up in the middle of the night. I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I go downstairs and started playing online pool of course after having a cigarette. (Note: I have been smoking since 15 and I am 35). So after that and playing online pool (yahoo) my left arm really started hurting. Next I felt like I had a tooth ache. I endured the pain for about 15 minutes, next it hurt so bad and felt numb at the same time. The worst pain ever. I broke out in a cold sweat and had to have my wife rub my arm for almost a half hour before it stopped.
I have a stressful job (home loan officer and I close nearly 15 loans a month). My wife and I were already seriously considering divorce and she already hired an attorney. I am 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 230lbs and eat very unhealthy (junk food and a ton of meat, never a day without a steak) and consumed enough caffeine daily to keep 50 kids up all night long but in the evenings, I would have alcoholic drinks 75% of the time.
I did go see a doctor who indicated I have low good cholesterol (23) and high bad cholesterol (225). In addition to that I have minor high blood pressure. He told me basically I am not going to continue in this world for very long unless I make drastic changes. I did an EKG after another episode of my arm hurting and going numb. Results came back Negative. No evidence of a heart attaché. He indicated I am having anxiety attacks. I started taking Centrex and quit smoking for almost 2 months. I ran out of the drug and did not refill my subscription. Soon after again I went back to smoking which I am currently still doing and I just restarted my meds again this week. In the meantime I went down to 1 cup of coffee a day and a soda every other day. I started eating better and for over a month I never had another episode until yesterday. I am back to my bad ways again and I know I learn the hard way. I’ve been to school of hard knocks many of times. My wife and I were working out our relationship which hopefully it will work out. I guess I am just worried that my doc says this is anxiety and it is nothing else related. Has anyone been down this road? Any great advice?
Thank you – TooYoung4This!