I’m 24 years old, I've been experiencing some scary stuff recently and was hoping someone could help, or at least relate. Would be nice to know I'm not alone in this:
About threes weeks ago I started to experience extreme exhaustion, shortness of breath and nausea. Nothing too severe. I could usually shake it off. But then I felt "weird" for a days until one night I started having nausea and chest pains. I immediately got anxious and went to the hospital, they gave me an ECG, nothing showed. Told me it was indigestion.
Since then, however, the chest pains intensified, radiated under my left arm, to my left back, arm and leg. The nausea increased and was accompanied by morning diarrhea (which I’m not worried about since I had IBS before this started, although the frequency of it is concerning). My resting heart rate is now 100 on average, with a heavy pulse, and makes it hard to relax. I did go back to the hospital once when the chest pains intensified, but again, nothing turned up. They gave me numerous ECG’s while the pains were present and tested my blood sugar and cardio enzymes. Nothing out of the ordinary.
But now, I feel a “rushing” sensation in my limbs, experience occasional twitching in random parts of my body, and my head feels strange - not dizzy, but more like a light depersonalization. I find it hard to concentrate. The nausea is near constant, making it hard to find an appetite unless I’m starving, and sleeping is a bit of a chore as my nights are restless and I only seem to average about 5 hours of sleep. I need lorazepam to help me sleep most times. (I tried kicking it for 48 hours to see if it was the cause of my depersonalization, but no luck).
Obviously, the doctors are saying I’m suffering from anxiety - and for certain I do sometimes feel a causeless rise in my anxiety levels almost everyday. But at the risk of sounding like a hypochondriac, I can’t help but wonder if I should be pursuing other avenues as to a cause? I’m supposedly getting set up with an appointment with an internist, but should I speak to a cardiologist as well about my high resting heart rate? Or can anxiety be the cause of that too? My thoughts are going in circles.
As a bit of history, I should probably add that a week before this began, I stopped smoking marijuana. I smoked it, on average, about twice a day since last winter, but decided I wanted healthy lungs. I also developed a bad habit of drinking a large energy drink every work day to combat some fatigue I’ve been experiencing for a long time now. I used to sometimes use the weed to bring me down from the “energy” high. But its been four weeks since I stopped smoking and my caffeine has been sparse since this all started.
Any advice would help at this point. This is really freaking me out.
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