So I’m having the worst couple of days of my life right now. It started yesterday when driving home from work. I suddenly felt light headed, tunnel visioned, felt short of breath, and felt like I was passing out. Basically, I thought I was having a heart attack.
It passed within a few moments, but scared me enough that I went to the doctor. It happened again there, lasting even longer. It’s the worse feeling in the world. you feel like you’re having a heart attack and you’re going to die, any moment it’s lights out. I think about my young son, and how he’s going to grow up without remembering his daddy. This of course turns into a feedback loop. I worry about having an other attack, I worry about my family, I get an attack.
The doctor said it was probably a panic attack. My blood pressure was high, but the EKG came back normal. She prescribed Xanax and told me she would call and check up on me the next day. Also mentioned we’d discuss possible psychiatric help.
Well, I couldn’t fill the prescription as everything nearby was closed, so I went home. Well, things continued to get worse during the evening, and eventually It go so bad last night I collapsed on the floor and had my wife call 911. I figured it was a heart attack for sure.
The ambulance guys ALSO said it was a panic attack, elevated blood pressure too asked if I wanted to go to the hospital and I said hell yes. Another EKG later which was normal, and again I’m told it’s a panic attack, and they game me Xanax. I felt better, but at home, the symptoms returned a few time,s though not as bad as before. Eventually fell to sleep.
So far today I’ve had another scary episode, even after taking Xanax again.
I’m totally scared. It’s a terrifying experience that I’m now dreading every moment, which I’m guessing only helps trigger it more. I’m in constant fear of another attack.
I don’t know what to do. Moreover I’m concerned it’s some other physiological issue, that it’s not “just” a panic attack. That there’s something wrong with my heart (I do have var high bad cholesterol) or even my head (I’ve been suffering from some terrible, debilitating migraines, sometimes as often as twice a week). And the thing is now everyone just keeps saying it could only be a panic attack.
Would an EKG definitively rule out a possible heart issue? Is there anything you guys would recommend I ask my doctor? I’m thinking about asking for a referral for a stress test, maybe getting a cat scan of my head. And asking for a new round of cholesterol lowering pills.
If these are panic attacks, then these concerns are probably only making things worse. I have also been suffering from tremendous stress at work. I’m even thinking of quitting or taking an extended leave, even if that means they’ll fire me, cause they’re going to have to find another developer to finish he current projects. ANYTHING not to feel the way I’m feeling now - then again losing my job is probably not going to help me.
I have so many questions and worries. I suffer from social anxiety that I’ve never really done anything about. I was doing a presentation a few weeks ago at work and there were at least two moment when I almost passed out. I was sweating, had trouble getting my thoughts out, I don’t know if that could be related too.
I would appreciate any advice you might have about my situation. Have you suffered from something similar? How did you work through these panic attacks? Did you have something diagnosed as panic attacks but turned out to be something else?