21 yr old, heart condition?
Hi there, I'm a 21 year old male from Scotland
Have always been moderately active (last year was cycling over 50 miles a week to work) and apart from that generally run/walk wherever im going (dont drive)
I for smoked for roughly 5 years up untill a few months ago.
I spent about 10 weeks in hospital this year, due to a knee injury, during which time I was very inactive and eating alot of very unhealthy food.
I was starting to experience anxiety whilst in the hospital, feeling short of breath, off balance, etc, and when I left the hospital this anxiety seemed to go full blown.
I ended up back in hospital, as the knee flared back up, and they recommended me for blood tests etc as they could see I wasnt in the best state. I explained to them my symptoms, which included
Loss of balance
Tired all the time
Unable to sleep properly
Not being able to think straight
to mention a few.
So, the doctors took all of these blood tests, thyroid, blood sugar, liver, kidneys, blood count, inflammatory markers, and maybe one or two more, these all came back fine.
I had an X-Ray taken of my chest, and a CT scan of the brain, again, both came back absolutely fine.
I was recommended for psychiatry, who told me that (for some unknown reason to me) I was experiencing depression and anxiety. He gave me prozac.
My other symptoms were seeming to calm down, only because of the reassurance from all the tests and scans etc coming back fine, but I was still generally aware of my heart beating. It would race with very little effort, and never seemed to settle when resting.
I made the doctors aware of this, and they took an ECG of my heart, and again said it was completely normal. They also listened to my chest and lungs with a stethoscope and this too was fine.
Now I have left hospital, and besides having a few off days, I am feeling more or less fine. I have stopped taking prozac weeks ago, as I was never keen on it. I have decided to let these feelings of anxiety go, especially based on all of the reassurance from the doctors, but I cant shake my heartbeat. I can constantly feel it, it races with little effort, and I have palpitations. Im tired all the time, and get breathless.
Is this anxiety? Or worth getting checked out?
Any advice would be appreciated.