This is part of what set it off for me. About 7 months ago I got light headed out of no where when working on a helicopter at work. No reason for it what so ever. I blew it off untill I saw my ankylosing spondylitis doctor. They werent overly concerned about it but wanted an ekg done. I didn't get the EKG done for quite sometime. When I did get the EKG done it came up abnormal. This scared the crap out of me even though I was told I as fine.
I then lost somebody to an accident about 4 months ago and then I lost my grandfather inlaw to heart complicated surgery about a month after loosing my friend.
I have ankylosing spondylitis and have had it for years. I have always been somewhat of an anxious person, but never had I lost it. One day I was in the waiting room to see my AS doctor and for some reason I was quite uncomfortable with those around me. I was there to discuss the ekg results and I started having horrible panic attacks in the waiting room, thought I was having a heart attack and passing out.
I was there for three hours freaking out. We did 4 more ekgs on the spot and they were all fine.
Long story even longer, I have never been the same since. I ended up in the ER a few days later after some panic attacks thinking I was having a heart attack. Did another EKG and it was fine. Also did chest X rays and blood work and it was fine.
I have since had countless tests done saying I am fine(MRI, 24hr halter, echo).
It don't matter though I still get occasional chest pains and anxiety and sometime panic attacks.
Been on Xanax XR for a while now which helps a ton. I still go through bad bouts of anxiety and have not been back to my AS doctor since the flip out lol. I need to go back.
I also do believe that some of my chest pain is from some kind of gastro problem as it can be bad depending on what I eat or maybe even a side effect of the xanax.
anywasy I know I can beat this and I hope to soon.
I love this place as it helps to vent.
Sorry for the long jumbled up post.
Also still using the at home CBT.