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I am 34 years old and have been battling health issues for over 15 years.

Obesity (5'2", 220 lbs., down from a high of 278 last year)
High Triglycerides (208, down from 400)
High Cholesterol (174, down from 238 - LDL 101 ok, HDL 38 way too low)
HBP average of 135/88, up from 128/80
Type 2 Diabetes (avg fasting glucose is 110, 2-hr post-meal 150 or less, last A1c was 6.3)
Uterine Cancer (one-year in remission YEAH!)
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Ovary and Lymph Node removal
Slight Incontinence
Muscle Spasms in Pelvic/Rectal/Vaginal Area
Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Obsessed/Convinced my Cardiovascular System is Irrepairably Damaged
Scared Sh**less of Dying Young

I am a mother of one teenage boy and happily married. I work full-time at a sometime stressful job.

I currently take Atenolol for BP; Paxil for anxiety/depression; Detrol for bladder spasms; baby aspirin for my heart; Cinnamon capsules for glucose control; Calcium Supplement; Multi-Vitamin.

I have changed my diet to a low-carb, whole-grain, low-sugar diet. I have lost over 50 pounds in the last year and have 100 more to go. My cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels have improved with weight loss, but my blood pressure is going up instead of down.

I am completely scared out of my mind that I am a walking time bomb for a heart attack or stroke in my 30's, to the point of worrying myself so much that I am not sure which sickness is real and which is from worrying.

I have currently been suffering from waves of nausea, intermittent slight chest pain, a lot of upper back pain, and lightheadedness.

I have had these symptoms before, a few years ago I wore a Holter monitor, had an EKG, had an echocardiogram and was told everything was fine. I have asked my doctor about doing some type of test so that I can know for sure if I have already got clogged arteries or heart failure, etc. All he said was, "None of those tests will tell me anything that I don't already know; you are at high risk for heart problems." Another doctor told me, "We could do all the most expensive heart tests in the world and give you a clean bill of health and you could walk outside and drop dead of a heart attack."

I have friends who are also obese and they are healthy! Good blood pressure, good glucose levels, good lipids . . . sometimes I feel like I am all alone!

I have been trying to walk on a treadmill a little bit and walk my dog; now that I have changed my diet, I want to add some exercise. But, I will get lightheaded and then I get scared. So, now I am afraid NOT to exercise (cause my heart needs it) and I am afraid TO exercise (cause I might have a heart attack). I am even too afraid of having sex with my husband!

I just had to leave a cancer walk that I was going to do because after the first lap I started to feel really lightheaded and nauseaous. I got a very upset stomach with diahrrea. I feel like I am "inside" my own body looking out. I am soooo tired all the time, no matter how much I sleep. And now this dizziness; it is like "buzzing" after having a couple of beers, only I don't drink! (I know how it feels though, cause I had my fun in college!)

Also, I am so obsessed about my heart. I am so scared about any pains in my chest, etc. I take my pulse (as if that will tell me anything) and pray and pray all the time not to let me die too young . . . and the doctors just brush me off and say the lightheadedness could be my sinuses; but I have no plugged up nose, or runny yellow stuff . . . only a slight headache sometimes behind my nose and eyes. (I have been treated for several sinus infections in the past, too.)

Is there anyone out there who can relate? Who has any advice? Or am I just a freak?!