So I moved to another country a 18 months ago, I was 19 years old, im now 20. I now live on my own and I really miss my family and my life style. I had always been healthy, I ran for 4 years straight daily before moving to the new country I currently live in. (I moved from Chicago to Mexico City)
The past 4 months have been tough on me. But recently things have gotten worst. I tend to have this crazy and anxiety to the point that it goes away until im home since its the only place I feel safe. I became hypochondriac and I hate it because I know I dont have anything yet I get these symptoms that feel so real!
For the past 2 weeks I get kinda scared because I feel this spasm in my chest as if blood from my heart dropped or something. It lasts 1-2 seconds and during that second I kinda dont breath. I check my heart beat and it seems its fine. What I hate about my anxiety is that now I get a lot of pinch feeling in my chest and heart area, I get dizzy sometimes and Im scared of getting a heart attack. I also noticed that I cause my heart to beat faster and then I start focusing on the heart beats and end up having an anxiety or panic attack
I still dont know how I suddenly got all of these crazy ideas. When I was in Chicago I never had this problem. I did get a little bit of anxiety with girls but that didnt stop me from being a flirt. But now my anxiety is scary because im afraid it will stop me from doing my activities. I dont take any medication because I dont want to depend on drugs. Ill start taking yoga soon and maybe go to a psychologist.
Is my anxiety occurring maybe because I feel lonely? I sometimes dont accept this but yesterday I had the flu and broke down. I hope someone can tell me something to make me feel better. This problem is draining my life and energy.
First and foremost, let's clarify a few things about a heart attack.
The chance of someone having a myocardial infarction at your age is essentially zero, unless you have had high cholesterol since you were an infant, and were or are excessively overweight and had untreated hypertension. A myocardial infarction is where your supply of oxygen-rich blood is cut off to the myocardium (the heart muscle) and because of this, if not treated promptly, can cause part of the heart muscle cells to die off. A heart attack in a way I guess, is basically the extreme of cardiac ischemia, which is lack of oxygen getting to your heart cells.
This is caused from a long time of chronically high cholesterol levels and other blood lipids (dyslipidemia) that get too high which end up depositing more and more plaque, very, very slowly over many, many years. If you were sedentarty, overweight, smoked daily and drank for thirty years, then yes you would probably have a valid concern about a heart attack. However, you are not. You're only twenty, you are active or were, but since you ran so much its pretty much a certainty you are not by any means overweight. And if you don't smoke and eat healthy, you have absolutely no reason to worry and probably never will if you take care of yourself.
The symptoms you are feeling in your chest, I can pretty much guarantee is from anxiety, its somatic anxiety - the feelings you are having are causing you the anxiety, and in turn you are now anxious about the feelings possibly thinking they are dangerous or an indicator of something organic. Also, the anxiety causes uncomfortable feelings that make you worry, and naturally, you worry about them and the symptoms get worse and it runs in a cycle. If you want to put your mind at ease, I recommend you do two things: The first is to read up on anxiety, you will be doing yourself a favor. Read up about the heart, learn some basic cardiology so you know about some of it. The second thing to do if you can, is to go see a general physician and talk to him or her about your concerns and if anything, they can give you a typical auscultation and maybe an EKG. That ought to put your worries to ease once and for all.
Now what you could be feeling, is a palpitation. A palpitation is nothing to worry over, they are completely normal and can happen to everyone. Sometimes people notice theirs, and some do not. A palpitation can be felt as a flutter, a thump, thud, double beat, a skip, a throb, or sometimes just an awareness of your hearbeat.
To deal with your anxiety, you need to just chill - just chill out and relax, make relaxation a sort of practice, keep yourself calm and you will train yourself out of being anxious. It takes time and persistence to do so, but it works. It would be advisable though to talk with a counselour or psychiatrist as well and see what they can do to help you.
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