Chest Discomfort, Nausea, Lightheadness, racing heartbeat- is this what I think?
Hi. I am a 21 year old woman who does not smoke, drink or do anything of that sort. Of course I am overweight... but the only factor I`ve had is high cholesterol. Today, I received a shock that I thought was a heart attack. Around 2pm today I was playing a video game and had just beaten a level. Suddenly the pain came on and I didn`t know what to do. It was so sudden and I felt like I was going to die. I went to the hospital and they checked me out declaring that nothing was wrong. Right now I feel like I`m going to vomit and the pain is still there. I`m on an antidepressant. Does that mean it`s not working? Can anyone provide me with advice?
those are also common symptoms of an anxiety attack. If you where checked out thoroughly and not found to be having a cardiac issue, try and trust that rather than become fixated on it. Sometimes anti-depressants take awhile to kick in, dont give up!
Your concerns are certainly worth another consultation with your family practice physician and perhaps your pharmacist. If heart has been ruled out could the medication be a contributing factor? Is depression a correct diagnosis, or might your symptoms be due instead to an anxiety disorder? Hard questions, but perhaps they need to be asked.
Do you have any other symptoms? Fever, dizziness, hiccups, weakness, fatigue. You should see your primary care dr for an EKG. He/she can listen to your heart to see if they hear any rubbing or if it sounds normal. It could be anxiety, a pulled muscle from the video game, the wrong antidepressant dose or wrong antidepressant all together, or it could be nothing at all, just a viral infection. Unfortunately, these days, ED is not the best place to have it all checked out, a primary care dr. or clinic is. Good luck.
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