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Feeling very "off" and strange symptoms

Ok, so let me start by saying I apologize for the length of this post. Trying to make it short but have lots of details.

I have been going through a lot of stress lately, work, new job opportunity, house remodel, and I began the "75 Hard Challenge" about a month ago and that has been stressful as well. About a week ago I was in Home Depot and at the moment kinda stressed out then all of a sudden felt very dizzy/light headed/hard to catch me breath and as if I might pass out. This passed about 5 minutes later but felt very weird for a while. This happened again this past Sunday (again during a time of stress - had a lot to do that day). I ended up going to the ER. They did an EKG, chest X-ray and ran blood work to check my heart enzymes. All came back clear. They believe it is stress related anxiety attacks (although never had them before).

Well, now I feel very strange, dizzy occasionally still and feel my heart thumping at times. I have no "pain" just kind of like a "ball" is in my chest and feel off. Sometimes visual things will make me dizzy as well.

Things I've changed recently:

About 4 days before my first episode I stopped taking CBD oil supplements. I have heard sometimes this can cause anxiety to flare up following long term use. Don't know if that accounts for my ongoing weird feelings or dizziness.

I am almost 40 so because I am doing the "75 Hard Challenge" I was taking some OTC vitamins to help boost testosterone (not steroids). I was taking below the recommended dose and I stopped it once I began experiencing these issues (not sure if they are connected but stopped taking ALL supplements).

The Dr in the ER suggested I try "GABA" supplements for my stress, I later found out they can actually cause heart palpitations so I stopped using them about 3 days ago but still feel some heart thumping occasionally.

Do any medical professionals have any idea what this could be considering my EKG, heart enzymes and chest X-ray came back fine? Concerned here and not sure what or if anything is wrong. Maybe all stress?? Idk.
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I would try taking a good magnesium supplement. It worked for me. Magnesium is vital to assist our bodies stress response and preventing anxiety.  Most people are deficient in Magnesium.   Try taking a good absorbing form of it. Magnesium citrate or glycinate are the best absorbed types. Magnesium oxide is the least absorbed. Give it a try and you will probably see positive rests in less than a few days. Everyone I recommend it to has seen good results. More energy and more relaxed.
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Hello, I am so sorry you are experiencing these feelings, I have anxiety attacks as well and they are not fun. I think you are having stress related anxiety attacks, one of the things that helped me was taking a good, high potency Vitamin B supplement. Vitamin B is the "nerve" vitamin, and when stressed, your body depletes it faster than normal. Vitamin B is great for anxiety, it helps to support the adrenal glands which are the base for the fight or flight symptoms you are having.

Also, a good multi-mineral would benefit as well, make sure it has at least 1000 calcium and 500 magnesium, these are both anxiety fighters as well, plus good for your heart.

I noticed that you said that GABA made some of your issues worse, it did me as well so I stopped it immediately. I guess it is good for some folk, but certainly not for me.

I hope you feel better soon, anxiety is not fun.
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I should clarify: the 75 Hard Challenge consists of:
Working out twice a day for 45 mins each, drinking a gallon of water a day, sticking to a diet, reading 10 pages of a self improvement book, and no alcohol for 75 days.
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