Hi, I'm wondering if any can chime in about symptoms I've been feeling last couple weeks, especially last few days.
I have had an issue with being woken in the night with heart palpitations (pounding not racing, pulse is usually 80-100bpm), and sometimes a flushing feeling in my stomach for more than a year or two. This is usually accompanied by a dream where I am exerting myself (chasing someone, being chased, etc.). I have constant stomach issues and pain that also wake me up. So sleep is not great. I know this is may be anxiety related.
But a couple weeks ago I awoke with a very sharp pain on the left side of my chest and a little under my left arm. Didn't go away for more than 30min. I was sleeping on left side. Since then, this has subsided a bit, and I avoid sleeping on left side. I've continued to feel a bit of discomfort at times (more pressure than pain) under my left armpit.
And a coupe days ago, I was sitting talking to someone in the evening when I suddenly became very dizzy and lightheaded. I had a bit of difficulty focusing my thoughts as well, but possibly due to wondering what was happening. Eventually went home. Just took it easy, as I felt generally pretty weak. But I have no symptoms of sickness.
Then, this morning at 5am, I was awakened by a very intense 'attack'. It didn't seem to be associated with a typical dream. My heart was pounding very heavily, and this time I felt a flushing or heat flash over the left side of my face for a few minutes. This has NEVER happened before. I just sat in bed and completely focused on being calm and peaceful. After a while, it died down a bit but never fully went away. And I had to remain on my back, not my sides, or things would get worse.
Today there is still a bit of pressure or heart palpitations on the left side of my chest, and there is also a bit of pressure under my left armpit. I have no numbness or tingling in arm/face, though. And I've never experienced 'shortness of breath' (I can take deep breaths during these episodes). Just feel pretty weak and 'out-of-it' overall.
- Thoughts anyone???
- Are these symptoms of panic attack, or possibly something worse?
I have never taken any meds for anxiety, nor have I seen a doctor about any of this. Unfortunately, I don't have insurance and just started the application for it last night. So I would love to wait a few weeks til that kicks in, but don't want to take any chances if this might be something more severe?
- If I did need to get it checked out, is there a way that is less severe or expensive than ER visit (i.e., urgent care facility, regular visit with cardio doctor, or maybe a physical with emphasis on heart)??? Really don't want to ruin my chances of health insurance coverage if at all possible.