I am a 21 yr old woman, and I'm starting to be worried about a few problems I have and I'm wondering what to do and if they are all related. Seeing doctors is not easy because of my "healthy age" and because I have other immediate health issues that take precedence (kidney stones). I have a history of a bit of anxiety following a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder. I was also diagnosed with insomnia at that time (last year) and was given trazodone to help regulate my sleeping patterns. I was concerned about the effects it may have on my heart, since almost every family member has a heart illness. (My mother had a serious heart attack and a double bipass at the age of 36, and her twin had the same when she was 35...but had to endure two open heart surgeries. Their illness is a very rare one...only 6 persons in north america have ever survived it, and my mother and aunt are two of those people. Since it is so rare and the causes are unknown, I can't have tests done.)
Not long after starting the medication, I developped sleep apnea. I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air, as if my body stops realising it needs to breathe. I study psychology and sleep illnesses, and I believe this is called central sleep apnea. It's very frightening, and even prevented me from wanted to sleep, in fear of not waking up. A year has passed, and I've been able to restore my sleep and stopped taking the trazodone within a month or two because of the effects. Since then, every once in a while I've noticed a very irregular and racing heart rate, especially at night when I'm lying down in bed. This is worse if I've had a glass or two of red wine. I also have problems with physical activity...I used to be a runner, and now I find myself unable to run because I feel that my heart is racing too fast and too quickly, and I feel very faint. Because of this, I've been tending to avoid too much physical activity, which is not good for heart health in the long run.
I am also very concerned because I have a serious food allergy to nuts and peanuts, and in the last two years I've had many reactions (one needing injections of epinephrine, which caused my heart rate to race over 140). Will this be an issue in the future if I have heart disease? What are the risks?