Hi everyone! I'm so glad I found this site.
I've had Panic Disorder, GAD, etc. off and on for 20 years now. I went thru a 10 year period being relatively free of it all and now it's back with a vengence because of some recent health issues. about 2 weeks ago, I went to the ER for PVC's, tachycardia, and severe vertigo that come on out of the blue.
Everything came back ok except my lung x-ray. It came back saying "mild diffuse interstitial disease of unknown origin".
Of course I freaked out knowing that one of the ILD's is IPF, or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. When I pressed the doctor, he was pretty firm in telling me that it was NOT IPF, but most likely a viral infection because the markings were so minimul and I had not taken a deep breath before the x-ray was taken. I left and tried to live with it for the next 2 days until I had a full blown anxiety attack reading about ILD's on the internet and ended up back at the ER for another lung x-ray.
This time it came back saying, "Final impression: NO CARDIO/PULMONARY DISEASE". The ER doc told me not to worry about it and gave me some prednisone and doxycycline just in case I had alittle something starting. I never took the meds because I didn't feel like I had a chest cold and I have a real problem taking any meds. I spent the next week trying to convince myself that the first radiologist made an mistake, but as it goes with health anxieties, I keep worrying about it being the second one that got it wrong!
I've spent countless hours researching all the ILD's. I've even researched the statistics on malpractice due to radiologists errors!
I know that sounds crazy....
Anyway, I noticed Monday that every 15 mins. or so I have to take really deep breaths...almost like the breaths that one takes after crying real hard, and I'm scared to death again. I can't seem to relax my chest muscles and notice how "tight" I'm holding my upper torso from time to time.
This is my second night of no sleep. Everytime I do doze off I have a horrible nightmare and wake up short of breath, dizzy, feeling out of reality and have to really work on getting a grip before the full blown panic sets in. My cardio tried to reassure me that NO CARDIO/PULM Disease means just that, but, I can't stop thinking about the first x-ray and with this new breathing thing, I'm sitting on the edge again! I'm doing everything I can not to run down to the ER for yet another X-ray, but wonder if I should just to make sure that there's no ILD....best 2 out of 3?!
Please help me...do any of you ever get the breathing issues, and does Xanax help? My cardio gave me a few months supply of 1mgs. to take as needed...but then again, I'm scared to take those too!!
On a side note, I did make an appointment with a counselor next week.
Hope everyone is feeling well!