I'm suffering from various symptoms since 28th December 2008 (Strong heartbeat, Stomach Cramps (no pain), Complete lethargy, Poor Sleep (avg 5-6 hours), breathing irregularities (increased sighing/yawning), occasional brain fog, constant tension in shoulders, occasional mild (dull and sharp) pains in lower abdomen (under heart) which seem to be affected by taking a deeper breath.
In recent years an overload of work-related stress, and did 0 exercise to balance. My stomach was constantly getting larger though I'm a slim person. In the last week or so before I got my real problems my stomach was feeling over-full all the time (seemingly bloated) ... and about 4 days long I kept waking up at about 4:30 AM with an unusually strong-beating heart, and a feeling I needed to sigh.
On the 5th day nearly all the problems I mentioned in the beginning of this post were present, also in the daytime, so I got a bit of panic attack (which is not 100% new to me in my life), and called emergency. They calmed me down and I drove to them myself. about 15 years ago I feared some problems with my heart and had EVERYTHING checked, so this time I only had them do the normal checks, no problems in the blood and normal EKG. What concerns me sometimes is that my Father had a heart attack (at least he was 70 years old though, but with my stress level it concerns I could get one earlier than him).
I have a feeling I might only have experienced a BURN-OUT, since in the first 2 weeks I could hardly do ANYTHING without MAJOR STRESS/FATIGUE (and many of the above mentioned symptoms), but now I can do most activities ... although I have only been back to work sporadically, cause my tension there is still way too high to be effective/useful (it has now been nearly 5 weeks).
Any ideas/comments? Thank you.