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char1243
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   Posted 7/28/2015 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
For a few months I have been having odd problems with my heart rate or maybe my lungs. Everyone says it's in my head and I'm being anxious, so I've avoided going to the doctor until I can get my finances together enough to get health insurance, since heart related tests seemed to run pretty expensive.

In May I quit my job to do freelance work. Since then I have been pretty stressed about money. Also I've realized that working was literally my only form of exercise. Seriously, I now spend about 95% of my day sitting/laying in one spot. I have a sleep schedule that is opposite what it should be- like go to bed at 5am and wake up at 2-3pm. It's awful.

about a month after I quit my job I started feeling like crap (pardon my language). I've had shortness of breath- not like gasping for air, but it just feels like my lungs don't get enough air during these attacks, I have no energy for anything, and sometimes short walks will have my heart rate rising. Also suddenly I've become more aware of my pulse and chest space. This used to only happen when I was laying down to go to bed, but now I notice it all through the day. It's usually not because it's irregular or anything, I just can't stop focusing on it! I've been told this is a symptom of both anxiety and arrhythmia.

I've been paranoid about my heart health, but I'm only 26 years old, non smoker, social drinker (ok maybe I've had some extra since I quit my job), mostly healthy eater, and as far as I know I don't have history of anyone in my family having heart problems at a young age. Is it more likely that all of these "symptoms" are because of low activity and moderate anxiety? Can low activity even affect someones health this much over just a few months?

I know I should get checked out by a doc, but I just absolutely can't afford it right now, and I don't want to rack up debt because I was just being paranoid.

Post Edited (char1243) : 7/29/2015 1:53:00 PM (GMT-6)


DanielleSchwartz
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   Posted 7/29/2015 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Char,

It sounds like you've got something similar to what I'm experiencing. I'm now a freelancer and I'm not so stressed about money, but I'm more stressed about meeting all of my deadlines.

I feel palpitations once and while, but I usually have a tight swollen feeling in my throat that causes me to not have enough air. It's almost like the muscles are too tense from worrying and stressing all day.

I think I've woken up due to not breathing and I'm worried that I'm developing sleep apnea. Sometimes I snore and that worries me. I don't smoke or drink, I eat well, I workout 5-6 times a week, but I must admit, it seems like I rarely see my friends or have fun anymore.

I tried yoga to help relax and open up the airways, but I still wake up feeling like someone is choking me. Have you felt that before? I'm trying to find snoring devices (here) or anti-snoring solutions to help establish more airflow. Do you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea and just aren't aware of it?

Post Edited (DanielleSchwartz) : 7/31/2015 9:18:03 AM (GMT-6)


char1243
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   Posted 7/29/2015 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
As far as other symptoms when sleeping- way back when this first started I would get really dizzy when I would go to bed like I wasn't getting oxygen to my brain because of restricted breathing and I would snap fully awake when I felt like I wasn't getting full breaths, but that doesn't happen anymore. I get chest pains sometimes on the right side, but I don't think it's heart related as it only seems to happen on humid days. Never felt like my throat was closing up, though. I remember doing some research on sleep apnea when this all started, but I don't think that's it because once I actually fell into a solid sleep I was fine- I would sleep through the night and feel fine when waking up.

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   Posted 7/29/2015 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
HI GUYS. i recommend a sleep study. without knowing why what etc of what was happening a sleep study showed a very severe obstructive sleep apnea and rem hyperventilation and sleep maintenance insomnia. it is very conclusive. lots of wires. you get a pony tail. keep well. healing thoughts. ps ticker works better when blood is more oxegenated. that word i can't spell.
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AnxietyJames
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   Posted 8/11/2015 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
char1243 said...
For a few months I have been having odd problems with my heart rate or maybe my lungs. Everyone says it's in my head and I'm being anxious, so I've avoided going to the doctor until I can get my finances together enough to get health insurance, since heart related tests seemed to run pretty expensive.

In May I quit my job to do freelance work. Since then I have been pretty stressed about money. Also I've realized that working was literally my only form of exercise. Seriously, I now spend about 95% of my day sitting/laying in one spot. I have a sleep schedule that is opposite what it should be- like go to bed at 5am and wake up at 2-3pm. It's awful.

about a month after I quit my job I started feeling like crap (pardon my language). I've had shortness of breath- not like gasping for air, but it just feels like my lungs don't get enough air during these attacks, I have no energy for anything, and sometimes short walks will have my heart rate rising. Also suddenly I've become more aware of my pulse and chest space. This used to only happen when I was laying down to go to bed, but now I notice it all through the day. It's usually not because it's irregular or anything, I just can't stop focusing on it! I've been told this is a symptom of both anxiety and arrhythmia.

I've been paranoid about my heart health, but I'm only 26 years old, non smoker, social drinker (ok maybe I've had some extra since I quit my job), mostly healthy eater, and as far as I know I don't have history of anyone in my family having heart problems at a young age. Is it more likely that all of these "symptoms" are because of low activity and moderate anxiety? Can low activity even affect someones health this much over just a few months?

I know I should get checked out by a doc, but I just absolutely can't afford it right now, and I don't want to rack up debt because I was just being paranoid.


Hey bud,

I thought I would chime in here because two things you mentioned I can relate to.

Firstly I am a programmer. I also have Aspergers and Anxiety. The anxiety is so bad that I find it hard to leave the house, and for the past year I've sat on my bed with my laptop programming. I also freelance too. It was comfortable for me and I felt happy so I carried on.

I too noticed I was getting out of breath doing silly things like walking up the big hill to the shop. That hill was never that bad. I also lost weight, I consumed too much cannabis to help with my anxiety. Things were pretty crappy. I'm only JUST getting out of this. I haven't left the house today, so might take dogs for a walk in a moment.

My sleeping pattern was shot too. Some days I'd sleep a few hours working on tricky programming challenges. I also ate very poor, if at all. I've never had a job since I was 21. I'm now 30 and have suffered anxiety and heart arrhythmia's since I was 18. They STILL plague my life.

I'm no doctor, but just sharing my own experience. I am slowly getting out of my hole. I'm in a financial mess at the moment, things are not well at home, etc. etc. But at 30 I can't continue this way otherwise I really will face problems in years to come.

Last night my 28 year old brother was admitted to hospital for having an abnormal ECG. He also complained of having shortness of breath, sweating, panic feelings etc. Turns out he has anxiety and is now on medications.

I'm in the UK though, so we have access to medical professionals at no cost. I'm not sure how it is in your country but it would be worth getting it checked out just to be safe.

Hope it all works out.

char1243
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   Posted 8/11/2015 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
AnxietyJames said...


Hey bud,

I thought I would chime in here because two things you mentioned I can relate to.

Firstly I am a programmer. I also have Aspergers and Anxiety. The anxiety is so bad that I find it hard to leave the house, and for the past year I've sat on my bed with my laptop programming. I also freelance too. It was comfortable for me and I felt happy so I carried on.

I too noticed I was getting out of breath doing silly things like walking up the big hill to the shop. That hill was never that bad. I also lost weight, I consumed too much cannabis to help with my anxiety. Things were pretty crappy. I'm only JUST getting out of this. I haven't left the house today, so might take dogs for a walk in a moment.

My sleeping pattern was shot too. Some days I'd sleep a few hours working on tricky programming challenges. I also ate very poor, if at all. I've never had a job since I was 21. I'm now 30 and have suffered anxiety and heart arrhythmia's since I was 18. They STILL plague my life.

I'm no doctor, but just sharing my own experience. I am slowly getting out of my hole. I'm in a financial mess at the moment, things are not well at home, etc. etc. But at 30 I can't continue this way otherwise I really will face problems in years to come.

Last night my 28 year old brother was admitted to hospital for having an abnormal ECG. He also complained of having shortness of breath, sweating, panic feelings etc. Turns out he has anxiety and is now on medications.

I'm in the UK though, so we have access to medical professionals at no cost. I'm not sure how it is in your country but it would be worth getting it checked out just to be safe.

Hope it all works out.


So your heart arrhythmia related to your anxiety? A lot of my friends with anxiety say it sounds like I also have it, and I certainly have a lot of reasons to be anxious, but I just rarely ever feel it. I've always been a very calm person...maybe I just have a good poker face and even fool myself.

Unfortunately, I'm an American without health insurance and a lot of the tests I would have done will have me in possibly $10,000+ debt...
Honestly, if anything major is wrong with me I might just go to the Philippines to get treated since I have dual citizenship. Even with the $2,000 plane ticket it would probably still be cheaper rolleyes

AnxietyJames
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   Posted 8/12/2015 3:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if the arrhythmia is anxiety related because sometimes it happens when I don't feel anxious. In my case I am told it could be a chemical imbalance and adrenaline is likely one of the culprits. But I notice when I am happy in myself and exercise I feel much better.

Get a plane to the UK for a little holiday. You will be treated for free in most cases. This happened to my friend who was on holiday from Russia. He broke his leg on a cycling accident and required an operation. More info here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/healthcare/help-with-health-costs/nhs-charges-for-people-from-abroad/

:p

solsticia
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   Posted 8/25/2015 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it's just too much stress as freelancers, and you need to take a break to relax and have fun. Worrying about work and money will always be there. Why not find time to have a holiday from work to forget your worries for several days? The problem will still be there when you return but at least you are refreshed and re-charged to take on the challenge again.
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