"I'm having a heart attack," was something I would say often in college, and it became humorous to myself and my roommates. My heart hurt often and I had no idea. Never thought about going to a doctor and saying "I'm 18 and I have heart attacks almost every day." We all get random, weird feelings in our bodies, I guess it should've been a red flag when my heart hurt.
On Monday, I seriously thought I was having a heart attack, no joke. Well, I don't know what a heart attack feels like, but it was an excruciating pain that wasn't going away. I continued working, as usual, and even posted a Facbeook status about it. People told me to drink alcohol or get xanex. The xanex recco wasn't the first. I thought to myself "do I have anxiety?"
I Googled anxiety (i added the ☑ symbols and my comments in this color)
Emotional symptoms of anxiety
In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms. Because of the numerous physical symptoms, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness. They may visit many doctors and make numerous trips to the hospital before their anxiety disorder is discovered.
Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
So now that you know my life story and my every move, anxiety explains everything. Seriously, 12 years later and I'm just now finding this out? Well, better late than never. I recently posted about my weight gain struggle. Know what's funny (not really)? According to my doctor, even if I ate salad every single day and never ate junk food, I would still gain weight. Stress is one of the number one causes of weight gain. I don't stress eat, I eat 3 meals a day, sometimes only 2, and that's it. Stress releases cortisol into the body, which long story short, makes you fat. Awesome. She told me a stressed person trying to lose weight should exercise 120 minutes per day. I'm stressed because there are not enough hours in the day, I'm supposed to find 120 minutes to do nothing but work out?
She gave me some medicine that will take about 2 weeks for me to notice a change. I'll see the doctor again in 3 weeks to evaluate if the dosage is enough or if we should up it. I'm going to go ahead and say up it.
So, if you're having heart attacks, peeing a lot, clenching your teeth and on the edge...go have an anxiety consultation and save yourself 12 years of stress.