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Going to the hospital because of anxiety

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Now of course I like having a positive upbeat mood on my blog- SO! If you want something a little more cheery, then feel free to SKIP this post and search around for another blog post of mine you may enjoy a whole lot more (I won't be offended!) Most of you may be here because you too are dealing with anxiety and I have a post dedicated to just that here, along with other blog posts talking about fear and panic attacks.

As the post title says, I went to hospital because of my anxiety. 

Long story short, most of you will know that I have had anxiety for just over a year now. A common thing you can experience with anxiety is chest pains.
 It all started off with my left arm hurting me and I went doctors to be told its a trapped nerve...few months later it still hurts me so I went back again to be told I have an inflammation in my left shoulder so I had some gel for that- but that didn't really work. 

Now I have been getting these chest pains- sometimes under my left breast which is usually achy/ sharp and one at the top of my chest where my shoulder and chest feels tight. So as it's always important to check especially when it comes to chest pains... I went to the ER last night at around 10pm as I was honestly starting to get worried, I went there because it just felt different this time, or maybe that's what my anxiety wanted me to think. By no means at all did I want to waste doctors time, but I was worried and didn't want to regret not going if it truly was something bad.

They did an ECG and it came back normal, an ECG wasn't as scary as I imagined it to be but I was still overwhelmed with anxiety. I've had the doctors listen to my heart and they say everything sounds fine. BUT, obviously I still have the pain and I have recently started taking Ibuprofen (this was my first time swallowing a non-chewable pill may I add). Plus, just to double check everything, I'm getting blood tests done on the next upcoming Friday as I have been experiencing a little dizziness too, again likely my anxiety. 

I wanted to share this with you all because even though everything is thankfully fine, it goes to show just how worrying anxiety can be and how sensitive it is. Health is often the biggest worry with most people, and I truly cannot fault the NHS in any way shape or form, they looked after me and put my mind at ease. Sometimes when I'm thinking about my arm it suddenly starts to hurt, the mind is so powerful and can make us believe anything, enough to even make me go to the hospital to get checked because I thought it felt so different. 

Please make more awareness for mental health. We need to support one another, I encourage you to seek advice if you are dealing with anything I have mentioned today or even to go see your GP if you have any concerns. Your mental health is just as important and your physical health.

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