Not Quite Right
Yesterday I became acutely aware of a strange sensation that left me feeling slightly short of breath and like my heart was just about to race. It came with no pain and from time to time seemed to go away, only to return. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before.
With most things like this, I simply ignore them for a few days and they go away. But suddenly at around 11:00 last night I started to worry that it might be something more serious.
Feeling rather embarrassed about calling anyone, I decided to call my good friend who used to be my doctor (before she changed jobs) instead of my current internist. She quickly assured me I was most likely not having a heart attack, but rather suggested I might be suffering from some form of anxiety.
I hadn’t even considered that, not having ever had a panic attack before. But it made sense that I might be experiencing mild hyperventilation. I even have an idea about what might be causing it.
Just knowing that I didn’t need to get myself to the emergency room and instead could simply go to bed helped a lot. And I must say I have felt much better today.
My doctor friend checked back in with me this morning and despite the fact that I felt better urged me to make an appointment with my internist just to get checked out and to make her aware of what was going on. She also suggested that I eliminate all forms of caffeine. Probably all good advice, given I don’t want to find myself at 14,000 feet on the Chilean altiplano with a shortness of breath I could possibly avoid.