This is likely to be a very long post because I've been neglecting a lot of issues I'm having, so I don't expect it to be completely read, I guess I just hope there's something I can do.
When I was 14 (I'm now 18) I was diagnosed with tachycardia as my resting heart rate was approx 110. They also found a very small hole in my heart (I remember in the top of the heart, so likely it was either in the aorta or the pulmonary artery). Despite my tachycardia, my heart rate was strong and stable. I'd have occasional heart fluttering feelings but it wasn't that to be concerned about.
Now my resting heart rate sits around 90, the lowest it'll ever drop during sleep is around 85. It's very rare my heart rate ever drops below 90. But for the past 2 weeks I've gradually become sicker. I should add I'm getting investigated for lowered kidney function, blood, protein and high white cell count in the urine (but no bacteria present) and issues surrounding my large intestine. My temperature has been fluctuating for the past 2 days, between a low-grade fever and normal.
Also my heart rate and O2 have been fluctuating. I filmed a 6 minute video today of my heart rate and oxygen sats. My O2 fluctuated between 99 and 91 (O2 would drop with my heart rate). My heart rate would fluctuate between 110 and 60. But it would go from 110 to 60 within 20 seconds, then about 20 seconds later it's up at 106. I have been feeling far more fluttering in my chest. I've also been experiencing something similar to pleuritic pain (I suffer from severe brittle asthma so I can typically differentiate between different chest pains and what they are). I'll usually feel pleuritic pain on my right side or the centre, but this pain feels deeper and specifically on the left side. It typically radiates to my left shoulder and up my neck (it feels like my left artery is in pain), but I'm not sure if the pain is from my heart or not. I've been having kidney pain for the past week which is gradually worsening, it started on my right side but now it is on both.
My tongue is typically very swollen every morning, I believe due to pooling of my blood, but it will quickly resolve once I raise my head above my heart level. But now my tongue swelling isn't resolving.
I've been throwing up and near the point of passing out from lightheadedness.
I have OCD, one of my compulsions is skin-picking and it does happen till I break the skin. Usually it'll heal up perfectly fine, but every single area where my skin is broken is infected, red & yellow and has green/yellow pus in/around it.
I've been feeling muscular spasms happening in my chest, in my diaphragm (so I get frequent hiccups) and spasms in the left side of my chest. More superficial type ones and spasms I can feel deeper in my chest near my heart.
I have a piercing (it's a dermal, so I cannot get it removed, at least within the next month or so) right above my cleavage area which too has become infected, along with some of my other piercings now.
My doctor isn't available for a month and I cannot afford to see her because she doesn't bulk-bill.
I've explained some of the symptoms to my mother in relation to the fluctuating heart rate, the chest pain, kidney pain, etc, but her only response is that there is a virus going around.
I have a severely lowered immune system because I'm on immunosuppressive medication, so I very often suffer chest infections and viruses, and this certainly isn't feeling like a virus.
I'm not exactly sure what to do from here. I've been hospitalised 7 times this year, twice in the ICU, all due to my asthma. The chest pain is accompanied sometimes with chest tightness and shortness of breath that feels similar to my asthma, but not exactly the same.
My parents are the only way I can receive medical help for myself at this stage because I don't have a car to travel to the doctors or anywhere else. I don't feel right, and I don't know how to approach the situation to my mother for her to take it as serious as I intend. I cannot approach my father about it because I can't see that going anywhere besides a lecture about exercising more.
I don't know if it's relevant but I've also been sleeping FAR MORE than what is typical for me. I suffered severe insomnia since I was 12, I'd be lucky to sleep 3 hours a night and it was all broken up. For the past 2 weeks I've been sleeping solidly around 10-12 hours at night and then I'd be having 2-3 hour naps during the day usually from around 1pm to 4-5pm, accompanied by shorter 30-minute naps throughout. I've never felt so overwhelmingly tired and fatigued in my life.
Again, sorry for such a long post. I'm just not sure how to approach this all.
i guess I’ll be the first one to post here. I’m in my 40’s, but I have this recurring anxiety about aging and dying. I don’t know what triggers it. I get so worked up inside by the knowledge that I will die one day that it causes me to have panic attacks and to become very depressed. Can anyone else relate to this?
For the past week or 2, I've been gradually becoming more and more ill. At first I thought I was just suffering with extreme fatigue, I went from sleeping 3 hours/night to 12 hours/night. And along with that 12, I am sleeping another >3 hours throughout the day. This post is ultimately about the family problem I'm having, but I see it fit to explain the whole situation.For the past 5 days I've...