I have always been one of those people worrying about my health. Ever since I was a teenager I used to panic about anything and everything that would happen to me.
As a matter of fact, my parents used to call me a hypochondriac. Yes, maybe in my teenage years I would worry a little too much about little issues with myself. Due to my concern for my health, I discovered a few health matters I’m thankful I identified early on.
When I was around 19 years old, I used to get heart palpitations. I played sports all through high school and was active in college, so palpitations were surprising. Although I was told I was being too paranoid, I knew something wasn’t right.
I went to a cardiologist who chalked it up to “stress”. I thought to myself, that maybe I was a little stressed with school. But how can I be this stressed to have heart palpitations? It didn’t make any sense to me. The doctor even gave me some medication to help with the palpitations. That only lasted a month because I had horrible side effects. I still wasn’t content with accepting it was just stress.
A year later the palpitations continued but were more noticeable. I decided to try another cardiologist to get a second opinion. This time I went through a few more tests. All which came out normal and once again the cardiologist also concluded it was “stress”. As the next year went on, the palpitations not only got worse, but a lot of other things changed with me.
I would get light headed quite often, or dizzy. When exercising for only 10 minutes, my body reacted as if I was exerting myself to such an extreme. Even just walking up a flight of stairs would leave me out of breath. It was ridiculous that I was an active 21 year old girl, out of breath from just walking and being active. I felt like an 80 year old woman! I knew that whatever was going on with my body wasn’t just stress.
I even had a couple of episodes, where I thought I was having a heart attack. The scariest episode was one day I went out to eat. I ate too much sugar for my body to handle, and it caused my heart to race rapidly. I thought I was having a heart attack. I couldn’t breathe, or speak and I felt tingling in my arms. I was with a friend and told him to call 911 immediately.
An ambulance came to pick me up from the parking lot and the paramedics were asking me all sorts of questions. But I couldn’t breathe enough to even speak. They rushed me to the hospital and after an IV and time, my heart was fine. Once the sugar passed through my system enough.
That scared the life out of me! I knew in that moment over any one that I had before, that it was not just stress. I knew my body, and I would not give up until I found a cardiologist that would take me seriously.
After three more cardiologists, I found one that discovered the problem. I was then referred to an Electrophysiologist that was able to give my issue a long name. Something like Ventricular Tachycardia Nodular something something, ha. I would have to check my paperwork to get the exact name.
After discovering this, I had heart surgery 6 months after the problem was identified. By then, I just turned 23 years old when I finally got the surgery and was able to address the issue.
Ever since then, I have come to the conclusion that paying attention to your body is what that matters. Only you know what you are feeling and what is going on with your body. Focus on what you feel and do not let anyone tell you you are too young, or being paranoid.
Yes, at times you may be a little paranoid. Especially if you Google symptoms – pretty much every symptom seems to lead to cancer! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
While I was going through my heart issues, the Doctors were telling me I was too young for heart problems. Ironically, something came out in the news that a young teenage boy had a heart attack around this time. That’s when I knew that I shouldn’t always believe what the Doctor’s would say. You are never too young for something serious to happen. Random horrible things do happen to young kids and adults too! It’s just awful!
I have heard a handful of stories of those I know that unfortunately found this out the hard way. What I mean by that is, they ignored their constant headaches or severe back pain. Some of those instances turned for the worst because it was too late by then. It’s just devastating. Something so minor to you, may not in fact be minor. Why not get it checked out just to be certain?
I am one of those individual’s that goes to the Doctor every year for a physical, eye exams, follow-up’s. Although some people might think it’s a bit much, I could care less that they feel that way. This is my life and my health.
I can’t stress enough that it’s better safe than sorry. I have discovered things before they have declined due to being proactive about it. Is your health serious to you? If not, start now!