What were your physical symptoms?
Was having trouble catching my breath and was breathing too fast and hard.
How serious were the symptoms?
They confined me to a chair or bed. I couldn't walk around.
My initial experience with the doctor:
I was sent to a pulmonologist who determined I didn't have COPD. I asked what he thought could be causing it, if it could be my heart and he said he thought it was neurological. I asked what he meant and he said I was having panic attacks. He had my VA file on the computer in front of him, listing bi polar as one of my ailments.
What I had to do next about my symptoms:
My primary doctor did not accept panic as a diagnosis and sent me to a cardiologist. It turns out that I have a valve problem. I feel vindicated and know that if it gets worse they will do something. Now I am facing cancer and I have had a couple panic attacks. Reasonable. My panic was the idea of being sent to a different city to have surgery done. I thought I was going to be alone but my daughter has assured me where ever they send me she will be by my side. That helped.
- I've learned to listen to my own body. That I can tell the difference between a physical problem and an emotional one.
- I've learned that even learned physicians have their moments of ignorance and judgmentalism.
- Mostly I've learned Jesus has my back and I can count on Him to be there for me.
- I've learned to trust the love my family has for me and although all three of them are bi polar too, love can come first.