6 Things I’ve Done to Fight Anxiety, Depression, and High Stress
Strange symptoms started in March 2014. I was shopping with my children and all of a sudden I felt nauseated and I had a blind spot in my vision. Since my husband suffers from frequent migraines and I have a medical background, I knew what symptoms of a migraine were. The blind spot was so severe that I couldn’t read any food labels. I knew what was happening to me, so I knew that I had to quickly get my shopping done and get home.
Just as I expected, within about 10 minutes after the blind spot went away, I was hit with a massive headache. Luckily, it didn’t hit until I got home. But I was out for the count for the rest of the night. I had never had a migraine before March. Since I thought it was weird, I started noticing other symptoms. High blood pressure, heart palpitations, chest pains, bloated feeling, fatigue…something was wrong. But I wasn’t sure. My mind raced to the worst case scenario. I worried about cancer or a terminal illness. However, all I knew was that I didn’t feel good and I wanted to know why.
Time to see the doctor.
It started out with visits to the doctor about my heart palpitations and migraines. Those were my biggest concern. The good doctor discussed with me what was happening and tried to narrow down the causes. He ordered blood work, sent me to an eye doctor and we played the waiting game for about a week.
I received a phone call from the doctor’s office because they were concerned that my hemoglobin and levels were high. The hemoglobin and essentially measure the concentration and amount of red blood cells in the blood. Their concern was that the increased hemoglobin and hematocrit causes me to have thicker blood, which increases my risk of stroke and heart attack.