This is my first post! I've found this post and the replies to it super helpful and it's comforting to know that there are others experiencing the same things as me. I have never actually been diagnosed however my anxiety first appeared in the form of panic attacks in my early twenties, around 10 years ago.
The first symptom I noticed was 'air hunger', the terrifying feeling of chest tightness and not being able to get enough air into my lungs. Followed by the usual panicking symptoms, a racing heart, sweating, and feelings of despair or 'impending doom'. I often feel my air hunger gets worse when I'm eating?! Which is strange and I've never heard of anyone else experiencing this so I'd love to hear if others have. These episodes can last for weeks at a time and then just as suddenly can disappear for months or even years.
Aside from this, I also notice tingling in my fingers and toes when taking a deep breath in, fatigue, digestive issues, bloating, random pains in random body parts, headaches, dizziness and everything looks brighter. The physical symptoms that come with social anxiety are very different and are more manageable - it's the health anxiety that really gets me.
I've taken myself to A&E 3 times over the last 10 years thinking that I'm dying, and nothing has ever come of it. I'm constantly googling symptoms, regularly visiting different GP's with different symptoms and I often have to talk myself out of the idea that I have some sort of deadly disease. It's pretty debilitating but it's great to read everyone's stories on here and know that we are not alone. You all are very brave to open up in this way.