Did heart failure give me spider senses?

I might have discussed this with you in past posts, and wonder what your experiences are.  We have to share experiences so we can help each other overcome physical and mental scars.

Since your heart misfortunes, have you become even more alert as to what signals your body is sending you?

I know what Peter Parker feels like when he senses danger in his super sensitive spider receptors.  He quickly avoids the said danger or will swing towards danger, avoiding stuff thrown at him, and fight off the villain.

For me, I get these spider-sense tingles in advance of anything, and each tingle signals something else.  It depends where I can feel the tingling sensation.  But I know something is changing or something needs to be adjusted.

I’m not sure if it is simply my anxiety levels that are flaring up from time to time, although I’m pretty sure they play a big part in these body changes too.

It is as if I can feel the speed of my blood pressure inside my veins, and that triggers certain responses elsewhere.

Before catching a cold, my body begins to adjust to fighting off these little viruses.  It mobilizes the immune system army and dispatches them to wherever they are needed.  It is a bizarre feeling and hard to describe, but I can almost feel them going into battle.

My heart is the general.  The stress and fatigue from the battle is felt in my chest.

Then the anxiety kicks in.  I know it is the anxiety that tries to freak me out.  It sends signals to my body that my chest area is tight, pretending I have shortness of breath.  Again, nothing serious, and I just need to take a big breath to show my brain that I’m fine.  My heart is at normal levels throughout.

It does freak me out.  I hate my anxiety and PTSD for this!

Nothing like when I had my heart failure in 2018.  Nothing to the same frightening level, and nothing that makes me think I’m in mortal danger.  It is simply my body fighting back, and I truly appreciate it.

spidertinglesI can also feel if I’m low on energy from lack of food or water.  That is why I always have nuts with me, and why I carry a bottle of water with me most places.

My body sends some tingling signals to my brain, and I translate these into meaningful actions, and dig into a handful of nuts or drink water.  Shortly after, my body gives me the all-clear and I’m back to normal.

I’ve spoken to my cardiologist about this, and he’s very happy with my progress.  My heart is back to normal levels, my vitals are great and blood work is better than ever.

So, perhaps this is just a normal feeling.  A feeling that every person has, and something that I had suppressed.  Losing the extra layers of fat allows me to better respond to the signals.  Before I was so overweight that I could feel these little changes in my body, or simply ignored them.  I don’t know to be honest.

What matters is that we listen adn respond to our body’s signals.  There’s a reason the body react the way it does, and we should respond accordingly.  Even that means consulting with a doctor.  It may be minor, but it may also be a call to arms that you need to adust or address something else.

Are you feeling this too?

One comment

  1. […] On the flip side, mentally, I still have challenges. I doubt I will ever fully recover mentally. There were too many challenges with the experience that have increased my anxiety levels. I have written posts on my site about PTSD and truly believe that heart failure victims have mental scars that are borderline PTSD. […]

Leave a Reply