I had another doctor's appointment yesterday. Currently, we're looking at the possibility of some sort of stomach issue--an ulcer, or acid reflux. No question that something is going on. One theory is that the increased pressure from diving combined with the stomach stuff caused me to start breathing funny when I got out of the water, which brought on full-blown hyperventilation, and that it keeps recurring when the stomach is irritated. I'm really uncomfortable just below my ribcage, and constantly feel like someone is sitting on me.
Pam, thanks for your suggestion about the panic attack. During a panic attack, you can also hyperventilate, which is why the symptoms are the same as what I've been experiencing. I definitely wasn't having a panic attack--I was the least stressed I've been in forever, and very relaxed. They don't know why I have been hyperventilating, but it apparently can happen in non-stressful situations, too. The pressure in my chest definitely has something to do with it.
So, I'm left in yet another medical quandry. Sometimes, I feel like I'm never going to be well, and able to TTC again. I'm starting to wonder if we should start pursuing some alternate form of parenthood. I don't want to keep wasting month after month, if we're never going to get to a point where we are going to be able to create a biological child.