can't shake these chest pains

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toomuchstress
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   Posted 10/6/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all. I am new to THIS site. I was a member do a similar site a couple of years ago, but after findind the right medication (effexor xr) I had no panic attacks at all and had been living a pretty great life, so I decided to go back to nursing school. Well needless to say school, three kids and a husband has brought on a lot of stress. I was doing alright copeing with it thought untill my dr. decided to change my meds. That was approx. 1 1/2 months ago and guess what...for the past week and a half I have had attack after attack. I actually spent sat. night in the hospital. all my test came back ok, but they couldn't get my heart rate to slow, so they kept me for observations. My dr, needless to say, gave me my old meds back, but we all know it will take a few weeks for them to take effect. Problem is, I can't shake these chest pains, or pressure. Has anyone else had chest pains due to anxiety for days on end. I feel great when I wake up, but as soon as i start thinking about it, there back. Thanks for any help  you can give!
 
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peacesoul
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HW

it sounds to me like you were going through drug withdrawal.

Have you ever had therapy to deal with your issues or you were only on meds?
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places


stkitt
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning and Welcome to Healing, I am Kitt.

You posted " but they couldn't get my heart rate to slow, so they kept me for observations."

This concerns me and I am wondering if they sent you home with a fast heart rate and what medications did they try in the hospital for the fast rate?

Switching back to your old meds seems reasonable and your right it may take a bit for the meds to kick in.

From the information you have shared here, I would be looking for a good cardiologist. With a bit more info on your heart incident I might have a better understanding. 

I know what your going through, I went to nursing school and I had 4 cihildren.  Remember to let go of some of the things you are doing  at home and delegate. turn   I started school in Sept and I put my Christmas tree up in July before school started...........LOL

Keep talking to us.

Kitt


 

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toomuchstress
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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Kitt, thanks for the info. I don't remember what meds they tried..I think it started with an L, but I'm sure that doesn't help. I have a stress test scheduled for next friday, so I guess I'll know something then. I had one like 3 years ago when this all started, and my heart was great. But with this new incident my dr said it wouldn't hurt. I feel like maybe now I am obsessing over the pain that I keep makeing it come back. Oh, and my stay in the hospital reveiled nothing. My heart rate and blood pressure stayed down, and I was relised in the morning. Also my blood test were normal.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/6/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey toomuch

From your post I gather you heart rate was back in the normal range by morning. :-)

Tachycardia as you described may be a vicious cycle. The more you worry about it, the worse it gets.

You can interrupt the cycle several ways. One, take a anti-anxiety medication such as Xanax on a periodic basis to interrupt the episodes, two, learn meditation , three, begin to explore the life worries that you, like everyone else has. You can do that with a therapist.

I am glad you are being followed by a cardiologist. I hope all your tests are normal and you can concentrate on your studies and your family.

We are here for you so keep on talking to us.

Kitt


 

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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy , can I indentify with nursing school stress... and the stress of children and husband....
It sounds like your tachycardia is anxiety related... I know I often get this when I am worrying about something... along with shortness of breath and chest pain... I take an anti-anxiety pill and lie down... ( when I can) I try to concentrate on my breathing for a few minutes .... focus on your breathing slowly and counting to 5 ... letting it out very slowly also while counting to five... it sounds very simple ... but is actually hard to do when your heart is racing and your chest is hurting... but it does work....
I try to visualize something in my past... or present... a safe place... that makes me happy , comforted and where I feel completely safe.
A warm bath (or shower ) can help with easing your pain also... find a scent that you really like and use it also...
It's a constant battle isn't it.... but its worth the fight!!!!
Prayers and thoughts of comfort and peace to you
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.
 
 


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi toomuchstress,

Welcome to HW. I'm so glad you are back on your effexor. I just don't know why docs take us off things that work sometimes??? Then again I am not a professional. I find that once I have had an attck (or attacks) it can take a while for my body to get back into balance.

Be gentle with yourself and trust that things will get back to normal. It's tough to wait, but try and hold onto the times when you didn't have this.  Again, welcome, keep in touch. We are here to support.

Meg


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