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mom2three
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
This is more of just a vent post...and to just hear from others who also have heart issues with anxiety/panic that I'm okay!
 
I started having random heart palpitations about 4-5 days ago.  I was so upset sad   They have always freaked me out.  I have had them before, but only after having a baby (my blood volume returning to normal & anemia causing them for about 1-2 months).  Now they have just cropped up out of nowhere.
 
I logically know that heart palp.s can't kill me and I'm not going to drop dead of a heart attack.  I am also pretty confident that I don't have a heart problem (32, healthy, etc.).
 
I'm just SO frustrated that they are here!  I cut out caffeine and most sugars a few weeks ago, so I can't figure out why I'm having them.  Just a random symptom of panic/anxiety, I guess?  But I'm feeling okay about all that...I'm working with a therapist, my meds. are down (5mg lexapro, .25mg klonopin per day) and I have never had them aside from post-delivery.
 
Anyway, just wanted to share my disappointment and frustration with somebody!  They are so frightening to me...I really hate them.
 
Thanks for listening...
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I get these so often it is becoming a part of everyday life it seems

For me I do alot of breathing techniques to get me thru
and for me they will work
will calm me down
Also if I continue to keep self busy I am not feeling nor thinking of them as much as I would if just sitting all alone with telly on

VENT away thats another great thing about HW........

Keep us posted plz

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/4/2009 12:41:54 PM (GMT-7)


Aries8
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, you're definitely not alone! I've had 2 emergency room trips since Friday. One being late last night. I've had them for many years here and there. But the last year they've gotten much worse. Sometimes it will be almost every beat is skipped. I've tried my Ativan and biofeedback and neither help. So, I'm on a new beta blocker, Toprol. The dose was just doubled today to 100 mg. They said if the meds don't work, I'll need an ablasion (sp?). I guess that's where they go in and zap your heart or something. Sounds lovely.
 
But, on the good side. Last night I had a wonderful emergency room doctor. He pointed out how stressed and anxious I am. I didn't feel that strung out but he kept persisting that I was a mess. He said he noticed PVCs on my EKG and that they are harmless. Everyone has them everyday. A lot of people don't notice them. I've never had a doctor tell me to my face that they are harmless and if they are frequent or ongoing, it's okay. They won't kill me.
 
I'm glad you cut out the caffeine and sugars. I did that too. I even gave up Chamomile tea this week because I'm not sure if it can cause palpitations. I'm doing what I can but it's very frustrating and scarey. I know how you're feeling and you're not alone. Feel free to e-mail me whenever you like. We can compare notes. Take care and make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids!
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mom2three
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   Posted 3/3/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks SO much for the responses...I'm still super shakey. They just plain freak me out. It reminds me of flying - I know that any second, that very next minute, the wings are going to blow up and we will crash. After every palpitation, I know that any second, the very next minute, my heart is going to throw itself into extreme tachychardia and I will rush to the ER and drop dead. Of course, all of this is illogical thinking, but it seems very real in my head at the time!

I did see a cardiologist in April '08 when the palp.s didn't stop after baby #3...but they did finally stop and he said my heart was fine. I just have never had them without a clear medical reason. They just seem out of the blue. And very disheartening because I'm working so hard in therapy and at home on dealing with my anxiety/panic. This is a major setback for me :(

Ack - I can't give up my hot tea! Please don't tell me that chamomile gave you palps. - I should buy stock in Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime - I drink it every night!

I am very busy during the day, so I don't notice them as much...but during downtime, I do and wig out for a brief second then *try* to remind myself that they are harmless and I am okay.


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/3/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
IF you can stomache a hot milk with a dopple of cinnamon on top it has a natural ingredient in it that when heated is activated
Puts me to calm in no time
I have one at bed with meds and I am out for the count


Prolly why they give babies hot /warm milk eh .....

Ummmmmmmmm so good and calming

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ocean1
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I know all too well where you are coming from and yes, these are very frustrating.  I tend to have a racing heart (or feels like it) most of the time.  Done the Cardiologist route and all the test and ER trips for tachycardia, etc.  Nothing ever shows up so just have learned to accept it for what it is - my anxiety causing it.  Not gonna kill me.  If I keep busy I tend not to notice it at all.  It's when I go to bed or when I'm sitting around doing nothing that I notice it.  My doctor said it is caused by excess adrenaline and that exercising can help also (burns up the adrenaline).  I hope things get better for you soon.

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mom2three
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   Posted 3/3/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Warm milk does sound yummy - I will try that tonight...although I'm not sure my Sleepytime tea is off the table just yet!

Thanks, Diane.  You know, it's just been so long since I've had weird heart stuff and this popped up so randomly - I kept thinking it was just that day, or than instance, but it's been almost a week with no end in sight.  In fact, the palp.s have increased (probably because I'm anxious about having them in the first place!).  I will really have to work to tune them out - I start obsessing about them.  UGH.


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melbe
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   Posted 3/3/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I get those every once in awhile and they scare me everytime.  Hopefully they will go away for you soon, they are noooo fun.

 

LYN, I will have to try the hot milk and I'll just pretend it has chocolate in it. :-)


dixibella
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   Posted 3/3/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ugh I know exactly what that feels like! I get PVCs constantly, one on top of the other when I'm really anxious and even when I'm not my heart just "skips a beat" (literally!) here, there, and everywhere. It totally stinks and I completely agree with others that it is so much worse when you are sitting quietly because they really become obvious. I am having a round of them at the moment and although I keep telling myself no one dies of PVCs, and they are harmless (so says my DO and the cardiologist), my anxiety brain thinks otherwise. Aries8 - back when I was first dxd with PVCs I was put on Toprol, it really helped! Actually I was hoping to hear from my doc today (since her nurse was supposed to call me!) about getting a beta blocker since the cymbalta was a complete disaster, but nothing yet. I'm hoping she'll call in a script tomorrow, I'd really like some relief from the PVC's, they just amplify my already wound up state. I read somewhere that people with anxiety tend to be super sensitive/hyper aware of their bodies and so PVCs that everyone has daily (my dad gets them all the time and only noticed during an EKG - thanks for warning me by the way dad! Sheesh!) that we actually feel them when other people don't.. aren't we the lucky ones! Actually I meant to ask, does any one else experience "ectopic beats" where you feel something like a heartbeat somewhere else in your body? I get them frequently too. Yet another weird sensation for my mind to amplify a million times and turn into something disastrous. The mind is something else, if only it could focus on wonderful happy things instead of doom and gloom.
Well all that aside you are definitely not alone! I'm glad you posted this because I was going to start a line of my own about how frustrated I am with my non life threatening anxiety inducing cardiac issues. smilewinkgrin

Anxious soul
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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have these skipped beats. They come randomly, with no identified pattern of triggers. I have been to the ER countless times when I was afraid they were going to start rolling on top of each other and not stop. I have been to my cardiologist numerous times. Like the rest of you, I am told my heart is fine but they scare me beyond belief each time they occur. When I was in my worst place with anxiety/panic disorder I never had skipped beats. Now, for the most part, I am anxiety free and I have these which cause me anxiety!

Yes, I do feel them in other areas than my heart. Often times they are in the center of my chest or in my throat. They are always followed by a cough or burp. I went to an ENT and had the scope done of my throat and that too was fine.

I tried to describe to one doctor that it felt like an eye twitching only it was my heart, chest, or throat region. He said we have nerve endings everywhere in our bodies that can twitch randomly with no given cause.

So many doctors, so many opinions! Seems like we all get the same general response so we must be ok.

-Soul

mom2three
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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
YES! I get those random heartbeat things like you as describing, dixibella...I don't your whole cymbalta story, but I did try it. It made me anxious, so my doc added buspar. The combo did okay, but then I found out I was pregnant and had to stop. I tried buspar alone after baby #3 and it was AWFUL. I had the worst side effects. Anyway, I hope that your medications even out!

And the "eye twitching" is a great description, Soul...I have lots of throat issues as well. Throat/chest region overall. No matter how many times I hear that it's not life threatening, my brain just automatically goes to that place, you know? It doesn't want to believe that PVCs, random beats, twitches, whatever are okay.

Anyway, I really appreciate the responses - I needed that support.
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Junebug05
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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting the "missed heartbeats" for years, they come and go and I never know why they've returned when they do.  They have always been the scariest symptom for me and I don't think that I'll ever get used to them, but I do live with them the best I can.  I know that exercise helps alot with these, but with my study schedule I don't think I'm getting enough exercise to make them go away.  I'm definitely going to try the hot milk with cinnamon though, sounds good and I could use some help getting to sleep...and I know cinnamon is good for you in alot of ways, so it sure can't hurt. 

Yanick
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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was 14 years old I started experiencing fast, pounding and skippy heart beats. I went to the emergency they set me up with the heart center of the hospital. They strapped me with a device that I would keep on me for 24 hrs and that would record my heart signals. They did not find anything. I am now 32 and starting to acccept my hearts problems, blaming stress. I am also doing the same slowly for my anxiety crisis. For my part to stay calm I tell myself that its only adrenaline kicking in real hard and when it stops I will be fine again. So far it works. I know thats its annoying, if there was a magic button to stop all of it... Best of luck!

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   Posted 3/4/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get this, and it is very scary. When I first started happening, my health anxiety blew through the roof, and now it seems that it has been better. I still get what I call the "heart twinges" every so often, but I know it is just the anxiety, because I have been through all the tests. I sure hope everyone on here starts feeling better from this like I have. I care about my A/P family and am always wishing the best for you all!

Lots of love and take care now :)
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   

momtothree

You have received such a great response...........I just wanted to drop in and leave some warm and caring hugs for you.

(((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))))))))))

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mom2three
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much guys - I really appreciate it! It's the scare factor. I will just have to deal with it like you all do and try to remember that it's okay.

I just left the chiropractor (has anyone ever seen one?) - anyway, I've been going for about 3 weeks and he can't believe my body. He says that my trigger points, shoulder/neck muscles, back, you name it is all a mess! He told me that I "just need to relax". Oh, okay. Thanks. Try taking care of 3 bitty kids, working, keeping up with the hubby, the dog, the house...all with panic/anxiety/ocd on top. I just smiled and said that I would try (while secretly wanting to strangle him) :)
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/4/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
MELBE

As long as you just put enough chocolate in it for a wee bit of taste it still should work
Cait also has one each night has since she was small


I am hoping to hear how it went for you's that were gonna give it a try

Be well and all the best

Luvs
LYN
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Fibro & Other DD

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                            Keep The Fight Going..Or YOu Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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mom2three
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   Posted 3/7/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyn - I tried the milk - I fell asleep on the couch, so that's a good sign :) I can't say that warm milk was the most appetizing to me, but it's probably an acquired taste - I did put some cinnamon...then I discovered a dash of nutmeg too - yum.

Anyway, my heart palps. have been gone for 3 days (hope, pray, hope they stay away!). My therapist/doc thinks that they could possibly have been from caffeing withdrawal. I had cut way back on caffeine a few weeks ago, but finally took the total no caff. plunge a day or two before the palps. started. I know that caffeine can *cause* heart palp's, but I didn't know that no caffeine could do the same thing.

Still not sure if it was the caffeine withdrawal or just a bad anxiety episode, but the past few days have been a-okay.

Just an update - thanks to all who responded!
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