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Aries8
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   Posted 5/12/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Not sure if I'm having a panic attack. It started with my heart beat increasing a little when I'd stand. I guess that got me to thinking. Then my heart started skipping beats. I took my pulse and b/p which were 126/86 P=104. All of this being high for me. I feel shakey. My heart seems to have slowed down but it still skips beats every once in awhile. I feel like bawling my eyes out. I am so sick of this. Need advice, reassurance....
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vestabula
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aries...take a breath and calm down.  First of all your blood pressure is not high enough to worry about.  The palpatations and the heart skipping a beat is common with anxiety.  The more you think about it, the worse it will get....trust me.  My heart has been skipping a beat all day long.  I have had it checked out and just know it's anxiety...almost everyone over 40 has the extra beats...they just don't feel it like us anxious folk!
 
My advice is to not take your BP again...don't check your pulse and watch American Idol...LOL!  Really.  A healthy heart can beat 200 beats a minute for weeks without causing any damage...you just might lose a little weight.
 
Feel better...see...my heart just flipped again!  Oh well...
 
Hugs
Donna
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


Aries8
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Seriously, Donna....how do you live with this flipping heart? I'm at my wit's end and I've exhausted all resources. For some reason I just can't get used to it. How did you learn to accept your heart beating funny?

Thank you, Donna for the quick response! It means a lot!
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vestabula
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   

After my mom died, my heart skipped beats for two years straight...especially when I sat down to relax.  I had three ekg's and they saw the missed beats but I had a normal sinus rythm.  I know how expaserating it can be.  My son, who has anxiety disorder also, experiences it all the time.  I was told to exercise to burn off the extra adrenalin.  I also could have gone on a beta blocker but decided not too because they said it would lower my blood pressure, which is already low.  Now that I know for a fact that it's not dangerous I just try to ignore it.  It will go away, Aries...I promise you.  Of all my symptoms it is the most disturbing because it is 'in my face'.  But I have gone for months and months at a time without it happening.  One suggestion is when you go to bed, don't sleep on the side where your heart is on the mattress.  You won't feel it as much.  And watch the caffeine intake.

Please don't worry...you will be fine.

hugs

Donna



fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

Post Edited (vestabula) : 5/12/2009 7:27:12 PM (GMT-6)


jkfox624
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   Posted 5/12/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've gone weekends with prolly 20 thousand PVC's and then bam just as quick as they started they disappear for weeks or months. Everytime i get set up for a dr appt they go away. I always find it funny how they seem to come at times where the only option i have is to go to the emergency room, its like a sick joke someones playing on me.

Aries8
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   Posted 5/12/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
mad  Donna, thanks. It means a lot to me and takes some of the fear away. I will try harder to stay positive and remind me of the things you've said here. Again, thank you.
 
jkfox, it's so true. The emergency room is usually the only option for me, too, when the palps are ongoing. Then you debate, do I really need to go or not? I went through something in November and the palps have been with me ever since. I need to change my negative thoughts about the skipping beats. Thank you for responding!
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LDH85
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   Posted 5/13/2009 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Aries - I know how hard it can be to just shrug off something like that. Hopefully we'll be able to get used to it some day.

It's like - You have these symptoms & physical manifestations (fast heart beat/ heart palpitation/ maybe trouble breathing) and it's like ... how to you shrug that off & not dwell on it? It's sooo hard! I'm really trying to not dwell because I notice that I won't feel anything for awhile ... Then I'm like "wow I didn't feel any anxiety related feelings for an hour" and when I start feeling good about not feeling them is when they kick back in lol It's a vicious cycle!

My husband tells me "Anxiety is like being on a merry-go-round, it's not going to stop until you jump off" I haven't been able to jump off yet! I always wait until it slows down to a crawl before I can hop off.

But I agree, don't take your BP or pay attention to your pulse. I do the pulse thing & have to tell myself not too.

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   Posted 5/13/2009 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Aries,

Hugs to you as I know how scary these arrhythmias can be. (((((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))

I am just going to post some advice that I know you have heard before but as a gentle reminder.................  :-) Heart palpitations can be caused by anxiety, stress, fear and many other things.

Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) at the time of your heartbeat sensations. Also, consider practicing yoga or tai chi on a regular basis to reduce the frequency of your palpitations.

Keep a record of how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations, and what you are feeling at the time. This information may help your doctor figure out both their seriousness and the cause.

Once a serious cause has been ruled out by your doctor, try NOT to pay attention to heart palpitations, unless you notice a sudden increase or a change in them.

Most of all know that we are all here and we care for you so talk to us as often as you want. 

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

Hugs
Kitt


Aries8
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
shakehead  A second panic attack today and now I'm really, really nauseated. I'm wondering if increasing my Prozac from 40 mg to 60 mg would cause any noticeable side effects? I'm thinking these feelings may be from that.
 
Tomorrow is another appointment with my psychologist. I hope I feel fine to make it to that. Thanks everyone for responding and being so helpful! It means a lot!
 
P.S. Kitt, I recently had the stress test for my heart. The cardiologist found nothing. They found nothing wrong with the EKG's, Echocardiograms, heart monitors, etc. Now they even say I don't have mitral valve prolapse. What the heck?? But I'm going to work on this fear until it no longer bothers me (which I hope will be soon).
 
Thanks again everyone!
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Aries8
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   Posted 5/18/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else really sleepy all the time?
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"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato


stkitt
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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Aries,

What is your Ativan dose and how often are you using it if I may ask?  I have never beend bothered by any of the meds as far as being sleepy but I have a high tolerance to all these meds and don't usually get sleep from them.

Wish I would have.  I had to many sleepless and anxious nights.  eyes

Hugs at you

Kitt


dixibella
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   Posted 5/19/2009 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Aries,
I hope today finds you feeling a little more peaceful. I have PVCs constantly, currently I'm on a beta blocker to help ease them so I can work through this stressful time. Anytime I am stressed/anxious/overtired/too much caffeine... you name it, my palps get worse. Its so frustrating because it seems like they get worse when you are worn down and less prepared to deal with the anxiety they cause, it is so true that its a vicious cycle! I'll attest to that! And it is REALLY hard to convince yourself that everything is ok! Try to go easy on yourself, its a difficult thing to deal with anxiety especially when there is just so much stress out there. Have you tried journaling your thoughts when you're feeling really anxious? I find that sometimes getting my fears down on paper so I can see them helps lessen my worry. Just remember your anxiety wants you to think something is wrong so it can hang around and wreak havoc, you've got to find ways to get those negative thoughts out of your head!

Aries8
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   Posted 5/19/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys!
Kitt, I'm supposed to take my Ativan as needed, but I've been taking it regularly to deal with the heart thing. I take 1/2 an Ativan twice a day. I began to take the Ativan regularly also, to get through any side effects from increasing the Prozac.
The Ativan has never made me sleepy before. My psychologist says it's the depression.

Dixi, yes, I keep a journal. It's just a health journal basically. And as you said, I write down my fears and also when I've had a good day. I also write things in it that all of you suggest I do or quotes.

This morning I had another heart episode. I remember a thought triggered it. My heart raced suddenly like a horse coming out of it's gate. I made myself take my daughter to school and then I walked into the backyard where my hubby was. I sat by the pool and told myself it was just anxiety. I tried to "accept" the heart symptoms. I was kind of proud of myself.
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60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato


dixibella
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   Posted 5/19/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Not that I'm glad you had another round of heart palps/racing but good for you for talking yourself through it! That's great and you should be very proud of yourself! That is hard to do when you're in the middle of feeling like things are just going crazy in your body!
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