HELPINGHANDS, Newbie with palpatations

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stkitt
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   Posted 11/21/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
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Hi everyone,

I started to get palpatations after the birth of my first child aged 22. After my second i had a bad episode of a racing heart which lasted for about 3 hrs. Since then, every now and again i get a race for about 20 mins. My last one being in August. I have been getting flutterings now every day since August but they are alot milder in feeling than the whoppers i got so start with. I had a 24hr tape and an echo done in 2004 which all came back as normal. Ive been to my docs about the recent ones and my heart sounds fine. Im at University and im doing a fairly stressful course with lots of reponsibility so im putting it down to that. The flutterings came when i was due to start back at Uni and where followed by panic attacks. The panic attacks are fine now. Im glad this forum is here as ive felt worried and freaky as none of my friends seem to experience this. I do worry from time to time that they missed something when i went to get checked out and im suddenly going to drop dead! as silly as that sounds!. Its such a horrible feeling. I try to ignore it everyday, some days are harder than others

xxx

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   Posted 11/21/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety has alot of symptoms attached with it. And palpitations are one of them. You have had all the tests and they have been normal, so its more than likely your anxiety triggering them. Welcome to Healingwell by the way! I look forward to hearing more from you.

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   Posted 11/21/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi xxx - Yes, anxiety can cause palpitations and normal test results can be encouraging. Are you taking any meds for the anxiety? Do you see a therapist? I ask because my experience with palpitations led me to several physiological causes ten years after the palpitations began. It was only by addressing the possibility of anxiety as the cause, treating it with medication and therapy, and continuing to have palpitations that I extended my search for a diagnosis. Based on my experience, I think it's a good idea to work on the anxiety and, if still relevant, the panic attacks and keep current with your doctor about palpitations. If they get worse, or you don't think you're doing better, it might be a good idea to investigate other potential causes. Also, if the palpitations are bothering you, it might be helpful to ask your doctor for meds to correct that. I was given Atenelol; another family member takes Norpace. I'm not a medical person, but did want to let you know that nothing I found out would cause a person to suddenly drop dead. I know it is disconcerting to have your heartbeat jump around and I hope you can find resolution soon. Good luck with your studies.

Rose
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HELPINGHANDS
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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Thanks everyone! I feel my anxiety comes and goes each day but the panic attacks have stopped. Thinking about it i feel the panic attacks were caused by the thought of me having palpatations or a racing heart whilst at Uni and not been in my own environment to be able to deal with it myself. Today they seem to happen when i lie down and only for a split second. its very weird. I think i may go back to my doctor again if it doesnt stop in the next month or so. This bout has been occuring since August but i havent had a bout for a few years previous to this one. I am also on a sensible diet to reduce my weight and ive taken up exercise to see if this helps. I dont seem to get palps when im on my cross trainer, ive lost about 9lbs so far!!! lol

Willowrose
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   Posted 11/22/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
helpinghands - One of the results of my cardiac work-up, including stress tests over a period of years, was to find out that my heartbeat regularity increased during exercise. Maybe that is the case with you, too. It sounds like you are doing all the right things.

Rose
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HELPINGHANDS
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   Posted 11/24/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
What do you mean Rose please? Thanks

nellebutter
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   Posted 11/26/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Helpinghands and welcome. I think it will make you feel a little better to let you know that your story sounds just like mine. My palpitations also started after the birth of my first child, six months to be exact. I went to several docs until I finally found one who gave me a 2d echo and a holter monitor for 24hrs. My results came back fine also. Of course like you said , I had convinced myself that there was some underlying condition that was overlooked by the docs. My palpitations have no pattern and are sometimes there when I feel completely free of anxiety, I don't get it. They also come when I am laying down thus causing me to worry and making it hard for me to calm down and go to sleep. Sometimes I have periods where I don't get them for weeks or months its so weird. So there you have it, you are definetly not alone in this. By the way good luck in your studies and I look forward to talking to you more.

Nelle
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HELPINGHANDS
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   Posted 11/30/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nelle,

Thanks for your reply. I get them too when i lay down, mainly when im on my left side. How long have you been having them for now? Am still getting a few a day and am hoping that soon theyll pass like last time and i wont get one for a while! My husband tells me to just think "right that was one, lets get on with the rest of my day!" which is ok sometimes!! lol I do think mine is due to anxiety most times but sometimes its unexplained like yours and i think to myself that ive had a really lovely day so why did i get one!! Am glad that our histories are so similar and it does help greatly, thanks alot

x

dixibella
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   Posted 12/1/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Helpinghands!
I have regular palpitations, triggered by stress and anxiety. Sometimes they are really bothersome and I just can't seem to "get out of my head" that I'm going to kick the bucket. Prior to my initial diagnosis I would wake in the middle of the night with them, so bad I really did think I was a goner. I saw my GP who sent me to a Cardiologist - after many tests he confirmed that I have PVCs with infrequent SVT (racing beats), and that while they were frustrating and anxiety inducing, nothing to worry about - he prescribed Toprol to help ease the palps when they were really bad and I went back on it for a couple of months last year when I was having trouble with them, it really helped lessen the intensity and lets me get past it, I find that once I get them under control I can get my anxiety back in check, which then allows me to go off the medication. For me, its a good way to break the Palps-Anxiety-Palps cycle. I also notice the palps worse when I'm lying down, but I think it has more to do with the fact that when I'm being quiet and restful, they're just so much more obvious - its a sneaky little way stress has of catching you when you get a moments peace! I also notice when I exercise the palps get better, I've often wondered if it was because your body is using up the excess adrenaline from stress/anxiety and putting it into the treadmill, instead of backfiring into palpitations and panic attacks!
It sounds like you're doing well holding your own, but don't be afraid to go to your doctor for help and definitely ask questions. Its your body and your life, if you feel like they are really getting to you, go get help. Really I'm not a big one for medication but for me it was a lifesaver and helped me get out of the panic rut!
Good luck!
~Dixi

nellebutter
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   Posted 12/1/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Helpinghands in response to your question I have been having them for about 3 years now. With some periods in between where I may go weeks or months without having one.
This too shall pass...


HELPINGHANDS
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   Posted 1/2/2010 2:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Happy New Year!!!!

I hope everyone had a palpation free christmas!! I wasnt too bad until new years eve when i had afew whilst trying to fall asleep! Hows everyone been?. Thanks for all the messages youve sent me, its really helped

HH xxx

stkitt
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   Posted 1/2/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
HELPINGHANDS


Happy New Year too and glad to read you have been doing well. We are glad you have found some support and comfort in joining this great forum.



Stick with us and do feel free to post in any thread that you are interested in.



Take care,



Kitt

ocean1
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   Posted 1/2/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I too suffer from palpitations. Seems like a common symptom with us here and I notice mine more at night and when just sitting around doing nothing. You'd think it would be those times that they would fade out as I am relaxed but seems like that is when it is worst. I have had mine since the anxiety began years ago and I had all the cardiac tests and saw a cardiologist and every test came back normal. Chalk it up to anxiety. Saw a therapist for a while and got some advice from her on breathing techniques and CBT that does seem to help. There are also times when I don't have the palpitations at all and then they come back. I don't claim to understand the causes or how to "fix" them and have learned to tell myself (my brain) that I am okay and it is just a side effect of the anxiety. I hope this helps some. Please know you are not alone.

Carly18
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   Posted 1/22/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had palpitations for the last 26 years. The first few years I didn't know what was happening, I felt the beats in my throat. After a few years of feeling this it all became clear when I got a stomach flu and vomited, this cause my heart to become irregular and I spent the next several days in the hospital with a number of tests ran........all came back normal. Since then I have had palpitations on and off. I have taken medicine for it but not on a regular basis. I have to be careful about getting stomach flu. I have since then ended up in the hospital two more times with irregular beats after throwing up. When I have a period of time of stress and the palpitations start I find comfort in knowing, one that they aren't going to cause me to die and two as long as my heartbeats return to normal I will be will be okay. Last year I had an MRI of my heart and everything was fine so with all the tests I have had also brings me comfort. So if you continue to have these flutterings have some tests done so you know there's nothing serious once that's done just remember when these start that you are okay.
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