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uc19992004
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/19/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All:

I am a 39 year old male. In the Fall of 2008 I started experiencing a feeling that made me want to get out of my office and find some space away from wherever I was. Then, I had a hangover (would fall into social drinker category for the most part), and moved something heavy, and chopped wood while being out of shape. I had a pounding in my chest, and got pretty scared. It lasted about 10-20 seconds, but freaked me out, I told my wife, and we both agreed I should go to the ER. I did, everything came back normal. Over the course of the next 3-4 mos I went to the ER 2 more times, once when I was alone with my 2 kids. My daughter was sleeping, and I got her out of bed and loaded us all into the car during this axiety attack or whatever it is. I had the fear that I will have a heart attack or something, and they will be there with me on the floor.

I had a physical after these trips to the ER, along with a Holter monitor for a day, and a stress test. Everything has come back w/in normal limits. My blood pressure tends to run maybe a little high normal (family history possibly), especially if I have had a cup of coffee. I bought an analog (old school) bp cuff at Walgreens for $12, and I check it when I feel this awful feeling. Usually, it is 120-130 over 70-85, again usually at the lower end w/ no coffee. So, I don't seem to have high bp.

My doctor who gave me the physical prescribed ativan, and I have taken it only when I feel like I can't cope. It has calmed me down every time. Lately, the anxiety has been more frequent, and I have taken the ativan 3 days in a row.

I am trying 5-HTP, since it is the winter months, and I know that I nay have a bit of the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I lived in Seattle, and was pretty depressed after long, grey winters. I am hoping the 5-HTP will help, along with consistent exercise and mediatation. I'm also looking into foods, as is my wife, that supposedly provide anti-anxiety chemicals.

Thank you for this forum, and I hope that we can somehow help each other.

uc19992004
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   Posted 12/19/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to mention, PVC's have shown up form the Holter test, and I saw them on the screen during the stress test on the screen, and asked the cardiologist: "what is that". He said: "oh, those are PVC's, they are benign."

I had a PVC about a week ago, and I thought that I might pass out, but after it was over I felt fine, aside from the worry that there is something wrong.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/19/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
WELCOME...first off know you r no longer alone..this is a great place for support empathy n understanding as well as advice.....sounds to me like you hv anxiety for sure especially if ativan can calm you somewhat..you can do a check on Cognitive behavioural therapy ..free online..as well keep telling self its the a/p not a heart attack....sugar..coffee are def out for me ...please stay with us and keep posting u will get support i promise you that as well as other tips for controlling/beating this monster known as anxiety...be well ...lyn
                          
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nellebutter
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to the family. You will find support from a lot of caring people here. I want to tell you that I have gone through all of those heart tests that you have due to my palpitations and everything has come back normal. Still every bit of chest discomfort that I experience sends me reeling into a PA. Its amazing what anxiety can do to a person physically and I have been dealing with this for about 10yrs and I'm 31. Anyway I hope you find the support you need here.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering how you are doing..the holidays can cause more anxiety for me as well...post n let us know whats going on...lyn
                          
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uc19992004
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/25/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello

thanks for checking in. I have been doing ok. I am trying to take the ativan when it seems like I really need it, and I needed it yesterday.

I am trying 5HTP, since it may possibly increase seratonin levels. I went to the doctor here (just moved in the summer) and he wanted to start me on a low dosage of SSRI. I told him I would like to do the 5HTP, and if there is no improvement, then I will consider the SSRI.

how are you?

Happy Holidays...

kitkat32
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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 12/26/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

Glad to hear that your keeping close contact with your doctor.

Anxiety is so horrible and can really effect your life.

Just wanted to welcome you and let you know that the members here are a wonderful support system.

Peace to you...kitkat

stkitt
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   Posted 12/26/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell, the best health forum on the net..... :-) .


I am glad to hear you are being so proactive in learning ways to deal with your anxiety.



I will be following your thread to see how the 5HTP works for you and please know we are glad you have joined this forum. We are here to support each other.



Kitt
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