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AlwaysWorried
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   Posted 4/23/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I joined this forum to hopefully gain some peace of mind and advice from the members here.

I'm a 28 year old wife and mother and have a wonderful family and support system. However, no matter how many tests I have done or how many times Dr's and my family reassure me that I've perfectly healthy, I dwell on my palpitations and they are taking over my life. I just had another stress echo at the beginning of the month and it was normal and showed benign PVC's. They told me to stay away from caffeine, otc cold meds, all the usual things. I've also had bloodwork, event loop recorders and holter monitors in the past few years and they have all come back normal as well other than the PVC's.

I don't know what to do. I've tried all different anti depressants to reduce the anxiety of the palpitations, but nothing works well or the side effects are too uncomfortable to stay on. I used to take Xanax as needed, but that quit working so I tried Klonopin and it made me fall asleep even at the lowest dose. It's to the point though where I get these things and they immediately scare me and send me into panic mode or terrible panic attacks. I'm planning my whole life around the skips and it's taking it's toll on not only me, but on my husband as well because I can't just relax and enjoy things. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated...I'm at my wits end and after 5 therapists I'm starting to feel like I'm never going to get over this!!

stkitt
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   Posted 4/23/2012 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Always Worried,
 
Welcome to HealingWell.  It is notoriously hard to accept that palpitations etc are caused by anxiety not some life-threatening condition! But in the end once you do believe it, you're on the way to dealing with the anxiety. All your tests have turned out normal.

But because heart arrhythmias, skipped beats etc do increase your anxiety or even bring on panic attacks, it's best to do everything you can to learn to deal with your anxiety. Everybody has heart palpitations at some point in their life. Sometimes it is just a heightened awareness of the hearts normal beating.  Occasional extra heartbeats are experience by most everyone.  Lack of sleep, stress and caffeinated beverages can make palpitations worse.
 
People with anxiety and stress may describe a "rapid heartbeat" or "pounding" in their chest from their heart beating.
 
Wondering if you have ever tried CBT therapy to learn how to control anxiety/depression.  Here is a link to a free online site that you can work from home.  Do take a look and see if it may be something you could work on:
 
Free on-line CBT programs
 
I hope you stick with us and remember coming here and voicing your fears is a great way to help with your anxiety.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/23/2012 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi AW and welcome!

Kitt has given you some great counsel...I just wanted to say hello, assure you that you are not alone with this issue, and let you know that you can do a search here at HW to read more on this topic.

If you go to the top of the page, you will see the search icon in blue. Type in palptitations and anxiety and you will find many threads on this subject. You will find that many of us here have experienced them.

Post with us anytime.:)

Scaredy Cat
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andwes
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   Posted 4/24/2012 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had heart palpitations on and off for most of my life (I'm 64 now) so it bothers me alot that I spent all those years worrying about them....so much time I wasted with something that was basically in my own mind, not based in something physiological. I was always convinced I was going to have a heart attack in the next five minutes when in reality it was all brought on by anxiety. I know its very scarey when you experience them however, so I'll just give you a little advice on what helped me. Take long deep breaths and concentrate completely on that breathing. I also take magnesium supplements and found that those helped alot too. But the real culprit here is anxiety....and anxiety can make those palpitations worse....personally I believe it's because when we're anxious about our hearts beating irregularly that our actual breathing is more shallow because we're feeling cautious....this in turn makes those palapitations worse. At least that's my experience and opinion. I've learned alot over the years about anxiety and what it can do to your body. We all have to get those anxious feelings out and having heart palpitations is one way that happens....there are a million other physical things that we can experience and this is just one of them. So keep talking to yourself....try to talk yourself "OUT" of being worried about them. I am 99.9% certain that what you're feeling is very normal and not life-threatening....but it's you who has to believe that. Good luck.

trappedandtired
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   Posted 4/24/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
omg. I thought i was the only one with the fear of heart palpitations. i panic alllll the time about it. i cant take those kinds of meds because my body is really sensitive because i am extremely underweight. But what i recently tried was a natural product. Its been helping me out. yesterday for the first time i was able to go out to eat with out freaking out. another thing i have been using, it a technique. First shouting in your head STOP than taking a few deep slow breaths and repeating outloud or in your head. i am happy,healthy, i am fine even trying to make yourself smile and laugh. it helps me sometimes. good luck and if u ever want to talk let me know. anxiety makes u feel really lonely and exhausted.

Hibee
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   Posted 4/24/2012 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi

You have had some great input from the members so I just wanted to pop in and say hello and welcome to the forum it is good to meet you so stay with us and keep posting we are here to support you.

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dakota16
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   Posted 4/25/2012 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi alwaysworried,

Glad you came here for some advice, hope you find it all helpful.
I am similar in age to you, and suffered palpitations years ago before overcoming them naturally.
I see a recurring theme in peoples posts here, where people think there is something physically wrong with them and / or think that the palpitations are going to cause them physical harm. This is not the case. Natural born worriers are more likely to think they have health problems or be a hypochondriac! Maybe you are reluctant to admit to yourself that the problem is in your thought patterns, psychological, rather than physical!
I also got to the stage where I would have palpitations just by worrying about having them and know where you are coming from. When it gets to this stage and you are reluctant to go certain places just in case you have them - it is pretty distressing.
It is a negative thought pattern that you need to break, if you stop worrying about them they will become less frequent and stop. This is easier said than done. It took me a while to realise what was wrong and to actively change my mental attitude. It takes time and is not plain sailing!! I found this forum after a recent recurrence of anxiety, but I have got it under control again. You feel like it will never change, and you are worried that you will always be worried :) hence your name - but you can get back to normal, it can be done.. believe me.
Next time you have one in public, do not run away, stick it out, remind yourself that it will pass, tell yourself it will - you are in control of your fear, not the other way around. Good luck, keep posting and let us know how you are getting on. xx

Barbz
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   Posted 4/25/2012 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so ask yourself so what if I get heart palpitations while I'm doing something? It might be uncomfortable but it won't hurt you. The more you stress over it the higher your anxiety will be. You have to change your way of thinking.

Jen77
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   Posted 4/26/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this problem in the past. Saw the doctor several times for it. He always told me it was due to stress and anxiety. But I never really believed him either. After some testing came back normal I decided I would stop worrying about it. The less I worried the less I would get them. This also took a lot of time though. It was odd how if I thought about them I would get them. Especially at night. Good luck, I know how hard that is!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

AlwaysWorried
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   Posted 4/27/2012 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate everyone's kind words and support, thank you :-).

For those of you that have said you've successfully stopped allowing the palpitations to cause tremendous amounts of fear and discomfort, how were you able to do it and if you needed therapy to help, what type did you do?

My husband and son and I have an amazing opportunity to move to Florida and live in an almost too good to be true place and I'm refusing because my entire family lives here in PA where we are and I can't imagine being far away from my Mom and Dad...especially my Mom. She's really the only one that can give me some comfort when I'm really scared. I basically let my palpitations, skips, flops, thuds, etc rule and control my life. When I don't have them I feel like I can do almost anything and am happy and lighthearted. When they act up I'm consumed with fear and feel like I can hardly leave my home let alone be anywhere more than 10 minutes away from my comfort zone or people.

Can anxiety cause palpitations even when you don't feel anxious just based on your subconscious mind? I never had these this bad until last spring. They were always just every once in a while before that.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/28/2012 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi aW,

Yes anxiety symptoms certainly do happen when you are not aware of feeling stressed! I have had some of the worst ones when I think I am perfectly calm...I say 'think' because for those of us with anxiety...I believe that we don't realize the undercurrent of stress that we carry around with us daily.

CBT is very helpful in recovering from health related anxiety. I went through two courses of it, and went from daily panic attacks, to managing my anxiety well. I still have issues, and need to work on keeping my anxiety levels at a healthy place...but it made all the difference for me.

Now when I experience a symptom, (palpitation or other) I can use the tools that I learned while in therapy, to keep my fear in check, and not spiraling out of control!

I hope that you can look into this, and that you can consider taking that oppurtunity that has come up for your family.:)

Keep posting,

S.C.
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AlwaysWorried
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   Posted 4/30/2012 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to look into the CBT online that was posted above because I can't find any therapists in my area who are trained in that type of counseling. I really feel like I need something because my primary care physician just referred me back to my cardiologist AGAIN and I really don't know why. My cardiologist says I'm perfectly fine and healthy, yet I can't seem to wrap my head around it. My best guess is that he thinks I've tried about every anti anxiety med on the market and had no success and actually while I was on Pristiq last year is when my palpitations really started acting up badly!! Now I'm even more afraid to take anything so I think my Dr wants to see if the cardio can get through to me somehow. I go on Friday and can't wait!! This whole situation is completely out of control :-(

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 5/1/2012 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I suspect that you are right about your PCP, he/she is probably not sure what else they can tell you at this point...so they are hoping that the cardiologist is able to convince you of your heart health.

I am really glad that you are going to try the on-line therapy. I hope that it will help you to start to feel better about your health related worries, and bring down your stress levels in general.:)

Keep us updated as to how it's going.

Hoping you have a good day (w/ no palps!)

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

W.S. 57
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone experience a soreness/tiredness around the left side of the chest? I have been experiencing a bit of Heart Palpitations for around 2/3 weeks and it just seems under my armpit and my left side of chest is like a soreness typed of feeling as well as a bit of heat sensation. I just want to see if that's a normal side effect!

Thanks,

-S.W.S

poppygirl
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   Posted 5/5/2012 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, you poor thing, I know how terrifying heart palpitations can be. I once had one that lasted an hour, I called an ambulance and after about 5 mins of the paramedics being there my heart righted itself and I was fine. I now know the reason it lasted for so long was because I panicked and got myself into a right state.  I tend to get palpitations when I am extremely stressed and anxious and if I drink caffeine, it really is a no no for me.  The thing that will help is to normalise your palpitations. Once you stop being scared of them, you will reduce the liklihood of having them. Also, our heart is a strong muscle that can well cope with beating fast for a long time - when we were cave people we had to run away from sabre toothed tigers for survival and to also run long distances for hunting (well the men anyway!) so the heart is strong enough to cope with beating fast for ages! What about marathon runners, they go for miles and miles!
 
I am now not afraid of my palps, I don't like the feeling of having them, but I don't panic. Next time you have one you must lie down and try the 7/11 breathing technique. Put your hand on your abdomen and breathe in deeply through your nose for 7 seconds (or thereabouts), hold it for 3, then breathe out through your mouth giving a 'whooshing' sound for 11 seconds (or thereabouts). The key is to breathe in deeply from your abdomen, not your chest, feel your abdomen rise and fall and to breathe out for longer than you breathe in. Make yourself do this during the palpitation and your heart will just right itself.
 
Heart Palps are linked very closely to the action of the vegus nerve that runs through the body and is connected to your digestive system. If you eat too much and too fast you are likely to get a palp, also if you are overweight and /or wear tight waistbands.
 
Another tip is to press cold water onto your eyes lightly with your fingertips whilst having the palpitation, also holding your nose and blowing (like you do when your ears pop on a flight), also coughing can sometimes right the heart. I know these sound mad but my doctor told me about them and the pressing on the eyes one worked straight away for me last time!
 
Also as others have mentioned you definitely need CBT. There should be someone around you as it is a common form of therapy. Your doctor should be able to refer you or point you in the right direction. You must trust and believe that your heart is strong, nothing is going to happen to you. This has been proved to you by the medical profession, so trust it.
 
Your thoughts about your palps are what is keeping the cycle going and CBT will address these. For instance if you are thinking 'oh no, here comes another one, what I am going to do, I can't stand it!' then of course, you will panic yourself. But if you think 'here it is again, oh well, I know my heart is strong and healthy, I will breathe and it will pass' then you will feel better.
 
Good luck!
 
Poppy
 
 

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 5/5/2012 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
W.S.

It sounds like it could be a musclular issue, but if you haven't been in for a check-up lately, then now would probably be a good time. Discuss it with your doc, along with all of your other symptoms.

I am sure that it is nothing to worry about, but it's always wise to check anything to do with the heart and the left side of your body.

Sometimes anxious, shallow breathing will cause the thoratic muscles in the chest to become fatigued and sore.  Continuing the deep breathing exercises should help you out with this. 

Let us know how you are doing soon.:)

S.C.
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"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 5/5/2012 8:08:27 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 5/5/2012 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning WS,
 
I have been having some strange feelings on the left side of my chest but have noticed it depends on what side I am lying on and it doesn't bother me when I am in the upright position.  I am chalking mine up to a musculoskeltal quirk for now and not worrying over it.
 
I know I have posted this in the past but I am going to put it into your thread here as a FYI:
 
Although chest pain is commonly attributed to heart disease, many heart patients experience a vague discomfort and they often specifically mention that pain does not seem to be an adequate description. In general, chest discomfort related to a heart attack or another heart problem may be associated with one or more of the following:
  • Pressure, fullness or tightness in your chest
  • Crushing or searing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms — particularly your left arm
  • Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, goes away and comes back or varies in intensity
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness or nausea

It can be difficult to distinguish chest pain due to a heart problem from other types of chest pain. However, chest pain that is less likely due to a heart problem is more often associated with:

  • A sour taste or a sensation of food re-entering your mouth
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain that gets better or worse when you change your body position
  • Pain that intensifies when you breathe deeply or cough
  • Tenderness when you push on your chest

The classic symptoms of heartburn — a painful, burning sensation behind your breastbone — can be caused by problems with your heart or your stomach. Reference: Mayo Staff

 
 
~~Kitt~~
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/5/2012 4:46:47 PM (GMT-6)


W.S. 57
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   Posted 5/5/2012 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks SC and Skitt for your thoughts and advice.

I've experienced it quite a bit on/off for a few weeks. I've had pretty regular exercise throughout this sympton and i don't have any
side effects from exercise (I usually don't notice or have it while excercise, or even after). I'm pretty convinced it is a side effect from my anxiety. And probably will be going to doctors sometime next week.

Thanks guys!

-S.W.S

Gillirow
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   Posted 5/5/2012 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am experiencing exactly this problem today. My anxiety is off the charts right now because I foolishly stepped down too fast on my Effexor XR; the withdrawal is HORRIBLE. I am in absolute panic mode right now: weakness, shaking, constant adrenaline, and an occasional flip-flop or PVC that of course sets me off even worse. I've taken an Ativan to calm me down, and I'm counting the seconds until it kicks in.

The thing that drives me crazy is that I'm a healthy 27-year-old with no heart problems beyond an occasional episode of PSVT (which is also completely harmless), and yet this is an obsession for me. It has been since I was 13, on and off in intensity.

Tomorrow, I'm going back to my previous Effexor dose. I've already scheduled an appointment with a good therapist, and the world isn't looking so horrible. It helps to have cats to snuggle, too.

I'm new to these boards, and this was the first heading I saw. How unbelievable that I'm not alone in this ordeal. Thank you all for existing and for sharing your experiences with others. I'm in awe of everyone here.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/5/2012 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
 

Welcome to the forum. I am glad that you have joined us. You will find we are a really caring group of members.

Wondering what dose of Effexor youu are  on ?  I weaned off of Effexor ( 150 mg)  last summer over a 3 month time frame and did not suffer any of the nasty side effects except some brain shivers which really did not bother me.  However, when I got down to 37.5 mg my Dr. started me on Celexa 20 mg telling me that I needed to be on a low dose of an SSRI so I think I exchanged one med for another.  Tricky how my Dr. worked that switch.  smhair Once I was on the Celexa I then stopped the Effexor and that went smooth.  By December I had received a letter stating I was in with the group of people who should not use Celexa because the antidepressant Celexa can causes changes in the electrical activity of the heart etc.  So I was called into the clinic for an EKG and then switched to Zoloft.

Some days you just can't win.  Zoloft made me worse so back to Effexor - sad .  I understand how you are feeling but do talk to your Dr. and ask to use the titration weaning system.  You can google the topic to see how it works.

Remember to be your own best advocate and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Kindly,

Kitt



~~Kitt~~
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AlwaysWorried
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   Posted 5/6/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
poppygirl said...
Hi there, you poor thing, I know how terrifying heart palpitations can be. I once had one that lasted an hour, I called an ambulance and after about 5 mins of the paramedics being there my heart righted itself and I was fine. I now know the reason it lasted for so long was because I panicked and got myself into a right state. I tend to get palpitations when I am extremely stressed and anxious and if I drink caffeine, it really is a no no for me. The thing that will help is to normalise your palpitations. Once you stop being scared of them, you will reduce the liklihood of having them. Also, our heart is a strong muscle that can well cope with beating fast for a long time - when we were cave people we had to run away from sabre toothed tigers for survival and to also run long distances for hunting (well the men anyway!) so the heart is strong enough to cope with beating fast for ages! What about marathon runners, they go for miles and miles!

I am now not afraid of my palps, I don't like the feeling of having them, but I don't panic. Next time you have one you must lie down and try the 7/11 breathing technique. Put your hand on your abdomen and breathe in deeply through your nose for 7 seconds (or thereabouts), hold it for 3, then breathe out through your mouth giving a 'whooshing' sound for 11 seconds (or thereabouts). The key is to breathe in deeply from your abdomen, not your chest, feel your abdomen rise and fall and to breathe out for longer than you breathe in. Make yourself do this during the palpitation and your heart will just right itself.

Heart Palps are linked very closely to the action of the vegus nerve that runs through the body and is connected to your digestive system. If you eat too much and too fast you are likely to get a palp, also if you are overweight and /or wear tight waistbands.

Another tip is to press cold water onto your eyes lightly with your fingertips whilst having the palpitation, also holding your nose and blowing (like you do when your ears pop on a flight), also coughing can sometimes right the heart. I know these sound mad but my doctor told me about them and the pressing on the eyes one worked straight away for me last time!

Also as others have mentioned you definitely need CBT. There should be someone around you as it is a common form of therapy. Your doctor should be able to refer you or point you in the right direction. You must trust and believe that your heart is strong, nothing is going to happen to you. This has been proved to you by the medical profession, so trust it.

Your thoughts about your palps are what is keeping the cycle going and CBT will address these. For instance if you are thinking 'oh no, here comes another one, what I am going to do, I can't stand it!' then of course, you will panic yourself. But if you think 'here it is again, oh well, I know my heart is strong and healthy, I will breathe and it will pass' then you will feel better.

Good luck!

Poppy


Thank you so much for this reply! I'm having such a hard time right now and my palpitations are putting me in a constant state of fear and worry even when I'm not having them because they scare me so much. I just saw the PA at my cardiologists office again on Friday and he reassured me that I was going to be fine and that my palps were definitely nothing to worry about because they would not harm me in any way. Well, I'm still stressing over them and now I have this pressure in the top of my head and it's causing me anxiety! I just can't win. I'm exhausted from the time I get up until the time I go to sleep and I just feel so frustrated that I'm constantly consumed with worry and fear. This morning has been hard for me with anxiety and it's Sunday, I should be enjoying the weekend with my son and I'm of course all wrapped up in my symptoms. Sigh...

Bosmer
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   Posted 5/13/2014 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I've been experiencing heart palpitations for a little over a year now. At one point my thyroid hormone level was lower than normal so I thought heart palpitations were one of the symptoms, at least that what the doctor told me. The doc put me on vitamin D as it was severely low due to me working a night job for 3 years. After the treatment my thyroid hormone had stabilized but I still get heart palpitations and wake up during the night sometimes, feeling very anxious and the adrenaline just intensifies. I have to get up and keep busy on something else to take attention off of my heart. I notice drinking sometimes will give me severe anxiety after it wears off. Hangovers are particularly bad as I'm not only exhausted but extremely anxious. I'm mainly writing this in the hopes that someone with a similar issue will happen upon it. I just hope I don't have to deal with this for the rest of my life. Well thanks for listening.

-Bosmer

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 5/13/2014 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bosmer and welcome!

I am sorry that you are dealing with these symptoms.:(

You mentioned working with your doctor which is a great first step...to rule out any physical issues and treat them.

What about anxiety managment? Was anything brought up about treatment options?

We have some great self-help calming techniques/stress relieving exercises in our Resources (main page, 1st post) that are really helpful at relieving physical anxiety symptoms such as palps.

Keep posting with us...and feel free to start a new thread of introduction for yourself at anytime.

Scaredy Cat
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Grace1995
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   Posted 7/16/2014 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad to hear I am not the only one dealing with heart palpitations/flutters. I had my first one when I was only in 8th grade, (I just graduated high school). about last August, they started getting bad. But they come in periods of time, and some can last all day... anyone else go through that, too, that many of them? Went to the doctor, had 2 EKGS, one of them had a palpitation show up on it but the doctor didn't give much thought and said it was adrenaline? All I know is that they are uncomfortable, not painful though. But can be very scary. It goes like, beat 1, 2, 3, ...4, with 4 being a hard thump. Who else has this? My whole family thinks its anxiety, but I didn't know anxiety could do all this. I definitely have a history with anxiety and stress, and 2 of my family members (my aunt and grandma) have heart palpitations too.

pattygirl
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   Posted 7/17/2014 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My first anxiety attack was over palpatations.. Actually I thought my heart stopped! Had my first panic attack which brought on a choking sensation afterwards that lasted 2 months! ugh.. We were leaving for Florida the next day and it stayed with me through my entire vacation. I went to a clinic in town and they told me I had acute anxiety and gave me xanax for my throat and had to have a follow up when I got home with my family Dr. They checked me over thoroughly and I felt pretty assured but the choking never left. I didn't take meds either but when I got home and went to family dr. he gave me test and all was normal.
He prescribed a benzo which I never took (again) and eventually it left me..I can't remember what I did, I guess I got on with my life and now when I have these I distract myself..They still come on when I'm relaxed or laying down and I get up and move around till they're gone..I don't like the feeling but they no longer scared me.

This happen in 29 years ago and I was panic free until the 90's when I went off HRT.. ugh.. I haven't been the same and can't sleep well either :(

Good luck to you.. I pray you find relief..Now I'm dealing with other anxieties- I keep praying
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