Palpitations, skipped beats and anxiety

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ryates80
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   Posted 4/16/2013 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had anxiety for some time, but the last year has been the worst. I am convinced (off and on) that something is seriously wrong with my heart. First it was that I was going to have a heart attack. Now it's a heart rhythmn problem.

I've had 3 appts with the cardiologist in the last year (EKG, echo, stress test, now waiting on holter monitor) and numerous trips to the ER. Everything is always normal.

I try to explain to family that I don't make these sensations up. That I'm terrified and tired of living this way. I even had a sensation while taking the stress test and they said nothing showed up. I have flutters occasionally, skipped beats and strange sensations in my throat, along with the adrenaline rushes every time. I can't fall asleep without them and then wake up in the early morning and can't sleep.

I have an appt with a therapist coming up and waiting on approval for the holter monitor. At this point I'm terrified that I'll be dead before I can get answers. Although my family always asks when is it going to be enough. Anyone else have these symptoms?

JPE004
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   Posted 4/16/2013 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ohh my goodness YES!!! This is exactly what I have been complaining of! My flutters are in the bottom of my throat. It literally feels like my heart skips beats and my breathing gets compressed for a split second and I get a major adrenaline rush. I am not making mine up either... but I've been searching for an answer and haven't gotten any. I had a normal EKG and even wore a cardiac event monitor for 3 weeks and nothing showed up abnormal.

You are not alone. I have the same fear that I will suddenly die and not have any answers. I feel like the people I tell brush it off because its not them going thru this. Its absolutely terrifying!!! No rhyme or reason why it happens either. Doesn't matter whether I am relaxed getting ready for bed, sitting at my desk at work or driving down the road. It happens randomly.

I see my therapist once a week and she said that it sounds like the same thing other anxiety suffers have complained of. That was kind of reassuring to know it is a symptom of anxiety... but then there is the "what if". I'm trying to find piece of mind with it and giving it less attention so I don't fear it as much. If you get any answers please let me know!

Best of luck to you!
I am driven to overcome this anxiety not only for myself but for my two little boys!

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

ryates80
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   Posted 4/16/2013 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely will! I just want to know if this is real or if it's somatic. I've heard of women who believe they're pregnant and will themselves to look and feel pregnant. So I assume the same could be true for the things we are convinced are happening. It just really sucks to feel as if you're going to drop dead at any time. Every night I kiss the kids goodnight thinking that I won't see them again. Ugh, now I'm tearing up!

I think I should have went to school for something besides nursing, lol. My husband tells me all the time that he wishes I was dumber :) But as I'm sure you know all logic goes out the window when you're in the moment.

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/16/2013 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, this is all too common, go through all the tests because people like us don't believe it when someone
just tells us were ok, but after you have jumped through all the hoops come back here and read every post
you can and then some more. I bet more than 50% of us have the exact same symptoms/thoughts.

You can do like me and wast 30 years living in fear, or you can start to live.

This is the starting line.

Prayers for you Both.

Larry ***

JPE004
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   Posted 4/16/2013 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, yes and yes. I fear leaving my children. I often think when tucking them in to sleep what it would be like if they didn't have their mommy :( Drives me crazy I think of this stuff. I went to school for medical assisting and work in the healthcare field currently. Not a good thing for anxiety sufferers I'm convinced ;)

Just last week I asked my husband "what would you do if I just dropped dead because my heart stopped?" It sounds so silly... but to me in the moment I'm convinced its reality. I FEEL it. I fear it, I live it, I breathe it. I was told my heart is completely fine and functions normal. Well, then why do I have this ever so scary symptom? I've been blaming anxiety....
I am driven to overcome this anxiety not only for myself but for my two little boys!

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

ryates80
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   Posted 4/16/2013 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel. I ask my husband things like that also. He just looks at me like I've lost my mind lol. The cardio nurse called back about my holter, but my 2 year old answered and hung up on her before I could get it. Guess I'll have to hope for the beat til tomorrow.


When you get those feelings can you feel your pulse pause also?

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/16/2013 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought that I had told everyone by now, after wasting 30 years of good life, I had a Heart Attack age 59, while I was recovering from a triple bypass I had a lot of thinking to do. You can bet your sweet butt I
thought about death, however this time from a different angle. (just to clarify a few things, I have had
every fear, symptom, everything I have ever read on this forum) "Not one even came close to a real
heart attack". I will go into details no further about it.
I was extremely lucky, I had no damage to my heart, I had no limits put on me by my heart surgeon, so I
quit wasting my life. Yes I still have some anxiety but I mentally spit in the face of Panic, it stole way to much of my life, it gets no more. This is my life motto. God ordained that a person be born once and once to die, "I will not ever again die every day"! What hurts me now days is seeing so many people who are doing what I once did. People often think of death but the first time we get the big panic attack is the first time we deal with the real fear of dying, it is horrible. (Imagine a knock on your door, you say whos there. answer I'm your mortality! you say go to hell away I don't want anything to do with you. it says you might as well open up I'm not going away, After thinking for a while you realize it is right so lets get it over with. You open the door, it's the most beautiful Angel ever seen you are frozen, it steps up to you and embraces you and gives you the most shocking wet kiss you have ever had. What do you do now, you have met it, and you will never be the same, not like before). "Now you must make a choice, to live in constant fear"?
Or what? Well we do not know when this Angle will knock again, "we can live in terror, or we can choose
to Live"! "It is my belief that the only cure for the fear of death is to Live, Love, Laugh, smell a flower,
watch ant's go about their business, listen to a bird sing, and every once in a while Thank God for Today!
I do not have all the answers to life but I sure as hell have eliminated a lot of the questions!
I Love You All, Join me in this Life!
Larry ***

Post Edited (lgm1942) : 4/16/2013 8:54:28 PM (GMT-6)


ryates80
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   Posted 4/16/2013 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Larry. You have such a great outlook. I hope that soon I can begin to feel the same :)

SpoiledSAHM
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   Posted 4/16/2013 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Larry, you are awesome!

RYATES, I get them constantly. They take my breath away and literally stop me in my tracks.

I've had every test under the sun come back clear.

Anxiety is the culprit.

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/16/2013 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryates, I wish it were possible to be everyone's daddy, all I can do is hold
everyone in my heart and Prayers.

Larry ***

SAHM, I would spoil you!

Larry ***

JPE get in here for your Hug!

Larry ***

JPE004
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   Posted 4/16/2013 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Ahh, love you Larry!!

Ryates 80- yes, I feel my pulse pause/flutter very strongly in the bottom of my throat if that makes sense. I panic lol. I'm sorry your lil one answered your awaited call :-( I have a 2 yr old as well & he loves mommys phone :-) just know that this symptom hasn't hurt you yet & I doubt it will. That's what keeps me functioning. Keep posting & I hope the replies are comforting to see your not alone.
I am driven to overcome this anxiety not only for myself but for my two little boys!

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/17/2013 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Ryates I predict you will be on here giving good guidance to other in a very short time.

Larry ***

Littlepetal
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   Posted 4/17/2013 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this too from time to time...so if that many of us have it it makes me feel more assured that it is....panic, fear, anxiety...

Apparently hearts miss beats, flutter, do all kinds of odd things ALL the time and most people (like your hubby, and believe me, my hubby!!) would never notice it at all because they're not putting every ounce of concentration into it!

It's like watching a little toddler breathe...they are never ever aware..I watch my beautiful Grace who is 2 breathe, play, chatter etc and see the fearlessness...the unawareness...the trust..

We need to reclaim that!

Prayers!

LP

ryates80
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   Posted 4/17/2013 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, my hubby had open heart surgery as a baby and has an irregular heartbeat. Yet he goes to the gym and plays drums and never thinks about it. His motto is, "it's beating so I'm fine". He says I worry too much.

The cardio called back and they have me set to do a 30 day event monitor. I'm going to see if I actually have to wear it for 30days or if I can stop once I get the sensations recorded. I just really hope it finds nothing so I can say its all in my head.

Thank you all for listening and sharing. It helps so much to hear your stories also:)

ryates80
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   Posted 4/18/2013 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Today has not been a good day for me. All I keep thinking is that the monitor will say something bad or I'll die before I can find out. I've been having the sensations, palpitations or whatever they really are today. Tried to lay down and when I laid on my left side I had what felt like twitching over my ribs and now that area is sore. So now I'm sitting at my sons ballgame thinking about the er. Ugh, I just want to be normal again :(

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/18/2013 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Things will get better for you. You will get your test results which I am sure will prove reassuring...and you just got started in therapy right?

It does take awhile for the benefits to be noted, but they will come.:)

Try to be patient with yourself and the process...and know that we have been there, understand and are cheering you on!

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 4/18/2013 11:13:21 PM (GMT-6)


lgm1942
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   Posted 4/18/2013 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryates, My Wife is 67 and has been a life time PAD sufferer, Guess what she has irregular heart beat and
two defective heart valves, most of us really don't have a heart problem, but we are hard to convince.

Her Cardiologist only recommended lots of walking and aspirin!

You are in our Prayers!

Larry ***

ryates80
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   Posted 4/21/2013 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok so, I have this event monitor on since Friday and its making my anxiety so much worse. It beeps if I stand up, walk or anything where I move. So after it beeps I spend the next while waiting for either the phone to ring and them telling me to go to the hospital or to drop dead. I know it has certain parameters and its probably just my heartrate increasing but it's about to drive me insane. Anyone have any experience with these?

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/21/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
When I wore one they just kept a 24hr ekg running, now days a lot more data is in the system, you need to
keep a journal and write down exactly what you are experiencing each time it makes a beep.
I bet when you get your report it will show no unusual events.

Larry ***

ryates80
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   Posted 4/21/2013 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The thing is when it beeps I have no symptoms. When I have the sensations I was worried about it doesn't pick up anything wrong. I think it's detecting heartrate change but the won't tell me the parameters the doctor set. I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if anything showed up, if not I'm not going to continue wearing it.

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/21/2013 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't understand it either, I thought the beeps were coordinated with your sensations, it's possible it could
be defective, in which case its just going to frustrate you. I think the Dr's make us wear these things
because we are so hard to convince that we are ok.
Best of luck what ever you decide.

Larry ***

Dee75
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   Posted 4/22/2013 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
i've been having the same problems that my friends have. I have  high blood presser, high colesterol, anxiety, depression. I get short of breath, heart papilations,left arm hurts. They don't find anything really wrong with me.
I did have a lymuph ectomy  and they removed 19 lymph nods. This can cause my left arm to hurt if I over do.I try to keep positive and realize I've gone throught this before and I'm still here. I'm 83 started piano lessons ,got a treadmill,have two adorable dogs, lovely hubby, 2 daughters, 3grandchildern, all married and 4 grandaughters.
I do worry about the medications.Itake severaf medications and I'm doing pretty good with them. Have sleep problems,but  i think that goes along with the rest of the package. Hope you all have a peaceful night! Hugs!!!                        !
 

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 4/22/2013 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Dee,

You sound nothing short of Super Woman to me!:)

To take up piano lessens, and do your treadmill...plus are the matriarch of a big, happy family is downright heroic if you ask me.

You have much to be grateful for, and though anxiety and health issues do try to rob our joy...I can tell from your post that you will keep postive and not let that happen.

Keep up the good work, and keep letting us know how you are doing, so that we can be of support!

Talk to you soon,

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 4/22/2013 8:07:01 AM (GMT-6)


ryates80
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   Posted 4/27/2013 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I wore the event monitor for 3 days (suppose to be 30). It was making me a nervous wreck. The nurse said all it picked up was a fast heartrate. So I was ok for all of 24 hours. Then I keep having this "quivering" feeling in my chest, so of course I think they missed something or I should have left it on. I swore I would stop after the monitor but it just changes into another symptom. How do I know if its anxiety at this point?

I also was speaking with my mom and made some discoveries. My stepdad died suddenly about 9 years ago from his heart stopping. Until that point my anxiety was general health and driving alone triggered. My heart obsession started after his death. I didn't realize that his alcohol level is probably what killed him though. It was 4. something plus Prozac and Xanax. So I think his death triggered this.

lgm1942
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   Posted 4/27/2013 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryates, Don't turn over the rocks with the snakes under them, turn over those with toad frogs and turtles, let a butterfly of any kind lite on your finger or nose, watch a sunrise or sunset, give thanks,
not in words but in feelings, let yourself Love God no matter what is going on around you.
Mediation with and in your Spirit!

You are ok!

Larry ***
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