Checking pulse all the time!

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1ofhissheep
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   Posted 3/2/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Please dont laugh,..but.....lately I have been on this kick where I check my pulse like every half hour or so! I am obsessed with my heart rate. I am always worried it is beating too fast or too slow. Does anyone else have a habit of doing this??? Usually when I am laying in bed or sitting watching tv it beats around 66 beats per min. Is that low???( normal?) Like right now I just checked it and it is 78-80. I guess I am just not sure when I should be concerned. Thanks!
 
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   Posted 3/2/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dawn,

I have a habit of doing this because I get worried when my heart rate is too high (always due to anxiety) but you can get into a bit of a circle of this and become so aware of your heart rate and your heart beating, it becomes a bit obsessive.

They say a normal heart rate is between 60-80 beats per minute. 66 is an extremely fit heartrate so you should be pleased with that. When I am really anxious, mine can be 100.
I have come to learn that anxiety can not damage my heart so I try to worry less and check my pulse less.

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   Posted 3/2/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
The more you check it the more anxious you will be........................
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   Posted 3/2/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe that many do this and seems to me your pulse is fine
As was said the more you check the more anxiety it may cause
Just my opinion as well
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   Posted 3/2/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
SnowyLynne said...
The more you check it the more anxious you will be........................


That's probably true.

I was recently on a kick where I checked my temperature all the time. I know it's silly, but for a while there I would check it whenever anxiety would come on just to see what it was doing to me. There was this thermometer that I had that must've been inaccurate, too, and that led me to believe I was actually sick once. All the sudden it started reading 100+ and that was a long night, let me tell you. Finally I went out to the 24 hr. pharmacy and bought a new one, and my fake fever just magically disappeared. Sometimes I'd check my temperature with the old thermometer and it would read a little high even though I was feeling fine, and a few times that was enough to get the anxiety started. Getting the new thermometer was a good idea, I guess...but I shouldn't have been at its mercy to begin with.

It's probably not a good idea to check your vitals all the time, just like it's not a good idea to look up your symptoms on the internet. Sometimes it can reassure you but it's a really, really bad habit to get into because without realizing it you're LOOKING for things to go wrong.

As for heart rate, I don't really know what's low. I actually thought low was good, assuming the heart is still beating which yours apparently is. In any event, I do know that heart rate (like temperature) fluctuates a lot during the day. Activity, emotions, metabolizing calories...a lot of things can affect it. Monitoring it constantly wouldn't really do any good whatsoever unless you were charting the results in an effort to determine if a pattern existed, but then you'd need to do it automatically in real time. That's unrealistic unless you're in the hospital or you own your own holter device.

My advice would be to squeeze a tennis ball or something whenever you feel the desire to check your heart rate. Victoria's right that this sort of thing can become a compulsion, just like me and that stupid thermometer.

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   Posted 3/2/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Great input Victoria and Debaser
Thanks so true about the net searching and themometers I had that for awhile too
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   Posted 3/2/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Dawn,
 
I used to do that all the time too!  Then I also went through a stage where I would check to see if my glands were swollen...they werent at first but then they became swollen, so I went to the dr and she told me it was because I was touching them too much! LOL
 
Sarah

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   Posted 3/3/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey sarah......I used to feel my glands too!!!! It became a bit of an obsessive thing but I managed to get out of it.

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   Posted 3/3/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

anxiety sufferers sometimes pay too much attention to their bodies which of course makes the anxiety worse

our bodies work best when we ignore them


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