PVCs Sucking the joy of life

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   Posted 5/17/2011 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have suffered from PVCs off and on for years...Recently within the last few months they have been soooooo noticeable and have really interfered with my work and feeling comfortable in my own body. The fluttering ones don't really bother me...but as of late I have been having the hard thumps, the kind that make you feel a little funky and then your anxiety runs with it. devil I have had all the tests done even a month long halter test. Haha and they didn't find anything wrong...go figure. It's really hard when you are working and need to be "ON" and you start having an episode and think "oh god is this it, am I going to die right now?" All the while not trying to look like an idiot in front of your client. I don't know why they have been more noticeable...I do note that they seem to come in cycles....but sometimes I feel trapped and scared to live my life cause I am afraid that I will have a bad episode and not be able to get help if need be. My older sister suffers PVCs as well. She started taking lexapro two years ago and swears that it has helped cut down the amount of PVCs that she experiences...she has been urging me to give it a try. What are any of your thoughts? I have notice that as my job becomes more demanding and stressful my PVCs happen more. I love my job I am a commercial photographer and it's not that I can't deal with stressful situations...I think I can over think and obsess on how to make the shoots perfect and I think that pressure builds and results in PVCs at least for me. I also notice that when I bend down fast my heart skips and it drives me crazy because as a photographer I am always having to crouch or bend and move to get the right shot...I ****ing hate PVC's UGH!! It's really nice to read that I am not the only one who suffers these stupid things

Sorry for the sting of thoughts...any comments would be awesome!!!


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   Posted 5/18/2011 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell.

Heart palpitations have been described in numerous ways. It can be a feeling of your heart pounding, a racing heartbeat. Some people describe feeling as if they have skipped a heartbeat followed by strong heartbeats. Other people may feel their heartbeat becomes irregular, feeling as if they have periods of weak heartbeats and then periods of rapid heartbeats.

Developing strategies for coping with heart palpitations, before they occur, can help to minimize the stress associated with them. Sometimes, when you begin to have heart palpitations, worry about having a heart attack increases your anxiety. When you add additional stress to an anxiety attack, you intensify the symptoms of the anxiety attack rather than decreasing symptoms. Accept your heart palpitations and try to change your focus to something else, such as your breathing. As you focus switches, your heartbeat will slowly return to normal.

Although heart palpitations can feel as if you are experiencing a life-threatening episode, remembering they are not dangerous or harmful can go a long way toward learning to control, manage and live with heart palpitations and anxiety attacks.

If you feel you are in danger always call you Dr. or present to the ER.  You have had a complete work up so try to believe that you are OK.

You are in good company here !



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   Posted 6/7/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow you are one of the few people who describe your PVCs the same way I describe mine. I'm usually anxiety forum but I thought I should stop by here to see if anyone else feels they way I do. I have also had the same tests you have had thay all came bck normal. My PVcs also act up when I bend over and now that I'm pregnant I get them more often. It is hard trying to just keep going as if they're nothing especially when the strong ones hit. I'm glad someone else can relate to what I'm going through and Kitt always makes me feel better about things.

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   Posted 6/9/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get them all day, some as strong as you describe. I never did the holter, but I had a stress test and an echo done in October and no problems were detected. I started taking 500 mgs of magnesium a day (250 with breakfast and 250 with lunch) and that helped tremendously. It took a couple weeks to feel the difference. I still get them at night, especially when I lay on my back trying to fall asleep, but never feel them during the day anymore. I wish I could help more.
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