Posted 10/27/2011 5:10 AM (GMT -7)
Hi everyone, i'm here in an attempt to cull my worry
I'll start with some information I'm a 22 year old male, I'd like to think of myself as healthy..i've been exercising 4-5 days a week since I was 16, I started suffering from very bad anxiety/panic disorder at around 13..it tends to come in bouts from unknown triggers and each time it re-appears it brings new symptoms..but tends to follow a pattern of previous ones. When these attacks started I called 911, went to the emergency room had loads of tests done to rule things out, EKG, tests for pre-sincopy (sp?) and various other ones..since then i've had multiple EKGs, worn the heart monitor- all came back normal...So i chalked it up to anxiety- When I was younger than 13 though (this information may be relevant or not) I use to suffer from horrible migraines, and I would vomit non stop...now I bring this up because I later assumed these episodes were also due to stress. (these episodes happened from about age 6-11)
Ok so i'll get to it.. every now and then I will get the heart "flutter" feels like it jumps out of your chest and knocks you back for a second, oddly It seemed to happen seasonally.. I usually shrugged it off seeing as my heart was healthy and I am young..Usually with these I have noticed stomach gas, and acid..I've (always) had acid but the trigger for it I have no idea, because sometimes Ill eat a type of food be fine, and sometimes Ill wake up with a sore throat and stomach acid in my mouth lol.. Well about four weeks ago I started having bad anxiety attacks again.. the doctor prescribed me lexapro and xanax, I've yet to take either seeing as I usually work it out holistically, i've been taking vitamin D, B-complex, and saw palmetto daily...and my anxiety was really coming around..until Two days ago.
Saturday night I went out drinking with a bunch of buddies, this spanish place, had cup after cup of sangria, some spanish food (salsa)..then continued drinking all types of things at the bar. I wake up sunday I one or two heart flutters, ok no big deal... Monday comes.. Im having one, once an hour..however it's obvious im acidic and gassy.. so I try to relax, no biggie I'll be fine tomorrow... tuesday comes no better.. Ok my anxiety is winding up and i'm starting to really freak out here, so bad that I reach for the xanax, but I'm scared to take it because "what if" It interferes with my heart and causes a real problem (silly I know but that's my train of thought..) I have not slept yet tonight because I'm so nervous..the flutters were less today..but it's like im obsessing over it in my head so much im worried I can replicate them or something. I've never been checked for a hiatal hernia, which i've read can cause palpitations, I've read that GERD can..but i've never been to a GI and diagnosed.. Halloween is coming up and I spent a lot of time organizing a lot of stuff but i'm afraid to even move positions from my bed because it might trigger one...i'm in a rough spot because I have no medical insurance either, and I was reading through this forum and saw some guy said something how his doctor said he was "fine" but years later esophageal spasm caused some sort of plaque burst heart attack? I don't know but now i'm even more worried..
If anyone could maybe make sense of these for me It would help a lot...