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momoflots
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/7/2012 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Well where to begin...I am new to this form and am so glad there are people that can relate  to what I am going through.
Pvcs started a couple years ago and have came off and on since then. I have been to the ER convinced that I was dieing on more than one occasion. The dr has done all the test you can do(2stress tests, ekg, 3holter monitors , echos,  dopplers and even a heart cath) all is goood. BUT none of that seems to matter when I am having one of my episodes. I am in day 6 of a horrible bout of them. 3 to 15 per minute depending on activity...My family dr is on maturnity leave, so when I called to set up a appointment the rn called back and told me after a long descion that I may want to consider therapy! Great! Really?? They have me on Effexor, Xanax and Terormin nad now I need a shrink!!
/Can anyone tell me something encouraging?? I will propably be going back to the er soon if I cant get a hold of  the fear I'm going through.
Thanks to all who read this!

AlwaysWorried
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   Posted 7/8/2012 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there...just want to say that you certainly aren't alone in dealing with your PVC's and I know first hand how scary they can be. I just actually posted a response in the "PVC's are ruining my life" thread if you want to take a look at it, but I'm willing to bet that for you, me and most other PVC suffers, our anxiety is to blame.

You're fine and you're going to be fine. I just started CBT therapy for my anxiety and really love it so far and I'm about two months into it almost at this point. Going to a therapist is nothing to scoff at or be ashamed of. If it helps you then that's all that matters.

I was once told that benign PVC's are no more capable of transforming into something dangerous than a giraffe is capable of turning into a lion. We need to be at peace with ourselves...relax...take time to enjoy life and be in the moment and trust our Dr's. They know what they're talking about and a dangerous heart problem can't hide from them. I used to always say that they weren't catching my crazy heart rhythm when I'd have skips, flutters, slow pulse, fast pulse, feel faint and weird all coming consecutively, but my cardiologist and nurses at the office all said that an abnormality doesn't have to be caught on a recording to be deemed dangerous. If it's there it's there and it can't hide just because it didn't happen when they were looking. Try to take comfort knowing that.

I feel for you, I really do and the best thing we can do is face our fears no matter how many times we have to until we realize there is nothing to be afraid of. Hugs to you :-)

momoflots
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   Posted 7/10/2012 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so very much for replying to my post. Please don't think that I was making light of therapy, I agree, if it works great, Its just so very frustrating that there is nothing they can do for the pvcs. When your having a "episode" you just feel so very alone and no one understands you. I feel so debilatated. It is terrifying. I find myself having a good morning, than wham here we go. Then I go and sit and count how many I'm having then I get my stethescope and listen....like I know what I'm doing!! I started taking 250mgs of Magnisium, I have read that many sufferers have a defiency (misspelled im sure) that doesn't show up on blood work if they are not directly looking for it. Today...is better than yesterday. I don't beleive I'm having less (haven't counted this morning, yet) but I'm obviously still here, so I'm not dying, right? But then there is the other side (I call it the evil side) that is saying they have missed something and you better run to that ER...I have four children, I sooooo don't have time for this!!
Blessings to you and thanks again for taking the time to make me feel better xoxo

Cierramj2010
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   Posted 7/14/2012 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
momoflots ,

i understand exactly what you are going through i started having these pvc right after i graduated high school 2 years later they feel as if they have gotten worse!... but everyday is a new day and a new challenge we can beat these palps i know we can !.

Hanna91
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   Posted 7/14/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I get these quite often, so I know exactly how you feel! My Doctor is convinced it's something to do with the vagus nerve, which is being stimulated by excess stomach acid (I also have Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disorder, apparently). Do you have any other symptoms with the PVCs, or do they occur on their own?

momoflots
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   Posted 7/16/2012 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read recently that there is a relation to stomach acid and pvcss! I wish I knew how to find it again, but I'm sure if you google pvcs and stomach acids you should find it. It was written by a man who suffers from what you are saying also. I could not relate, since I do not have the same issues, but you might find it quite comforting, Hanna91.
I hope you can find the article...God's blessings!
I'm still managing with mine "bout" No ER trip, which is a great step for me.

Dustin32
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   Posted 7/17/2012 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive been dealing with my Pvc's for 7 months now on and off. I do have GAD and can get stressed out very easily. So far I have had an ekg and blood test, which both came back good.
I dont smoke. I dont drink caffiene. I will never quit drinking but i have contained it down to one day a week now. I was drinking about 5 days a week . so far i feel good. I am getting a 2 week holter monitor put on and a Echo done soon. Im sure everything will come back Beniegn. and then i can really challenge my brain . My Dr told me once everything comes back negative i will have to retrain my brain that everything is fine. Also exercising and eating healthy is HUGE.

I have Read alot on the supplement c0-q10 . a little pricey but ill take anything that has very VERY low side affects with amazing benefits to the body especially your cardiovascualr system. magnesium, calcium. im eating everything my dr says i can.. when it comes down to it , the more you focus on them the more they will come. get out side walk talk run exercise, go on hikes. clear your mind...stay positive you are not dieing. cheers from Canada

Dustin32
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   Posted 7/17/2012 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S i do have a crutch for when i get really Upset about the PVC'S. i do take Ativan from my DR. only when needed. IM also speaking with a anxiety stress councellor once a week.
Stay BUSY . I find doing things like washing my cars. and cutting grass things that you need 100% of your mind to do works wonders. good luck :]

bobbie1401
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   Posted 7/20/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I just joined the forum and i too have episodes that last only for a few seconds. although about 2 months ago i woke up at 4:30 am with my heart flipping and flopping and wouldn't stop. my breathing became labored, couldn't speak very well and my nerves were through the ceiling. it was a afib. my son took me to the er and after 20 minutes my heart calmed down. the panic i experienced was horrible and i'm sure i caused it from fear of dying. I tried very hard to control the fear and it helped calm me. I'm now on Sotalol and warrifin sotalol is to slow the heart down and the warrifin is to prevent the blood from cloting so i don't have a stroke. I've had all kinds of tests and my heart is in very good condition BUT my electrical part of the heart and the part that controls the beating goes haywire when it wants. I understand that an ablation can be done where they go in through the groin with a little tube of sort and zap the area that causes the episodes. i haven't had it done because the new medication they changed me to seems to be working pretty good. i still get an occasional episode but it's no way as bad as the others i was getting. i stay away from caffeine, chocolate, cheese MSG and any foods with preservatives as much as i can. Nitraits are bad and nitrites are bad too alcohal is out a hard thing. i loved my wine at dinner. Has any one out there had an ablation? I would love to hear from anyone that can help me and I will help anyone that needs to talk. thanks, bobbie

bobbie1401
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   Posted 7/20/2012 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
you say that the dr. has you on xanax, effexor and tenormin? I understand from what i've read that xanax is used for anxiety etc, and effexor is used to treat major depression, anxiety and panic attacks almost the same as xanax. tenormin slows down your heart but so does the other pills. maybe your problem is with the electrical the part that controls the rymthm. all your tests came out good so maybe the electrical is bad. mine is the cause and i take sotalol it slows the heart down and also helps the electrical part a two part drug and so far i'm only getting very small spats occassionally. when i eat too fast or too much i get an episode. i have to learn to slow down and eat very slow and not pig out. stay away from MSG, it's in sooo many foods CAFFEINE, CHOCOLATE, CHEESE. ALCOHOL. ALL AGGRIVATE MY HEART. hope this helps you. ask dr. to change your meds and try the sotalol.
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