Convinced I'm now either losing it or dying!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2013 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm 27 years old. No history of heart conditions or anything in the past, my weight and height are good and I eat healthy.

My first pregnancy went well and now I'm 8 months pregnant with my 2nd and I have about 50 panic attacks a day after I discovered I was having pvcs.

I went to a cardiologist he made me wear a holter for 2 days and upon reading the results said you had 12 pvcs in 48 hours..I probably have more than that! And wasn't concerned.

I am now freaking out as they have got worse :( and I'm seeing a CBT to deal with anxiety issue but I don't believe it's all in my head! I went back to the doctor who said its called psychosomatic!!! So now I'm living in fear and on edge thinking I'm going to die as knowone is taking me seriously!!

Are they bad?.sometimes I have them in a row then it regulates itself, they get irritated when I have heartburn or indigestion or if I bend down.

I google stuff everyday but always find the bad stuff like sudden cardiac death and harbinger of certain death :(

Am I really dying? Or is it just indigestion upsetting this mixed with anxiety?

Please any feedback would be appreciated x

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/27/2013 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon !  First of all you are not dying, which is the good news.  It does feel to me like you have major anxiety going on. Heart palpitations are common in pregnancy as well as heartburn, indigestion and fatigue.
The good news is that anxiety disorders are among the most treatable. ... The first step in CBT is to understand your anxiety.  By seeing a therapist for your anxiety and working on CBT you are on the right road so keep on putting one foot in front of the other.

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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 7/19/2013 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Skye,

Dont worry. You're not dying, crazy, irrational or psychotic; your just human. I'm a 39 year old female and I try to convince myself of this almost everyday because for the last 7 years I have lived with chronic PVC's that turned me into an anxiety junky. It gets better though. I promise. I do think that your pregnancy could be related to your PVC's but for me i went from having a flutter every once in a blue moon to full blown PVC attacks overnight. After an ER visit that next morning and countless cardiology appointments, all my tests came back normal. Bottom line, their normal. My cardiologist said that more than half the population has them they just dont feel them like you and I. Were more sensitive to feeling them. Really?? Couldnt I just be the other 50% that doesnt feel them. My life would be so much better. Unfortunately, it doesnt work that way. Well, after a few years of having these pesky little PVC's I had to do something about it. Some days, they would feel very faint and practically unnoticable to feeling like there was a monkey in my chest trying to pound its way out! Talk about scary!!

I decided to go on the hunch of what I was reading from others about reflux and PVC's. Somehow there is a link but medicaly it cant be proven (says my cardiologist). I booked an appointment with my GI Dr and he did his round of tests and the results came back as having acid reflux and gall bladder disease. Good thing I went on a hunch! I recently had my gall bladder taken out and with the Dr's advise of going on a gluten free diet (no celiac disease here) my PVC's have significantly dropped. Im talking I used to get them all day every day on the hour every hour. Sometimes 3-5 minute sessions at a time if not longer. Sometimes I wouldnt have them for a day or two and them WHAM their back with a vengence. Since my surgery and diet change it has helped. Their not completely gone as I still get them. Sometimes I can go as long as a week without any and some days they just linger around all day. I think it has something to do with my cycle as I tend to get more right before and during my cycle but Ive had my hormones checked too and all is good there.

Do you have symptoms of acid reflux like burping after waking up, feeling bloated after eating a spicy or greasy meal, feeling like you ate a cow but only had half a sandwich? I sure didnt until I was tested and was made aware of it. Talk to your doctor about it. It could be some of what you are experiencing.

As far as the anxiety goes, it's a work in progress for me. I tell myself everyday that Im not dying but it doesnt make it any easier and Im the kind of girl that doesnt want to take medication and do it wholisticly. Mind power. Its a wonderful tool but it can also be a cruel one too. I am in therapy to try and cope with the anxiety. Im just glad that it hasnt taken 100% control of my life.I hope that I helped ease some of your anxiety and worry. Just know that you are not alone in this. It will get better.


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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 7/29/2013 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Skye & Apple:
Apple - good advice. I know the attacks are scary. I have GERD and I kept feeling as if I were having a heart attack, because I had this pressure between my breasts and shortness of breath. After several years and tests, my cardiologist said she felt that gastric gases were going up the esophigus and into the lungs and that was part of the problem. So she prescribed previcid twice a day. Its been 6 months and the relief is wonderful. I take one in the am and pm before eating or taking any other pills. This is only one of the problems you describe but I have witnessed people having a panic attack (21 yr old granddaughter) and I try to talk to her about other things to get her mind off the attack. Sometimes it helps other times it doesn't. Please be wise about any medical condition and seek a physicians advice if you feel you aren't getting good advice.
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