Heart Ultrasound and Stress Test fine, but still having heart racing

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   Posted 12/30/2013 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm new to forums, but found this topic and site via web search and seeing lots of good info from the community. I'm a fairly healthy 63 yr old female, who recently started having shortness of breath, with hard to describe feelings esp. after eating. Sometimes I have heart palpitations and I also recently started having panic attacks with very high blood pressure. I'm currently on a low does of blood pressure medicine perscribed by my endocrinologist.  Of course, it's very frightening!  This really all started happening after I received a Trimcinolone Ace. shot (Kenalog) 40 mg steroid for sinus and some bone pain over four months ago.  I had a stress test and ultrasound this year, all fine, and also told my thyroid is good. The only thing that did show up recently is that my cortisol levels are high (not surprising) and my endrocrinolgist is continuing to monitor. I'm not on any anti-depressants and trying my best to take care of myself and look for natural alternatives.  I'm also dealing with a severe sinus issue which also started three days after the shot. I had a sinus CAT scan and was told no infection but was given antibiotics anyway..just in case. I do have allergies and take OTC Claritin, have stopped it for a week but no difference on the heart thing.  Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this, or had these issues after steroids.  I've been to the emergency room twice, from panic attacks and costocrondritis of the chest. I'll also add that I had breast cancer in 1994 and had radiation.  I really believe the costocrondritis is from the radiation and still wonder if they're not missing something.

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   Posted 1/3/2014 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear, you have some reasons to feel anxious.  Once you have cancer you become hyper-vigilant about your signs and sx that something may be wrong.
A few things do seem to help reduce the intensity of hypervigilism. One of these is exercise, which helps to burn adrenaline and release feel-good hormones at the same time. Another is relaxation, or forms of yoga or meditation. Breathing techniques are also useful and some simple techniques such as breathing in slowly and deeply, holding for four seconds then slowly breathing out as though expelling more air than was breathed in, may be helpful if anxiety builds as a result of perceived threats.
Steroids and antibiotics can also cause severe anxiety in many people.  I had one dose of Steroid as a premed for my chemo and I was like a wild crazy woman.  My whole body was shaking and I could not even hold a spoon - my hubby had to try to feed me.  I think I am still picking up cheerios from that episode.
You may want to post in the anxiety forum as the members there will have great ideas for you.
I will keep you in my prayers,
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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 1/3/2014 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank-you for the reply Kitt, and yes, I will check out the aniexty forum.  I'm awaiting a anxiety CD and have been doing more mediation, and yes, it's helping!  I haven't had an "out of breath" experience for a few days now, and my breathing is better...good news!  I'll be really interested to see where my corisol levels are at (just did the labs) when I go to the Endrocrinologist in  a few weeks. Sometimes it's just nice to know that others really understand due to experience, with cancer and steriod drugs, but I'd sure never wish it on anyone!  I think I'm on the upside of healing, but it may take a while. So glad to have this forum!
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