Absolutely terrified out of my mind.

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Bluejolt
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   Posted 8/14/2015 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am a 26 year old male, non smoker, a couple beers on the weekend.

I just went to the doctor for what I think is a heart issue. I've been scheduled for a stress test for next week (echo, nuclear) as well as blood work.

The problem is the day after I saw her a new set up symptoms have cropped up and they are devastatingly terrifying. I am losing sleep over it.

First off, I suffer from general anxiety. Also, I have PVCs sometimes...no big deal. Those don't scare me anymore.

What IS scaring me is this new set of symptoms where I feel like I'm going to die at any moment, i'll describe them best I can.

Before I do, I want to state that my father had a heart attack at 25 and triple bypass at 33. I was also informed that my grandfather and great grandfather have all had heart attacks, too. So you can see how I am so apprehensive about this situation.

I would also like to note that I radically changed my diet a couple months ago. I cut out all refined food, I limit saturated fats, increased unsaturated fats, more fiber and eat lots of vegetables now. I've lost 35 pounds doing this (I haven't exercised much at all) so I know I've made some important steps in at least delaying heart problems.

I am experiencing palpitations. That doesn't seem like a big deal...but the thing is they are happening frequently at rest. This hasn't happened until now. I mean my heart POUNDS like crazy. Like it's working way harder than it should be... Most of the time it's at a resting heart rate (70-80bpm) occasionally it'll be up slightly but I think that's due to anxiety. One beat will be totally normal then suddenly a few beats are beating against my chest. I can also see it in my eyes when it happens (I've been noticing the pulsing in my eyes for weeks now...). Another way to describe this would be that I feel the thump I normally would with a PVC but I know it's not a PVC. It happens with every heartbeat.

Another symptoms if where I'm just sitting here normally and then suddenly "BOOM!" in my chest. A an extremely hard painful thump in my chest followed by the a couple quick heartbeats before returning to normal.

I'm also getting these sharp pains that I KNOW are coming from my heart. It lasts for a split second and radiates. (My doctor suspects a mitral valve prolapse so maybe this was caused by that?)

Another big symptoms is sometimes I'll feel like I need to cough with a normal heartbeat. It's similar to a PVC in that I feel like I have to cough when it happens. These are NOT PVCs, however. It feels like a normal heartbeat but I just feel like I need to cough on every single heartbeat. It lasts maybe 10-15 seconds?

Also, I'm getting tingling almost burning sensation across my body. It started on the left side of the chest before migrating to the side, the back, and the arm and shoulder not always at the same time. I swear I even felt it on my head and face. I'm not sure if this is related or not but it sure is coincidental.

Finally, I just took a short walk today and I got short of breath a little bit. My heart rate wasn't up too much but I wasn't pushing myself at all. It was a leisurely walk....

These can happen at any time and I am terrified of going to sleep at night. I honestly feel like I'm going to die before I get a chance to go up and get the tests done.

I am uninsured and unemployed at the moment, so I'm thankful I was able to see a doctor at a free clinic. If I had insurance I'd probably go up to the ER just to rule out any immediate dangers...but I can't.

I'm just so freaking scared that I almost wish I would just die so I don't have to live with it anymore.

One final note: I can't exercise like I want because when I do, my heart rate stays over 100 for hours after I finish the workout....so I haven't done that. I'm also kind of terrified this is going to happen during the stress test...at least I'll be in the hospital if it does...


PLEASE, any insight will be a godsend. I'm so terrified I am going to die.

Edit: I would also like to add that my doc put me on pantaprazole for my acid reflux. I'd been on omeprazole for years. ...These terrible symptoms started around the time I started taking that (except for tachycardia hours after workout). I'm gonna go back to omeprazole for a little while and see if they go away. At least I'll be able to rest easy before next week's tests.

Post Edited (Bluejolt) : 8/14/2015 6:30:29 PM (GMT-6)


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/14/2015 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hi bluejolt. tingling, pains esp from jaw down left arm, should go to the hospital. am glad you are having and echo and bloods. lipids and cholesterol levels are important. you (could) be a little blocked up in the coronary arteries. (might need some plumbing!) could be a lot of stuff. first, try and relax, do some deep breathing, in through the nose, hold a few seconds and a long exhale. repeat a few times. if the shortness of breath comes with the tingling and pains down left side, call an ambulance. I learnt the hard way. let us know how your apt goes. anxiety can cause a lot of heart symptomology. keep strong, do not over exert at the moment. healing thoughts to you. welcome 2 the forum.
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Bluejolt
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   Posted 8/15/2015 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually went to the ER last night.I couldn't take the fear of the unknown symptoms anymore. I had an EKG and that came back looking okay. I waited for several hours with some pain, but when he finally came in they had gone away. That's always how it is, right? He told me that as long as the symptoms weren't present that he couldn't do much for me.

I personally think some of the symptoms came from a medicine that I recently started taking for acid reflux...I'm gonna go without it for a while and see if they go away.

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   Posted 8/15/2015 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
good move.
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Bluejolt
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   Posted 8/15/2015 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
So, as an update...I didn't take the medication today. Lo and behold, pretty much all of the symptoms didn't show up today. So i'm guessing my body had a negative reaction to the medication. For the curious, it was pantoprazole. I was on omeprazole for years without issue...so i'm going back to that for now, at least.

It gave me massive anxiety, palps, etc. I'm relieved that those immediate scary symptoms came from a medication.

Thanks for the encouragement, Turtle.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/16/2015 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
:-) happy you are ok.
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Melissuh
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   Posted 8/17/2015 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you have to go through all of this, anything with the heart is definitely terrifying!

Happy the symptoms have subsided since you stopped the medication!
Keep posting updates on how you're doing!

AnxietyJames
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   Posted 8/18/2015 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Read my thread I put up the other day. Almost identical. I get those "bangs" and the short runs etc. Surprisingly they can be harmelss. I've also done the ER trips too. Same diagnosis.

I am interesting to know if anyone here who suffers the same has ever experienced night terrors? Like you will wake up an hour after sleeping (always within the first hour) in complete fear. Feels like I'm not fully awake, my whole body still feels asleep.

Literally, it feels like you're about to die. Had these for years too. Not sure what they are because never happens when I'm awake, just wanted to see if it was related. I've had sever panic attacks that resulted in an ER call, but these sleep attacks when they happen, feel 1000000x worse than anything I've felt.

Never been to ER over them, once I start to wake up it all goes away, albiet with lingering anxiety for about an hour. Doctors don't seem bothered by it.
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