Heart Problem and depression

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Sid
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/2/2005 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am a 19 year old female. This summer while laying in bed and having a simple conversation void of stress, I suddenly had a sinking feeling. I felt my heart and mind were shutting down and everything grew dark. My heart started pounding, so I was taken to a hospital. A week or two prior to this, I suffered fatigue--so much so that I rarely got out of bed. The fatigue was accompanied with a shooting pain in my left arm, neck, and chest. After that I checked my pulse a few times, and found it was irregular. I paid no heed to this. When I almost passed out two weeks later, the doctor performed an ECG and informed me I suffer from sinus tachycardia and I believe S and T wave abnormality. I was given Inderal 10mg. I continued taking it whenever I felt my heart rate increasing. My pulse rate would mount to 130-170 and then fall to 90. During this time I had a feeling of unreality, as if I was not myself, a feeling I don't know myself. That I am only a name and that is all. There is no better way of explaining this. After taking Inderal my mental state deteriorated. I had a feeling of impending doom and the pulse after going to normal for a few days, returned to high. I had a feeling of unknown anxiety, unreality, fatigue, dizziness. I had yet another major attack in September. This time during my sleep from which I was awakened finding my heart beat racing and the same feeling of my system shutting down. My body started twitching, I began trembling, sweating and I felt if I moved a single inch my heart would explode. I was taken to the hospital once again. Since inderal was ineffective, I was given Concor 5. They ran tests as well: the thyroid, HB, Holter, ECG, electrolytes and all was normal. I was not told the cause of this condition.
A few years earlier, when I was around 11 or 12 I was daignosed with mitral valve prolapse. They found out now that this was a misdiagnosis.
You see the trouble is I suffer severe depression since I was 14. I have attempted to commit suicide innumerable times, and sought help with a counselor who prescribed me with an anti-depressant. I did not take it, since the depression went away. Then it came again this summer. I find no pleasure in anything. I have to fake a smile. There is a certain atmosphere inside me which dulls everything. I cannot seem to lift this atmosphere. I suddenly feel like screaming and crying sometimes in class and I am terribly, terribly, lost at this time. Everything I encounter comes with sadness. I have no ambitions whatsoever. Nothing gives me happiness.
Nowadays I feel I cannot concentrate my sight--I mean I cannot look at anything without with a fixation. I cannot concentrate my eyes on any object. Also I am suffering unbelievable fatigue, sleeping through the day. I am having the same feeling of unreality and fear of insanity. I also start crying suddenly and have a feeling of loneliness, detachedness from reality, and nearing insanity. I do not know what to do, as most of what I feel I am unable to articulate properly. Sometimes there are no words for certain conditions of mind and heart. Is there a possible connection between my state of mind and heart in this case? I don't know which struck me first this summer--my heart problem which  might have caused depression, or then my depression which may have cause my heart problem? What should I do when I feel as though I am going insane?
I need your help. Anything.
p.s: Just for the record, in case there is a connection, I also had an ovarian cyst removed when I was seventeed.
Thank you,
Sid

deltacece
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 95
   Posted 12/2/2005 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
SO SORRY TO HEAR YOUR HAVING HEALTH PROBLEMS AT YOUR AGE. I BELEIVE HEALTH PROBLEMS CAN CAUSE DEPRESSION AND DEPRESSION CAN CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS. WHY WERE YOU TAKING INDERAL ONLY WHEN YOUR HEART WOULD BEAT FAST? IT IS USALLY TAKEN DAILY. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE DR. WHO TREATED YOU OR ARE STILL HAVING THESE PROBLEMS, GO TO ANOTHER DR. WAS THIS DR. A CARDIOLOGIST ? YOUR YOUNG AND HAVE MANY GOOD YEARS OF LIFE AHEAD. I HAVE MANY HEART PROBLEMS, SEVERE ONES. I WILL FIGHT EVERY DAY TO LIVE ANOTHER ONE. LIFE IS WONDERFULL AND I WILL LIVE. AND ILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

Patoolla
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2003
Total Posts : 525
   Posted 12/3/2005 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sid and welcome!  I'm so sorry your going thru all of this and yes, as Delta said, depression is common along with health problems, especially when they have a hard time diagnosing what the problem is.  I also agree that it is very unusual to only take the inderol when you feel the irregular heartbeat.  And 10 mg is really such a small dose that is surprising too.  I took Inderol for my fast heart beat, supra ventricular tachycardia and started on 50 mg and eventually it was raised to 100 mg.  I think after a time I became immune to the Inderol because it no longer helped and was prescribed a beta blocker called Metoporol which helped for awhile.  The bad thing about these beta blockers are they really zap our energy!  Have they had you wear a heart monitor?  They can't catch the problem on an EKG unless you are in the process of having the irregular heart beat during the EKG, so a monitor is good to try and hopefully they will catch it on tape and be able to diagnose exactly what type of arrythmia you have.  From that they can prescribe a treatment, either med or a process called an ablation.  And it is a cardiologist you need to be seeing as Delta also said.  I hope this site helps you...at least know that your no longer alone in this and feel free to ask questions, OK.  Hang in there, its got to get better!  Hugs, Pat

davidincincy
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 12/29/2005 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Sid. I've dealt with anxiety and depression since I was a kid and I know it really sucks to say the least. I never thought life could be so difficult. I'm a 28-year-old guy and I've been battling for relief for the past 5 years. I’m looking for the spiritual, psychological and medical reasons for my struggle. This is what brought me to your post. I need to have my heart checked out too. It seems that it can definitely cause anxiety and fatigue, which, in my opinion, would depress anyone. Keep asking your doctor questions about that heart stuff until you get it all sorted out. Don’t let it blind you though in thinking that is the only possibility. Have you examined the spiritual and psychological parts of your life? I would love to talk more with you about it. If you’re a reader though I suggest the book "Healing is a Choice". I’ve read it and I think it is a great way to see if your life is on a path towards healing. https://my.newlife.com/cgi-bin/cart/item.pl/29615163528404034943282?item=BK745

David


Patoolla
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2003
Total Posts : 525
   Posted 12/29/2005 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David and welcome!  Your suggestions to Sid are very good!  I hope you find some answers and help in your battle with depression too!  Its a tough one and health problems seem to make us even more depressed!  But you have a great attitude and that's very important!  Keep it up!  God Bless, Pat

hope3
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 216
   Posted 2/13/2006 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hi sid.i have suffered from depression and anxiety for abut 25 years. i am 47 and have severe heart trouble which causes me to become even more depressed at times.you havent said if you are on meds for depression and anxiety?they are very helpful if given the right kind.contact a mental health center for meds and counseling.it will be the best thing you can do for yourself.my prayers are with you,hope this will helpyou.

hope3
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 216
   Posted 2/22/2006 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
hope your doing well,and hope i didnt offend you in any way at my suggestion.i just know how much they have helped me,and thought it might help you.take care because we care!
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:30 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,954,216 posts in 324,093 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 162150 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, NicholeAPSPhoenix.
300 Guest(s), 9 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
alunke82, Annastazya, Girlie, owleyes, Old Mike, quincy, Lizzy62, NotQuiteAntonio, straydog