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bandit28804
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   Posted 3/15/2006 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Just thought I would let you all know that I decided to make an appt with my family doctor that I have known for 25yrs.  I am going to go about this whole heart thing and see what happens. I am utterly terrified of what they might tell me, but my gut says it's gonna be nothing.  I think it's just gonna be benign PVC/PACs.  Probably induced from to much stress. I don't know that is what it is but I am hoping.  Everyone that I have talked to seems to think that is my problem.
 
I don't know about the whole stress thing being the cause, but I know it makes things worse. All I know is that I am terrified that they gonna tell me I am going to need open heart surgery or something horrible. I have also scheduled an appt with my Employee Assistance Network to look into getting something for my panic anxiety. I have a feeling that it has a lot to do with this whole problem. Maybe get on some Xanax or something I don't know.
 
Anyway I will update all when I see the doctor.  I just hope that I can bring myself to go. I know that if they do a EKG or something my heart rate is going to be off the scale lol. I learned something new this morning. I noticed that if you start paying way to much attention to your pulse it starts to do all sorts of freaky things. I was checking my BPM this morning and I swear it started going so slow I thought my heart was just going to stop.  Someone warned me once that if you start doing that the heart will start doing all sorts of weird things like beating to fast, stopping, skipping etc... So I am sure that is what it was.
 
Ok well I am rambling now, but I am hoping that this appt will end my week long ap attack that I have been having.  I have other things stressing me too.  My gf had pnuemonia a couple of weeks ago and she is quitting smoking so she is really tense all the time.  Some girl at work apparently has developed a thing for me because I flirt to much or something and she is married so have to put an end to that. I am really far behind on bills and rent. So god knows I have a lot of stress on me at the moment.
 
Will update when I learn anything.  Hope you all have a great night and I will let you know what happens with the doctor.  Thanks again for all the support you all have given me over the last couple of weeks.  I hope to god all this works out and there really is nothing to worry about.  I mean I have a hard time believing that I could have developed a heart disease over the last yr.  Less then 2 yrs ago my doc did a physical and told me that my bp was up a bit but nothing to worry about now.  Said if it didn't get better in the next 5yrs then we should talk about bp meds and diet and exercise.

deltacece
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   Posted 3/16/2006 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear your still having these problems Bandit, but seeing the doc is a good decision. Stress can do many things to the body, but having a good check up will ease your fears if nothing else is wrong. If something is wrong you can deal with it. We will all be hear for you and help anyway we can. If your not taking anything for anxiety or these panic attacks their are many meds that can help with them. I had to take them for awhile after my by-pass and they helped alot. I'm happy now i don't need them. Hang in their hun and i will  keep you in my prayers. DELTA



{ Listen to your body talk. } Deltacece


SarahP
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   Posted 3/16/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Bandit, I'm really glad that you made this appt. It was hell getting through all the tests for me, but it really did help. I know all about the taking the pulse thing too.. I can feel it hit three hard beats sometimes which really sends my panic through the roof.. but ya know... I think only a robotic heart would hold a steady beat every single one. I also noticed that I could start taking my pulse and it would be steady and even and suddenly it would go faster, which is just my brain saying..hey, she's taking her pulse.. she's anxious.
I hope your appt. goes well for you and that you come out feeling better!!!
Sarah
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.


Hopes
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   Posted 3/16/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Bandit, I'm so glad you're going in for an appt with your family doctor. Good Luck and let us know how it turns out. :)

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 3/16/2006 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi bandit, that old nasty heart disease creeps on us unexpected alright.  we will be waiting for your drs. report
 

els
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   Posted 3/17/2006 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck with your appointment Bandit!!!  Let us know how it goes....

~elisha
 


bandit28804
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   Posted 3/21/2006 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Well it's the day before my appt and I am terrified I tell you. They have gotten better over the last few days. I haven't been worrying as much about them. I realized on Friday that I have gotten these things off and on for years. Well not like this, but I have had some sort of fluttery feeling in the throat before. I just never paid them any attention. So I am wondering if I just started worrying about them more and causing them to happen more. The other thing that I realized is that I can still do physical activity and nothing happens when I am doing that. It only happens when i am sitting, worrying, or relaxing at night. Also my heart rate doesn't seem to go crazy during these things. It's still a good steady heart rate. I checked my BPM yesterday three times. In the morning when I woke up it was 65, afternoon it was 78, and in the evening before bed I counted 86. So that all falls within the normal range for my age. In fact I was kinda surprised it was that low.

Anyway tomorrow is judgement day, and I am scared of what he is going to tell me. You know the sad part is that yesterday my heart rates were so normal that I started worrying that maybe it was to low, and what if my heart wasn't beating fast enough etc.. So then I started getting the thing more and more and more as the day went. I am nuts I tell you. Alright well I have to get ready for work and start my fun day woohooo.
 
I am wondering if anyone here can tell me what to expect from the appt tomorrow. Are they going to like take blood and for what, do a ekg, do a holter? I am really really becoming a nervous wreck wondering what all they gonna do and all the possible things that they might find wrong with me lol. I am a nut I know, but the more I think about it the more I start thinking of all the things I read.  Like being caused by Pulmonary Embolism, Cancer, and all sorts of other stuff that is just as scary.  So if anyone can tell me what to expect tomorrow it would greatly ease my mind.


 

Post Edited (bandit28804) : 3/21/2006 6:13:30 AM (GMT-7)


Hopes
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   Posted 3/21/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bandit! I'm glad you're going in tomorrow! I think it will give you some peace of mind and make you feel better. Your doctor will probably just talk to you about what is going on and do an EKG. That is quick and easy but the leads might be cold! tongue   YOu just lay on the table while they put these little sticky pads on your chest and run a little machine to see what the electrical system of your heart is doing for a few seconds. If you have a thump  or bump while it is being taken, then they will see it and tell you what it is. If there is no thump or bump, he will probably order or give you a 24hr holter monitor to wear if his offices have them to give out. If not, he'll probably refer you to a cardiologist's office who will do another EKG and give you a 24hr holter monitor to wear. The holters are the same deal. Little sticky pads on your chest connected to a tiny, thin black box that attaches to your pant loops or around your belt and records the electrical system of your heart for a full 24hr. You take the holter back and they read the recording. If you get a holter, you will also get a little booklet to record your daily activities and any symptoms you feel. Be sure to RECORD YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES AND SYMPTOMS!!! yeah It really is important because almost everyone has PAC's and PVC's BUT not evereyone feels the symptoms! (GO FIGURE!! WHY CAN"T I BE SO LUCKY mad ) Anyway if you are having those but you don't record in the booklet that you are feeling them, they won't be able to correlate the heart activities to your symptoms. Good Luck Bandit and God Bless!
 
P. S. If your doc doesn't suggest a holter AND the EKG doesn't show anything (which you would have to be awfully blessed to catch it at just the right second), Ask to wear a monitor. You know just to be sure and have peace of mind. You don't want to take chances with the heart. On the outside chance it is something else, you want to know because the cardiologists CAN do something about it!
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