Hi! I'm sorry you are having such a difficul time. I have had these premature heart beats for over 5 1/2 years and I understand what you are going through. They told you it was a few skipped beats and that means it could be PAC's or PVC's. PAC's originate in the upper chamber and PVC's originate in the lower chamber. Both are benign in a structurally normal heart. It is not uncommon to feel them more at night or when resting because you don't have other things to distract you. Some people say they feel it start up right after eating a large meal. I notice it can also occur if I get too hungry. For some bending over or twisting will fire one off. I believe it all has to do with the vagus nerve that runs through the center of your body. If it gets aggravated, the ectopic beats occur.You are fortunate to only get "a few". I have read about people who have over 10,000 a day. I suggest you go to www.medhelp.org and check out the heart forum. You will be surprised and probably relieved by reading some of the questions answered by cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center and the posts given by people just like you and me. I read it regularly and it helps me alot.
When I first started having my 'problems', my daughter was young and my husband worked out of town most nights. I had a great fear of dying in my sleep and my daughter being left alone unable to unlock the door or know how to call for help with my husband gone for two days. I know what FEAR is and how it grows and consumes and feeds on itself. I taught my daughter to use the phone, programmed in numbers for her easy use to grandma's, talked about when to use 911 and made sure she learned to unlock the deadbolt. Also I made a deal with my mom to call at a certain time in the morning if she had not heard from me. All simply to give me peace of mind and feel more empowered about the situation.
At first, I could not accept that this was 'normal' or that it would not kill me. Reading other peoples' reaction to this has made me realise it is a common belief for people who are beginning to experience these things. It is hard to accept. The above website helped there too. It can answer so many questions and misunderstandings.
I also understand SVT. It is probaly PSVT meaning it comes and goes-paroxsymal. I've had that also. Its onset is abrupt and its ending is abrupt. My cardiologist never could catch one on a monitor but he is quite sure that is what I have experienced on and off. Have you tried wearing a monitor for a month where you can push the button to catch these episodes? However anxiety can cause what you are experiecing or can make the episodes worse. I read somewhere that if the heart gradually increases over a few minutes to the fast heart rate and then gradually decreases at the end of the episode, then it is probably a panic attack. However if it has an abrupt onset and ending, then it is SVT. I am not sure if that is correct and you might want to check with your doctor. Mine was always very abrupt. I use to have them for 2-6hrs but I did not want to go on a beta blocker. So I went to a psychologist and learned biofeedback. If I have an episode now, it lasts for no more than 10-20 minutes. It is usually now just a couple of minutes. What I learned from the psychologist is that an episode would start and I would get anxious because I did not understand what was happening and thought I was going to die. That is what KEPT the episode going for me. It started as PSVT and ended up as an anxiety attack. I AM NOT SAYING that this is what everyone with this condition experiences-ONLY ME! It is what was happening to me!
Also I learned from the psychologist that you don't have to feel anxious for a panic attack to happen. Panic Attacks occur because of the parasympathetic nervous system. You may not be aware of it. If your system suddenly dumps adrenaline into your body and you are prone to or your body is conditioned to experience panic attacks, then you are off to the races! My point is that there are things you can do to help with all this no matter what it is! Knowledge is key and support which you can find here. Medication might help or some counseling or learning techniques like biofeedback. You are not alone in what you are feeling. Even after 5 1/2yrs there are times I feel afraid or I don't want to go somewhere or I just want someone to tell me they experience it too.The good news is I don't live in that state anymore and most days are good.