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Bria
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 4/16/2006 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I recently joined the forum to try and get some help in dealing with my anxiety and fear of having a heart problem.  I posted on the anxiety/panic forum, but I wanted to also post something here as well.  I am a 24 year old female with a history of anxiety.  I also had WPW until about 10 years ago when I had 2 ablations, the last one supposedly successful.  After my ablations, I always had a high fear of it coming back, or having another heart problem. 
 
All through college, I took Lexapro 10 mg for anxiety.  In addition, I smoked (bad, i know) and drank lots of coffee.  I moved back home last August and in December, I had some sort of episode one morning where I woke up to a twitching in my right side, and so I got up.  I was kind of nervous because I didnt know what it was.  All of a sudden, my heart started pounding.  And it was fast.  I felt like I was dying, I was very hot, so I ran to the fridge opened the door, and also drank ice water.
 
Before I could get to the ER, the feelings subsided, but I kept fearing it was going to happen again.  Now, I feel like this fear almost governs my life.  I take my pulse multiple times a day, I am afraid to get my heart rate up, afraid to drink anything with caffeine(so I dont even tho I LOVE coffee and chocolate) and QUIT smoking (yay!).
 
Anyhow, I just wanted some of your opinions as to what this could be, and what I should do.  LIke I said, I did post on the anxiety and panic forum as well.  They are wonderful.
 
One other thing----I went to a cardiologist and they did a bunch of tests like holter, echo, ekg, event monitor (but n ever had same feeling on that ) blood work, all was normal. 
 
Please help!!
 
 
Thank you so much, I value your opinions.
 
Bria

DREAMGIRL
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 600
   Posted 4/17/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  just wanted to pop in and say Hi. i do not know much about ablations, but i do know somethings about anxiety, and i know it can truly mimic all sorts of problems if you let your head run away with it. i am an anxious annie myself, geez it is hard to learn to be a b type, my hubby is a "B" type and it amazes me how calm he is about everything. i do not know what caused your twitching, but it could have been the way you slept, maybe you were on a nerve, since it has not happened again, try not to worry, hopefully someone else will come along with some wordds of wisdom. bye

els
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 4/17/2006 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bria,  I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum.  We are glad to have you.  Like Dreamgirl I too don't know much about ablations, hopefully someone posts who is knowledgeable in this. 
I am however, very well versed in depression and anxiety and what you described could of been an anxiety/panic attack.  Especially if all your tests with the cardiologist came back normal.  Then again it could of been an single event episode, if you haven't had any further since?  Anyhow, I hope someone will be able to answer your question.  Please do feel free to post here anytime...Take care.

 ~elisha~ 

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