Had A Bad Day Again

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 4/20/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well today my PVC's started up out of nowhere and they still haven't let up. I had a full blown panic attack. I was having four or 5 in a row at some points and think I still am. I ended up going to the City nurse. I was going to go to the ER but my boss convinced me to go the nurse first and make sure before I wasted 300.00 on the ER.  So I went to the nurse. She talked me down from my panic attack and basically told me that there was nothing to worry about.  She said that my vitals were all fine, and that the ER would have just sent me home.  Said they wouldn't have even done a ECG or anything.
She told me that I didn't need to worry about it. That panicing and worrying was only making it worse. I am still trying to ignore them but at least I am not panicking anymore.  I hated today though. It sucked I was so sure that I was dying and I didn't know what to do.  Just thought I would let you all know.

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   Posted 4/20/2006 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Bandit, I am sorry you had such a bad day today. Were you especially tired today or maybe had a little too much caffeine? I hope things settle down tonight for you even if just a little. I'm afraid you'll probably have these bad days from time to time without any rhyme or reason to it. It seems like these premature beats just cycle. The upside is you'll also have good days when you have few to none. I pray that you have many more of these good days!!!

I'm not particularly having a good day either. It is not the premature beats though. I'm having chest pain and it is kinda scaring me. My jaw hurts too. I suspect coronary artery spasm again. It has been a stressful day for me.My car went kaput and they are having trouble figuring out what is wrong. It is hard to deal with when you have a 10yr old daughter who needs you to take her to school and after-school activities and a husband who is out-of-town for work. Stress seems to be a BIG trigger for me and I don't seem to be able to control it well!!!

Then again I don't really know if it is coronary artery spasms or fibromyalgia or a nerve thing or muscle thing or WHAT! ...But it is scary...mostly because I'm afraid it is the heart thing. I called my cardiologist and he didn't even call me back. I think they are washing their hands of me because they can't figure me out! He even admitted I'm a hard case and I don't think he knows what todo anymore. I'm just sad and scared. BUT tomorrow is a new day and I will probably still be hear. So I'll get up and try again and maybe it will be better because I just don't know what to do anymore either!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 4/20/2006 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been to several doctors for relatively the same thing bandit and the consensus is one of three things:

1) I am bringing it on myself (panic/anxiety attack)
2) It is caused by fibromyalgia
3) It is caused by x, and unknown condition which is either not classified or properly diagnosed yet but my doctors all reassure me that even if it is 'x' it's definitely NOT life-threatening since my vitals during these episodes are all rather normal.

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   Posted 4/21/2006 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hopes, you should still see your doc about the pain, but thought I'd offer my cents (don't know how much to label it with inflation these days..lol).
Whenever I get extra stressed, and it usually has to be out of the ordinary stress, my chest and jaw hurt too. I can feel the tension coming from my whatever muscles they are called along my back and across my shoulders and up my neck to my jaw. The doc actually diagnosed me with a TMJ-like disorder caused by tense muscles.
The night I got hit by a tornado, my mom wasn't looking too hot, my kids were driving me batty, couldn't open my front door (tree branches in my face), my mobile home destroyed, couldn't see damaged to my mom's house too dark, fiance on cell phone saying he's stuck a mile away, trees down, power lines down.. no way could paramedics get here if something happened, two more super cells coming and no power to find out about them..etc... I had INCREDIBLE chest pain, the worst in my life. Luckily, I had learned enough about panic to know it "probably"wasn't a heartattack.... I just started eating klonopin. Normally I took .5 mg a day.. but probably came close to 2mg before that night was over. It worked tho.. all the symptoms went away, just a dull soreness left where the muscles had tensed so much. (I did check with my doc later, and he said in situations like that I had his FULL permission to take my klono any way I needed it..lol)
That whole long story was just my way of showing how muscle tension from anxiety can cause pain. I hope you are feeling better and that nothing is really wrong.
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.

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   Posted 4/24/2006 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi sarah, thanks for that post,  my back hurts all the time and i know it is anxiety related, i have to stop and do a relaxation tape or just recently i started zoloft and even on a small dose i can see a big difference. thanks for the input.
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