Hi! I am 29 years old, and I am new to this forum, but I have been struggling with heart palpitations and panic attacks for about 4 years now. I have realized about a month ago that this is VERY likely to be from my SCM and scalenes, as they are totally knotted up on my left side (my anterior scalenes). I used to be a massage therapist, as well, and I have gotten MUCH information from Mike, the Massage Guy, on this forum, so THANK YOU to Mike!!!!! I notice when my anxiety started, I got a funny feeling going up my back, like hot lava. My heart started racing before I knew what was happening! I had palpitations, which scared me to death, chest tightness and pain, along with 'flutters' and all KINDS of scaaarrrrryy stuff! I thought I was dying (and most days I feel like I am, too).
I started REALLY paying attention to my emotions (I really think all this depression and panic and anxiety is from the original symptoms and the fear associated with them). I also do abdominal breathing whenever I can catch myself chest breathing. I stretch ALL day long. I notice every move I make (which is good for correcting myself but bad because no one should have to concentrate on every move they make all day, haha). I notice when I get even the slightest bit stressed, I have trained my neck (scalenes mostly, and left SCM) to clench up and not release. This creates heart attack feelings (palpitations, flutters, purple nails on my left hand, tingling and numbness in my left arm, chest tension that would not let up, and EXTREME neck tension. I mean EXTREME, haha:) I don't know if this has anything to do with maybe the muscles pulling on my thyroid, perhaps, but I have noticed that I am extremely fatigued when my throat muscles tense up. Either I am expending too much energy tensing them up, OR, I have another theory. Maybe they are putting tension on my thyroid, which not only is related to energy but is also related to heat and cold tolerance (I have horrible heat intolerance now, when I am stressed especially).
Well, if Mike the Massage Guy is out there, a HUGE thank you to you. You have definitely given me much hope and have confirmed what I pretty much thought on mly own already----God Bless You!!!!:) If you would like to chat, my email address is Finnegan1983@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you, and I really think we could share a lot of insight! I have been studying naturopathy and all kinds of things since this whole ordeal, in hopes of trying to cure myself....here, it was all in my neck, hahahaha! That's a HUGE relief....but I must say, I have grown in MANY ways, having to experience all that I have with this. I am a true believer that suffering can definitely lead to enlightenment on so many different levels:) Well, thank you again, Mike, and I really hope to hear from you:) Chelsea:)