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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm 19 and was diagnosed with panic disorder about 6 months ago. I've learned to cope fairly well and haven't had one in prob. 3 months and I'm getting my life back together. But, like previous posts, I get palpitations that still scare me. I've had a monitor, EKG, and stress EKG done about 4 months ago and everything was normal so I know I'm fine, but it's just the anxiety thinking "what if?" Anways, I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced the same kind of palipations I experience maybe a few times a week (usually laying down i've noticed). Now I've experienced palipations, like flutters and such, but these are different. While it feels like a the heart is missing a beat, I also get acute breathless during when the heart beat feels like its skipping. So this lasts for as long as the beat, so not very long, then after my breathing is fine once again. The first few times this used to send me into panic mode, but not anymore (but its still sucks). I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced this sudden loss of breath while the heart feels like its skipping as well. Let me know, or any opinions are appreciated. Oh and I also have GERD

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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joe,
First I want to wish you a very warm welcome to the Healing Well family.  You will find that there is a great deal of information and resources here in order to help you.  The members here are fantastic as they are always helpful and supportive and will try to guide with whatever you may need help with.  We are very happy to have you with us.
Now, about the heart palpitations.  This is a very common occurance for those of us with a/p.  I'm glad that you have had all of the appropriate tests dones to eliminate the possibility of a medical problem.  Now you know that you don't have anything wrong on that end and that's great.  When it happens it's scary there is no doubt about that and that alone can send us into a panic attack.  I have had mine for over 15 years.  Try to keep yourself occupied and not think about them or the "what ifs".  When you do experience a skipped beat/palp, try to just ride it out by thinking of a place that you would like to be in - for me, I think of being a bird flying free in the sky on a gorgeous spring day.  Just try really hard to keep busy and do what you can "go with the flow" when it happens.
I hope some of this has helped and please keep posting, we will do what we can to help and support you.
Again, welcome to Healing Well.

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   Posted 3/24/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Joe, I hope you like it here..plese feel free to post about any anxiety woes.  I think Wen has already said most of what I was going to say...heart irregularities and shortness of breath are a sign and symptom of anxiety and sadly, we just have to realx and let it pass.  It's fantastic that it doesn't give you panic attacks anymore so you are already on your way..if it does get worse though, please, always chat with your doctor.  Again, warm welcome to you joe.
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 378
   Posted 3/25/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have suffered from palpitations for almost 25 years. My heart is normal, but the dr can see it on a EKG when I go to him when I am under a lot of stress. But
he made certain it was normal with stress tests, EKGS, and blood tests. When the
palpitations hit, I drink a large glass of water with lemon, relax and take deep breaths. Its just part of this p/a disorder some of us has to live with. Not fun,
but at least I know its not serious
anxiety/panic attacks...osteoporosis....Fibro
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Heart palps are scarey beasts..aaarrrgh..but hey, you have had all the tests..and all is well..phew I bet you were relieved about that :)
Time to relax..believe me I know how hard this is to do..
I have found that distraction is a good idea..just pretend you are gonna jump in your little boat and float on past all this can even wave it goodbye if you wish lol.
Anxiety is a funny old thing..we get so sensitive to everything that is going on with our bodies..some how we have to find the key to desensitise from the physical symptoms and realise that they are our bodies way of telling us we are on the wrong track just now..time to make some positive changes in our lives.
One day you will find yourself wondering wot all the fuss was all about..and realise that the heart palps have gone! Yay!

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
GREAT input from all IMHO...WELCOME JOE
Plz do let us know how you get on ....
Keep posting

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Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 393
   Posted 3/26/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Joe welcome to HW, I had heart palps and I've had the ECG's tests luckily everthing was fine and still is despite the heart palps returing every once and awhile.

Just wana say i completly agree wiv jordaNZone the less you worry bout anxiety the less it bothers you, distraction techniques rule


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