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   Posted 4/14/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know if this is a panic attack or something else,  Yesterday after a busy stressfull day at work.  I came home and ate to much for dinner.  about 45 mins after dinner I started to feel my heart race so i took my blood presseure with my electronic monitor.  My BP was 130/74 but my heart rate was 130, after I seen my heart rate was so high i started to kind of panic, i went and laid down but continued to monitor my heart rate.  It reached as high as 146 while laying down, and lasted for 2-3 hours, It also felt like adrenilan was coursing thru my veins.  This has happened to me 2 times this month and it always seems to happen after a stressfull day at work, and both times it occured I had skipped lunch because I was to busy at work, and both times I overate at dinner.  I have always had a fairly high heart rate (around 100bpm) but this really scared me.  My wife thinks that with my new found stress at work along with eating wrong, triggered a panic attack.  Has anyone else had these symptoms??
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   Posted 4/15/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Bill, the stomach distention from eating too much can put pressure on and irritate the vagus nerve, which runs the length of the trunk. This can cause rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, faintness or nausea. So it could be something just that simple. If the episodes continue, the first thing would be to check with your doctor to be sure you aren't having an electrical conduction problem in the heart causing the racing pulse.

I'm sure the good people who frequent this board will be along to discuss whether this sounds like a panic attack.
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   Posted 4/15/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Bill,
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P  forum.  What you have described could be panic but it also could have other "etiology" and I would recommend you see your PCP first to rule out any physicical  conditions.

Anxiety and panic may cause a mutitude of sx but as you have not talked with your PCP it may be time for a good medical screening exam.

I am so glad you found our site and I hope to see you keep posting as there are many wonderful and caring members who will support you.


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   Posted 4/15/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

My father's tachycardia is somewhat similar to your symptoms, but is not nearly so predictable about when it occurs. It could be reflux related too, since it only occurs after eating, but that's on my mind just because I've been recently diagnosed.

My doctors have always said "don't diagnose it as panic unless everything else has been checked out." If you're concerned, definitely go see your doctor and let him/her figure out what's going on. That's your best source of information.


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   Posted 4/16/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well, you will find that this is a very supportive and helpful community and many can relate to problems that you may be experiencing.  We are very happy that you found us and have become a member!!
I definitely agree with the others that you should see your PCP regarding the symptoms you are experiencing in order to rule out/in any medical problems before diagnosing anxiety or panic issues.  This is the only way to be sure of what is going on.  I also recommend that you try your best not to skip meals or over eat - I know from personal experience that neither one is good for you.
Again, welcome to HW and we look forward to getting to know you better.
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