I don't know if it's anxiety

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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 36 years old. My father passed away about 8 months ago. Two weeks after he passed, I started to have trembles and rapid heart beats, not being able to breath and chest pains. Of course I went to the emergency room, where they gave me anxiety medicine. I was on the medicine for about a month, and then for the next 6 months, I didn't have another attack, nor did I need to take medicines. I thought they were gone. Recently, I have had new symptoms that are somewhat like anxiety, but totally different than the first onset.....this time instead of chest pains and rapid heart beats, it feels more like a flutter or skipped beat.

So I guess what I am asking is if anyone has experienced a change in the symptoms of their anxiety attacks, and is this normal for it to be gone and come back in a different form?


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   Posted 6/28/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   

My anxiety symptoms have switched many times over the years.  And yes, I have had the heart flutters and skipped beat feelings.  I always go to the doctor when a new symptom arises just to clarify that it is not a life threatening disease.  Plus it eliminates any health fears which usually causes my anxiety to take control and worsen the symptoms.  Almost all people have skipped beats,  they just do not feel them.  Anyone prone to anxiety is supersensitive to any/all physical symptoms.  I now take a magnesium supplement which was prescribed by my cardiologist but can be bought OTC.  I rarely have skipped beats anymore.  And when I do, I just say "Not now anxiety, I don't have the time for you!"


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   Posted 6/28/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Chaska,

Please accept my sympathy at the death of your Father.

Yes you can have your sx change and I think soul gae you good advice.

Check with your physician and then once you have ruled out any physical problems.............you can try to just stay in the moment when you feel the skipped beats and tell yourself your ok.

Stick with us as we love new members and you will find lots of caring people here.

Gentle Hugs



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   Posted 6/28/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chaska,
Welcome to healing well! You'll love it here. To answer your question, I have had your same problem. I had anxiety as a young child and it went on for about four years, that was nightly panic attacks. Yes nightly, and of course my parents didn't know about anxiety then so I never got any medication. It went away for a while and then hit me again in my sophomore year of highschool. I would halucinate and hear things and be paralized (literally) with fear. I got on Lexepro then and I started to get better. Then after the birth of my son I went through a month long period of panic attacks where I couldn't breathe or sleep or even sit still even though I was exausted. I got on Paxil and after a month on that I felt good again. Recently, at the begining of this year I started having the anxiety and panic attacks again. This time I get many symptoms. I cant breathe and my heart races and I have chest pain. I also get alot of other weird symptoms. So I would say that it is probably normal for your anxiety to change shapes and forms. Have you gotten any more medicine? It doesn't make you weak for being on medicine. It helps you learn how to handle anxiety and stress. I hope this answers your question! Keep posting, we are a very loving and supportive family here!
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   Posted 6/29/2008 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Chaska,

Warm welcome to HW, I am sorry that you have lost your father, that must be hard. Anxiety can take many forms and it is not uncommon for us to have different "symptoms and signs" around this.

My first panic attack was brought on by very obvious causes but my second came out of the blue. It can happen. Have you given any thought to counselling? You must be feeling pretty freaked right now. I send you hugs xx


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