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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I go through these spells where I just don't want to be in my own skin. I guess you can say its part of the "flight" symptom. I just want to seperate from myself and not deal with the panic attack. Lately its due to a flutter I have in my chest. Its only happened 2-3 times in the past week. But its enough to drive me crazy. It started this morning and I've been anstice all day because of it. Its happened to me before and I mentioned it to the doc but he kinda blew it off. Kinda.. Did an ekg said I was fine. But it has shown up again. When I have these "new" feelings I just want to run and hide. Pretend its not there or something.

Just venting =) always feels better to say something then hold it in. Thinking about google this and seeing what it could be. Maybe make an appt to see the doc.. If I can even do that.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so sorry for what your going through, I have had a very similar feeling in the past , mine were totally harmless and VERY common heart palpitations, i'm not going to lie and say there isn't a chance it's something elce, but I do have one very very important thing to say :
DO NOT LOOK THIS UP ONLINE!!! If u have a headach and u look that up it'll tell u that u could have all these crazy things wrong with you, the Internet search engine is not the anxiety sufferers friend.

If anything get a reasonable friend who can look it up for u and filter out the fear mongering bs.

I would reccomend seeing a phycologist/ phychiatrist I see the latter and they really know yourself and they really listen, unlike gp's (family doc) they know anxiety and will probably know alot more about that than ur doc

I hope u nothing but the best and good luck! :)

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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allestaria,

I've had the palpitations, too, and have had lots of heart-related tests over the past several years to rule out every kind of heart problem you can imagine. Mine have been attributed to anxiety, and possibly perimenopausal symptoms. It never hurts to see the doc, especially if it will help you to know that you are in good health. I know it is so aggravating.....but try to relax in whatever way you can, and take deep breaths, and know that we support you.

P.S. I agree with Josey....looking up stuff online is usually not a good thing for those of us with anxiety.....IMO. Take good care, and get some rest if you can.

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   Posted 4/11/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Heart palpitations can be caused by anxiety, stress, fear and many other things.

Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) at the time of your heartbeat sensations. Also, consider practicing yoga or tai chi on a regular basis to reduce the frequency of your palpitations.

Take care and  practice staying in the moment.

Kitt  :)


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   Posted 4/12/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
If this is heart palpitations they are different then I'm used to. Its not like my heart is skipping a beat. It really doesn't feel like it is a "heart" issue. More like I have a buttefly in my chest flapping its wings. Its werid. Or maybe a vibration so to speak. I can feel the sensation of it. But no muscle reactions or any "sign" that is it actually there. Just a sensation of this invisible butterfly.

To give you more of an idea of what I'm talking about. Picture a big butterfly. Say its body is the length of your ribcage and the wings spread out cover both sides of your chest. And the wings are flapping. So gentle like a butterfly but yet enough to feel it.
When it stops its like a relief. Kinda like the pressure is gone. Or the spasms are gone which ever it is that is causing this.

I did look this up on the boards. Many say it is do to GERD. Now I haven't went to the doc about the "lump" I feel all the time in my throat. Or the feeling of needing to burp, the bloating. feeling like I need to throw up. I know its acid reflex and I should go see the doc since tums and rolaids don't work. All they do is make my drink flat no matter what it is or taste really

I know palpations are a part of anxiety. As I've dealt with them for years. I've had my anxiety for the greater part of 20+ years. And I'm only 34... just the thought of dealing with this for the next 60+ years is depressing.

Anyway I hope that helps describe what I'm talking about a little better. And thank you all for your kind words and understanding. I absolutely love these boards. Everytime I feel not so good. I turn here and see so many wonderful people here.
Again thank you

panic queen
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   Posted 4/12/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you are talking about. It sticnks!
I have these, and they were even recorded on a monitor for me ....totally normal... That's what the cardiologist said...
I hope that these makes your mind rest a little easier..
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