dixiegirl70 - downhill spiral

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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted by New Member dixiegirl70 today @ 8:02 AM
My name is Micki , i am a 38 yr old female , live in AL.
married 21 yrs 2 kids 2 stepkids,
i have had anxiety problems now that i look back most all my life , i was pretty sick when i was a child , the simple chicken pox ended up being a 2 month battle for life in a hospital , just things like that
anyway i had a car wreck in 1991 and from that point on it was a downhill sprail, finnally after hundereds of trips to the ER, to cardiologist dr's , my GP finally determined it was painc disorder , well now i knew what my problem was and it has been a long road of trying to deal with it , there are long strecthes where i have NO problems , then bam here they come again
always always mimicing heart troubles , (drives me nuts) , but here i am now i have done construction for years and all the loud noises have caused tinnitus, pulsating kind at that, so YES i am here to say that when my panic starts up i focus on my heart cause i hear it beating 24/7
and right now i am having to deal with palpitations which come in the form of extra/skipped beats and of course i find it really hard to ignore cause i hear it in my ear ,
well that is some of my story ,
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   Posted 9/15/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Micki,

Welcome to HealingWell. 

I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

Many people experience heart palpitations during an anxiety attack. This pounding of your heartbeat can cause you to feel as if you are having a heart attack or as if you are going to die. The good news is that heart palpitations are often not serious and do not signal a health concern. The bad news is they do make you feel frightened and distressed. I understand how you feel.

If you are experiencing heart palpitations along with additional symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, chest pain or shortness or breath, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Developing strategies for coping with heart palpitations, before they occur, can help to minimize the stress associated with them. Sometimes, when you begin to have heart palpitations, worry about having a heart attack increases your anxiety. When you add additional stress to an anxiety attack, you intensify the symptoms of the anxiety attack rather than decreasing symptoms. Accept your heart palpitations and try to change your focus to something else, such as your breathing. As you focus switches, your heartbeat will slowly return to normal.

I hope you will hear from other members who have identified ways to decrease their anxiety over the heart  palpitations.

Again a warm welcome to HW and do stick with us.




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