Heart palpitations

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MyNerves
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   Posted 9/2/2017 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum. I have had health anxiety/general anxiety everyday my entire life. I recently had a good couple months of real low anxiety, and I made a lot of progress. Facing many fears, driving, etc. As usual, is was very short lived! I was home just cleaning, and making the bed, I thought I was fine, just a little anxious, and BAM my heart started fluttering racing, and I swear it stops, or skips a beat. I feel my pulse, and I can feel it stop! Of course I go right into PANIC mode! It freaks me out! Scares me to death! What is probably less than a minute feels like 5 minutes. Now I am back to square one. I don't want to leave the house alone, I am just waiting for it to happen again. I'm debating to go to the Doctor's which I have done a million times. (all test have been normal) but that was 6 months ago. Now I feel like something is wrong with my heart, that developed in the last couple months. Hate this so much, this impending doom feeling. I am a living nervous wreck. I'm starting a new job on Tuesday, and I can't feel like this! I am petrified that it will happen while I'm at work! So sorry to rant, just so, so scared something is really wrong, and so scared it will happen again, and really stop next time. Please give me any advice you have to cope with these darn palpitations. cry

Thank you

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/2/2017 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!

Sorry to hear of your trouble. :/

I am at a concert tonight...so my response is a short one...but I will post more later...

Please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material to work with for relief.

Post with us anytime. We understand, care and support is key!

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/3/2017 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
MN,

Okay, sorry...was out until late last night.

We are glad you've joined us though sorry to hear of your current challenges with palps/pvc's.

Although benign, these disruptions in HR can be really disturbing!

Diet, lifestyle choices (alcohol/nicotine/caffiene), and yes, stress can all be culprits in bringing them on. GERD can also mimic or exacerbate palpitations.

Since you have been seen specifically for this issue...I assume you have had the Holter monitoring? This does give you a pretty definitive idea of your cardio activity. IOW, if that test came out with good reaults...you can be confident all is well.

Do you regularly practice anxiety management techniques? If you need more ideas, please check out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material to work.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We care, understand and support is key!

Scaredy Cat
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Themage
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   Posted 9/3/2017 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that feel. Anxiety raised my blood pressure from 120/70 to 130-140/80. Also got random irregular heartbeats but manage to keep it calm.

MyNerves
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   Posted 9/3/2017 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww thank you for the kind words, and advise. I will definitely look into all your resources here. I did do the monitor before, numerous ekg's. echo, stress test, everything was good, found a mitral prolapse. It has been awhile now, so I'm convinced I need to do it all again, because something developed! I don't drink, or drink any caffeine, but I do smoke, and I know that is so bad. (working on quitting) One thing I need to do is stay off google. Google really has me dying!!!!! Hope you had a great time at your concert, and thank you again!

Thank you for letting me know I am not alone with this! I'm sure my blood pressure is through the roof. Kinda glad I don't have a blood pressure monitor, or I would always be checking it. smile

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/3/2017 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
MN,

Realistically, a cardio problem isn't likely to have developed in the last 6 months...but for peace of mind, a check up with your doctor might be something you want to schedule.

...and yes, we have all kind of taken a non-official oath, swearing off 'Dr. Google'...b/c he never has reassuring or accurate news!! 😉

...and finally, yes, definitely take advantage of our free Resources...and keep posting too!

Talk soon,

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

MyNerves
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   Posted 9/4/2017 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Again thank you so much! I have a physical scheduled for the end of the month, and I will run it by my Doctor. I just keep saying I can go to the hospital/ER if it gets bad. I do believe it was brought on due to a lot of things going on in my life right now, and I don't handle anxiety well. My son just went back to college, new job tomorrow.

I am really panicking over driving, and then remaining at work! I am petrified that it will happen there! Any advice on how not to worry? I am hoping once I get there and get going I will finally calm down. Just lots of fear of the unknown right now.

Thank you

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/4/2017 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My best go-to coping skill is using positive mantras.

The words that take up space in our heads have a direct effect on us for good...or bad.

If we can keep our thoughts positive/reassuring...then the anxiety loses its power over us! (conversely, negative/fearful thinking feeds anxiety)

Even if you don't fully believe that this will work...keep at it. Research has shown that we don't need to fully buy into what we are repeating...

....but rather that it is the optimistic messages themselves that have a beneficial effect on our neurotransmitters.😀

Here is a link esplaining more:

Positive Mantra/Affirmations for Anxiety Management

anxietynetwork.com/content/coping-statements-anxiety

Peace and progress!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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