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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 8/29/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Does anyone ever have the symptom of a fluttering sensation that almost feels like a spasm (lasts for a few seconds, comes and goes, not painful) in the upper-mid section of the chest areas (close to the collar bones) deep inside? I get this frequently and have been to see three doctors already. Had several EKGs done, thyroid test, 48 hour holter monitor, echocardiogram, upper GI tract (to see if it may be due to acid reflux), a chest x-ray.  All of the tests results were NORMAL.  However, still feeling these fluttering sensations even when I am not having a panic/anxiety attack. Need some answers to ease my mind.  Will be doing my very last heart test -stress test where they inject something and then take images of my heart.  Someone recommended that I see a natural path doctor if my next test turns out to be normal.  Please give me your advice. Greatly appreciate it!!!
Sometimes I ask, why me? why does this have to happen to me? Why can't I have a normal healthy life and just enjoy it?

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 268
   Posted 8/29/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Welcome.
I sometimes experience fluttering in my chest.  This has been going on for about 10 years.  It started in my early 20's.  I went to a cardiologist, had all the necessary test done and everything came back normal.
When my A/P started up 6 months ago, I went back to the cardiologist and had an echocardiogram and stress test.  Normal again.
I was told by my cardiologist that everyone gets fluttering in their chest, but some people do not feel it.  Some people have a more sensitive pacemaker than others.
My doctor also told me to limit my caffeine intake since that can bring on fluttering and speed the heart up.  I drink everything decaf.
Hope this helps some.  Let us know how you make out.  Good Luck with your stress test!
Take care,
~Take Life One Minute At A Time!
~What Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger!

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 58
   Posted 8/29/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, I have had anxiety for about 5 yrs and I went through the same thing u are right now, I would get fluttering all over, not just my chest, The chest was the worst, I worried I had heart problems for the longest, I had all the test u are having done and everything came back fine, After that I trained myself to just ignore them, after I knew I didn't have anything physical wrong w/ me it made it better, After awhile they just went away, on occasion I would get them but they wouldn't last long, hope u feel better soon.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 8/30/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Hay,

This is Kitt. 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.

Keep a record of how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations, and what you are feeling at the time. This information may help your doctor figure out both their seriousness and the cause.

Once a serious cause has been ruled out by your doctor, try NOT to pay attention to heart palpitations, unless you notice a sudden increase or a change in them.

I hope this helps you to understand a bit better that this is a sensation that many people, not only Anxious people but people with other diseases also have this same phenomenon. Gentle Hugs to you.

Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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