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This could get long but I'll do my best to keep it short as possible!

Two weeks ago while sitting in a movie theatre I noticed my heart was beating really fast. When my husband and I came home I mentioned it to him and he listened and thought it was going twice as fast as his. We laughed, thinking it was nothing and decided to time it to see if he was right. His was 70 and mine was 130.

After realising the "normal" resting rate is anywhere between 70-90 I started to realise something was not right!! We monitored it for a while and finally headed to emergency just in case. I spent the day there while they watched me go from 115 to 160 by simply lifting my arm to scratch my face. At this point I had no other symptoms besides my heart beating out of my chest. They released me that same night, under the impression that the medication I've been on due to some neurological problems (Nortriptyline) was causing my heart rate to be elevated. They made me stop cold turkey that night until I could talk to my neurologist.

When I spoke to him, he said he has never had this happen before, only in elderly patients who had prior cardiac problems before taking the meds. Now we were getting a little worried, condsidering nobody knew why my heart was going crazy and it still hadn't slowed down.

About 2 days later I was having trouble breathing and quite a bit of chest pain. Back to the hospital, where they admitted me for 8 days to run a bunch of tests. Lung scan to make sure no embollism which was clear, blood work for magnesium, thyroid, blood surgar all clear, echo showed no signs, and holter monitor that recorded beats up to 188. This is all laying in a hospital bed!!! They also had me do a 24 hour urine test which won't be back for 4-5 weeks.

Because of the previous neuro problems I have a brain MRI coming up in 2 weeks to rule out MS. They released me thinking they'll know more when the urine test comes back and once we have the MRI as well.

I visited my family dr yesterday and she is trying to convince me that this is generalized anxiety disorder and chronic panic attacks. I've only had difficulty breathing once, and I certainly haven't been anxious while watching a funny movie I'm starting to feel like they're putting me off because they can't figure out what it is and they don't want to take the time to.

Should I just wait for the MRI and other results or should I be getting a referral to someone else? Should I just let this go? My heart is still pounding and my family isn't comfortable with me only being able to sit on the couch for fear of my heart going through the roof. Here is my big shopping list of symptoms:

- Blue feet and toenails when sitting
- Extreme fatigue - too tired to laugh or move at all
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss
- Night sweats
- Tingling in face, hands and arms
- Headaches
- Stiff feeling in eyes and vision problems - dyslexia with numbers and words
- Out of body feeling - brain shutting off for a few seconds at a time - vision is shifty instead of smooth
- Nauseous/no appetite
- Vertigo
- Sweating
- Pounding head when first standing up
- Chest pain
- Pink rash on feet when in hot shower

They tried me on 2 beta-blockers in the hospital and they made me feel worse - sick to my stomach and no energy, and they didn't do much to bring my heart rate down either!

My blood pressure was all over the place as well - 165 over something - that one set off an alarm and they came running into my room, and as low as 80 over something and the nurse asked me if I felt like I could pass out! I haven't fainted (yet)!

Another thing that was weird was they gave me Ativan and it didn't make me sleepy or make a difference with rate/pressure either.

Maybe at least the tachycardia will leave as fast as it came on?

Any opinions or advice are greatly appreciated!

Amy
[QUOTE=AmyRS]This could get long but I'll do my best to keep it short as possible!

Two weeks ago while sitting in a movie theatre I noticed my heart was beating really fast. When my husband and I came home I mentioned it to him and he listened and thought it was going twice as fast as his. We laughed, thinking it was nothing and decided to time it to see if he was right. His was 70 and mine was 130.

After realising the "normal" resting rate is anywhere between 70-90 I started to realise something was not right!! We monitored it for a while and finally headed to emergency just in case. I spent the day there while they watched me go from 115 to 160 by simply lifting my arm to scratch my face. At this point I had no other symptoms besides my heart beating out of my chest. They released me that same night, under the impression that the medication I've been on due to some neurological problems (Nortriptyline) was causing my heart rate to be elevated. They made me stop cold turkey that night until I could talk to my neurologist.

When I spoke to him, he said he has never had this happen before, only in elderly patients who had prior cardiac problems before taking the meds. Now we were getting a little worried, condsidering nobody knew why my heart was going crazy and it still hadn't slowed down.

About 2 days later I was having trouble breathing and quite a bit of chest pain. Back to the hospital, where they admitted me for 8 days to run a bunch of tests. Lung scan to make sure no embollism which was clear, blood work for magnesium, thyroid, blood surgar all clear, echo showed no signs, and holter monitor that recorded beats up to 188. This is all laying in a hospital bed!!! They also had me do a 24 hour urine test which won't be back for 4-5 weeks.

Because of the previous neuro problems I have a brain MRI coming up in 2 weeks to rule out MS. They released me thinking they'll know more when the urine test comes back and once we have the MRI as well.

I visited my family dr yesterday and she is trying to convince me that this is generalized anxiety disorder and chronic panic attacks. I've only had difficulty breathing once, and I certainly haven't been anxious while watching a funny movie I'm starting to feel like they're putting me off because they can't figure out what it is and they don't want to take the time to.

Should I just wait for the MRI and other results or should I be getting a referral to someone else? Should I just let this go? My heart is still pounding and my family isn't comfortable with me only being able to sit on the couch for fear of my heart going through the roof. Here is my big shopping list of symptoms:

- Blue feet and toenails when sitting
- Extreme fatigue - too tired to laugh or move at all
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss
- Night sweats
- Tingling in face, hands and arms
- Headaches
- Stiff feeling in eyes and vision problems - dyslexia with numbers and words
- Out of body feeling - brain shutting off for a few seconds at a time - vision is shifty instead of smooth
- Nauseous/no appetite
- Vertigo
- Sweating
- Pounding head when first standing up
- Chest pain
- Pink rash on feet when in hot shower

They tried me on 2 beta-blockers in the hospital and they made me feel worse - sick to my stomach and no energy, and they didn't do much to bring my heart rate down either!

My blood pressure was all over the place as well - 165 over something - that one set off an alarm and they came running into my room, and as low as 80 over something and the nurse asked me if I felt like I could pass out! I haven't fainted (yet)!

Another thing that was weird was they gave me Ativan and it didn't make me sleepy or make a difference with rate/pressure either.

Maybe at least the tachycardia will leave as fast as it came on?

Any opinions or advice are greatly appreciated!

Amy[/QUOTE]

Amy,
Hi, I just read your post. I am 24 and have had very similar symptoms for the last 9 months. I thought I was the only one out there who has a tingling face.lol My other symptoms include: tachycardia with little activity, hand numbness, constant headaches, occasional drops in bp, fainting episodes, neck stiffness, lightheaded, pressure/pulsating in head upon standing, hair loss(which could be thyroid related for me), and brain fog. I'm sure there are probably other symptoms I'm not thinking of. I have been from Dr. to Dr. having test after test(including MRI's, cardiac tests, and lots of labs). I was dx'd with thyroid cancer last summer and at first all of my symptoms were blamed on my thyroid, but I still have all of my symptoms. Now, they are blaming it all on anxiety. I do have an anxiety/panic disorder, but I no longer believe all of my symptoms are anxiety related. I am to the point where I don't know what to do next. My family wants me to go stay at Mayo's until they figure this out.

Anyway, I'm sorry for rambling, but I just wanted to let you know you're not alone. I hope you find some answers soon. Don't let your Dr. blame this on anxiety before ruling everything else out, first. There are too many Dr.'s out there who are too quick to blame everything on anxiety.
Good luck to you and keep us posted. :)

BTW~ The same thing happens to me with my blood pressure. One day it will be as low as 85/50 causing me to faint and the next it will be 130/90. It's really strange.
[QUOTE=AmyRS]This could get long but I'll do my best to keep it short as possible!

Two weeks ago while sitting in a movie theatre I noticed my heart was beating really fast. When my husband and I came home I mentioned it to him and he listened and thought it was going twice as fast as his. We laughed, thinking it was nothing and decided to time it to see if he was right. His was 70 and mine was 130.

After realising the "normal" resting rate is anywhere between 70-90 I started to realise something was not right!! We monitored it for a while and finally headed to emergency just in case. I spent the day there while they watched me go from 115 to 160 by simply lifting my arm to scratch my face. At this point I had no other symptoms besides my heart beating out of my chest. They released me that same night, under the impression that the medication I've been on due to some neurological problems (Nortriptyline) was causing my heart rate to be elevated. They made me stop cold turkey that night until I could talk to my neurologist.

When I spoke to him, he said he has never had this happen before, only in elderly patients who had prior cardiac problems before taking the meds. Now we were getting a little worried, condsidering nobody knew why my heart was going crazy and it still hadn't slowed down.

About 2 days later I was having trouble breathing and quite a bit of chest pain. Back to the hospital, where they admitted me for 8 days to run a bunch of tests. Lung scan to make sure no embollism which was clear, blood work for magnesium, thyroid, blood surgar all clear, echo showed no signs, and holter monitor that recorded beats up to 188. This is all laying in a hospital bed!!! They also had me do a 24 hour urine test which won't be back for 4-5 weeks.

Because of the previous neuro problems I have a brain MRI coming up in 2 weeks to rule out MS. They released me thinking they'll know more when the urine test comes back and once we have the MRI as well.

I visited my family dr yesterday and she is trying to convince me that this is generalized anxiety disorder and chronic panic attacks. I've only had difficulty breathing once, and I certainly haven't been anxious while watching a funny movie I'm starting to feel like they're putting me off because they can't figure out what it is and they don't want to take the time to.

Should I just wait for the MRI and other results or should I be getting a referral to someone else? Should I just let this go? My heart is still pounding and my family isn't comfortable with me only being able to sit on the couch for fear of my heart going through the roof. Here is my big shopping list of symptoms:

- Blue feet and toenails when sitting
- Extreme fatigue - too tired to laugh or move at all
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss
- Night sweats
- Tingling in face, hands and arms
- Headaches
- Stiff feeling in eyes and vision problems - dyslexia with numbers and words
- Out of body feeling - brain shutting off for a few seconds at a time - vision is shifty instead of smooth
- Nauseous/no appetite
- Vertigo
- Sweating
- Pounding head when first standing up
- Chest pain
- Pink rash on feet when in hot shower

They tried me on 2 beta-blockers in the hospital and they made me feel worse - sick to my stomach and no energy, and they didn't do much to bring my heart rate down either!

My blood pressure was all over the place as well - 165 over something - that one set off an alarm and they came running into my room, and as low as 80 over something and the nurse asked me if I felt like I could pass out! I haven't fainted (yet)!

Another thing that was weird was they gave me Ativan and it didn't make me sleepy or make a difference with rate/pressure either.

Maybe at least the tachycardia will leave as fast as it came on?

Any opinions or advice are greatly appreciated!

Amy[/QUOTE]
Dear Amy,

I was wondering if you coould tell me if the doctors have figured out what was wrong yet? You see, I have some of the same symptoms as you have. I literally woke up one day and was told I was suffering from Panic/anxiety attacks. I was also around your age at the time. I am now 36 years old and this has been going on for the last 8 years! Since the first attack I have had more health situations that I feel are related to the panic/anxiety problems. If you receive this please write. Thank you and have an awesome day! Tracey.





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