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Re: Constant Worry
Feb 7, 2005
[QUOTE=polishkittycat]Hi, I can relate and totally understand. About 6 years ago when I was 21 I had the same thing happen. Chest pain, heart palpitations, electric shock like feeling, panicky, racing mind, couldnt swallow, hyperventilation ect... I went to the ER like every 3 days and they did a bunch of tests, EKG's and so forth. I kept on going to the doctor because I swore I was going to die because my heart was not acting right, I had chest pain and these funny beats and beating really really fast to the point where I was going to faint. I went to a cardiologist where I was given a holter monitor (24 hour) and then when that came back normal an event recorder for 1 week where I would press record when my heart started acting "funny". After all of this, doctors and ER trips and stress echo cardiograms for over 2 years finally someone told my (my cardiologist) that I was having panic attacks because of stress and althought the felt symptoms are really there its because of the mind and not the heart. The heart reacts in a way to the mind, the reason I would tingle was because when your mind senses fear or danger or stress the brain immediately sends the oxygen and blood to the most vital organs eg.. heart. Thats why it beats soo fast and flutters. Your limbs may tingle because the blood is being sent elsewhere to protect you, it the sympathetic nervous system setting in. I went on xanax and became heavily addicted to it, (was perscribed 1/2 - 1 tab daily and was taking 10 or more) then I went on to klonopin which made me panic because it relaxed me so much I thought my heart along with my lungs would stop working. After that went to a shrink who put me on paxil and for 4 years I was panic attack free except for maybe 1 or 2. Paxil was my lifesaver along with the shrink teaching me how to take control over my attacks when they came. Learn to breathe this is the #1 important thing in slowing your heart rate down and getting your blood pressure back to normal when an attack is present. Breathe through your nose count to 4 and exhale through your mouth on a count to 4. Also make sure you breath through your diaphram, your stomach not chest or shoulders should be moving when you inhale and exhale. Hope this helps. Oh and another thing, learn to trust the doctors, after all those tests and learning everything is ok, start telling yourself everything is ok and then your mind will begin to react accordingly.[/QUOTE]
I am 30 yrs. old and have 2 daughters. I am married...and should be extremely happy since I have everything I have ever wanted. BUT...I am constantly worrying about my health and can't be happy. I have been to the dr. for my heart numerous times. I have had numerous ekgs and I even wore a halter monitor for 24 hours. They read my results and said that there is nothing wrong with my heart. They said it was anxiety. I have had a CT scan on my head because I was convinced I had a brain tumor. It was anxiety related. I have had blood test after blood test because I was convinced I had some kind of cancer. When I was 17, I just KNEW that I would live to get married and have kids. Here I am 30 and I am married for the second time and have 2 wonderful kids. I would just like to have my life back. AND...to make things worse...people in my family...think I am just crazy!!! If anyone would like to talk...[COLOR=Red]{REMOVED}[/COLOR]Sometimes all you need is to know someone else feels exactly like you do!!! :)





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