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Sleepless in NJ
Jul 30, 2009
Take a deep breathÖ hope I donít bore you.. here is my story..

Bloated feeling, pressure in chest, feeling like I canít talk or swallow, shaking, feeling of blood rushing to head, dizzy, tingling pins and needles in extremities, heart racing, frequent bowel movements, wake up sometimes soak and wet sweaty, really aware of every heart beat, wheezing, very hot/warm feeling in the center of my chest moving to my arms then gone, very easily startled. I feel like Iím in a movie or something just waiting for something to happen. Sometimes it will be like a switch.. click.. Iím perfectly fine.

All these symptoms came to a climax one day, I was driving home from work and was feeling these symptoms then all of a sudden it was as if someone punched me in the chest five times fast. (I wish I was exaggerating) I only live twelve minutes from work. I instantly pulled over and called an ambulance. I thought I was having a heart attack, I have never felt anything like this before.

I was in the ER a total of three times over 2 months, they tested my bloods three times everything was fine according to the hospital. They even did a heart attack test where they tested my blood every couple hours (T test?) Whatever it was they stated it wasnít a heart attack, although my heart was racing something fierce when all this happened. I was hooked up to the ekg each time and everthing was normal.

I went to two cardiologists. Both listened to my heart and they said I had the slightest of a murmur but everything sounds fine and my heart is definitely not the problem. I wore a 24 hour holter, the results were ďUnderline Rhythm is Sinus, 4 PACís in 24hrs, no SVTís. 1 isolated PVC was seen.Ē (no clue what this means, translation?) Doc said that the holter was pretty boring and it was nothing I needed treatment on. What are SVE beats.. I had 13? Normal?

I had a stress echo done.
Resting ECG : Regular Sinus Rythmn, non-specific ST-T wave abnormalities
Resting LV Wall Motion : no segmental wall motion abnormalities, normal LV function
Exercised for 10 minutes reaching max heart rate of 164, 88% of max 186. Throughout test patient experienced no chest pain of shortness of breath. At peak exercise ecg revealed no ischemic changes. Post echo showed no segmental wall motion abnormalities. No significant arrhythmias. Appropriate blood pressure response.
Impressions; negative stress test for ischemia, appropriate blood pressure response, no arrhythmias, good exercise tolerance, no stress induced wall motion abnormalities seen.

Is there something I should be checking for that the doctors missed? Am I ok?

I saw a psychologist and he stated it is anxiety, but every doctor says that like it is their catch-all phrase. He gave me xanax but even taking xanax freaks me out because it just numbs me and I really donít want to go that route. Like I break a .5 tab in quarters and I get an instant drunk feeling in about 15 minutes. The doc said Iím the only known person who wonít let xanax work. Like I fight it.

Iím in excellent shape I run 30-60 minutes a day. Even after that, I try to hike before work. I take vitamins and I juice daily. I donít eat any crap. From the holter my avg heart rate is 66bpm and 45 asleep. (They say it is fine because of my conditioning). I get plenty of sleep. My bp is usually 110/80 when I wake up to 135/80 throughout the day.

Any ideas? From my lifestyle it makes no sense to me why this would be happening..

It is a constant battle for me everyday, Iím familiar with agoraphobia from what the psychologist mentioned. I literally force myself to do things even though Iím symptomatic and freaking out, I purposefully exercise hard even though Iím freaked about my heart, I drive exactly the same way home and get gas at the gas station I had the ďheart attackĒ episode at. I started to get a feeling like ďI gotta get outta here and get homeĒ.. so purposefully walk in the middle of the woods off the path with my trail gps.

I have no worries whatsoever, none of this makes sense to me.


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