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Hi all,

I am new to these forums, but have been dealing with anxiety for a few years now. Hoping for some advice on how to deal with some heart fear/anxiety issues. I am 31 years old, take xanax at night to help sleep (no more than 1mg) and I am not on any other medication.

Started with panic attacks 4 years ago and I was treated with medication. The attacks subsided and I weaned off them. About 2 years ago I started having severe heart palpitations, at the time my doctor said they were PVC's, skipping beats and that is was anxiety and to calm down. I was so scared of them that I went over and over again until he sent me to a cardio who of course after tons of tests (EKG, Stress Echo) told my heart was in great shape.

I had some pretty big life changes going on at the time and when my life settled, they seemed to go away, for nearly a year. Now, big life changes and stress happening again. They are back with a vengence. I can't help it, but I get so scared when I get them. I used to get what I considered PVC's, my heart felt like it flipped in my chest. They have changed and I'm trying to figure out what I'm feeling. It is hard to describe....sort of a rolling sensation and then a thump. When I try to catch my pulse while its happening it feels kind of normal. Does that equal a "pvc" or rythym change or is this what a standard heart palpitation feels like, an awareness of my heart beat? My sleep is all messed up because of this and I know that increases the cycle. I start a new job on Monday and hopefully within 3 months will be eligible for insurance and can bug a doctor about it. I just get scared when the feeling seems so different.

Anyone else experience these? I apologize for the length of the post. Just going a bit bonkers. I get a heat rush every time I get one of these (lately about 10 per day, but oddly less when I run) They also tend to act up towards the afternoon.

Thanks in advance :dizzy:

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