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Ok, so I have been part of the anxiety world for 9 years now. Like everyone else in this boat I have had my good times and my bad times. Wednesday of this week I had a serious flight or fight moment at work where my heart was beating all crazy....felt almost like "hiccups" inside my chest and I have had irregular heart beats before and wore the 24 hour monitor and all that. So, Wednesday (3 days ago) I had a ton of them at work (a couple of hours of them) and I couldn't take it anymore....I left work and came home and laid down and took a nap. They continued all night so the next morning I called my regular MD who had me come in to the office at 830am. She heard what she called an "early heartbeat" and referred me to the same cardiologist who had given me the 24 test before. I went in and they did an EKG and said that I was having irregular heart beats but that they were harmless and that almost everyone has them its just that most people don't feel them. She did put me on a small dose of a beta-blocker that she said would correct the beats and strengthen the heart muscle. I asked how long of taking the beta blocker before I felt some relief and she said 2 doses and people start to feel better. I am on my second day of the beta blocker and I still don't have any relief!

Its like a vicious cycle....I feel some irregular heartbeats so I get anxious....then that makes me have more irregular heart beats which kicks up my anxiety! Does anyone have any experience with anxiety and irregular heartbeats? I need some advice, I am so scared I am going to die and leave my family without me. HELP ME UNDERSTAND :confused::confused:
I have tried xanax and ativan as needed but they didn't stop the panic attacks or the heart palpitations. So thats why the cardiologist said to take metoprolol he said one in the morning and one at night but it brought my blood pressure down so low, so I just take one at night because it seems the heart palps are worse when I am trying to lay down and rest so then I end up staying up all night wondering if I should wake my husband up. I would love to have kids but how am I suppose to have kids when i am afraid of so many things right now. I thought 5ys ago things would get better but it seems to get worse. We are about the same age, i'm glad to talk to someone that will listen my family and friends don't understand and get so frustrated with me. How about your friends and family and what ages are your children? I can imagine being worried when you are alone with the kids that is one of my fears about having kids plus I am afraid being pregnant...what if the heart palps kill me or what if i have panic attacks everyday while I am pregnant.

The dr. is putting me on klonopin everyday but it's a benzo like the xanax and ativan and I am afraid of getting addictive I just don't want to be in worse shape then I am already. Sorry so long just glad to have some one to talk to. :)





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