how many symptoms?
does one need to have for anxiety? Here's my situation. i have panic/anxiety disorder. i have been on lexapro (20mg/day) and ativan (.5mgx2/day) for several yrs. i used to experience all of the normal symptoms; feeling of impending doom, racing heart, sweating, etc... i have tried a few times to come off of the meds w/ no success. last fall, i experienced some skipped heartbeats. (i was off lexapro by now) nothing major, i probably experienced 4 skipped beats in 30 min. i took an ativan and they went away.
late winter, i noticed the return of skipped beats. by this time i was taking 5mg of lexapro. the skipped beats seemed to occur every 12-15 beat. they lasted about an hour. i attibuted it to anxiety. well, then the skipped beats started to occur for about an hour or so in the morning and return towards evening for another hour or so.
finally, i went to my doctor, he listened to my heart and ordered some tests. he did some blood work (normal), ordered and echocardiogram (normal), and event monitor (normal). doctor said it was anxiety/panic related. the frequency of the skipped beats went away for about 3 weeks. then the skipped beats started up again, so i worked my way back to 20mg lexapro/ day.
i stayed on the meds for about a month and then started to wean myself off of them again. i thought, my heart is in good shape, i'll get of the meds and lose some weight as well. a week after stopping the meds, the skipped beats came back. so, i have started taking my meds again, and now i am on day 3 of 20mg of lexapro.
what i would like to know is, can a person have just one panic/anxiety symptom? the more i think about the skipped beats, the more they seem to occur. thoughts?