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Old 05-28-2005, 05:35 AM   #1
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Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Hi everyone,

I'm a 25 yr old female - About 2 weeks ago (while I was on vacation), I began experiencing presure on my chest, specifically around my throat area. I could feel my heart beating throughout my whole body as well as right at the base of my throat in between my clavical bones.

When I would take my pulse, it was fine. But I began to worry and worked myself up into quite a panic attack and drove myself to the ER.

There they did a full blod workup, an EKG, chest X-Ray and a CT scan of my heart and lungs. Everything came back normal and the doctor said I was completely healthy but he perscribed XANAX for the anxiety.

I haven't taken the xanax b/c i've heard you could get addicted to it. Instead, i've just tried to relax. Hasn't really worked. lol Anyway, i'm still experiencing the same thing.

I'm very aware of my heartbeat sometimes and still feel the slight pressure at the base of my neck area. It's hard to describe. I did go to an ENT before this all happened and he had felt my neck and said that my thyroid seemed a little enlarged and is going to run some tests this coming up Tuesday.

Could this weird heart thing possibly be caused by my thyroid? or is it complete anxiety?

 
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Re: Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Hi Nicole,
An over production of the thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can and will cause the symtoms you describe. Among many symptoms, nervousness associated with the disorder can contribute to your anxiety.

In severe cases one can have SOB and chest pain; usually the symptoms are gradual from onset and one is not aware until symptoms are severe. Generally speaking the disorder's symptoms closely mimmic a heart problem.

 
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Old 05-28-2005, 08:13 AM   #3
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Re: Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Thank you for the reply! I'm sorry, but what does SOB mean?

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Re: Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Sorry for being vague. Shortness of breath (sob).

 
Old 06-01-2005, 07:12 AM   #5
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Re: Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Hi there:
I'm in a similar boat. Having heart palpitations and chest fluttering and think it might be related to endo issues. The key is to find a GOOD endo. Alot of them will tell you the heart is not related but basically everything is related to your thyroid. See if you can find a thyroid specialist who specializes in young women. There are other SSRIs you can take for anxiety that are not addictive. I don't know all that much but anxiety does always make things alot worse. your test results are very reassuring.

Good luck
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:30 AM   #6
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Re: Strong heart beats & Slight pressure on my chest

Hi, for what it's worth. I have anxiety attacks, and was perscribed Xannax as well. I got a prescription in March for 10 pills and I still have 7 left. I only take it when it's really bad, because like you I don't like to take medicine that can cause addiction. My pills are .5 mg. I only take a half a pill and that seems to do the trick and takes away the panic. Be careful, because you might get tired. even after the pill wears off I still don't have any problems. My doctor said its perfect for panic that's already there. He siad it goes in your system, does it's job then gets out. For your own piece of mind next time your heart is racing and you have the chest pains, try one. If they go away then you know its anxiety, if not then you have a strong point to discuss further testing with your doctor. That's what happened to me this weekend, my pulse was racing for two days and I did take a Xannax and it did not go away this time, so they ran an echocardiogram and I'm on a 30 day monitor. I'm not saying this to scare you. But I think that if you tried a Xannax next time and it goes away with it, you will know that it is just anxiety and be able to work through it next time if you don't want to take a pill. You certainly won't get addicted with just one pill. Keep in mind anxeity causes VERY STRANGE things, and "real" symptoms. We're keeping our fingers crossed that that is my only problem still.
Just some thoughts for you to keep in mind.

I wish you well...

 
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