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Old 06-16-2013, 03:59 AM   #1
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Heart problems or just me being completely nuts? Help me...

I posted this under the 'heart-vascular' subtopic of this forum but maybe my thread belongs here more than in the cardiac section...

'm online researching all of my symptoms using all possible combinations of keywords... That's how obsessed and anxious I am. I've been suffering from generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression for the past almost five years, and been on paroxetine for the same length of time.

I have a terrible, constant fear of dying... I am a complete hypochondriac which is ironical as my life style is hardly healthy - I smoke, eat junk food and am very overweight (my weight went from 67kilos before paroxetine and onset of panic attacks/anxiety/depression to a whopping 136kilos). Since February I lost around 5 kilos but that's it.

I've been monitoring my blood pressure and heart rate on and off for a while now, recently I've become obsessed with it, measuring it like 20-50 times a day. Up until 2-3 weeks ago my normal BP averaged at around 115/75 and pulse around 70-75. About a month ago I started to work, and my job requires me to be physically active (I'm a horse riding instructor and trainer). After working for a week (ant it was a physically demanding week) I started feeling rather dizzy, tired, weak, getting sweaty spells. Started taking my BP again - and it was around 100/60 (as low as 95/55 on few occasions), with a pulse of 50-55 (was as low as 44 at one point).

Then - my BP remained really low, even at work, but resting pulse during daytime, at work, became around 80. Then in the evenings my BP would come up to 120/80 but my pulse would come down to around 60. So low pulse+higher BP and high pulse + lower BP. Even when I take my BP at work, straight after doing some physical activity, it's never over 108 or 113 over 65 or 70, and in about 5-10mins drops to about 105/65 or 100/60.

On my days off (like today) my heart rate often goes low (and BP is low, too) and it feels really uncomfortable, and I feel palpitations along with the slow rate, my chest feels kind of heavy and I am short of breath. It gets my so anxious I cannot function properly. I'm tired, slightly dizzy, disoriented, very anxious and frustrated... On top of that I have a toddler who's almost 2yrs old and requires A LOT of attention a.t.m., which I can not give to him as I'm constantly worrying about my heart and dying from heart attack, cardiac arrest, etc, and keep taking my BP... My husband is frustrated with me as well which doesn't help.
Today I was feeling so helpless because of all my symptoms I was crying my eyes out... I feel like I'm on a rapid road to death and I don't want to be...

A week ago I had an EKG, which stated I have 1st degree AV block, but was otherwise normal. My doc said it was nothing to worry about. Easy for her to say... I also had lot of blood tests done last week - my thyroid hormone levels are fine, so is my blood sugar, potassium, magnesium, iron, etc. But that still doesn't make me feel better - i still feel dizzy, have low BP and very varying pulse, palpitations...

What the HELL is wrong with me... Are all of my symptoms controlled by my anxiety??? Why has my BP dropped so much since I started working? I'm not exactly athletic (although I used to be) or anything, just normally active now...

Should I get more in depth tests done on my heart? Or am I just going crazy???

Just last night I had a stressful and embarrassing episode... My heart rate started to drop and my BP went up to 140/90, I started panicking, getting pains and heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath so I called the ambulance, sobbing like crazy.
Of course, when the doctor came he said I was perfectly fine, my pulse was beating well and my bp was 120/80. Basically, I wasted their time...

I'm really considering hospitalising myself for my anxiety and depression... I can no longer see the joy of life through all of this crap I have to go through every single day...

Please, help... As stupid as that sounds, I know.

 
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Heart problems or just me being completely nuts? Help me...

I am very familiar with the anxiety and fear around health problems. I too have a great fear of having a heart attack, and often attribute any number of symptoms to heart problems. I very much believe that this stress and anxiety in itself is a major part of the symptoms we experience. Logic needs to somehow prevail, so that we don't end up doing actual damage to ourselves (either physical or emotional).

I intend on trying to accept my body as it is, and to stop worrying about every bodily symptom and change that I notice. I suggest trying to practice relaxation techniques, and to trust your body a little more. I know this is all much easier said than done, but it's worth a try.


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I posted this under the 'heart-vascular' subtopic of this forum but maybe my thread belongs here more than in the cardiac section...

'm online researching all of my symptoms using all possible combinations of keywords... That's how obsessed and anxious I am. I've been suffering from generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression for the past almost five years, and been on paroxetine for the same length of time.

I have a terrible, constant fear of dying... I am a complete hypochondriac which is ironical as my life style is hardly healthy - I smoke, eat junk food and am very overweight (my weight went from 67kilos before paroxetine and onset of panic attacks/anxiety/depression to a whopping 136kilos). Since February I lost around 5 kilos but that's it.

I've been monitoring my blood pressure and heart rate on and off for a while now, recently I've become obsessed with it, measuring it like 20-50 times a day. Up until 2-3 weeks ago my normal BP averaged at around 115/75 and pulse around 70-75. About a month ago I started to work, and my job requires me to be physically active (I'm a horse riding instructor and trainer). After working for a week (ant it was a physically demanding week) I started feeling rather dizzy, tired, weak, getting sweaty spells. Started taking my BP again - and it was around 100/60 (as low as 95/55 on few occasions), with a pulse of 50-55 (was as low as 44 at one point).

Then - my BP remained really low, even at work, but resting pulse during daytime, at work, became around 80. Then in the evenings my BP would come up to 120/80 but my pulse would come down to around 60. So low pulse+higher BP and high pulse + lower BP. Even when I take my BP at work, straight after doing some physical activity, it's never over 108 or 113 over 65 or 70, and in about 5-10mins drops to about 105/65 or 100/60.

On my days off (like today) my heart rate often goes low (and BP is low, too) and it feels really uncomfortable, and I feel palpitations along with the slow rate, my chest feels kind of heavy and I am short of breath. It gets my so anxious I cannot function properly. I'm tired, slightly dizzy, disoriented, very anxious and frustrated... On top of that I have a toddler who's almost 2yrs old and requires A LOT of attention a.t.m., which I can not give to him as I'm constantly worrying about my heart and dying from heart attack, cardiac arrest, etc, and keep taking my BP... My husband is frustrated with me as well which doesn't help.
Today I was feeling so helpless because of all my symptoms I was crying my eyes out... I feel like I'm on a rapid road to death and I don't want to be...

A week ago I had an EKG, which stated I have 1st degree AV block, but was otherwise normal. My doc said it was nothing to worry about. Easy for her to say... I also had lot of blood tests done last week - my thyroid hormone levels are fine, so is my blood sugar, potassium, magnesium, iron, etc. But that still doesn't make me feel better - i still feel dizzy, have low BP and very varying pulse, palpitations...

What the HELL is wrong with me... Are all of my symptoms controlled by my anxiety??? Why has my BP dropped so much since I started working? I'm not exactly athletic (although I used to be) or anything, just normally active now...

Should I get more in depth tests done on my heart? Or am I just going crazy???

Just last night I had a stressful and embarrassing episode... My heart rate started to drop and my BP went up to 140/90, I started panicking, getting pains and heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath so I called the ambulance, sobbing like crazy.
Of course, when the doctor came he said I was perfectly fine, my pulse was beating well and my bp was 120/80. Basically, I wasted their time...

I'm really considering hospitalising myself for my anxiety and depression... I can no longer see the joy of life through all of this crap I have to go through every single day...

Please, help... As stupid as that sounds, I know.

 
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Re: Heart problems or just me being completely nuts? Help me...

I swore I was having heart problems a few years ago. The doctor hooked me up to the heart monitor in her office and all was well when I was in their office. But, I was still having heart pains at home. It was to the point that I was sure I would die in my sleep one night.

But, it all ended up being stress induced for me. I hope that is the case for you too! I will be praying that you figure out what's going on soon.

 
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