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    Old 07-12-2006, 07:58 AM   #1
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    New Here severe and worsening anxiety ( tachichardia)

    Hi there. I haven't read up on you guys yet but I will. Im sure many of us have a lot in common. I always new something was up with me but not sure what. Then about 7-8 years ago my DR decided ( I kind of already knew anyway) I had depression problems but he never said anything about anxiety. But the anxiety continued to get worse I just thought it was part of depression. I live in constant fear someone I love will die. Sometimes I live in fear and I dont know of what. I have severe anger mood swings, and mood swing that send me into crying out of control over things I cant control. I am nervous all the time. And if my husband isnt all happy or attentive I automatically assume he is mad at me or something along those lines. It just seems like something always HAS to be wrong. I was told I was a worry wort and needed to relax and calm down Ha!

    In 2003 I had a deep thought someone ( at the time I felt my dad) was going to die. He was 67 and looking much older than he used to. Well It turned out it was my mom. She was hospitalized with chest pains. I KNEW it was something bad. Even though I was told many many things it could be in the end I was right. She had cancer. Lung cancer. So stupid me as I do ALWAYS went searching the Internet. As many of you probably know it is our best and worst friend. I spent hours each day obsessed with finding a cure. Problem was since I was right and someone was sick as I had feared I thought all I had was good intuition not a problem!! BTW mom mad it and beat horrendous odds and is now Cancer free 3 years!! YAY

    But the reason I found these boards was not for my anxiety it was for other health problems I am having. but since being here I have self diagnosed myself with everything from Colon Cancer to diverticulitis, to some blood disorder. Grant it something is wrong with me as i have not had a bowel movement without laxative help I over 2 months. I go weeks in between. I saw a gastroenterologist and the word Cancer was mentioned and of course I heard nothing else. I have been soo scared since then. I have been to every colon cancer web page and researched symptoms causes you name it. I am completely over the top here. I have my husband worried about me soo much. He actually wanted to turn the internet off cause I get soo upset.

    Then July 2nd I was taking the prep ( colyte) for a colonoscopy my GI DR had scheduled for the next day. I cried the whole time. I trembled. the stuff was awful. I had worked myself into such a panic that I sent my husband to my MIL's for a few hours so I wouldn't scare the kids. I was soo afraid I would nto be able to finish the bottle and they would cancel the procedure and i would have to do it all over again another day. I got most of the nasty stuff down ( about 3/4 of the over gallon bottle). It took 2 x as long as it should have about 7 hours!!! The next morning I was fine I was hungry since I couldn't eat for over a day. The procedure was hours away so I went to the plant world nursery with my kids ( 2y/o and 1 y/o) my 2 y/o son love plants and flowers. And on the way home I had my second episode of tachycardia. This time I knew exactly what it was. I felt the very first abnormal heart beat start. I spent the entire day with Dr's and on beta blockers to slow my heart rate from the 178 it was to down below 80 ( 74 to be exact). Of course the anesthesiologist cancelled my colonoscopy. My worst fears came true I would have to prep all over again. But it wasn't becasue I didnt finish that cap it was my heart!. Funny thing was all morning I was fine. calm and happy no frustration nothing. It just came out of nowhere!

    This had only happened one other time ( well I have had many panic heart races but no lasting tachycardia) back in November. I woke up feeling as though my heart was racing. I felt faint sweaty I took my pulse it was over 160. I sat around trying to calm it down I breathed nice and slow full breathes. Finally after suffering like that and my chest pains I woke my husband up and told him I was going to the urgent care. The did and EKG and immediately sent me to the ER by ambulance where I spent 3 nights in the hospital on every test possible. I had 4 episodes while there and one where my heat rate was 205 for over 30 minute!!! Only thing wrong after all the tests was elevated white blood cells.

    I do however have some tracers of the beginnings or warnign signs of heart disease. Slightly high cholesterol ( hereditary) and VERY high triglycerides. I have since lost 30 pounds and feel much better. but wonder if my Tachycardia episodes are heart related or anxiety related. Either way they are not good for me. The first time I needed a nasty shot that made my heart stop and start again to get a normal rhythm. The episodes dont stop on their own and each time my brains gets deprived of oxygen and each time my heart can get damage.
    Yesterday i went to see the DR and he gave me the results of my blood work from last week and he screwed up read the wrong ones and mine were actually better than the first. problem was I still got worked up I cried the whole way home. I was upset at the fat that he didnt take my anxiety serious enough to be careful with me and not mess with my health. I had to call out of work and take 2 xanax just to calm down . Ive been taking them for anxiety for a couple years now. I am also on wellbutrin for depression. Seriously these episodes are just a few. I seriously feel like 2 people sometimes. I dont know how to fix it. Sure once I realize what is going on I can take something to calm down but I cant seem to be just a normal person. I am afraid of bugs all of a sudden ( that was never the case before) it all started one night when i found a VERY ;large spider in my hosue. I had myself convinced it was a poinseness HOBO spider and of course it went under the dryer never to be seen again. I can barely go around the hosue with no shoes. I still think it was a poinseness spider!!

    I really should stop here since I could go on and on. I hope I can get a handle on things and maybe soemthing here will help me just by the support and reading. It will be nice to get to know you all.

     
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    Old 07-12-2006, 10:50 AM   #2
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    Re: New Here severe and worsening anxiety ( tachichardia)

    Hi Adreanna. I, too, found these boards because of other health conditions, but I spend most of my time on this one. I have sinus tachycardia also, but mine is constant, although never as high as yours. I take a beta blocker every day and it does a pretty good job of keeping it under 100.

    I had to have a colonoscopy in January for the exact opposite of the problems you were having. When I went in my blood pressure was like 140/80 and my heart rate was over 120bpm. They gave me something to calm me down and I was fine after that. I'm sorry you have to go through the prep again. I didn't think it was all that bad, but I did have a hard time getting those last few glasses of that stuff down. Maybe they can give you a valium or something to take in the morning before you go to your appointment so that you don't get all worked up? And try to schedule the next one first thing in the morning.

    I also wonder if my tachycardia is heart related or anxiety related. I have even wondered if it is hormone related. If you have had all of the heart tests (like I have) then it is probably not heart related. I always wonder if maybe my cardiologist missed something, but I have to learn to just trust him.

    I'm a worry wort too...in fact I have been for a long time. I tried therapy a couple of times but it didn't really do anything for me. I have horrible health anxiety and I always think something is wrong with me. I am trying to just ignore things. I, too, hope I can get a handle on this anxiety nonsense.

    Anxiety is horrible. I am so glad I have found these boards and know that there are people out there that have the same issues that I do. It really helps me to read these boards and I'm sure it will help you too.

    I just wanted to say hi and welcome!

     
    Old 07-12-2006, 11:42 AM   #3
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    Re: New Here severe and worsening anxiety ( tachichardia)

    Sorry to hear about your anxiety problems, but I can totally relate. I do the exact same thing...start researching symptoms on the Internet until I have the most deadly disease on the planet. Then my anxiety goes soaring once again. If only there were a way to block all medically related sites from my search engine. LOL

    As for the tachycardia, it is most likely the anxiety, not a heart issue. You've got me beat at 200+ BPM, but the last time I went through servere anxiety, I don't think my heart rate went below 100 for any appeciable amount of time in a 3-month period. Yes, it was that bad. I even had a Holter monitor (24-hour heart monitor) that indicated my heart rate sometimes went as high as 160. Like you, when the anxiety first hit me hard, I made an emergency room visit thinking I was having a heart attack. The nurse told me my heart rate was 150 BPM. They did the usual tests to rule out something serious then quickly deemed it an anxiety attack, gave me a Xanax and sent me on my merry way. What I don't think most people understand is that for some of us, anxiety is more than a passing "attack." Mine often lasts for hours at a time, to the point where I don't get a wink of sleep. Having benzos (Xanax, clonazepam, etc.) on hand helps, but they can be very addicting. They work fast, but watch yourself that you don't become overly dependent on them. I can't offer much other advice, since I haven't conquered my own problem yet, but I can commisserate.

     
    Old 07-12-2006, 11:54 AM   #4
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    Re: New Here severe and worsening anxiety ( tachichardia)

    Thank you guys!
    I was wondering if I was alone with the Tachycardia. I now check my pulse more often and it is usually right around 100 or mid 90's and i am sure that is definitely anxiety related. It does go down if I take a beta blocker or a xanax. I just get super scared when I can see it pumping through my shirt and it gets over 160-170. It makes it hard to breath and such so hopefully with these beta blockers i can get that under control too. Glad to here they seem to work.
    My colonoscopy is tomorrow morning at 10:30 they dont do them earlier unless you have diabetes which I dont have even ( had many tests recently to confirm that) though I did self diagnose a few weeks ago LOL. Man sometimes I just have to laugh it keeps me from crying KWIM. Glad Im not alone but on the other hand wish I was . Hate that others feel like me too.

     
    Old 07-12-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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    Andreanna,
    Do your docs have you on a beta-blocker on a daily basis? I have panic attacks, but I also have tachycardia that is sometimes totally unrelated, and I spent a few nights in the hospital for that, too. I'm 31 now and my heart rate, even when very high for me, only gets to about 140-150 during these episodes (of course it can go faster when I'm exercising!). When the tachycardia episodes started, I was about 19 and it easily shot up near 200. I was not medicated for it, as the rhythm was normal, just super fast. Was your heart not beating in a normal rhythm, since they gave you that shot? I know mine has beat like 185 in the ER, but it was normal "sinus tachycardia" (the kind we all get when our heart speeds up from everyday life) so they didn't even think about giving me any meds. Did they give you any diagnosis for your tachycardia, or did they just relate it to the anxiety? Over the past decade, I've had a holter monitor, an event monitor, about 15 EKGs, blood tests, echocardiogram, and a stress test, plus continuous cardiac monitoring in the hospital for a few days. So I guess my heart is ok, it just beats fast (and it feels skippy sometimes, which they say is normal). I am taking a beta-blocker (metoprolol) that works well, I used to take atenolol, another beta-blocker, but it made my heartbeat too slow and my blood pressure a little too low.

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    Old 07-12-2006, 12:48 PM   #6
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    I have had numerous EKG's none ever said they were abnormal they just used them to show heart rate I guess. Ive also dont the holter and event monitor, I have had a ultrasound of the heart I think that is an echo-cardiogram right? I did nuclear stress test on and off the tread mill, and also was continuously monitored for 3 full days and night in the hospitals cardiac ward. Just told nothing was found, and referred to a cardiologist who eventually told me if the episodes continue and are bothersome and too often really high they would think about an ablation. But funny thing is if nothing was found how do they know where to do the ablation? I was just prescribed the beta blocker it is atenolol but was told to only take it in the even of SVT episode. I noticed you said it made your heart beat too slow I wonder if that is why I am not to take it every day. it did last Monday at the urgent care bring my heart rate from 170 something down to 74 in like 30 minutes. I dont know if it got lower though. I ahev normal blood pressure on the low side of normal anyway and it did bring that down a bit as well but nto alarmingly low. What does too low blood pressure feel like? Just in case so I know what to look for if/when I take the atenolol again during an episode and feel odd. I dont know what the symptoms are.
    Thanks in advance and thanks for the reply.

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    Old 07-12-2006, 12:56 PM   #7
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    Good luck with your colonoscopy tomorrow. I'm sure you will be fine. I was so nervous and there was no reason to be. Piece of cake! Don't look at any of the horror stories. That is what made me so nervous.

    Are you taking the beta blocker daily? Which one are you on? I have heard of people just taking them when needed, but most of us take them daily. I check my pulse all the time. It is so annoying but I can't stop doing it! I see my heart beating through my shirt too so you're not alone there.

    I diagnose myself with everything! Some of it I have to look back and laugh at. Actually, most of it!

    Let us know how your test goes tomorrow. Have fun with the prep tonight! Once that is over with you are done with the hard part. Then you can just lay around all day tomorrow afterwards and relax!

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    Old 07-12-2006, 01:02 PM   #8
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    I just noticed that you posted while I was replying. I know the question was for the other poster, but I just thought I would let you know that I wasn't able to tolerate even the smallest dose of atenolol. It dropped my blood pressure too low and I was so dizzy I had to stay home from work. I am on bisoprolol and my cardiologist told me it was the weakest of all of the beta blockers. He tells me to drink gatorade too - especially this time of the year because of the heat. I think it keeps your blood volume up or something like that and prevents the bp from dropping. I haven't really had any drop in bp with the bisoprolol, just a drop in heart rate which has been wonderful for me!

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    Old 07-12-2006, 04:43 PM   #9
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    Hi,

    I'm sorry to hear about your health worries. I too have alot of health anxiety. That and anxiety about terrorist attacks are the two things I worry about alot. I have been to the doc with heart palpitations and chest pains many times. Nothing has ever been found wrong, but I am getting an event moniter soon for a month just to be sure.

    One thing my doctor said when I saw him yesterday was comforting. He told me at least once a week he gets someone in who is worried about how their heart beats and almost never is there anything wrong with them in the end. I think heart palps are very common, and people like us with anxiety read soooooooo much into a fast heart rate, skipped beat,etc that a person without anxiety would probably not think twice about.

     
    Old 07-13-2006, 04:14 PM   #10
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    Re: New Here severe and worsening anxiety ( tachichardia)

    Andreanna,
    When a person's bp is too low, usually you'll feel lightheaded and dizzy, perhaps tired. You mentioned SVT, so I guess they told you that you had that type of tachycardia? That is a little different from just regular sinus tachycardia, it can just come on and the rate gets really high, as you know. I've known two people with that. Both are females, they are both well. I also second what Leela said about the Gatorade---especially in this heat. Gatorade or similar drinks like Powerade (but NOT energy drinks---they have caffeine and other bad stuff) are great when you have a rapid heart rate or are on beta-blockers so you don't get so lightheaded.

     
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