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    Old 07-20-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
    Kerry71
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    Labyrinthitis & heart palpitations

    Hello everyone,

    New to the board and this is my first post.

    Little about me that brings me here:
    About 5 months ago I had some very bad panic attacks brought on by the death of a friend. I was prescribed Xanax and started taking sessions with a Dr. who was an expert at stress related disorders. She was amazing and I was starting to feel better. Then 7 weeks ago (a day after a session with her) I started to feel dizzy at work and almost passed out. I thought it was odd that I was having another panic attack after all the good work I had put in. Plus this didn't feel like a normal attack. I chalked it up to being an oddity until it happened again the next day and every day for a week and a half before I contacted the doctor.

    My regular doc thought it was possibly Meniere's disease so I was sent to an ENT. Went through a bunch of tests which I passed and I was officially diagnosed with Labyrinthitis (which she thought was brought on by my panic attacks?). Was told it would need to run it's course but could take Meclizine for the dizziness and nausea.

    Around the 1st of July I noticed I didn't have many of the symptoms and felt really positive about it finally going away. The only thing I was still dealing with was Tinnitus.

    Now comes my problem. For the past week and a half I have started developing something new: heart palpitations/fluttering when I am laying down to sleep. It has already cost me 3 nights of sleep and I am worried that I might have job issues if I keep taking off sick days. I completely stopped drinking caffeine which has helped a little and have taken Xanax before bed a few nights (and it worked). That is until this weekend - both Friday and Sunday nights I had it bad enough that I was up all night.

    I am wondering if I should go to a Cardiologist? Anyone else have something similar? Thanks for listening to me babble

    - Kerry

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    Old 07-22-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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    Re: Labyrinthitis & heart palpitations

    Xanax can make your heart do that . It did to me when I was on 2mg now I take .25 it happens on a occasion ... But I do feeling like I am leaning to my right side for the last 3 weeks.. I have had panic attacks for years they are to the point I can't drive semi any more . But any way it's normal for the heart to skip a few beats. But like I said watch the Xanax It's nasty stuff try something more long term . Xanax is a quick fix

     
    Old 07-30-2015, 09:54 PM   #3
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    Re: Labyrinthitis & heart palpitations

    Kerry, I have similar panic attacks due to a tragedy and had a time of experiencing palpitations and heart sensations - ended up being diagnosed with a mild form of mitral valve prolapse which is a fairly common and not very serious heart valve disfunction... People with this condition often don't know it until they begin experiencing panic attacks that manifest in a physical way feeling like heart problems. I ended up with a wonderful DO doc that did a heart echo. He also put me on a mild beta blocker which was just as effective at controlling my anxiety as klonopin (similar to Xanax). Anyway, good luck



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    Hello everyone,

    New to the board and this is my first post.

    Little about me that brings me here:
    About 5 months ago I had some very bad panic attacks brought on by the death of a friend. I was prescribed Xanax and started taking sessions with a Dr. who was an expert at stress related disorders. She was amazing and I was starting to feel better. Then 7 weeks ago (a day after a session with her) I started to feel dizzy at work and almost passed out. I thought it was odd that I was having another panic attack after all the good work I had put in. Plus this didn't feel like a normal attack. I chalked it up to being an oddity until it happened again the next day and every day for a week and a half before I contacted the doctor.

    My regular doc thought it was possibly Meniere's disease so I was sent to an ENT. Went through a bunch of tests which I passed and I was officially diagnosed with Labyrinthitis (which she thought was brought on by my panic attacks?). Was told it would need to run it's course but could take Meclizine for the dizziness and nausea.

    Around the 1st of July I noticed I didn't have many of the symptoms and felt really positive about it finally going away. The only thing I was still dealing with was Tinnitus.

    Now comes my problem. For the past week and a half I have started developing something new: heart palpitations/fluttering when I am laying down to sleep. It has already cost me 3 nights of sleep and I am worried that I might have job issues if I keep taking off sick days. I completely stopped drinking caffeine which has helped a little and have taken Xanax before bed a few nights (and it worked). That is until this weekend - both Friday and Sunday nights I had it bad enough that I was up all night.

    I am wondering if I should go to a Cardiologist? Anyone else have something similar? Thanks for listening to me babble

    - Kerry

     
    Old 08-02-2015, 06:35 AM   #4
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    Re: Labyrinthitis & heart palpitations

    Thanks everyone for their responses.

    I went to a cardiologist and everything looked fine. Had a monitor attached to me for a full 24 hours (and of course that was the one time I didn't have any palpitations.)

    In regards to Xanax, I was put on a long term solution with a drug called Lexapro. That was the worst drug I have ever taken in my life. I know they say it takes a body a few days to adjust to the medication but I spent most of that time dry heaving and having no sleep. It was then I decided I really didn't want to be on a drug long term. I'll try to tail off the Xanax and see if that helps.

    Mitral valve prolapse - I assume my cardiologist would be able to see that on the echocardiogram but will most certainly ask about it when I go in for my stress test.

    I did get back some bloodwork the other day and everything is good - they did say I was fighting a virus (which I asked if it was the labyrinthitis - but they didnt know.)

    Again thanks for sharing your knowledge with me. If I get any results I will keep this thread updated.

    Cheers
    Kerry

     
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