My boyfriend has been experiencing this his whole life, but lately its happening more frequently.
Here is the problem.
out of nowhere his heart will begin to beat very, very fast. Sounds become extremely loud. So loud in fact that he whispers but feels like he is screaming at the top of his lungs. He feels very nervous and jittery, like he's just had a major workout where he exercised non-stop for a few days. It happens whether he is awake or sound asleep. Often times he has woken in the middle of the night because of one of these "episodes".
When he was a kid, (he's now 35) his doctors told him he was hyper-ventilating and to breathe into a paper bag and he would be fine. That of course didn't and still doesn't work. In fact his breathing doesn't even seem to be affected by this.
As he got a bit older a doctor told him that he had overlapping valves and that it was nothing to worry about. They said they could fix them, but it really wasn't necessary. They told him they weren't sure if this had anything to do with the other symptoms or not.
Right now he is currently incarcerated and the jail doctors don't really want to investigate into whether or not it's a heart problem. All they say is that it's most likely a panic attack and that he should take this pill every day and you will be fine. That answer isn't good enough for him, or for me.
Does anyone have any clue what might be going on? I'm really worried that it could be something more serious than all his previous doctors have been telling him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a bunch,