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  • Posted By: random_hero
  • October 30, 2009
  • 04:40 PM

I keep having moments, every couple of days, where it feels like my heart is beating hard and fast and as if it is dropping like i'm about to pass out. It gets slightly harder to breath, i go a little bit dizzy and blurry and feel slightly sick. I also feel heavier, having to lie down or clsoe my eyes. Today it has been happening for the past 6 hours or so, since i got up. Theres nothing i do differently, it just randomly happens. The only thing that makes me better for a while is to have a hot bath which relaxes me, but recently that is starting to work less. It also usual happened as i went to bed, as soon as i lie down it wold start to kick in, on these night times my whole body will shake violently, but this does not happen during the days.
I am really confused! I have been to the doctors who gave me an ECG i think it was, that monitors by heart rate, he said it was a bit above normal but nothing to worry about!
I can't keep living like this! I have no idea what it could be! :(

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  • still happening btw :(
    random_hero 5 Replies
    • November 3, 2009
    • 10:26 AM
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  • still happening btw :(I have the same thing and have been suffering from an anxiety disorder for many many years. There are so many more symptoms that go along with it but the palpatations are definitely one of the scariest. I have been to the doctor several times and there is nothing physically wrong with me. It happens at random times and when I become aware of it I get scared which only increases my heart rate. The best thing I can do is to control my breathing and try and reassure myself that it is just a momentary thing. Sometimes breathing deep into a paper bag helps. And it may sound silly but singing out loud is sometimes a lifesaver for me, especially in the car. Singing will regulate your breathing. I can't say this will definitely work for you or that you have an anxiety problem but I can relate to the scariness and confusion. I wish you the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2009
    • 03:24 PM
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  • More info needed....age?smoker?overweight?diabetic?family history of CVD/heart disease/diabetes?average exercise/week?average workweek hours and is your job very stressful?living alone or big family?daily caffeine intake? daily or weekly alcohol intake?These sound like the standard issue doctor office questions, (they are) but their importance should never be underestimated when diagnosing.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • November 3, 2009
    • 05:44 PM
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  • Here you go!More info needed....age? 23 smoker? nooverweight? nodiabetic? i have been to the docs about it, but they said no, although never got a blood test!family history of CVD/heart disease/diabetes? think one of my great uncles had diabetesaverage exercise/week?i do stock work 5 nights a week, 4 hours each of walking around moving big boxes, rest is spent on driving, xbox and laptop lolaverage workweek hours and is your job very stressful? 20 hours work, 16 hours college per week, not stressfulliving alone or big family? living with girlfrienddaily caffeine intake? i have either 1 cup of coffee or tea, not much fizzy drinks thoughdaily or weekly alcohol intake? never drinkThese sound like the standard issue doctor office questions, (they are) but their importance should never be underestimated when diagnosing.
    random_hero 5 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 05:04 PM
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  • Just an off beat random question but did you say the dizziness usually starts when you lay down? and is accompanied by increased heart rate, etc? Also how severe is the dizziness?Does the room spin or is it more like lightheaded wooziness?Do you chew moderate to large amounts of gum? Samantha
    Thursdaysmagic 22 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 06:44 PM
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  • Just an off beat random question but did you say the dizziness usually starts when you lay down? and is accompanied by increased heart rate, etc? Also how severe is the dizziness?Does the room spin or is it more like lightheaded wooziness?Do you chew moderate to large amounts of gum? SamanthaWell i hardly ever chew gum, the dizziness is more of lightheadedness and it normally happens when i lie down, but it can happen while sitting and eating
    random_hero 5 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 09:17 PM
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  • There does not seem to be an underlying medical anomaly that points to anything. Therefore I would consider anxiety and anxiety related disorders. You don't have to feel stressed to be stressed. It can also manifests in the physical rather than mental. I remember a case where a teen came in for routine bloodwork/physical (he was rep soccer player and track athlete). He had the blood lipid profile of a 60 year old obese diabetic. But after a stress evaluation test, significant underlying stress events were found. A few weeks of social leisure and skills seminars and his bloods went to normal. Your university likely has programs for this, as most do. I would take full advantage.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
    • 07:46 AM
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  • Oh right, didn't think i was stressed at all, i have a quiet easy going life atm, i'm only at college though, even though im 23 hah but i'll ask around for that type of test. Thanks!
    random_hero 5 Replies
    • November 22, 2009
    • 11:41 PM
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  • I've been looking up about anxiety and anxiety disorders, it definitely sounds like have that :P is going to the doctors the best thing to do?There area few types of anxiety disorders, but it seems i have 4 of them as i have all the symptoms, GAD, PD, Agoraphobia, and SP. Is it possible to have more than one?
    random_hero 5 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
    • 10:27 AM
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  • Anxiety releases adrenaline into the blood stream making the heart race and feel as if it is missing beats, (palpitations). This is perfectly natural and will not and cannot harm you in any way.A slow heart beat is also a common feature of anxiety, again it does not mean that your heart will stop beating, it may feel odd and alarming but again do not give it any credibility and it will go away. as long as the doctor has done ecg and said it is not the heart:eek:i would say Anxietythe best way --to diagnose is to see what happens when your mind is distracted --- (when watching dvds ) try and form a patten as to when it happens
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
    • 06:43 PM
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  • I've been looking up about anxiety and anxiety disorders, it definitely sounds like have that :P is going to the doctors the best thing to do?There area few types of anxiety disorders, but it seems i have 4 of them as i have all the symptoms, GAD, PD, Agoraphobia, and SP. Is it possible to have more than one?Like any diagnosis among related disorders, there are groups of symptoms that are shared/ common in the manifestation of them. I would be less concerned with a diagnosis of a particular anxiety disorder. The treatments - outside of medication control - are very similar.I wouldn't rule out physical causes until you see your doctor tho. There are many reasons as to why you could be displaying your particular symptoms and i always recommend ruling out the physical first. I would ask about postural drop and blood pressure as a start and requset an ECG.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2009
    • 04:47 AM
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