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Is anyone else always worried that something is wrong with their heart? Sometimes I get anxious for no apparent reason and my heart rate accelerates. When this happens, I immediately think I'm going to have a heart attack and I start to panic a little. I even convince myself that my left arm is tingling. My dad suffered a heart attack a few years ago and ever since that time, I've been more cognizant of potential heart problems.
Thankfully, I work in healthcare and have access to doctors with different specialties. I have been able to call on them with questions such as how to lower my heart rate and use the techniques often. (Ocular pressure, bearing down and carotid massage). I have a heart rate monitor app on my phone so I can easily check it if I feel like it's elevated. I've worn a 48 hr holter monitor, had an echocardiogram and a few EKGs. None of which found anything alarming. At the time I was wearing the holter monitor I had been having pvc's which the monitor picked up, but nothing abnormal. I would like to have a stress test done but to be honest, I'm scared something might happen to me during the test. (A downfall of working in healthcare is knowing too much or knowing just enough to be dangerous!)
I currently take Prozac 20 mg daily and Ativan .5 prn. It seems like my anxiety is the worst when I'm pre-menstrual or after Ive had a stressful day/week. I usually take the ativan sublingual (let it dissolve under my tongue) and it works faster than if I take it by mouth. It also helps to read other posts in this forum. Just knowing other people struggle with this gives me comfort.
Just wondering, does anyone else get the urge to have a bowel movement when you're having an anxiety attack?? Maybe it's the adrenaline??
Thanks for listening.
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