Really anxious about my health for more than 2 years mainly about my heart and it's ruining my life

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Hi, I don't know what to do anymore, I've been worried that I have something wrong with my heart for about 2 years and I've had countless appointments about it, I've had an ecg and a 24 heart tracing and everything came back normal, I find it hard to believe that something hasn't been missed because I get skipped beats a lot and flutters in my chest and occasionally irregular rhythms usually lasting only about 10 seconds maybe even less, my heart rate is usually around 60 when resting sometimes lower but I am not fit I have stopped smoking and I am too scared to do anything it has completely taken over my life to the point where I don't want to walk up stairs I'm only 9 stone and I'm 18 years old, I just don't know what's wrong with me I can't do anything without my heart racing if it envolves exercise and I keep getting a weird pressure in my throat verging on my upper chest and I can't get a proper breath I want to believe it's anxiety because I constantly think about my heart and I'm constantly checking to see how fast it's going. I need help I feel like I'm going to die and I can't get that out my head

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    Have you considered a therapist? 
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      Thanks for the reply, I used to see a psychologist but he moved to Germany and I was too old to be on the same programme I'm waiting to see someone for it but I don't know how long it will take for an appointment

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      Oh this waiting thing that goes in is so frustrating. You can try some self help books on panic disorders and depression.even pinterest has a lot of helpful stuff on it. Are you on any medications? And for the weight can you drink some nutritional shakes like ensure, boost..etc..
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      I was on 150 mg of sertraline for about a year and I came off it in March but my doctor has prescribed me with 50 mg 3 weeks ago because I was home alone for 3 weeks and that's part of my problem is that I hate the thought of being on my own incase anything happens, I've got protein shakes in my fridge but I've never had one

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      They are so delicious and all those nutrients really are a pick me up. I love them so much and use then during difficult anxiety times. You won't believe how wonderful you will feel your  bodys starving in all this too. Yes being alone when anxious does stink. Does the doctor follow up with you? Does he know your not feeling so well at this time?

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      Il give one a try then, I have told him how bad I'm feeling and how anxious I am he just said everything is anxiety but I feel like that's all they tell me, they almost shrugg me off and I just feel like they don't take what I say into consideration

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      Doctors think like a mechanic sees a car. Its annoying. An anxiety disorder is all based on feelings and thoughts and thats not the regular doctors speciality. Lucky them they havent experienced its terror.  Yes yes go have the drink. If you can get a hold of a banana they go well together. I have that for breakfast at times. 
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    Hi Callum,

    I am currently experiencing what you're going through. I've had multiple EKGs, a 72 hour holter monitor, stress test, echocardiogram, tilt table test, and 3 chest xrays... all normal. I am currently on day 6 of wearing a 21 hour heart monitor. I am so worried that something is wrong with my heart. I have episodes where my heart will just start racing and it will go up to 180 bpm. My BP doesn't get too high though. My cardiologist said that my heart is fine & healthy and I shouldn't worry. He also said I don't have POTS or SVT but I don't understand why my heart will race with minimal exertion but he believes it's stress and anxiety related. This has controlled my life for the past 6 months. I'm only 24 and I've never had any major health issues before. I went to a pyschologist and he prescribed me lexapro but I'm afraid to take them due to the side effects and my cardio prescribed me Atenolol which I have been taking since April but it hasn't really helped much. I start CBT on Wednesday. Hopefully it helps.

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      It's horrible I feel trapped and frustrated because I was really successful in sport and this came on and scared the life out of me, I am currently on a bus on my own and even that sets me off, I can't breathe I start getting hot and panicky but I don't know whether I'm panicking because of it or the panic is causing it

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      I know it feels terrible. Just try to relax. If the doctors couldn't find anything then you're okay... just keep telling yourself "I am healthy" you will be fine.

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      I hope so, I'm sure you will too, it's more convincing yourself that it's in your head rather than in your heart and that is the hardest part because it is so real and genuinely terrifying

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      Its an adrenaline rush. You all must learn the science behind it then you wont  be so confused by its symptoms. Not saying they wont scare you but youll understand it all.
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      I just get so confused like last night my heart rate was down to 54 and I was lying in bed but my heart never goes that slow then I wake up in bed and my heart rate is 93
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      While laying in bed or resting that's not a bad heart rate. Mine is always Ike that, even goes down to 48 sometimes while really relaxed but averages 55-62. My mothersis also low just like mine so I guess it's just normal for us. My doctor always says it's great to have a heart rate like that. The key is as long as it rises with activity.. if you were exerting yourself and it stayed low then I would get it checked. Also, your heart rate upon waking can jump up like that especially if you wake anxious or were having a dream.

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