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So let me start off by saying that I have SEVERE anxiety especially about health related stuff. I definitely suffer from a fear of doctors and hypochondria.
A few weeks ago I had a headache for a week straight and nothing would touch it so I finally went to urgent care to try and get a prescription.. my heart rate was around 140bpm so they sent me to Emergency room to rule out blood clot. It was ruled out but my heart rate was still high and they gave me Ativan and Benadryl to get it down. Headache went away and I was fine. Then about a week later I had a follow up with Primary DR.. heart rate was 86bpm and he ran some blood tests (the thought of getting tests and waiting for results is a real trigger for me and I made myself so anxious. The next day I had severe chest pain numbness in arm and thumb and swelling near my elbow so my family urged me to go back to the hospital. I didn't want to go because I truly felt it was from having such severe anxiety. But I went and my heart rate was about 150-160bpm. Cardiologist at the ER was concerned so she did an EKG (normal just really fast) .. a Chest CT to rule out blood clots and look at the heart and a chest X-RAY and an ultra sound of the swelling. She gave me Ativan and morphine to calm
Me down. She did not do an echo because all the tests were coming back normal minus super high heart rate. She would leave the room and my heart rate would go down to 110 and the second she walked in (without even saying a word) it was up to 150.. they wanted to do my second EKG when heart rate was below 100.. so it dropped to 90.. and the nurses would come back in to do the EKG and it would be at 120 again. They finally did the second one and it was also normal. ER cardiologist wasn't convinced it was all caused form anxiety despite me telling her how much I suffer from it esp when I'm at the dr getting tests. She urged me to follow up with dr the next day. After meeting with my primary , I was a bit more calm and she said she believe it was anxiety. She prescribed me a beta blocker which I did not take for three days because all weekend my heart rate was in 80s- low 90s. That Monday I started a new job and it triggered another episode - heart around 120bpm sweating couldn't focus dizzy anxious etc. same thing happened on Tues and wed. I also noticed that when I stood up or walked a little bit my heart rate would go from 90-130 bpm in an instant. So I decided to start the beta blocker over a week ago and what a difference ! Heart rate in 70s and feel better. I am just wondering if all the tests that were done would rule out an issue with the heart or if it is SVT or is it really just severe anxiety affecting my heart rate?i will say the way I felt during these episodes did not present the way anxiety usually does for me . However I have not had intense anxiety in a while (two years prnso )and it al started back up again that first time I had to go to the ER for a headache ! Thank you!!!!!!! Any info would be great !!!
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