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Topic: Palpitations ruling my life.

3 posts, 0 answered
  1. ShazzaM80
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    3 December 2019
    I have been an anxious person from as far back as I can remember. Started when I was 3 when I witnessed my grandmother pass away from lung cancer, then the sudden death of my father when I was 5 years old.
    Fast forward, I had a baby at 15 whom had heart defects and she had 2 surgeries by the time she was 18 months old. I then had 3 other children who were heart healthy and then my 5th child had a hole in his heart. My 6th Child had a serious heart defect that required surgery soon after birth and again at 6 months of age. 7th child heart healthy. When I was 20 and pregnant with my 2nd child I began having palpitations which I was told was normal in pregnancy, however they continued after the birth of my son. Over the last 18 years O have had about 5 holster monitors and echos and echos and the cardiologist assures me I have benign palpitations or Pvcs. This year they have increased to be everyday and it's frightening me. My step father has had 2 heart attacks this year and my partner is in prison. I feel so alone and scared all the time so the doctor put me on medication. Since starting this I felt like I had my life back until 4 weeks into it the palpitations came back with a vengeance. Doc assures me it's not the medication but I'm stressed that it is the medication causing the increase. I guess I'm just after some advice or reassurance from people in similar circumstances.
  2. Kjp1409
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    3 December 2019 in reply to ShazzaM80

    Hi ShazzaM80,

    I can sympathise with your situation completely! I too suffer from heart palpitations on a daily basis, shortness of breath and sharp stabbing pains (usually in my ribs). I freak out all the time, thinking that I'm going to have a heart attack or that there is something seriously wrong with my heart. I have also been to a cardiologist three times in my life and ECG's, ultrasounds and Holter monitors and every time, they say it's fine. It's a struggle and something that consumes my every day thoughts. I have another cardiologist appointment this coming Friday to put my mind at ease (temporarily) again and the lead up to it has been horrendous.

    All I can say is that you're not alone and that you're okay. The only advice I have is to try to avoid things that exacerbate them further (for me it's caffeine & alcohol) and to try to breathe through it. I know it's hard to do that though! If you're super concerned, you could always ask your GP for a referral for a cardiologist to help ease your worries.

    All the best xx

  3. ShazzaM80
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    4 December 2019 in reply to Kjp1409
    Thankyou for your reassurance. I have been to the GP numerous times, he keeps saying it's anxiety. I am also peri menopausal which I think doesn't help. I don't drink any caffeine, smoke, drink alcohol or drugs. Everything seems to be setting them off at the moment, when I eat, when I exercise, when I'm anxious, it's a never ending cycle. The cardiologist offered a medication to ease the palpitations but I have medication anxiety, anything new scares the crap out of me as I have had a couple of bad reactions in the past. I guess I just have to accept that I am fine, this is anxiety and I am beginning to go through the change of life. Just wish these palpitations would leave me alone, then I would feel somewhat normal again.

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