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Anxiety has evolved!

Last night I was at A&E. I had been having palpitations and was breathless. I was there for 7-8 hours and in that time had blood tests, another ECG and a chest x-ray, all of which came back fine.

So now I just have to accept it is anxiety. And that the attacks are every day and unpredictable. And I don’t even have to be anxious to get them. Fun times.

I slept all day when I got back. I was absolutely exhausted. Didn’t work for that reason.

#Anxiety #palpitations #breathlessness #AnxietyAttack #AnxietyAttacks #ER #EmergencyRoom #BloodTests

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Always something

So ECG was fine (as expected), they wouldn’t do one over a 24 hour period (also expected), they ignored the fact my ankles and feet are swollen (again expected), and now I’m just waiting on blood test results (which I expect will come back normal, because they always do).

Because my gut is telling me something is up, if/ when the blood test results do come back normal I’ll be doing another online consultation about the swollen feet and ankles because regardless of everything, I still have no answer for them at least.

In the meantime, I’m recording my heart rate every time I get palpitations as my friend who has a boyfriend with heart problems suggested it.

Aside from all this, I’ve had another lot of fun, and long story short I was gaslit at the dentist, and then when I forwarded on the story to the hospital they couldn’t quite believe it, and they asked me what happened more than once because they felt like they were missing something.

On the bright side, they did at least put me on antibiotics so hopefully I’ll be able to actually eat properly at some point,

I just wanted to say also, Thankyou to everyone here who has supported me and been kind etc :)

#Anxiety #Memes #Doctors #Dentist #Gaslighting #Swelling #palpitations

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This is fine

Gotta love random pain. Have had thigh pain all day that voltarol doesn’t seem to have much effect on. And then random neck/ jaw pain and now my back has started hurting.

Swelling and palpitations did actually get better for a few days but they’re back to how they were now (well, swelling is worse), and the chest pain I was having is now physical pain when I press down on the area it hurts. So that’s fun.

Depression has had me down bad as well. Where I already wasn’t happy, the pain has just made it worse.

In brighter news, I had my 6-month post-op appointment the other day and it’s all good, with no signs of relapse (which was my biggest worry, given that I had such happen once before).

#ChronicPain #ChestPain #Pain #suffering #Musclepain #Postop #palpitations #Depression #MentalHealth


Tired and Frustrated

I saw the doctor today. Just as I had suspected- anxiety takes the blame, and my ankle swelling gets pushed to the side.

I’ve got blood tests and another ECG in a few weeks, but I already know how that’s going to go. I had both only 7 months ago, and they came back normal.

The ECG is over half a minute or so in the morning. I don’t get my episodes in the morning, so that’ll no doubt be normal. I do ECG’s on my watch and I don’t have AF, so I already know that.


I normally accept what the doctor says. But for this I just can’t. And I’m tired and frustrated.

Anxiety isn’t getting ready to go to sleep at 2am having relaxed for hours before, and then suddenly having chest pain which is only relieved by lying down.

Anxiety isn’t palpitations right in the middle of something calming.

Anxiety isn’t shaking at nighttime when I’m simply moving my muscles.

Anxiety isn’t swollen ankles.

I’ve had anxiety for over 10 years. I get all those when I am actually anxious and my mind is racing, not when I’m relaxing. And my breathing techniques work with anxiety, they don’t with this.

But who am I to tell a medical professional that it’s not just anxiety? It’s the most logical explanation, given I have 0 risk factors for any cardiac problems and every test comes back fine.

I suppose I’ll go for the blood test and ECG and then it’ll come back clear, I wait a few months and then this all happens again. Though next time, I don’t think I’ll bother doing anything about it. It’s a waste of time and money.

#ChestPain #frustrated #Doctors #Anxiety #tired #fedup #BloodTests #MentalHealth #herewegoagain #Swelling #Tremor #shaking #palpitations

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Groundhog Day but it’s an entire year that loops

I see memes as a way of coping with pain, and other people here seem to like them, so I figured that I’d keep adding them :)

I’ve not been well. As I posted before (I think), I’ve been having palpitations and shaking which I blamed on anxiety.

Of course I engaged in more self-care and increased my medication as a result, and it’s been a month since I did so. Unfortunately things aren’t getting better. They’re getting worse, but I just ignored it up until a few days ago.

On Tuesday, I had an episode which reminded me of my own mortality. I had had palpitations most the day, something I took no real notice of as it was normal to me. Then at 2am, my chest started hurting. I took Gaviscon because it started off as a burning pain, but the Gaviscon didn’t work and it changed to a kind of “tightening” pain.

Earlier on in that day, I had noticed my ankles were quite swollen (I’d noticed it for a few weeks but it was very minor so again I ignored it before). So putting the pain and the swelling together scared me. I tried distractions and even another dose of gaviscon. After a few hours, I decided to lay down and it relieved it and I managed to get some sleep.

I contacted the doctors the next day and had a call yesterday morning which was them basically reading off a piece of paper. I have another call this afternoon and I hope it’ll be more helpful.

It was so scary though. Normally chest pain doesn’t get to me, but for some reason that night I was scared. Everything had been kind of fuzzy/ fading too, so that was what really got me.

A reason why I had left doing anything about the palpitations before is because I just feared that the doctors wouldn’t be able to find out what was up/ not even bother to find out. I still do worry, as the episodes aren’t very predictable (the only thing I’ve noticed is that they’re typically at night/ in the evening, which is when the doctors is closed).

Another reason why I had left it is because I have had palpitations for over a year now, and I never actually associated the swelling with it before (I had swelling in my ankle before, but I worked long hours in a physical job so I blamed it on that). I guess it’s kind of complacency.

I hope everyone else here is okay. I keep meaning to check in, but I’ve been so busy that it took the episode the other day for me to remind myself to slow down.

#ChestPain #Pain #ChronicPain #Swelling #Doctors #heartpalpitations #palpitations #Anxiety #Tremor #Heartburn #Memes

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Sat in the canteen on my lunch break at work.. Quiet, watching a tv show on my phone.. The peace of people talking to me is bliss. Then it begins.. My heart starts racing, like it’s about to burst out of my chest. It slows.. And leaves me with palpitations! Why me? Why now? When will I ever get some relief from all the crap that comes with depression & anxiety. Tired now. Exhausted. Just want it to stop.
#Depression #palpitations #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #SearchingForPeace

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Rough day..

It’s 1:36am and my mind is racing nearly as much as my heart. Anxiety has brought me palpitations and the shakes tonight, so I can’t settle. I’m trying to tell myself that the things that are currently hurting my head, I need to set free! Set them free and be free myself, in turn. That’s all I want.. Mental freedom from crap days and the past. Things I cannot change do not define me! #CheckInWithMe #Anxiety #Depression #BadDay #MentalHealth #palpitations #restless #fighting

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I am new to this.... looking for some sort of help or relief

I’m 34 years old Mother of 2 beautiful daughters ages 14 and 9. I have a wonderful husband an amazing family, great job, fabulous friends. However I also have anxiety, depression, PTSD, palpitations since heart surgery for SVT’s, chronic migraines, scoliosis. 3 months ago I had to do a med switch for my anxiety because it was reeking havoc on my heart and since then I have not been able to get a grip. I feel like I’m drowning. I’ve had 2 days in the last 3 months where I haven’t had panic attacks. I wish I could even go back to the me 4-5 months ago.
I’ve been to every therapist, phycologist in the province as well as in/outpatient therapy. It’s like I’m trapped in a bad dream.
#Medicationchange #Anxiety #palpitations


Palpitations suck

I get benign palpitations (anyone else?) and they always wig me out and I hate them. They feel so strange. I'm not sure if it's my anxiety that causes them or the Hashimoto's, but I do know it's not a heart issue because I've been checked out for mitral valve prolapse and other things and my heart was fine (which definitely helps my anxiety when they start up now).

But I am having them this morning and just took Ativan to try to help. Which stinks because it's only 9:30 am and I'm already sleepy because I've been having horrible hip pain for several weeks (I see my doctor Wednesday) and it's been getting progressively worse. I couldn't fall asleep last night and once I did, I couldn't stay asleep which was frustrating. It doesn't help that it's my left hip and I sleep on my left side. If I try to sleep on my right side for longer than maybe 90 minutes my back tightens up horribly and I wake up feeling like a steamroller was crunching my bones overnight. But at 2:30 am last night I gave up and gave in and slept on my right side.

Plus side... woke up in slightly less hip pain. Downside, woke up constantly with back pain (and some hip pain) and now my back hurts and my hip still hurts, too.

I can't take NSAIDs due to having had gastric sleeve surgery and normally they don't help much but in this case I suspect the hip pain is actually something that needs them and that sucks.

So that's where I am at this morning. On the bright side (literally ha) my husband let me put our Christmas tree up early (we're atheists but I love the lights and ornaments and sense of magic the season brings) which made me happy last night and will make things more cheerful over the next two months (roughly). #CheckInWithMe #Fibromyalgia #Anxiety #palpitations #ChronicPain #Insomnia #painsucks