Hello. I am a 39 year old caring, loving woman who feels that my life is being taken from me from these symptoms. I feel totally hopeless and helpless. Therefore, I am a scared person and feel I am the walking dead. I simply do not know how much longer I can go on like this. I spent about three hours a day online looking for answers, and know I have to reach out for support. I am feeling very alone and I simply do not know what to do. I have CONSTANT irregular heartbeat and palpitations, but they are happening ALL THE TIME and my doctor says there is nothing wrong with me. I have had three EKG’s and have been to the ER as well as a 48 hour monitor and a Cardiologist, who was a complete jerk and his staff should not work with people…they were horribly abusive to me in how they spoke to me and did not take me seriously.
I want to state: I do not eat sugar, drink caffeine (I have been off of it for a month), sodium or high fat foods, do drugs, smoke, drink alcohol and am not on any major medications.
I am taking: Hawthorne, Taurine, Co Q 10, Vitamin B 100 and Vitamin D3. None of it has been helping with the irregular heartbeat though a Chiropractor told me I would.
Yes, I do have stress, but I do not feel in any way that I am having panic attacks. Can someone out there give me consolation, compassion, support, love, whatever you want to give? I have been down this road before, but my heart is doing things that scare me. I CONSTANTLY feel the irregular heartbeat and I feel chest pain and pressure. I feel my heartbeat in my throat. Yet, my primary care doctor, who is a woman, thinks I am crazy and that nothing at all is wrong with me.
After his staff lied to my Cardiologist, he told me I was not welcome in his office anymore b/c I had questions! I felt so degraded and overwhelmed and majorly abused. That is a long story. I have called the Patient Advocacy department and they have not called me back. I need help. He did say I had Sinus Arrythmia and it is PAC’s and that it is causing me to feel the irregular heartbeats, but did not explain much else to me. And he wanted me out of his office. I left his office in a lot of emotional pain and fear. I need help b/c the ER did a chest x ray, a chest cat scan for a pulmonary embolism and an EKG, but that is it.
I went to the ER and the ER doctor was rather arrogant (The doctor was a woman doctor) at a major hospital here in Seattle. I was overwhelmed with her telling me it was just anxiety. There was no explanation to me as to why the palpitations happen constantly except to say that I have anxiety, and that is not a sufficient answer for me.
I went through panic attacks back in 2007, and back then, I would have the panic attacks even in the absence of heart palpitations.
Now, I am getting the heart palpitations in absence of the attacks.
Here are the things that are happening in my life:
1. I have been unemployed since June 29th and it has been hard, but I do not feel in any way that I have been having panic attacks.
2. I Had HORRIBLE vertigo and dizziness these past four months and then in the past month, it went away. But I still have ongoing heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat. How can it be panic if I am not having attacks?
3. I have gone off of Prozac and I have removed myself off of caffeine for a month.
I need help for coping. I feel totally alone. I wake up with these Irregular heartbeats and palpitations. I go to bed with them. I pray to God they will stop.
I have suffered so much in this state and recently and I wonder how much longer the suffering will continue…I have been laid off on June 29th and lost my health insurance on July 31st. I have used up my husband’s five visits he had on this limited benefit plan. I have no benefits left. I am completely despondent…I feel I need to see an Electrophysiologist and a cardiologist for a second opinion b/c I have been treated horribly by the doctors here.
I am from the East Coast, and have been VERY UNHAPPY with medical care here in Seattle. I feel that the doctors would rather you die than help you, and people here in Seattle are so fricking passive aggressive that you have to be bleeding to death, I FEEL, before they take you seriously. They are cold and compassionless. I grew up near Washington D.C. and our medical care was a lot better.
Right now, I am wondering if there is something they have not missed…And I feel I need an Echo…then the other part of me is wondering if this is just some weird manifestation of panic or if this is withdrawal from Prozac and caffeine and this is the manifestation…
I have tried: Acupuncture, meditation, breathing techniques, sleeping, herbal remedies (listed above), water, eating very, very healthy and numerous other things to no avail…The Palpitations and irregular heartbeat just continue, and continue.
I also have pain and heaviness in my chest.
Can someone…anyone, please tell me how to cope? I am totally hopeless here.