I have had a constant problem since I believe I began to go through menopause or maybe before because I have suffered with anxiety. Let me start by saying that I had a horrible childhood where I had nightmares and so much fear and I feel it has come back to try to suck me back into this horrible place I was as a child.
Let me say I have also had surgery for SVT in 2000 and then AFIB in 2010 but this seems to be different where it only happens during the night.
With that being said, I have had for over the last ten years problems where I wake up at night with my heart racing with all the signs of anxiety. I looked up what it said about anxiety and I have it all. As a child I used to wet the bed and I feel that was anxiety. Now my heart wakes me either I have had a bad dream, feel like someone was chasing me or me being very angry at someone. My heart has gone up as high as 140 bpm. Sometimes I can calm myself down and sometimes I have to take my metopropolol to calm it down. I am so sick of this. It is like my adreneline kicks in and here we go off to the races. I am so angry and tired of this problem. The other day I slept two hours drove 8 hours and then did not eat lunch until 3:30. This brought on an attack during the night where my heart was around 140 - 150 bpm. I took my metopropolol and it brought it down some, I went back to sleep and woke up and it was still 100. What a night. I went to the doctor and he gave me restoril and samples of lunestra. I am kind of afraid of the restoril because of the side effects. These attacks only happen at night. I notice since my childhood was so horrible filled with so much fear that I will be thinking and these thoughts will come in my head about horrible things happening and I role play them in my mind. I am learning though when the thoughts come to just pray and push out of the way. I don't know if these anxiety attacks come on because I am settled and my mind begins to role play a horrible situation.
I know I am rambling on but has anyone experienced this. I am very much into alternative changes but i am so over this and would love to sleep without the help of some type of drug. This never happens during the day. Any one experienced this.
No disrespect but I just want to know if anyone has experienced this and have you found things to help. I don't want to go down a road with this where there is not hope. I need positive reinforcement because I have had enough negative in my life.