thank you very much people i have a very bad anxiety disorder im 22 and ive strugeled with it b4 and i was alwyas getting those heart thuds ad didnt wanna look it up in fear of finding out it was something badand have an anxiety attack, but it makes perfect scense, i have been reallt strugeling with my anxiety evry day my anxeity is very physical for me and really screws me up but i have a thing where i canot take pills so ive jus beeniving with it, if n e 1 hasany tips on how to sorta stop or calm down ur anxiety it would be greatly appreciated
Hi, this board really has helped me because I thought I was the only one with this problem. I'm 34 years old, I'm a single mother of three kids and I've been out of work for almost 2 and a half years. I'm really stressed out especially ever since my 15 year old son started getting panic attacks. I used to have these symptoms when I was younger but they went away, they've all of a sudden come back. I went to the doc just a week ago and told them what was going on and my EKG came out clear, but my rate was a little elevated probably because I was nervous though. I take malox to burp and it helps, but I think maybe dieting and exercise will do the trick.
thank god, i have been in and out of the e/r for this, they told me it was stress and anxiety. just went to the doctor again today. i had them for a while when my dad was getting chemo.. they went away for months and then came back, i have never tried the burp thing.. i smoke about a pack and a half of cigarettes a day and i used to drink quite a bit of soda. i stopped drinking soda. haven't given up the smokes, didn't really make a difference. i get them all through the day and they are worse at night. thats when i freak out and think i'm dying. doctor gave me lexapro. so we shall see if it works.
I get this too. I feel a thud in my chest or like a fluttering sensation...its weird. Then sometimes its consecutive thuds like 3 or 4 in a row, or a lot of fluttering where my heart is. Freaks me out, but feel better now hearing that Im no the only one. I think its to do with stress. SOmetimes you dont even know when you are stressed.
I get this too. I feel a thud in my chest or like a fluttering sensation...its weird. Then sometimes its consecutive thuds like 3 or 4 in a row, or a lot of fluttering where my heart is. Freaks me out, but feel better now hearing that Im no the only one. I think its to do with stress. SOmetimes you dont even know when you are stressed. Ive had them for as long as I can rememebr, and Im only 22!
I relate to many of these post but especially you Gilly.I also dont drink coffee,smoke,do any form of drug or take medication.The only thing i'll do occasionally is drink(sometimes makes it worse and sometimes doesn't) Im at a lose.I went to the doctors 6 years ago,actually went to many doctors and know one found anything wrong. I don't really catch the stopped beat but DEF catch the Thump.So scary!! It actually happened 5 or 6 times right in a row.I thought I was dieing. I aso get this wacky beat where my heart beats all over the place and then just goes away.Does anyone get that??I don't get light heading or anything just a wacky beat and of course some anxiety afterwards cause its the scariest thing ever. And I also get this beat wear it seems like my heart beats backwards.Like inwards with a thump.I know this sounds weird.I really don't know how to describe it differently.It stops me in my steps.All these heart irr. happen sometimes 3 times a day some times once a year,sometimes once a month,sometimes not all and sometimes when im resting or exercising.. for about 10 years(now age 29) If ANYONE have any answers for me please write back.Im so scared!!!Thanks a lot.
I have everything that you have I'm 41 years old n I've started feelings all of this feelings since the age of 27 years. It does freak me out too but I have had ultrasounds n ecg's done on me n they always found nothing other that it was all related to stress.
Since the age of 33 I only had the odd fluttering feeling or a heart beat that it was all over the place but now 9 years later I'm going through a divorce n I feel all this anxiety n like a chocking feeling on the right side of the neck, I feel fear n every kind of movement in my heart even thoes thumps n the heart beat backwards, I went to the doctors yet again a he just put his fingers on my pulse n the only thing he said its that it was going at 100 per minute because I was nervous n that I was missing heart beats n the thump that we feel its because the heart fills too much with blood n when it beats again we spell the blood again n the heart muscle beats harder. He said nothing to worry about just that I have to relax.
Anyway easy to say to relax but very hard to do.
I hope that everything goes away for us both n for everyone that has all this feelings.
dont worry! i get all the things u just described!! sometimes i get amazing periods of like 3 weeks where get no symptoms and hve amazing nights sleep. then other times it can happen three times a day. i would just loe to know what triggers it but i dont think there is an answer. you just have to learn to ignore it when it happens or it can take over your life!
Thank you for writing back mogcat.It means so much to me.Really! This is so hard to deal with and knowing that other people go through the same things help immensely. I've recently decided to go the natural way to see if it might help.I have a great health food store by my house.Theres a gentlemen that owns the place and knows just about everything you could know about your body.I started taking something called 5-HTP.You should look it up.It helps with anxiety and or depression,which I have gotten over the years from my damn heart throb.I've also been reading a lot of self help books to combat my fears.IM PRAYING for some relief. I was taking a kick boxing class the other night at it happened twice in a row when my heart rate was pretty high,it pounded so hard, i just wanted to cry.I tryed so hard not to make it obvious. Has this happened to you when you were exercising?
How do u feel if it does??How long has this been happening to you?Does any one in your family have it?What did your doc say?Are u a female?Kids?Did it get worse after kids if you have any?I have a six year old and want more children but afraid its going to get worse.I don't want this to rule my life,but its sooo hard.Thanks again.Sorry for all the questions
Hope to hear from you soon!
I really relate to all these, but especially DisEASEgirl29. I''m 30, I started having panic attacks last year after my dad died. I''ve always come through difficult situations fine but I think they all caught up with me at once about a month after his death and the shock wore off.
I went to hospital thinking I was having a heart attack twice! I''ve had blood tests ans ECG and everything is fine.
Basically I was put on anti depressants even though I didn''t feel depressed, just anxious about my heart!
It''s been 8 months since the start of the heart thumps and I still get them every now and then. I had one just now which is why I came on here - I''ve been feeling better than ever over the last few weeks and thought I was cured, lol!
I get them when I exercise too, but I''m learning to ignore them. For a split second I panic then I forcibly tell myself it''s nothing. Otherwise I''d go mad (again!). Every time I get them during exercise i slow down (not stop) and breathe deeply. I think a lot of people get them but because we''re stressed about them we notice them more and are more sensitive.
I don''t have children yet but I am getting married next year and I''m already worried about how strong my heart will be during pregnancy. So it''s no wonder I''m still getting them worrying about something that might not happen!
I read that magnesium is good for heart palpitations (if they are palpitations...) so I started taking those as well. Has anyone else tried that?
Hi , I have suffered from a thump in my heart for months now. I am glad to hear other people have the same thing. I just had a monitor on myself for 24 hours from the cardiac services, and wouldn''t you know it , the damm thing wouldn''t thump. Only slightly, anyway it was a waist of time. It is only stress, I know it, as it looks like I might loose my house, its still uncertain, that would give anyone stress, particulary at my age 55. I dont smoke or drink and only have about 1 cup of coffee a day.
Hi, glad i saw this posting, as iv started having heart thuds for the past few weeks and now get the odd one nearly every day. I suffer from an anxiety disorder of which im having therapy. Iv had my heart tested, twice, and two doctors now have said its stress and anxiety related, and that its nothing to be alarmed about. There is a website if anyone wants to look at it, that explains why we get that thud/palpitation if suffering from stress, and it explains what the body does for this to happen which may help alot because it did me. It is NPAD.COM (national panic anxiety disorder) it basically lists all the symptoms which includes heart thuds/palpitations.
I'm so thankful to find this thread. The past few nights and days have been bad for me. I'm not afraid of dying because I know that my home is in heaven with my Savior Jesus Christ. What I'm scared of is leaving behind my three precious young daughters without a mother. They need me, and I need to be with them as they are growing up.
I have struggled with anxiety since the birth of my first child, but it was definitely worsened after the birth of my second baby. I say that I didn't have postpartum depression, but rather postpartum anxiety.
I was on medication for 6 or 7 years. I went off of it a year ago because I desperately wanted to lose weight. I tried so many different meds, and no matter what all I could do was think of food and eat. After going off of the meds I was finally able to lose the 40 lbs. that I so desperately wanted to get rid of.
Lately the stress factors in my life have gone way up. I must say that I have a good life, but stress had been a huge factor lately. I woke up two nights ago with a thud in my chest that hurt so bad that I wasn't able to sleep for the rest of the night. As a matter of face it is midnight now, and it happened again before I fell asleep tonight, therefore, I'm up again. I was certain that I was going to die. I'm so thankful to know that I am not alone.
You see, my husband had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery 3 1/2 years ago (at the young age of 37). That made me realize that you don't have to be old to have heart trouble. I have had some testing in the past because of my parent's medical history. My heart was fine then, and thanks to all of you, I realize that my heart is probably still fine.
"God please draw close to me, and help me to handle the stress that you have allowed in my life. I know that you won't give me anything that I cannot handle. Please help me to be a blessing to others and take my mind off of my troubles."
to tulipmom, i noticed you say that when you had this thud in your chest that it hurt? i dont want to alarm you or anything like that, yes anxiety can cause chest pains, iv had that myself in the early stages of my anxiety, but actual heart thuds or palptiations are not painful, they are more frightening than anything, and you find yourself catching your breath. Im no doctor but speaking from experience, perhaps at the time of this chest pain you were very anxious or worried? i will also say that initially i always used to get my symptoms during the evening or in the night, when i was most anxious, but in the day i wasnt so, but still expereinced the odd heart palpitation. im sure your fine, and this is all anxiety related (it does sound like it). With therapy iv learnt how to train my mind into acknowledging these different sensations physical and mental that occur through my anxiety, and then im able to tell myself that its nothing to worry about and these days iv become more relaxed. I never thought that i would start to get any better, but i feel at last after 3 years of misery with this thing, that im coming out of it and you will too. I too have had sleepless nights, due to the odd chest pain, or a sensation in my head, or a pain in my leg and id worry so much the pain would worsen, and id self diognose myself with cancer, or going into a heart attack,.....then my sleep would suffer. your not alone in all of this.
Thanks for this thread. I recently went to my doctor for the thumping issue, it's really scary, and the ekg came back normal as did other tests. I've suffered with anxiety for years, which my doctor knows, and he has concluded that I have panic attacks. I'll get a sudden overwhelming sense of dread and then it subsides. Then the thumping comes on later, like a stress response after the fact. My first one started after a large argument with my mother this past Thanksgiving. I don't know anyone else with anxiety disorders, so it's nice to see I'm not alone.
wench0565....you saying you had one after a argument with your mother rings true, becasue i had a argument with my partner recently and i started getting the heart thumps, i try and keep calm. The overwhelming sensation and the fear of dread is something i can relate to also, i had that many times and its horrible isnt it!!! My therapy after sometime of doing it, is finally i feel..starting to work, im more relaxed, my back pains have subsided, the heart thumps are not so frequent, (i was starting to get them every day) and i feel quite 'normal' again, but of course, you ask yourself how long youl remain like this before something else sparks off!!! so yes, never fear fear, because thats what it is, and never fear you anxiety,easier said than done though isnt it. iv just accepted its there, its easier.
Thanks Carrie38, I appreciate your feedback. I know what you mean about something else sparking it off. It seems my triggers are all around me. I'm a natural worrier anyways, so I need to learn some more calming techniques and perhaps meditation.
I'm happy I found this forum. I've had this thumping problem for about 5 years now. I'm a 30 year old male. I've been heavy for most of my life but in the last year I've dropped most of my weight and am now living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise. I've been to a cardiologist and had the usual battery of tests run. All the tests showed I was ok. I even wore a heart monitor for two weeks and was able to push a button marking the time and date of every single thump I could feel. After the dr. reviewed the report from the monitor, he didn't find anything wrong. He mentioned to me that it could be a neurological issue in the system that controls heartbeating. I have yet to see a neurologist. I still have the thumping however, and with mine it seems that there are no real triggers. It seems to be completely random. I have a momentary sensation of lightheadedness and a shortness of breath feeling with each thump. I was told my heart would not stop beating and I could continue to exercise as normal. I can't help feeling anxious about it anyway.
I think all of us deal with some sort of worry with our heart...The last time I visited my Internal Medicine physician I told him that I swear I could hear it beating at night...He said sometimes this is true...This cleared it up for me...I, too, have had all the battery of tests...Take care...
Two years ago it started, and I really thought I was having a heart attack but all my trips to the ER they find nothing wrong with me. when I'm at work it happens every time, it starts with pressure in my chest and I try to burp but cant, then the THUMP! BOOM! my heart starts to race and I get light headed and feel like I'm going to pass out. I don't know how long this will last but I hope they make medication for it.