in the past when i have gone to the er, i was told by the nurses and one of the drs that i have what they call pvc's. which are an extra beat from time to time, and that may be why i get some chest pains. they say at my age, 40, there is really no concern. i was also told it is very common, but not always can a person feel the pvc. in my case, i can and it confuses me. they say i dont need anything for it. but any how for my sanity, i went to a cardiologist, to do further testing explaining my concerns about my chest pains at times and now we are doing tests to be sure that it is the pvc that is just there, or one caused by a heart problem. some people are given medication for that if their pvc's cause pain, my dr gave me some and said i can take it if i want, and it makes me uncomfortable, i asked about all the medication im allready on, percocet, prozac, vinstatin, premarin, baby aspirin. she said there will be no interaction with eachother, but im just kinda iffy about adding on anymore pills to my list i take each day. does anyone have pvc's? can you feel yours? are you on something for it? and if anyone has had a heart attack, please tell me if i will definately know its a heart attack if im having one. cause i have these chest pains which i know is my anxiety/panic cause thats also the symptoms. and heart attack was always ruled out. sometimes ill be resting and my chest pains is so bad, i get scared thinking i wonder if im gonna die of a heart attack, but yet i fall asleep and get up, still alive. so after numerous times i should know by now that its not my heart rite? im just scared, i would like anyone whos going thru the same thing to please support me so this madness im creating stops. thanks a bunch dc family, leanne
- 27 Nov 2011 by Anonymous
Added 27 Nov 2011:
so its sunday and im sitting in the hospital since last nite, my pvcs was so outa wacked, along with my anxiety it felt like a heart attack. all the ekgs are normal, and blood work,no sign of heart attack. but the dr still said were gonna redo a stress test tomorrow. i know by reading and what im told that pvcs are found to be in a lot of people, but not everyone can feel it. i really wish that all this fear of my heart being bad would go away, i am going thru alot, with my taper and all, depression, ptsd, anxiety/panic, and know that if i can only get in under controll ill be better. could a part of me thinking its my heart be cause thats what my nana died of? and mabe am i just researching more then i should and getting all anul over it? HELP
27 Nov 2011
Hi leanne. Remember when I mentioned to you in an older thread, into the er, then stayed because of possibilty of a heart attack? Turns out it was anxiety etc etc. That was part of the reason I swore it was a heart attack, the chest pains. And of course, after a five day stay, numerous tests, and a hefty bill, you're good to go. Heres your medication, feel free to visit us again. Take care,
11 Dec 2011
i am going threw the exact same thing it is awful and my pvc s keep getting worse and my blood pressure is going threw the roof.. they tell me it is anxiety but my chest hurts so bad its crazy and i get light headed i woke up in the middle of the night last night and my blood pressure was threw the roof. i took one of the pills verapamil that the doc gave me and thats what happened it finally took over and made it come down but i thought i was gonna have a stroke... its driving me to take pain meds and that makes your blood pressure go up... im scared to.. i see my old heart doc on tue cant wait..i had an a fib when i was 36 and had an abalation.. but i am 44 and i am coming off suboxone wich i have not takin in a couple days cuz i took pain med... i dont no if im comin or goin i dont no what to take..its the worst time of my life hope we get threw it and i will leave you a mess after i talk to my heart doc on tue...
the other heart doc i went to took every heart test you could possibly take and said its just pvc s but they are comin on to fast now im affraid im gonna have a stroke... good luck c
28 Nov 2011
Hi Leanne... so sorry you are down and out... listen my dear... do you remember what I said the other day??? Maybe it wasn't you??? Anyway... you can discern between a heart attack and anxiety by taking a xanax or other benzo... let it melt under your tongue and get absorbed. If the chest pain goes away in 5-10 minutes then it is most likely caused by anxiety. It is very common for anxiety to mimic cardiac symptoms.
Let me ask you... are you even on a benzo for your anxiety? If not perhaps your doc should give you some if you are indeed having this much anxiety.
Sweetie, you are going through so much right now... with the tapering from the opiates... this causes much anxiety also. Does your doc who prescribes your prozac know you are having this much anxiety??? If not I think you should definitely let him know... make sure the cardilogist sends him a report.
RE: the PVC's... yes many people do have them. They become a problem when they are frequent... like over 10/minute and also when they come from different places in the heart, therefore they look different from each other on an EKG. There are much more serious heart arrythmias than an occasional PVC. I think it IS a good idea that you are getting checked out but I really do not think that with the rest of your history that you have any problem with your heart... but a good cardiac workup will tell it all.
Unless your anxiety is lowered I am not sure that even knowing that your heart is OK will make you feel better. This is the nature of anxiety.
Another suggestion is to possibly get on another antidepressant other than Prozac??? Effexor has great anxiety reducing properties along with antidepressant properties. I am just trying to make a few suggestions. Of course you will need to talk to your doc about all of this.
I know how horrible anxiety feels... the fear of impending doom... it is horrible.
I will definitely keep you in my prayers tonight.
Please DO know that PVC's by themselves, in and of themselves, are nothing to worry about... you really need to have other things cardiac wise going on to make them a problem... i think you do not.
Please try to rest as well as you can sweetie... be sure to keep your psyche doc aware of what is going on... and PLEASE ask him to give you a little Xanax!!!
You will be in my prayers... let us know tomorrow how you are doing...
27 Nov 2011
I have them all the time and it is always stress/anxiety related and like pledge, I too had a million dollar workup. My heart was fine... here take these propranolol prn when you get these PALPITATIONS, they will go away. By the way it was true. They also handle symtoms of panic/anxiety. I take them all the time with my xanax or clonazepam. Works great for me and that small of a dose has practically no side effects... might lower your blood pressure by 5 to 10 points. Just saying...
8 Dec 2011
omg i am going threw the same thing i have been to the hospital seven times this month and they tell me its due to stress but they hurt and have been coming on more and more domt no waht i should do the heaqrt med they gave me makes me sick and i feel like i am havin a heart attack but everyt hing keeps coming up normal except the ekg shows all the pvc s i am takin some klonipine to calm down and a diladid for pain sometimes but i drive a truck and i cant live like this im scared to... i have a afib when i was 36 and had an ablation i wonder if they can give me a pace maker or another abaltion cuz i heard you can have a stroke from these pvc s im scared to...
27 Nov 2011
Interestingly, I have the same thing--the extra beat sometimes. However, I haven't had that kind of pain in my chest. I have had pain in the muscles of the chest so intense I went to the ER a year ago. It wasn't tightening though. It was more like stabbing. It was diagnosed it as muscle pain. I didn't get more medicine for it. I know you are trying to get off some meds, so hopefully it wasn't a variation on that type of meds.
The way you can tell muscle pain I was told is if you press on the area and it hurts. And, this could be fibromyalgia, as I was diagnosed then and before. Some doctors think these are muscles that don't get enough oxygen.
I really understand the fear. I have that situation with my back muscles. And, now I am having so many withdrawal symptoms between doses--or up to 2 hours before my next dose (I am doing a slow taper, but these withdrawal symptoms occur when I wouldn't expect them--- times when I haven't intentionally made a decrease). I have read a lot of people have withdrawal symptoms on Opana, the medicine I take. It could happen with your medicine too.
These are a couple of situations that could cause that pain. Of course, when we feel a little pain, the panic from it can cause a GREAT DEAL MORE pain. Big hug. Marie
27 Nov 2011
Leanne I have it as well I get guite a feww extra and an occassional skip. And heavy palpataions expescialy when I get stress mad or aggetated. 10 yrs ago they was gonna put me on a betablocker I refused. Me I don't take anything with asprin cause I have a high heartrate all the time. My left ventrical only pumps 60% so the right makes up for it that's how it was explained to me. The last time I had heavy palp and chest pain they put me on oxegon at the hosp and gave me 2 nitro pilss had me hooked up to ekg my hubby thought I was gonna die he looked so scared. One other time when I was married 2 my exhubby they said I had a minor heart attack to reduce my stress. When I got home he was suppose to be watching my first daughter we got in an arguement decided he was my stress told him to move out. Since I have learned how to calm my self and lower my heartrate look it up on the net or send me a mess ill try to help if I can. Ask for a stress test very useful test.
But don't worry since your body is going through changes with the meds its may be trying to talk you into changing your mind. Women have to worry if pain is in arm fr heart attacks and if you ever think its possible you are better safe than sorry my dear. You take good care and I hope you feel better. Today I'm taking my shot I'm prob be off till mon plzz let me know how your doing big hugs
8 Dec 2011
Leanne, I know you're scared. Anything with your heart like that frightens you. Like I said before, I have had an arrhythmia for years and take Bystolic. It is totally controlled with that med. You said you are on Prozac. My ex was on Prozac and it made his anxiety worse -- to the point that he had a total breakdown and had to be hospitalized. Prozac, for some people, can aggravate the anxiety. My cardiologist said that true heart pain will stay constant. It will not decrease in severity, but might increase. If it comes and goes, it is most likely esophageal spasms. Ask your doctor to do a G.I. workup. You might have reflux that is causing spasms. Of course, your fear and anxiety will aggravate the reflux, as well. I know exactly how you feel and how scared you are. It took 4 years for the doctors to believe I had chest pain and do the GI workup. I have been hospitalized for the arrhythmia and chest pain countless times, have had heart caths and every test under the sun.
No heart disease, just a cardiac electrical malfunction that causes the pvc's, pac's and skipping beats. I, too, did a slow decrease from pain meds (morphine). During that time, my arrhythmia was more frequent. Your body is going through alot, but it will get better. Keep a log of the date and time your chest pain starts and ends for about a month. If you are under extra stress during that time, note that as well. Believe me, you will be able to establish a pattern and determine triggers for your stress and chest pain. Be conscious of any foods that seem to trigger your chest pain as well. I discourage you from self-diagnosing on the internet. You can scare yourself into believing you are seriously ill, when there COULD be a simple explanation for your pain. Also, the pain can trigger the pvc's. Since your testing shows no heart disease or heart attacks, I encourage you to explore the option of the G.I. testing. Hope this helps. I've been in your shoes and know how scared you are. Keep your chin up and I hope this helps.
27 Nov 2011
Hi, I too suffer from PVC's and I too can feel them. I have chest pain and the pain can get really scary, in the past week especially I have also had pressure in my chest. Out of the three I think the pain can be the worst to cope with, because your thoughts quite rightly you think is it a heart attack. I have a pacemaker I had a very fast heart rate that couldn't be controlled and medication and a procedure called an ablation where they try a burn the part of your heart that caused the Tachycardia (fast heart rate), they tried this twice but then my heart rate went the opposite and developed Bradycardia where the heart rate goes to slow. The Doctor explained to me that the ablations left scar tissue, and it was this that caused the Bradycardia. So now my heart rate doen't go below 60 beats which is where my pacemaker is set, so I don't pass out because it is to slow anymore.
Plus now I have a machine at home which is connected to my Cardiologist office, so when I do feel bad and the pain or discomfort is scary I place a device over my pacemaker and it reads some of what has been going on down the phone line to the cardiologist, where his nurse gets the reading and then I get a call or e-mail from her telling what she saw and we go from there. But one thing I have learnt from having this problem, the more you can stay calm the better it will be for you. The more you stress out the worse things will be for you, easier said then done when your the one feeling the pain. But it is true and it took me a long time to master it, but it does help. Well take care and I hope this has helped a little, Liz.
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