so my anxiety/panic is on, ive got this intense fear that im having a heart attack, that im not beathing rite and all that other good stuff my mind tells me. i know its not my heart, ive done test after test over and over and everything has always been normal. so , what do i do now? i think i need to find a positive hobby, keeping my mind occupied on some kind of project or something. i know alot of us go thru this anxiety/panic wich then turns to depression. i really would rather not take a xanax cause im still tired from the one i took last nite, i am under more stress then normal so i know that plays a big part in it. and worse of all, i try to take my bp to make sure its in the normal range and this stupid wrist style cuff is soooo sooooo off. i dont know why i just dont dump it and a arm one. well mabe ill do that today. any one out there ever constantly think that they are having a heart attack or stroke, and why is that? leanne
Anxiety and stress can do strange things to our minds and bodies. Try to divert your attention by getting active in something like you said. Reading a good book, even coloring in a child's coloring book can be very relaxing. Art therapy is a very useful tool.
As far as the xanax, I wouldn't be too concerned about having taken one last night. If the anxiety becomes intolerable take one xanax and get yourself busy with something, anything.
Here to help ya through, so write anytime especially when you are feeling like this,
Dear Leanne... so so sorry to hear about your anxiety... Laurie gave some great suggestions. Listen, anxiety can mimic a heart attack... big time.
If you are trying to discern between a angina and anxiety put a Xanax under your tongue and let it melt there. If the symptoms goes away in 5-15 minutes (usually 5) then it most likely is anxiety. If it doesn't, well, it could be your heart or something like gastric reflux... you should get it checked out. I know that you have many tests... have these been cardiac and GI?
If not both then you should get both... IF it is not anxiety.
Also re: your blood pressure... wrist cuffs can give erroneously high readings... you probably should get a proper fitting arm cuff... as a loose cuff can give an erroneously low reading.
Anyway dear Leanne... I hope that this helps and I hope that you feel better soon... I will remember you in my prayers tonight...
Leanne, are you sitting & resting your elbow on a table or something where your wrist is above the heat level when you use the wrist cuff? It works much more accurate that way. I have been using one for several years & it works fine. Otherwise my pharmacy 3 blocks away has a testor. It always tests right on with my wrist one. It isn't the greatest, but my doctor seemed to be ok with it. Just make sure your are not excited or anything, & rest your arm only hold up with elbow resting on a table. You may just have a bad one. Make sure batteries are new too. Let me know if that helps. Are you having palpataions? or irregular heart beat? Do you think you could have any allergies? They can mimic some of these things too. Just a thought, but let me know if your monitor works better by doing these things...
Hey leanne. This is strange, Heartsgrace and myself answered this same question now 9 hours ago. Your question posted twice. But the other one is not showing so heres my previous answer. Word for word Hi leanne. Most certainly. Severe anxiety, and panic attacks seem just as if you're going through or having a heart attack. I ended up some 10 years ago in a hospital for over 5 days. I was admitted because I thought indeed I was having a heart attack. Nope. Anxiety. Thats how real I believed it was. Mind you so did the hospital staff. That turned out to be one expensive panic attack. Take care and relax. (easy for me to say but its true) you worry far, far to much. Bye bye then and get some sleep :-0)
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