... breath where it feels like I can't breathe, chest pains, heart palps, fast heart rate but sometimes slow. I guess normal... I'm just used to it being fast so when it's slow it feels weird too. I've almost passed out more times than I can count. I get tiny breaks in between but feel like I'm dying. I went into SVT and had to be taken to an ER after IV drugs didn't work and then the episode stopped. Was referred to a cardiologist who gave me verapamil which I GUESS has kind of helped but not really... Had to wear a holter monitor and do an echo on one of my rare days of no symptoms. So not sure what the results for the holter were but I'll see. He's talking about a stress test too. I don't see him for another three weeks!! Am I going to be ok? I feel so scared
It can be controlled. Wait until you see your dr before you get upset. The cardiologist can explain to you. My cardiologist is really good, he explains everything he wants to test for and why. And the medications he is ordering. When people are rushed thru the er it can get frightening and they don't have time to explain.
You are talking yourself into a mess of stress. Have faith in your circle of care and be confident if you were in any immediate danger you would be hospitalized. Since your Dr has assessed your condition, relax and take it as fact. Worry accomplishes nothing constructive.
Also, the Internet is the best source if you want to validate your worry, as you can get filled with unfounded fear, maybe by connecting with people who may be just as (unnecessarily) stressed as you are, where would that lead? Certainly not to a place of calm, and based on your post that's where I would suggest you put your energy, into sources of calm, confidence in your Dr and believing in a positive outcome.
It sounds like you haven't asked questions. Don't hesitate to ask your doctors questions. That's what they get paid for. If you're going home with more questions than answers it's because you aren't asking questions.
What's this prescription for?
What are the side effects?
What's this test for?
Why do I have to wait so long for my next appointment?
There are no questions that are out of line. Your doctor should be willing to explain any and all questions you have. If your drugs aren't working for you, call the doctor's office and tell them. Maybe it will take some time for your drugs to work, ASK!
Good luck to you, and don't forget to ask your doctors questions. Write them down in advance if you have a tendency to forget what you wanted to ask them. That's what I do.
My advice is try not to stress Savannah. Stress certainly triggers my V-Tach as my sympathetic response goes into overdrive thanks to anxiety. Has your Cardiologist put you on Beta Blockers in the meantime? Have they established exactly what type of V-Tach you are suffering from? Answers to these two questions will make your life a whole lot easier and will likely reduce the amount and length of episodes you suffer.
As Balbanese has also said, try to limit playing "Google Dr." There's a wealth of information about all different types of V-Tach and some have different treatments and outcomes and you can easily get sucked into thinking you're in the worst possible scenario.
Try to stay positive overall. It does get depressing at times when recurrent episodes occur but just make sure you get yourself checked out or call the ambulance if you're having severe problems.
I wish you all the best and hope you're well on your road to recovery.
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