Has anyone else experienced extra beats that are noticeable at times? Have had full cardio workup months ago and they say all is well. I still get cold sweats at times. Along with localized chest pain. Left side not center Thoughts?
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jadillow….I have quite a few heart issues. Most recently (Oct.2018) I was diagnosed with AFIB which lead to an ablation in March. A month or two later, I began having pain in my right side that radiated to back, under my right shoulder blade and sometimes behind sternum. (I also have some GERD issues) I have panic disorder and was told these pains were triggered by my cardiac anxiety. About a month later I had a CT scan and was told by the gastroenterologist I have gallstones that, right now, are not real bad but can, occasionally, cause the type of pains I was having. (I was told by this doctor that eventually I WILL have to have my gallbladder removed) He is now on my roster of doctors I see who are "keeping their eyes" on one thing or another. And now I've forgotten what the point was I was trying to make. Sorry, senior moment. I think it had something to do with doctors being too quick to lay the blame on anxiety. Of course these highly trained doctors and specialists have far greater knowledge than us lay people, but WE know our bodies better than they do. Maybe it IS anxiety. FINE! I'll gladly accept that diagnosis AFTER you have done your job and ruled out other possibilities. Just DO NOT blow me off because I have an anxiety disorder. I KNOW I'm the patient that is a pain in your butt, but the pains are REAL to ME. You told me the pains I was feeling were anxiety from my heart surgery, but the pictures I was shown of my gallstones were NOT imaginary…..my anxiety did not create them. I apologize if this post turned into a rant that was totally off point, but I do want to say that we must now become our own advocates. Once it's written in our charts that "THE PATIENT IS ANXIOUS," unless we are extremely lucky to have a very compassionate doctor, we might as well just go home. You asked if anyone had a suggestion. My suggestion is to remain open to the idea that your anxiety COULD be the problem, but discuss possible tests to rule our other issues for peace of mind. It's no skin off your doctor to order some tests. It may bruise his/her ego. Oh well. Being told it's "just anxiety" can do a lot worse than bruise MY ego. (I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested!)
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Thanks. I have had ecco, stress test, multiple ecgs and holster monitor for 21 days. They say no issue but I’m not convinced
jadillow…….your original post focused on three concerns you were having which included 1) extra beats 2) cold sweats and 3) localized chest pain on left side. You were given a very thorough cardiac work-up in which nothing emergent was found. If there HAD been, you would have been sent for further testing, and regular follow ups. That you wore a Holter monitor for 21 days would have caught virtually any irregularity. But you are still not convinced. Hopefully your upcoming visit will give you more answers. If not, then it's time for a second opinion. I wish you the very best and trust me, I understand your anxiety. Keep us posted.
Thank you. I’m trying to
Cope and relax. Lol
Hello Jadilow, I'm sure I have said this 10x on this forum…but I will tell the story again. When I saw a cardiologist for the first time with wildly erratic beats…all the time; all night and all day, he said and I quote, "For every 10 people who come to see me with skipped beats, I treat only 1…and you are the 1." He diagnosed me with atrial fibrillation. My daughter although only 24 years old also had skipped beats and I took her to the cardiologist who said she was fine and that lots of people have them. He said that it is only when you feel faint and weak like you are going to pass out (which was my condition) because of them that you need to be medicated. I was always having to take breaths…every few seconds in order to get enough oxygen. Btw my daughter is 38 years old now and still has skipped beats and she is absolutely fine.
Heart pain is generally moving…again the cardiologist told me this. It doesn't stay still in one spot as is the case with you. That is when stress and muscle tension is suspected. Move your arms around and get some exercise which boosts serotonin/feel-good hormones.
As the Russians advise, "Go and walk near running water and it will do you so much good."
Maybe you need to ask yourself, Jadilow WHERE this fear is coming from. You have had all the tests and more. (I had a Holter monitor for 24 hours and it malfunctioned because of too many beats! LOLOL!) Are you experiencing some family strife or are you afraid of advancing age, being alone, death?…
Maybe seeing a psychologist to help you sort things out could help. What do you think?
Nice overview that helps me put things in perspective. Thanks
Also if it’s any help the past week I get a pain in the middle of my back. Sometime lower sometime higher. I have reflux and have heard this can cause this as well. Just don’t know that to do
Try massage therapy to relax your systems.
I know how extremely difficult it is to "cope and relax" when the issues are cardiac related. The best advice I can give you is simply don't give up until YOU are satisfied that everything that can be done HAS been done. Study your test results and ask questions about what you don't understand. (Which for me was virtually EVERYTHING) Write down your questions and concerns and take them with to your next appointment. If you don't understand the answer, ask the doctor to explain it in language you CAN understand. I very seldom recommend anyone Google health issues as that is the equivalent of entering the 7th Circle of Hell (and hypochondria) BUT……..there ARE two sites I highly recommend for excellent information that is completely accurate, up to date and written in such a way that lay people can understand. The Mayo Clinic and The Cleveland Clinic. Both sites will give you excellent advice about what to discuss with your doctor. I truly believe you're going to be just fine, and whatever you need to do to "cope and relax" until you see your cardio again, DO IT!
Thanks so much
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