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MY TESTS ALWAYS COME BACK NEGATIVE... anxiety?

Hello all, my name is joe and im a 22 year old male.  ive suffered from many health conditions since i was born... asthma, sotmach ulcers, SVT, depression so forth. but majorly my heart condition of course. I had an ablation done in 2008 when i was 18. and now recently ive been back in and out of ER rooms with rapid heart rates numbness and pain and tingling in my chest and left arm. BUT  only to be surprised with a " oh all your tests are coming back just fine"  ive had EKGs blood tests and have been monitored for hours on end. and everything thing seems to be normal. and yet daily almost now ill go into weird episodes where my heart will race between 120 and 140bpm and ill get dizzy and have chest pains and numbness and everything, the last time i went to the ER my entire arm was curled up and i couldnt move it and literally when i was still like that i had an EKG taken and it was NORMAL!! well it was a little fast but still in sinus rythme. I dont understand how i can feel this way and be completey fine. now today i just got back from the store my heart was racing the entire time. where i was they had a blood pressure machine, and mine was really high. like 180/100 , but the Doc says all my blood work is completely fine. I dont know much about anxiety or stress related issues, but friends and family have said maybe i have some bad anxiety issues. My mom gave me  apiece of her xannax pill and after about an hour my heart rate dropped to around 80-90 bpm which is high but rather normal for me as i havent been able to get out much due to me feeling so terrible the past month. If any one could give me some advice or tips about anxiety id be thankfull. If i do just have anxiety, which it seems more and more plausible after all the heart testing and blood tests that always come back normal, i would like to find out answers on to learn how to control or even get rid of anxiety issues. i will further be doing more research, but to me i feel more ease when someone else can relate and talk with me about problems theyve had and resolved. anyway, thank you in advance to any one who could help me out or even just relate to the same problems ive been having just to know im not the only one like this.
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Sound exactly like me! I am going through the exact same thing except im alil worse off and a "girl" haha. Im 20 and have had SVT, asthma, anxiety...the works lol. Im on a beta blocker metoprolol becayse my pulse will hit 200 without any anxiety symptom (i.e. Tingling/numbness in arms and hands) i am also 29 weeks pregnant whitch has made everything super worse i have been to the ER so many times that the guy im with thinks i am insane! It has ruined my life basically. No one understands...not even doctors. I almost cries when i was at the cardiologist the other day and said im fine..sent me home with a pulse of 120 and oxygen level of 94%! So ofcourse i have a panic attack thinking im not getting enough oxygen. It has been rough but im still alive!!! Im pretty short of breath today and of cpurse i wanna run to the er. :/ hope things gets better
Best wishes
Lauren
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oh wow thats crazy weve had the same problems! i was on metoprolol for 2 years after my ablation for svt. im the same way with my panic attacks my oxygen level will be around 95 96 and i start freaking out in the ER lol.  my resting heart rate is usually around 100 and to me it seems like cardiologists just blow it off bc  my EKGs and everything will be normal. ill get shortness of breath alot usually with stomach pains at the same time, though i do have stomach issues wich usually makes me freak out more and makes my heart race more and more. Have you ever had high blood pressure?  if youre on metoprolol its probabbly rather normal since its a beta blocker. alot of my friends think im crazy like your guy lol they just dont know what weve been going through! and aparrently i cant seem to figure it our either ha. i hope the best for both of us and hope the best for your baby!

If youre ever in need of someone to talk to i keep this site up 24/7 b.c im always having dumb problems and am looking for others to relate and converse with.

Thanks for responding! its nice to know im not the only one with a bunch of messed up problems with no answers lol.
- Joe
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Yeah! Its nice to talk out this sorta stuff with someone who accually understands. I also want to get an cardiac ablation but have heard symptoms usually return acouple months after the procedure. No i havent had problems with high blood pressure but if im in panic mode and go to the er or have a damn panic attack at the doctors office if can easily be 140/110. With a pulse of 150. now that im pregnant i also have to worry about the sake of my child AND my.health lol whitch has turned me into a wreck. I have alot of problems with really bad tiredness/weakness. I currently am not working or going to school so i kinda lay around n get depressed :/ my cardiologist was very rude when i went yeaterday when my.ekg was normal he said "your heart is fine...ur free to go" ?!? How.rude i.wanted to cry because im getting to that helpless...somethings wrong but no one.is finding it!!! Ever sence they said my O2 was 94% i have felt like i cant breath when i am fine most likely :/  hey you to! Im always around to chat. And thanks yeah the pregnancy was not planned wish it was cause i always told myself i didnt wanna have kids until i got better.
-Lauren
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Also it ***** spending ur days looking up all ur symptoms.i have literally been worrying myself sick!
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i was definitely scared when i had an ablation considering i was barely 18, and after i did had problems like immediately after. i was having PVCs and flutters and once i went into atria fibrillation, which if you dont know is like SVT but instead of it being in normal rythme its very irregular. i was in ICU for a week after my ablation which was supposed to be an out patient surgery. but my cardiologist said that PVCs and heart flutters can be normal for up to a month after the ablation one being bc your heart just simply inst used to beating normal and not having to go through those extra nodes in your heart that cause the SVT lol and two because your heart  will be sore/swollen from then doing work inside it. i also think for the fact i had no idea what was going on to me freaked me out and made it all worse. but honestly im very glad i had the ablation ,since then i have not had an SVT attack. its been 4 years.  even though i get these other weird episodes now, my heart has never been over 200 i think i recorded once that high but it was after i jogged a mile for the first time since my ablation.. years after it . lol they took me off the metoprolol after maybe a year form the surgery, even though i was supposed to be instantly off it. but i think it could of been more of me just simply feeling better knowing i was taking the medicine ( it was such a low dose it practically wasnt doing anything) almost like a placebo effect.  there is a really good forum on here for svt, but also remember most people who get the ablation and are succesfull dont come to places like this for answers... bc they dont need them you know? so alot of posts are negative. i have read that its pretty common for people to need two ablations. i know the ablation is usually a 95% chance success!, just do your research on a doctor who is well experienced if youre looking into it. most hospitals in highly populated areas do multiple ablations a day, at least form what ive read and been told. when i had mine the doctor was also doing 3 more that day.

i was also thinking maybe your oxygen rate is a bit lower bc youre pregnant?  
and on another note i saw a post on here about Gas/eating related problems and heart racing/fluttering from what it seems people out there will get racing heart and dizziness and pains in their chest simply bc they are having some sort of upset in their digestive tract which can push up and irritate your vagus nerve or something liek that (idk much about it)  

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Heart-Disease/Atrial-Fibrillation-Stomach-Gas--Bloat-Relationship/show/767975#post_8280131      ;

it does say Afib but alot of the comments on the post are similiar what i feel.

cardiologists can be dicks! you also gotta remember if they dont see anything serious they think their job is done most of the time. just dont let them get to you and make your strss even worse!

i wonder if carrying your baby and having the extra weight from it is adding more pressure in your stomach/ digestive area and is upseting something which in return is causeing you a higher heart rate and problems with it?  idk im obviously no doctor but all of us with the same problems i think have more of a grip of what can be going on then doctors whove never experienced it lol


my blood preasure always jumps when im having these epsiodes then usually drops back down right away once i see that BP number high it just seems  to  climb more and more bc i get so nervous lol.

my best advice to you is to just keep reading more and more. ive been all week and today ive read alot of helpfull stuff and has seemed to ease my mind ALOT.

my heart rate has finally dropped to around 80 =] been around 110 all morning

Do you take anything for your asthma? or still have problems with it? i know alot of medicines for asthma have steriods in it. not super  muscle steroids that people work out take lol ,  but they can definitely  cause your heart to slightly race up.

i too dont work or go to school, and its mostly bc im always having problems and dont want to have one at work or away at school to where i cant be helped.

yogo is a very good way to help relax and keep yourself lightly active (not sure what you can do being pregnant) but i would try to find something to help you stay more relaxed. it always helps!!!

haha P.S. sorry the book i just wrote you. lolll =p

stay healthy!!
-Joe



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When i brought up ablation to my doc he brushed it off as seeing that the beta blocler has done some wonderous things. Being pregnant can cause general tachycardia cause i mean after all ur supplying blood for two! But the oxygen levels shouldnt dip in pregnancy thats why it worried me so much but of course the cardiologist had nothing to say when i asked if it was bad...and if it was to low he kept saying i dont know! I also had to sit and wait for him in the room for an hour....having panic attacks freaking out...walking in and out of the room trying to see where the heck he is! To het told im ok...have a dandy day. While i was pouring sweat...beat res in the face and on the verge of passing out. Time to get a new cardiologist! Lol but i have been to many doctors trying to find answers....and the er. My oxygen has ALWAYS been good/normal levels so thats why i freaked out so hard. Im on singulair for my mild asthma...i cant do i get way to tachy and end up calling 911 like i have before. I just hope that things get better! Ugh im tired of getting looked at like im crazy!!
Yoga is great i started doing some prenatal yoga at home! thanks for the advice! :)
-lauren
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I cant do inhailers* lol didnt finish that sentence. But also all this has come between me and my significant other alot....he doesnt understand and i feel like he thinks im so boring because im never up for doing anything anymore :/ hope when baby comes ill be able to get out and do more. But for the past year or so ive become a hermit lol it has been like that sence i was 9 years old!
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if your medicine is doing well for your svt then id deff stay on it and not have an ablation, alot of people dont want to live with taking medicine the rest of their lives though and choose the ablation. i took them for i think 6 months before my abaltion. and never had a problem once on them. im not sure about oxygen level but ill deff read up on that tomorrow im a lil tired lol.  omg i know the feeling having to wait for doctors!!! getting all red and clamy and sweaty and light headed and everything! its definitly anxiety building up!  i always felt once the doc came in those symptoms would mostly go away or calm down alot, and yeah if you dont like your cardiologist get a new one! even if he is a good doc if you dont like him you wont be as satisfied with his comments or results and end up just getting more anxiety  and stuff, plus it always nice to hear opinions from other doctors. hell i say the more the marry haha.  i would look into side effects of singulair and see what they are  you might find out youre having some side effects from that also! the little things will add up. you said your O2 level was at 94? i cant see that beein extremely bad but maybe it could be because youre having some asthma problems? that are restricting your airways. also being sick like having the flu or a cold can lower your o2 levels maybe youre catching some kind of bug thats going around.      last night when i was in the ER my o2 was at 96 and i was definitly high strung and stressed out.  i wonder if having anxiety can cause your o2 level to drop also have you ever taken like nebulizers for asthma i know they help open your brachial tubes to be able to take in more oxygen. =]
just try to not freak yourself out so much, it never helps!  and im the same way its so hard not to but i find it if i distract myself by doing something else it helps me forgot about my problems lol.  
-joe
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oops misses your 2nd comment there but yeah lol im the same way i was stuck in my house for month after my ablation bc i was so damn scared, and lately since ive been having more porblems i havent left my house in almost  a month beside to go to the ER lol. and today i did for the first time and it didnt go very well =\ i was freaking out at the store my heart rate was high and i was all light headed and having chest pains... and once i got back home, alot of it went away.stress and anxiety will get the best of you! im just hoping we can a find a way to cope with this so we can get on with our lifes happily and healthy! try and make him read up a little on anxiety and your svt and maybe hell get a better understanding of what you are going through!  getting out of the house is hard but even going for short walks will help ya stay avctive so you dont develope some couch potato effect =p  haha
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Lol yeah. 94% O2 sat is borderline low. But i also dont think she left it on their long enough because i was talking while she was doing the finger oxygen thing. (pulse oxcemitry) lol so that could have had an effect on things. I was also very breathless feeling due to anxiety so anxiety might play a role in o2 sats. 95 to 100% is considered "normal" so i was off one point. but i keep wanting to go to the er to go get it double checked but i surly dont wanna get a dumb *** look :/ doctors need to have more damn patients and kind understanding for people like us. The meaner and more careless they are the way worse it makes the who situation! Before i got pregnant i was very fit and loved to jog. I have deff turned into quit the "couch potato" lol :p atleast my little girl will be here in november and maybe i can start jogging again.
-lauren
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aww my brithday is in november! haha  

ER rooms seem to always rush. all they try and do is make you ''stable"  and send you on your way. maybe make an appointment with your general doctor for sometime in the next few days and just for your ease of mind have them hook you up to the monitor to check your o2 levels, at least there you will know the doc will be more concentrated on you and not tons of people being rushed into an ER!

- joe
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