Yep, I can too. And you know what else I hate, at night when I am ehxausted and want to go to bed, I turn over on my side and can even hear it in my pillow! Thrilled it's beating, just not so thrilled of the constant awareness.
free of anxiety attacks for almost a year now!
Me too! Panic attack free since 2004, Ativan-free for one year!
My "secret" has been yoga, meditation, and learning that I am in control of the anxiety, not the other way around. My panic nightmare began in 1999, out of nowhere. It's possible to get out of the trap, and you'll be stronger for all you've been through too :)
Oh how I was plagued with that. After I found out that it was a normal affect of Anxiety . I would make it a game. Place a penny on your stomach next to your navel. Watch its movement. I found that Just the concentration of watching the penny
Thanks everyone for the post. I also feel my heart beat in my pillow, my head about anywhere? My doc said it was normal, normal or not its annoying! I am also glad its still beating just wish it did'nt have to remind me all the time...lol
Does anyone ever feel their heart beating harder like if ur laying down for a long time and stand up quick. Sometimes ill feel my heart palputate for a little while when i first get up quick from a lying down position
I recently checked a book out from the library called "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook". It describes a relaxation technique very similar to what abl is describing. It is called Progressive Muscle Relaxation and it involves 16 different muscle groups.
I don't know if this is the book abl is talking about but it describes something similar.
sorry I hope you are still there, I forgot to check today's posts until just now.
Well, I actually attribute it to one simple exercise I would do every night before I went to bed. It actually has a name, but I can't remember it and I gave all of my anxiety books away. So, I will try to describe it as best I can. lay flat on your bed, no pillow, and you simply tense every muscle group, one at a time, and hold it tense for 7 seconds then release and pause for 7 seconds, and move to teh next muscle group. So, you start with clenching your fists, then flex your wrists, then biceps, then move up to shoulders by trying to squish them up to your ears, then the back of your neck, then scrunch your face, then the front of your neck, then between shoulder blades, then chest, then middle back, then stomach, then lower back, then buttocks, then thighs, calves, ankles, and end with clenching your feet. So, you work your way up and then down. And don't forget to breath.
Now, just so you know, before I started doing this, I couldn't take the wonderful advice of exercise or yoga, running, or walking, because the minute I got too far away from my house I'd start to have a panic attack! I had a panic attack in a yoga class! and at the gym, I'd be in the middle of a workout, and my heart would palpitate really bad. So, that is why I attribute it to this little exercise, because it actually worked enough where I could start working out, and didn't have anymore attacks. I was also drug free from XANAX, which was a horrible drug for me, and that stayed in my system for a while.
Once you can, working out, especially cardio, is really wonderful and a very helpful too.
I hope this helps you, and I will call my Aunt and ask her the title of the books, so you can pick one up at a bookstore near you. I'll just post your name, so look for it in the next few days, and most of all...take care!- abl
I have very similar problems to what most you describing: I can't sleep because I hear my heartbeat through my pillow, I can see my chest move with my heartbeats and I can always hear them! I am 21 male 5'9" and about 130lbs. Maybe my size has something to do with it?...
I find that these symptoms come and go, it just depends about what I am thinking about at that time. ..but I still get freaked out by it.
I am also a coffee drinker (1-2 cups a day) but I have just decided to cut the habit and ween myself of caffeine because I am sure it contributes to my anxiety.
I had been waking myself up in the middle of the night with my heart feeling like it was beating really really hard. It wasnt fast wasnt slow. It made me feel like my entire body was shaking!! It not only wakes me up but keeps me from fallin asleep...It would only happen when I got really relaxed. Or that is theonly time I could feel it happening. I also had troubles getting a deep breath when all of this was happening. One night it lasted for about 3 hours straight. I went to my doctor and he put a heart monitor on me for 24hrs. They found 76 instances of the top of my heart beating twice before the bottome beat...You know your heart beats TOP...BOTTOM....TOP...BOTTOM....Mine was betting...top top bottom top top bottom....They also found one instance of the Bottom part beating before the Top part beat....They said when that happens your heart kind of twists and that could be what I am feeling when i feel like my whole body is shaking...I started taking a daily vitamin and completely quit drinking caffiene and I have not been woke up since. I still every once in a while have the palpitations or whatever you want to call it when i lay down and get rested sometimes but they are not strong at all and do not last long. I think getting rid of the caffiene is what did it!!
Oh!! Duh the whole reason I was searching on this is because Last night I was getting out of the shower and was drying off...I noticed my breast was moving with my heart beat. My boyfriend could see it from outside the bathroom door. I went ans layed down and it kept happening for quite a while. My stomach was also moving. It was so weird!!!
hi guyzz im 22 year old male from denmark i found this site quite interesting and helpfull i have been weightlifting for abt two years and a couple of months back while i was training at home i had a muscle twitch or something in the middle of chest which scared the hell out of me i thought it was and heart attack or something i was scared as hell but it had no pain what so ever it was just like something went up side down n the middle of my chest i got a very bad chest tightness after that but a week after i went to some ekg blood tests and echo or something they all came perfect but since that i have this heart beating very strong and this palpitations thing going on i love to work out i just love it but these palpitations make so scared that i cant even dare to touch the weights but if there is some who knows that can i get back to the gym without any problem or so i would appreciate that even though the my doctor says im all fine and there is no risk at all i want to ur opinion please
i feel the same problem, i can see my heart beating thro my chest, when i stand up, i can feel it right below my nipple. when i sleep on my left side i can feel it thro my ribs on the left side of my chest, & no longer under my nipple. really weird. lol i cant sleep on my right cause it feels SUPER wierd i cant explain. i got an ECO done, havent got the results, buh i try not to think about buh sometimes i juss get reminded & catch myself w/ my hand on my chest. they say i have symptoms of a minor heart mermor. buh who knows. im juss glad to be alive. & i always think to myself u only get panic attacks when ya afraid to die. Which u shouldnt be, cause if its gunna happen its gunna happen, when it comes to a heart, theres nothing u can do to avoid it. thass how i deal w/ it. buh i get my cardio & eat healthy so i play my part. buh i still see my heart beat thro my chest. which *****, cause i dont recall it ever doing it. take care everyone :))
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