Do not worry, it just making things worst. You stopped, that is the main thing. You are only 21. Be happy it happened to you now and not later in your life when your heart muscle could have got a damaged. If you need an ultrasound, fine it won’t harm you; at least you will even know more about your heart. It is a fun experience! Good luck and congratulation to you: on not using more cocaine! Good for you! Spend that money on nice things for yourself, you would waste on the thing.:)
You will be OK! Let us know!
I have a similar experience that might help you. I'm 36 yof, and still feel the affects of drug abuse from my teens. I was on cocaine/crack for a year and then went on a 3-day binge when I had a sudden onset of severe palpitation that dropped me to my knees. I was 17 and I thought I was going to die. Scared to death, I went to the ER, they did all the tests and told me to quit using or I'll die, that he had seen people in autopsies from my drug of choice and explained the obvious damage to the internal organs. I never touched drugs again. The doctor said he thought I had experienced palpitations or even a minor heart attack, but they weren't too concerned as I recall, like the attitude was "Dumb teenager, you'll live."
The first year after I quit I started having severe anxiety attacks which included palpitations, albiet minor compared to that night, hallucinations started in a few years later and breathing troubles. They come and go throughout the years, but it's a part of my bad choices and I realize that the only power I have is to make good choices for my future. You are being given a chance to live and hopefully have a good life with minimal damage if you stop now. Good luck and take this wake up call as your get of jail free card. You might not get another.
Hi there. Palpitations can be scary, even for those of us who are told they're perfectly benign. My worry about you is that cocaine does stress your heart out. I'm glad you'll be having the echo, and I hope everything is okay.
As to whether or not they'll stop, the very nature of palpitations seems to be their unpredictability. Cocaine will not help matters. Your heart is giving you a warning, hopefully before any irreversible damage, and I hope you'll use this chance to stop using. Sometimes people just need that scary wake up call. Sadly, some don't get it in time. Please, use yours wisely.
Best wishes to you.
I don't see anywhere that he said he had quit using forever, unfortunately. Once they get addicted, it is almost impossible to stop permanently. You don't have to use every day to be addicted, I understand. To the OP, people have been known to DIE with only one use. I think you can get a rapid rate and constricted coronaries and can lead to massive heart attack and death. And I am not kidding.
Maggie , I am a mind reader. Haven’t you realized yet? ;)
You did quit, right xstalkrx ? I have a fate in you!
You said it is almost impossible to stop permanently? I used for a year from age 16 to 17 and never touched it again, that was 20 years ago. You do have to change a great deal of your life like your friends, your life habits and why you started in the first place, so I'm not saying what you say is entirly wrong. It's not an easy process, but I find your sweeping "once an addict always an addict" type statement discouraging for someone who is newly realizing his own mortality.