I posted a question here: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Heart-Rhythm/PVCs-from-Anxiety-/show/1396721
The heart rhythm section is full of individuals who have the same problem as me, but for some of them it never goes away, although it has for some, and hasn't for some. But the reason it hasn't for some very well could be that they got them for different reasons as me and haven't been able to find that right combination of logic, analyzation, hypothesis, and experimenting. Everyone is different, and some have managed to find the answer. I'm working towards that solution, because PVCs do NOT run in my family, nor have I been a prior victim, until my heart obsession and first panic attack.
I refuse to give up finding what caused my pvcs, and how to stop them, simply because they didn't happen before all this anxiety crap. And no, they didn't suddenly come on. Thinking back on everything that has happened, since I now have a clearer head, these pvcs started after my first panic attack, which left me totally drained of all energy, sick, weak, and nauseated.
It was after that event that I was introduced to the wonderful experience (pardon my sarcasm) of what have been called "heart palpitations," "Extrasystoles" "PVCS" "PACS." Doesn't matter. They all give me pretty much the same effect.
Palpitations would refer to the thudding heartbeat.
PVC would refer to the strong contracting of the heart from the bottom ventricals filling up with a larger amount of blood
PAC would refer to the strong contracting of the heart from the top atria.
Needless to say, I've experience all of these throughout this 3 month hell hole of a situation I've been in, which all started with my mind running crazy thinking because of my morbid obesity, I was gonna drop dead at any minute of a heart attack because it happened to my friend.
So I developed anxiety/panic disorder, and started having panic attacks. The panic attacks seemed to trigger my heart events. I came to that conclusion after they started diminishing after my first panic attack, and then came back full force when I had my second one.
Keep in mind, I don't have to feel anxious to get them, or feel them strongly. Right now, I feel calm, and relaxed, and I'm still getting them pretty strong, although they're not as strong as they were before.
I realize that anxiety/panic caused this to flare up, and now it just won't go away.
But, my thing is, with all the symptoms of anxiety, why is this one the one that lingers around, and takes forever to go away?
I don't know exactly what I did to get them to go away the first time, but they were. I dunno if it was eating the right food, or what.
I was afraid of them for a while, now they just annoy me. They're uncomfortable, they cause strange sensations in my chest, I can't trigger them, as they happen whenever the hell they feel like it.
Seems like I get some fairly weak ones, and then a strong one occurs every 5 to 10 to 20 minutes (If I'm lucky, I can go close to an hour without having a strong one.) I calm down, then the strong one hits me and I'm aroused once again. I'm still learning to just say "screw it" and try to ignore it, but it's hard. VEEEEERY hard.
The question is, what am I missing? Is it because this is a result of the anxiety being about my heart? It's more Health Anxiety than general anxiety. Or could it be something else?
I need answers. I'm seeing my doctor and therapist regularly, and both think it's all in my head, but how? How can that be when I even get them relaxing?
I'm going to see a Cardiologist in two days, but I'm afraid he isn't gonna find anything. I need an answer, and somewhat of a cure or something to at least dull these things down so I barely feel them.
I've never had any type of irregular heartbeat, have no detected heart problems. I'm obese, but am losing weight. (Went from 408 to 364 and still losing). Before, they would ONLY rear their ugly head during intense physical exertion like power walking, running, etc. But it was one, once in a while.