Hi everyone, I'm 26, male, and suffer from panic disorder and anxiety, have done for a bout a year now.
Though the gravity of it all waxes and wanes I have pretty much started to deal with the symptoms & rarely end up having a full blown panic attack (hyperventilation, tettiny etc). one physical symptom I still find very difficult to deal with are palpitations... I don't get them that often, in fact I went 6 months without having any bouts, but now they're back & I feel my tolerance slipping.
My palpitations feel like butterflies in my chest, during which my heart actually seems to skip a beat and then come back with a vengeance (a thump which i feel deep in my chest). the sequence is very irregular. I get these palpitations at any time of the day and out of the blue, they're not usually a symptom of a panic attack but rather the cause of one (as they make me really nervous). They can last up to a few hours and may be accompanied by either a few other symptoms (chest pains, shortness of breath, dizzyness) or otherwise none at all.
I've had my heart checked out last May and all seems to be fine and its not my thyroid either.
Can any of you identify with this? I'm sure this topic has been brought up before on this forum... sorry If I am repeating... Just they're really getting to me.
I was reading this article were a woman said her palpitations involved heavy thumping in her chest at a regular rhythm which ultimately lead up to a panic attack... this is not the kind of palpitation I get at all an it has got me worried... should I go talk to my doctor? Get another Ecocardiogram?
Thanks to all, really glad I found this site