weekend_warrior

Hey everyone! 


Over the last few months I’ve been on a roller coaster of anxiety.  I’ve had good days and bad days..  I’ve had bouts like this on the past, but one of the things I’m battling is new compared to the past.. 


My normal resting heart rate is anywhere between 75-80  slightly elevated for me would be 80-90.

Ive noticed that over the past few weeks,  anytime after I eat (usually a big lunch,  or after dinner). My Heart rate goes up to 100-110 for about 30/60 mins after I eat..  since my Heart rate/BP has been an issues of anxiety for me,  once I notice this elevated rate,  i believe the secondary fear is keeping it elevated for longer and happening more often... I’ve been to my drs and explained all my symptoms,  and she’s doesn’t seem worried at all.  


But here I am,  struggling with this.  I’ve been able to let most of my symptoms in the past go,  but the elevated heart rate has been a source of concern and frustration.  

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jeff
The key “worried about”. Before you check your pulse you ARE worrying about it. Result = pulse rate steps up. Then you read it and, “OMG my pulse is elevated, what if I have a heart problem? Oh no that would be bad!”
The doctor has examined your heart and seen that it is nervous in reaction to your worrying about it. All she can do is assure you that there is nothing wrong with your heart. Don’t you believe in the connection between your nervous system going on alert (your worrying) and your pulse being elevated? Do you see the contradiction in what you are doing? Anyone would have a raised pulse if they feared it as a threat and worried about it. You just have to let it go and give up testing it and checking on it. It will recover nicely all by itself which is the way your body is built. 
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weekend_warrior
 thanks Jeff!  I guess the biggest thing is thinking that I am not anxious and it still be elevated.  Going to work on just letting it go and not worrying about it! 
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jeff
But you are worried. Why else do you check on it? You have to understand the brain / nervous system connection. Nervous sensitization carries out far beyond just not being anxious. Your heart rate is sensitized because you fear it being "out of order". You carry this belief with you all the time because you don't face it and let it just happen - which takes time!
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weekend_warrior
Very true Jeff!  Lately Ive been worried less, and it’s been happening less.  Thanks for the great advice! 
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