SamiT1601

Sorry Jeff

Im just wondering if Im
facing these health anxiety symptoms right. I’m okay until I start experiencing symptoms the one I hate the most is heart palpitations.

When I experience them I say “go on them kill me” is this the right approach?

I failed yesterday when I had a bout of them and started checking my pulse to see how fast it was racing.


Thanks 

Sami 
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jeff

When they happen to me I do two things:
I ignore them because I’ve been told they’re usually not harmful or a sign of anything wrong with heart. 

Secondly I take a medication to relax and heal gastritis like Prilosec because I have found, for me, that gastrointestinal upsets can affect heart palpitations. 


But ignoring, meaning not analyzing them, tends to help the most, in early August I had heart beat skipping which lasted over 40 days. Once I decided to ignore them they decreased and then stopped. 

But for this and other forms of heart palpitations you need to have assurances from your medical doctor that your heart is strong. 

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SamiT1601

Thanks Jeff 

I have tried to ignore them I really have but I hate them so much. When I try and ignore them I have a compulsion to want to take my pulse. 


I have had so much medical testing it’s untrue. Within the last year for my heart alone I’ve had an Echocardiogram (heart scan), x2 24 hour heart monitors, multiple ECGS and multiple heart blood tests. My doctor said that from the results of the tests that I’ve had I don’t require any further testing because everything was clear. 


I am still struggling to accept them. 

Sami 
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jeff
I think you’re fighting them trying to control them/make them stop. I can tell by your try something/ expect cure. They just have to be allowed to exist. They are a reflection of your worrying. Not analyzing why is not adding more tension. I also think you believe that there must be something wrong with you or why else would this be happening. If I could prove to you that your worrying about them makes them happen would you stop worrying about them? Think about that. I don’t mean instantly stopping but eventually. Patience. Your nervous system takes time to respond to your attitude shift. 
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SamiT1601

Thanks for the response Jeff. 

Yes I think I must believe even after all the testing I have had done that “this time” it might be something cardiac related at 34 years old when I’ve been told my heart is fine and the scan showed this.

Yes I think if you could prove to me that my worrying is making them happen I could try and stop worrying about them. 

Sami 
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SamiT1601
My resting heart rate gets so high even at rest and that is what concerns me so then I start testing to see if it’s going down and take my pulse over and over again etc. 
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jeff
And you are monitoring it because? You have been told you have a nervous heart. Your heart is nervous because you are worrying and checking and analyzing. Do you really think that your palpitations will go away by continuing these actions? My heart beat skipping didn’t go away by monitoring my heart beats. It went away by NOT monitoring and caring less. So you will keep up the monitoring and checking for the next 50 years and THEN finally learn that it wasn’t worth it?
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SamiT1601

I think if I’m being 100% honest that I keep checking because I’m worrying if “this time” will be the time something is wrong. Even though all the evidence points against it. 

Im still frightened of them. 

Sami 
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jeff
But can you change your belief about your palpitations from threat to inconvenience? I realize that it won’t happen overnight but try it as a goal.

i don’t like my heart skipping beats. But I view it as an inconvenient annoyance about my nervous system. It’s just me. My father and aunt had them. They lived normal lives. 
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SamiT1601
Yes i can try to see them as an inconvenience. They are just one of those symptoms that frighten me a lot.
Sami 
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