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I dont know who else to ask besides everyone here. I've talked to my pediatrician when I had a physical in January and he said my heart was fine but all he did was check it with a stethoscope. I know it's common for people with anxiety to think they have heart problems but do these symptoms seem any differnt than anyones here? here are my symptoms

pounding heart-usually after i even walk up the stairs and sometimes if Im sitting down for a while and I get up even slowly my heart will start pounding
heart fluttering-I dont know what to call it but it usually happens when I am sitting down all the sudden it will start to beat really fast and I have to take a deep breathe for it to go away
dizzy spells and usually when they happen i feel faint.
swollen hands/feet
and if i cross my legs even for a short time my leg will almost fall asleep..it feels like i am not getting enough blood to them

i guess the symptoms dont sound that bad when I write them down but theyre so scary and im wondering if i have a heart problem ahh. i went to the e/n/t doctor and he said i might be getting dizzy because my ears were really err..clogged up. and i just had that physical and january but thats about it. do these problems sound normal? i plan on going to the doc soon but i still want to know if its normal. thanks

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I dont know who else to ask besides everyone here. I've talked to my pediatrician when I had a physical in January and he said my heart was fine but all he did was check it with a stethoscope. I know it's common for people with anxiety to think they have heart problems but do these symptoms seem any differnt than anyones here? here are my symptoms

pounding heart-usually after i even walk up the stairs and sometimes if Im sitting down for a while and I get up even slowly my heart will start pounding
heart fluttering-I dont know what to call it but it usually happens when I am sitting down all the sudden it will start to beat really fast and I have to take a deep breathe for it to go away
dizzy spells and usually when they happen i feel faint.
swollen hands/feet
and if i cross my legs even for a short time my leg will almost fall asleep..it feels like i am not getting enough blood to them

i guess the symptoms dont sound that bad when I write them down but theyre so scary and im wondering if i have a heart problem ahh. i went to the e/n/t doctor and he said i might be getting dizzy because my ears were really err..clogged up. and i just had that physical and january but thats about it. do these problems sound normal? i plan on going to the doc soon but i still want to know if its normal. thanks

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Hi Lauren (lilmieri)

I can relate to all of those except the swollen hands and feet part. I'm no doc, but I would suspect some sort of water retention. The fluttering feeling in your chest sounds like heart palpitations caused by anxiety, too much caffeine, or hyperventilation. Palpitations usually are no cause for alarm. They are normal in all people. If you can, try to get in some cardio workouts. It helps a lot with palpitations and overworking when you walk/run small distances. Hope this helps.

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Hi Lauren (lilmieri)

I can relate to all of those except the swollen hands and feet part. I'm no doc, but I would suspect some sort of water retention. The fluttering feeling in your chest sounds like heart palpitations caused by anxiety, too much caffeine, or hyperventilation. Palpitations usually are no cause for alarm. They are normal in all people. If you can, try to get in some cardio workouts. It helps a lot with palpitations and overworking when you walk/run small distances. Hope this helps.

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Hi Lauren,

I can relate to all. Besides what Ken posted, I would also suggest giving up any caffiene and if you smoke, as I did forever and loved it and miss them with a passion, try to at least cut down as they can also cause the heart flutters. Besides that, lots of water and limit sodium intake. We females soak up and bloat up like sponges. :D It's a wonderful life, ain't it? :roll:

Take care and relax,
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Hi Lauren,

I can relate to all. Besides what Ken posted, I would also suggest giving up any caffiene and if you smoke, as I did forever and loved it and miss them with a passion, try to at least cut down as they can also cause the heart flutters. Besides that, lots of water and limit sodium intake. We females soak up and bloat up like sponges. :D It's a wonderful life, ain't it? :roll:

Take care and relax,
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thanks for replying..glad im not the only one. I still think theres something wrong with my heart but I guess it is anxiety. I will get it checked out. ooh and I dont smoke..never have and i rarely drink caffeine. maybe Im dehydrated. ahh anyways thanks
 
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thanks for replying..glad im not the only one. I still think theres something wrong with my heart but I guess it is anxiety. I will get it checked out. ooh and I dont smoke..never have and i rarely drink caffeine. maybe Im dehydrated. ahh anyways thanks
 

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It will help calm your mind if you have more in-depth testing. Certainly won't hurt. Glad to hear you're living such a healthy lifestyle. Wish I had done and known better. :)

Good Luck to you Lauren,
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It will help calm your mind if you have more in-depth testing. Certainly won't hurt. Glad to hear you're living such a healthy lifestyle. Wish I had done and known better. :)

Good Luck to you Lauren,
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hi Lauren. Trying to get my mind off myself so I am responding to your post
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First of all, consider the odds of something being wrong with your heart. Sure, there could be, but it is very unlikely. You are young and you are female. Two good things to be when it comes to heart health. On the other hand, anxiety can cause all sorts of odd physical sensations, many of which can mimic heart issues. My advice is: have yourself checked out by a doctor. If they tell you your heart is fine, which they almost certainly will, do your best to believe them.

And have a cup of coffee and a smoke every now and then for chrissakes. I've been doing it for years, and look how good I turned out..............
 
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hi Lauren. Trying to get my mind off myself so I am responding to your post
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First of all, consider the odds of something being wrong with your heart. Sure, there could be, but it is very unlikely. You are young and you are female. Two good things to be when it comes to heart health. On the other hand, anxiety can cause all sorts of odd physical sensations, many of which can mimic heart issues. My advice is: have yourself checked out by a doctor. If they tell you your heart is fine, which they almost certainly will, do your best to believe them.

And have a cup of coffee and a smoke every now and then for chrissakes. I've been doing it for years, and look how good I turned out..............
 
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And have a cup of coffee and a smoke every now and then for chrissakes. I've been doing it for years, and look how good I turned out..............

lol...are you being sarcastic? I can never tell. I'm assuming you are. And... I would do that but I'm scared I will get addicted to both. No one really knows but I'm scared to drink too. My cousin told me she reached her alcohol limit when she was my age. or something like that. I've been given the oppurtunity but I just can't do it. As you know I don't sweat and I'm scared I will get dehydrated and ..die or something. I'm scared of everything. anyways hope you feel better.
 
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And have a cup of coffee and a smoke every now and then for chrissakes. I've been doing it for years, and look how good I turned out..............

lol...are you being sarcastic? I can never tell. I'm assuming you are. And... I would do that but I'm scared I will get addicted to both. No one really knows but I'm scared to drink too. My cousin told me she reached her alcohol limit when she was my age. or something like that. I've been given the oppurtunity but I just can't do it. As you know I don't sweat and I'm scared I will get dehydrated and ..die or something. I'm scared of everything. anyways hope you feel better.
 
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I'm scared of everything.
That's your Heart Problem, dear one.

You can torment yourself for decades being convinced you're dying and that you have some secret misunderstood condition. I did it. I "knew" I'd be dead by 30. Then when that didn't happen, I assumed I'd be in a mental home by 40.

There is nothing anyone can say to reassure you. Nothing.

Get some therapy and find out what the fears are really about. Otherwise, welcome to a life of self-obsession, chronic monitoring, more and more secrets, less and less feeling understood, and overall bitterness. Then, if like me, you survive the entire production, you'll be middle aged with no savings account since you figured you'd never live to see 50.

Peace,
Janine
 
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I'm scared of everything.
That's your Heart Problem, dear one.

You can torment yourself for decades being convinced you're dying and that you have some secret misunderstood condition. I did it. I "knew" I'd be dead by 30. Then when that didn't happen, I assumed I'd be in a mental home by 40.

There is nothing anyone can say to reassure you. Nothing.

Get some therapy and find out what the fears are really about. Otherwise, welcome to a life of self-obsession, chronic monitoring, more and more secrets, less and less feeling understood, and overall bitterness. Then, if like me, you survive the entire production, you'll be middle aged with no savings account since you figured you'd never live to see 50.

Peace,
Janine
 
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