NOTHING works for my heart palpitations/anxiety!!!
Ok so this whole BS ordeal started since the beginning of this year and nothing is working for me! I keep having heart palpitations almost nonstop, if I sit still and try to relax I can feel my head and upper body vibrating b/c of the heart pounding/thumping feeling (I have normal range pulse). it's so annoying and disruptive it's pissing me off
there were a few days during the holidays when I ate caffeine foods (dark chocolate, coffee beans etc). I've never been much of a caffeine consumer, only some chocolate here and there, otherwise I never drink coffee or take stimulants
I've never had adverse reactions to caffeine before except maybe slightly noticeable heartbeat and feelings of bliss/contentment.
then eventually last year there were a couple days where I probably consumed 'too much' caffeine & developed panic attack symptoms for the first time in the evening (I'm a slow caffeine metabolizer). symptoms like pounding heart, tight chest/throat, shakiness/chills. It happened twice last year and after those symptoms went away I was normal again, calming down helped
however on the new year I again consumed too much caffeine again plus a margarita one day (I think I'm sensitive to it as well) and had the worst time ever that evening, panic attack symptoms, awake all night, afraid to fall asleep, afraid of dying/having a heart attack, just in fear and terror. my blood pressure fluctuated a lot, however my pulse was in normal range. this lasted over 24 hours. eventually this subsided but ever since that horrible day/night I never fully recovered from this anymore! drinking lots of water didn't work. one time I woke up with anxiety attack symptoms again for no reason, and had an elevated pulse too for a moment (115 bpm). now I'm getting these anxiety attack symptoms for "no reason" or out of the blue
I was also frequently angry/frustrated about something during that time so it must've been stress + caffeine combined
On and off I'm getting symptoms of tightness in chest or collarbone region, but mostly heart palpitations (pounding feeling)....same anxiety attack symptoms but for no reason! they seem to happen more in the evening/night. I know anxious thoughts cause those symptoms mostly but still also for no good reason
Now I hate going to bed. I go to bed late b/c I'm guaranteed the same f***ing palpitations nonstop. they prevent me from sleeping well...if I'm finally dosing off I'm suddenly jolted awake from a muscle spasm or whatever
I avoid all caffeine, alcohol, reduced Sugar
a lot, gluten free, mostly grain free, take Sea Salt
too for electrolytes. I was suggested & given GABA and chamomile tea from an ND after a random panic attack one morning...but they don't stop the tightness/palpitations even when I'm drowsy
I tried: Epsom Salt
footbath, magnesium supplements, Iodine
food (seaweed), sublingual B12, accupressure massage on the wrists, heart mudra, just trying to get my vitamins etc etc but NOTHING is stopping my palpitations.
I think they're from underlying stress/anxiety...but I've always been anxious/Type A and never in my life had these symptoms until this year ever since that one horrible 24+ hour panic episode.
What's worse is that whenever I notice the palpitations are gone...just noticing this, or even thinking about having them makes them start again!! I can't stop this cycle
why is nothing working for me?! my heart keeps thumping or 'pounding' WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?
PLEASE can someone help! did I develop a panic/anxiety disorder that's causing palpitations for the first time ever? Can caffeine cause this disorder even if from just a single use (I've never been a coffee drinker)?
WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME? what can I f*cking do to stop the damn palpitations for good even when I think about them (this always triggers them again) even relaxation exercises don't help much, either they gradually go away without my awareness until I think of them again
someone please help :``( is there a cure for me?!!
I'm curious can a caffeine induced panic episode cause 'damage' with heart function? during my all night panic my highest ever BP I measured was 170/110, but also fluctuated down to 100 lowest systolic & 53 diastolic while trying to calm down..my BP was pretty erratic. I was told by ND this is due to electrolyte/brain chemical imbalance or something. however my pulse was normal range mostly 60-80 bpm. my typical 'normal' BP has always been around 100/60 range
is everything OK with me?