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19-03-2016, 08:25 PM
RE: Medical advice
I've occasionaly had these episodes where I feel buzzed--as if I'd had 5 cups of coffee--and my body would get cold, stiff, and shaky. My arms and chest usually ache dully. My heart would flutter occasionally, especially when taking a deep breath. Breathing feels...I don't know...sluggish? Like I have to force a breath.

My cheeks tend to flush afterwards for an hour or so (they're flushed now, had this happen today). Sometimes my heart will race, with nothing apparently helping it slow down.

All of this is akin to what I feel during a panic attack, minus the panic. It happens often when I've accidently had a caffeinated drink instead of decaf, but sometimes it happens randomly. Also when nervous. Hunching over seems to make breathing easier. I feel heavier than normal and tired after each episode.

It's bern happening for a couple years now, but lately I've been noticing it more.

Any ideas? I'll probably see a doctor about it if this continues.

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19-03-2016, 08:41 PM
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(23-12-2015 07:42 AM)Vosur Wrote:  I've got an appointment next Wednesday. Hopefully it turns out to be just one of the possibilities you guys mentioned in this thread. Tongue

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19-03-2016, 10:34 PM
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(19-03-2016 08:25 PM)Loom Wrote:  I've occasionaly had these episodes where I feel buzzed--as if I'd had 5 cups of coffee--and my body would get cold, stiff, and shaky. My arms and chest usually ache dully. My heart would flutter occasionally, especially when taking a deep breath. Breathing feels...I don't know...sluggish? Like I have to force a breath.

My cheeks tend to flush afterwards for an hour or so (they're flushed now, had this happen today). Sometimes my heart will race, with nothing apparently helping it slow down.

All of this is akin to what I feel during a panic attack, minus the panic. It happens often when I've accidently had a caffeinated drink instead of decaf, but sometimes it happens randomly. Also when nervous. Hunching over seems to make breathing easier. I feel heavier than normal and tired after each episode.

It's bern happening for a couple years now, but lately I've been noticing it more.

Any ideas? I'll probably see a doctor about it if this continues.

Go to the doctor now, as opposed to later. You can get tested for issues, and not have to guess. This sounds like maybe asthma, but I'm only basing it on my experience of this disease.
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19-03-2016, 11:14 PM
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Loom, on Monday morning call and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. It could be cardiac, pulmonary or even endocrine related. Not enough info here. Your PMD will narrow it down and then refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary.


Next time you feel your heart racing, check your radial pulse. Count it for a full minute. Pay attention to if it is regular or irregular (evenly spaced or like five year old with absolutely no rhythm playing the drums). That info could be helpful with narrowing it down.

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20-03-2016, 12:13 PM
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This happened a few years ago and turned out to be a one time thing, but one time while I was driving, I felt a sudden, sharp, massive pain in my penis. Still have no idea what it was or what it could have been.

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20-03-2016, 05:19 PM
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(19-03-2016 11:14 PM)Nurse Wrote:  Loom, on Monday morning call and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. It could be cardiac, pulmonary or even endocrine related. Not enough info here. Your PMD will narrow it down and then refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary.


Next time you feel your heart racing, check your radial pulse. Count it for a full minute. Pay attention to if it is regular or irregular (evenly spaced or like five year old with absolutely no rhythm playing the drums). That info could be helpful with narrowing it down.
Will do! ThanksSmile

Here's a little more info:

I'm 22 and relatively healthy, if a teensy bit weightier than I should be (I'm stepping up my exercise though! >:0).

During these episodes my BP elevates from 100/60 (normal for me) to 115/80, and my resting heart rate from 60-70 to 90-100. My heart rate is typically even, though sometimes, and especially when taking a deep breath, my heart palpitates. I tend to feel all 'dried up', in that I drink more but don't feel satisfied.

I'm relatively certain it's anxiety related even though no fear seems to be involved, since it seems to have triggers (yesterday I was working outside in the cold for a little too long, and may have had a decaf coffee that turned out to not be decaf) and the symptoms are almost exactly like my panic attacks, but I'll go get checked out just to be safe Smile

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22-03-2016, 01:10 AM (This post was last modified: 22-03-2016 01:37 AM by Loom.)
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Welp, I'm still in the process of getting an appointment in order, but just now I suddenly woke gasping and starved for air. This happened a couple times last year while I was going through a bad period of panic attacks.

I hope it was just stress related and not heart...and now I'm scared to go back to sleep Sad

Edit: since I'm not likely to get sufficient rest tonight, should I call off work? I've taken aXanax but I still don't feel calm enough to even shut my eyes. I'm scared I'll stop breathing or something >.>

If I call off, I'll probably get blasted by my parents (since I haven't been very forthcoming about these feelings to them), but I'd rather not risk my health.

We're also shorthanded at work so I'll feel bad. Then again, you don't get much productivityfrom a sleep deprived zombie...

I'm starting to think the death of my coworker's mom is making me paranoid about my health.

idk what to do Dx

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06-04-2016, 05:59 AM
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I am happy to say I've bern to the doctor's...twice now! Been diagnosed with insomnia, which most likely amplified my anxiety and paranoia, which in turn fed into the insomnia.

Since being prescribed Atarax two weeks ago I've slept great! Yay! Big Grin

And less itchy...which is what the stuff is usually prescribed for Tongue

Been making my own herbal teas too. Chamomile is wonderful ^^

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06-04-2016, 02:33 PM
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Ah ha, of course. This is just my luck. Just as I was feeling better, I have a full blown panic artack--while I'm at work.

It was awful. Came out of nowhere while I was enjoying my lunch while on break. Thought I could breathe through it, nope. I tried standing up to call my manager and let them know I might be a minute, and nearly collapsed, I was hyperventilating and shaking so much. Almost had my coworkers call an ambulance, I'd forgotten how horrible a full blown attack felt. Oh, and lucky me, my Xanax has gone MIA.

Thankfully I gritted through it and had my sister pick me up. She's been taking an EMS class and was very happy to have a patient to experiment with Dodgy

It lasted about an hour. I feel like I've ran a marathon. And I feel bad now, because this is the first time I've had to go home from work in over 4 years. I scared my poor coworkers too >.<

But geez, that was awful.

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06-04-2016, 02:48 PM
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(06-04-2016 02:33 PM)Loom Wrote:  Ah ha, of course. This is just my luck. Just as I was feeling better, I have a full blown panic artack--while I'm at work.

It was awful. Came out of nowhere while I was enjoying my lunch while on break. Thought I could breathe through it, nope. I tried standing up to call my manager and let them know I might be a minute, and nearly collapsed, I was hyperventilating and shaking so much. Almost had my coworkers call an ambulance, I'd forgotten how horrible a full blown attack felt. Oh, and lucky me, my Xanax has gone MIA.

Thankfully I gritted through it and had my sister pick me up. She's been taking an EMS class and was very happy to have a patient to experiment with Dodgy

It lasted about an hour. I feel like I've ran a marathon. And I feel bad now, because this is the first time I've had to go home from work in over 4 years. I scared my poor coworkers too >.<

But geez, that was awful.
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