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Old 07 August 2014, 10:31 PM
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Not to make light of your issues, Triple AAA, but the main page truncates your thread title to "I have heart...", and I keep hearing "You gotta have heart..." in my mind.
I can appreciate that. Be careful what you say to me, there's a song that needs to be sung. My father and I do the same thing, much to my DH and DS's chagrin.


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Spam is better than its reputation would have it. Of course, if you can't eat pork, it would be a poor choice.
If it tastes anything like those canned sausages (Vienna Sausages, I think?), yuck. But then again, there are many people who say otherwise.


I haven't felt a palpitation at all today, so who knows. I'll bring it up tomorrow, and we shall see.
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Old 08 August 2014, 08:59 PM
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I haven't felt a palpitation at all today, so who knows. I'll bring it up tomorrow, and we shall see.
They started up again when DH came home and started in on me. Of course it got me thinking that the palpitations start about an 30 minutes to an hour before he usually gets home. I never know if he's going to kiss me hello or yell at me for some imaginary slight.

I had only one so far today, and that was after my father asked me to have DH do something for him tomorrow. Since I never know what DH's reaction will be (he either won't mind or he'll take his anger at have to do something he doesn't want to do on me), I'm a little apprehensive about asking him things.

I with held that particular information from my doctor though, trying to see if she would come up with the same conclusion (she knows my husbands temper too well). My blood pressure was 140/101 (it's never been that high. It's always been normal) and my heart rate was 118 (I think the highest I've ever had was 100) When I mentioned that they started around five o'clock, she immediately asked when DH came home (5:30-6:00). She did an EKG, which was normal. She did find hives on my chest, which she thought were also stress related since they don't really itch. She's sending me for an echo, just in case, and giving me a Holter Monitor, since there were no palpitations during her exam. She also asked me to keep a log of when you know who gets upset with me so we can compare them with the monitor results.

I guess I should have known. Thanks for everything guys!
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Old 08 August 2014, 09:40 PM
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They started up again when DH came home and started in on me. Of course it got me thinking that the palpitations start about an 30 minutes to an hour before he usually gets home. I never know if he's going to kiss me hello or yell at me for some imaginary slight.
This is abuse. If the stress from this is giving you palpitations, you need out.

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Old 09 August 2014, 11:07 AM
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I had a similar thing. My heart would skip a beat, then I'd feel a really intense pounding or flipping feeling in my chest. I could go weeks or months between them, then have three in a couple of minutes.

Turned out to be ectopic beats caused by stress and anxiety. Completely harmless, but awful-feeling. They've been pretty much gone since getting treated for the anxiety. They were a real wake-up call for me, both in terms of admitting to myself that I had an anxiety disorder, and in terms of actually taking care of my health and no longer avoiding the doctor for fear of bad news.

I hope this will be a wake-up call for you as well. Your relationship with your husband does not sound healthy, if his coming home is causing this kind of stress. Is he likely to be receptive to couple's counselling or anger management therapy? If not, I agree with Seaboe.
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Old 09 August 2014, 01:23 PM
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I had no idea stress could get this bad. I didn't even think I was that stressed.

DH has agreed to marriage counseling. It's even covered by our medical insurance, and the behavioral health center has appointments in the evening. The only thing that's stopping me is how he will react to any criticisms. He will throw a fit and claim that we're only finding fault in him. His usual terminology is a "bash session". I guess I should bite the bullet and just try it.

I just feel like I need someone to stand up for me. He never listens to me, but he listens to my father. But my father tries to stay out of it. I can't blame him for that, but I wish he would. My mom always stood up for me. It didn't work, but I appreciated the effort.
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Old 09 August 2014, 07:42 PM
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I'm sorry you're going through this, TripleAAA. Hugs and vibes and all that, and feel free to vent here anytime if it helps. Stress can make you sick in so many ways. Please take care of yourself.
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Old 11 August 2014, 02:09 PM
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I'm sorry you're going through this, TripleAAA. Hugs and vibes and all that, and feel free to vent here anytime if it helps. Stress can make you sick in so many ways. Please take care of yourself.
Thank you. I appreciate it, and I may take you up on that offer. I just don't know how it's going to stop.
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Old 11 August 2014, 02:12 PM
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If you choose to leave the marriage, remember, you have a whole board of online friends who will have your back.

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Old 22 August 2014, 04:33 PM
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I appreciate everyone's help and concern. Thank you all so much.

I have a little update:

I talked to a psychiatrist and she added Remeron to my Paxil. I'm pretty sure I've taken it before, maybe 14 years ago (back then it was a dissolving tablet that had the worst after taste). I've been taking it for maybe a week and I have noticed a marked decrease in the palpitations the last couple of days, and it conks me out in 30 minutes. DH has also been reining himself in on his anger, so that helps. I had an echo and wore a monitor last Friday (Last Friday would be a great name for a bad sequel to a bad movie) but I haven't gotten the results. I assume if it was something serious I would have been contacted. I'll call next week. But, all in all, things seem to be going better!
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Old 22 August 2014, 04:59 PM
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I would encourage you to seek individual counseling in addition to the marriage counseling.

I insisted that my now-husband go to pre-marital counseling with me. It was so he could see that it was not about "the husband is always wrong" which is usually portrayed in media. That way, if he did feel there was an issue later on, counseling would seem less intimidating.
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Old 22 August 2014, 09:05 PM
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I would encourage you to seek individual counseling in addition to the marriage counseling.

I insisted that my now-husband go to pre-marital counseling with me. It was so he could see that it was not about "the husband is always wrong" which is usually portrayed in media. That way, if he did feel there was an issue later on, counseling would seem less intimidating.
Thanks for that advice. We're starting next month, but I'm just apprehensive because he doesn't know how to take criticism and usually thinks every one is against him.
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Old 26 August 2014, 06:50 PM
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Update:

I just got a call from my doctor. The ECG showed asymmetrical left ventricular hypertrophy, which, combined with my symptoms could be indicative of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I'm going to see a cardiologist, but I have to admit, I'm really really scared. This has to be one of my worst fears. I remember when I was little sometimes I wouldn't sleep all night for fear that my heart would just stop in my sleep. I think that was the beginnings of my anxiety.

I'm going to see the cardiologist my dad sees, I know him and like him, but I'm really scared.
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Old 26 August 2014, 07:07 PM
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When is your appointment? I know it's pretty useless to say "don't panic," but maybe you can take comfort in the fact that the heart you inherited from your dad is still working for him? I'm sorry you're going through this. Medical stuff is so scary.
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Old 26 August 2014, 07:16 PM
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"Could be" sounds like you're not at a diagnosis yet, so try to rein in the worst case scenario thoughts if you can. I'm sorry you're going through something so scary. I'm really glad you went to get it checked out, and that your doctor ordered the tests she did. Even if it is HCM, there are treatments, and catching it early helps. Are there some things you can do to give yourself a little break? A nice long bath, ordering take out, a nice stroll, etc.
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Old 26 August 2014, 09:51 PM
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"Could be" sounds like you're not at a diagnosis yet, so try to rein in the worst case scenario thoughts if you can. I'm sorry you're going through something so scary. I'm really glad you went to get it checked out, and that your doctor ordered the tests she did. Even if it is HCM, there are treatments, and catching it early helps. Are there some things you can do to give yourself a little break? A nice long bath, ordering take out, a nice stroll, etc.
I made this today



It was very relaxing. I can't wait to get more supplies!

The worst case scenario thoughts are fading. I'll keep an open mind.
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Old 26 August 2014, 10:18 PM
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That's great. What a cool wreath. How did you make it?
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Old 28 August 2014, 12:31 PM
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It's super easy. You take a shrink wrapped straw wreath and use anything pointy (I used a pencil) to poke squares of fabric in the wreath. Maybe next time I do one I'll do a tutorial.

ETA: After looking around online, this tutorial is pretty much what I did.

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Old 08 September 2014, 02:50 PM
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Another update:

The palpitations have dramatically decreased, but I've developed shortness of breath. I was thinking it might be anemia, like the last time I had SOB, but my husband was watching the show Elementary last night and they mentioned splinter hemorrhages as a possible sign of endocarditis. I have been getting these quite often, but I can't think of any injury that may have caused them. I don't have fever, chills, etc, but I do have fatigue (which kind of led me to the anemia). I see a cardiologist next week, so of course I'll bring it up to him, but I'm pretty stumped. The only thing I keep coming up with is mitral valve prolapse.
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Old 08 September 2014, 10:12 PM
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Some advice from one person with health anxiety to another... You don't have to work out what's wrong with you, that's why you're going to a specialist. Researching now isn't going to get you a definitive answer any sooner.

For me at least, trying to work it out myself makes me feel a little more in-control of the situation. Problem is, the relief only lasts a short while, and then the anxiety comes back worse.
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Old 16 October 2014, 07:22 PM
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I wanted to post an update. I saw a cardiologist a while ago who said the hypertrophy in my left ventricle is only 1 millimeter above normal. He said it's probably normal for me. As for the palpitations, he said they were Premature ventricular contractions. Everyone has them, most don't even feel them. I also shouldn't worry unless I start having like 20 PVC's an hour, which would be afib. I don't think I had 20 in one given day. Also, my white blood cell count was very slightly elevated, which he said points to stress since all my other blood tests were negative. This Remeron my doctor added to my Paxil has pretty much stopped all the PVC's that I know of.

As for the fatigue, my PCP thinks it's because of my IBS. So I'm adding a probiotic to my fiber supplements so see if that helps.

As for the shortness of breath, she thinks its a combination of fall allergies and the dry air, considering my ear, sinuses and post nasal drip were showing signs of allergies. I'm going to an ENT to discuss surgery on my sinuses. I don't want to have to fight off 3+ sinus infections again this year.

So nothing serious, just me being a typical hypochondriac.
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