Recently, I have been under a bit more stress then usual. My stress is primarily related to my health worries, career and spiritual life.
To keep the story short, over the past three weeks or so, I have been experiencing what feels like stomach jolts, zaps, buzzes, tremors etc whenever I have any type of thought or see anything that is stimulating. In other words, anything that stimulates me whether it be a thought or something I have seen, is causing these DEEP jolts within the stomach as well as abdomen region.
The reason I am posting this is because of what happens next. Sometimes the jolt can become painful, not excruciating but with a bit of pain. After this, it then affects my heart and I get this DEEP thud or two and sometimes it beats fast and other times it goes a little slower.
I have been checked out recently by a doctor and he gave me the all clear and said it's anxiety related and nothing to do with your heart. I agree with this. I've had this symptom a few years or so ago and even before that. It comes and goes, but this time it seems like it's back with nasty vengeance. It hurts sometimes and when I feel the sensation coming on, I cringe and tighten my stomach muscles so that I don't have to feel the full effects of the jolt.
So in summary, whenever I get a thought (whether fearful or exciting) or view something that gives me a thought, I will get these jolts in the stomach abdomen area which are then followed by a heart thud or two. It's kinda like butterflies, jumping stomach or dropping stomach on steroids.
Back when I had this symptom, my doc said it was all fine. I even saw a cardiologist 7 years ago and he said to me to fix my anxiety and that my heart is fine. I can't remember if I went and saw him for this symptom or not.
I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia which I think might be causing this symptom. I think it is pressing on the vagus nerve which then would stimulate my heart. I am pretty confident it isn't my heart but I am worried that this symptom is damaging my heart.
I am lost at what to do here.
Any thoughts would be really helpful right now.
This is really affecting my life because I can't strike up conversations with people, or queing up for groceries or doing something fun.