I have been having a few heart palpitations on and off throughout the day. Like a skip a beat, or a flutter feeling, usually lasts 1-2 seconds. It makes me think that something is terribly wrong with my heart and that any second my heart will just start going nuts and I'll pass out and die right on the floor. This is not new with me, I've been experiencing this for nearly two years now. I had an EKG and thyroid tested and those were normal, which is what got me into therapy, and after a few months of it now we're getting into the trauma that threw me into all of this panic and anxiety. Anyway so after about ten hours or so of on and off palpitations (maybe one or two every 2-3 hours) I ended up panicking about a half hour ago. Lasted a few minutes, I almost hyperventilated. I started calming down but then I felt light headed for a few seconds and it made me nearly panic again because I thought that there must be something horribly wrong with my heart and any minute I am going to die.
I tried breathing techniques, some meditation, and some light exercise today, hoping those would prevent my attack but they did not. Now I have to work tomorrow afternoon for 4 hours and on Saturday morning for 4 hours and I'm thinking about calling in for tomorrow because I still feel like I might panic again and feel drained. I hate to do that though because I think I've been making pretty good progress in therapy, this is my first attack of this year so far. I have my therapy journal and will try and bring it with me when I go to work, are they any coping suggestions or ideas for me? I know I have another thread out there asking for help coping with anxiety at work, but right now I want to be able to deal with the panic attack I just had and not surge into another one. Also it would be nice to hear if other people also have these palpitations on and off throughout the day. Most days I do not have them anymore, but frequently I find they are always there the day of an attack, almost like a precursor.