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Hello, My Name is Jeremy Schaffner
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:04:17 PM »
Hello!  I'm glad I found this forum, this is my first time posting but it from what I read the support on here is fantastic.

I've dealt with anxiety and panic attacks since I was a kid -- I am now 31.   I was doing well until recently while coming under additional stress from family issues my anxiety returned.  Over the past week I have a feeling of dread in the morning, the shakes, no appetite, dizziness, de-realization etc. 

I ended up in the hospital last Friday night with frequent PVCS anywhere from 7-22 per minute for a couple of hours and high blood pressure.  I've had all the tests, echo, holter, ekg, full blood work up, thyroid checked, everything came back great.

I saw a cardiologist for the first time today and he wants to do a complete workup again, so I'm scheduled for an echo, 48 hour holter, and treadmill stress test.  (I was exercising regularly and never had a PVC issue while running)   The cardio told me that most people get PVCS just some don't feel them, and unless you have an extreme amount, they don't really treat them.   He said there is a cardiac ablation option if they are extremely frequent and bothersome, which involves "burning" the area in your heart where the extra beats are coming from.  I guess if anyone has had any experiences with PVCs, please chime in here.  Do they seem to diminish when you are less anxious?  I've tried magnesium and potassium which seem to help a little bit but didn't have any major effect.

I was taking Zoloft ***** 50 mg, my doctor upped it to 100 mg.  I also take Toprol XL 50 mg for blood pressure and it's supposed to make the PVCs less noticeable. 

I guess I'm just scared right now as most people with anxiety are.   The days seem longer and darker lately, I just hope I can see the sunshine again.  Thanks for listening.
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Re: Hello, My Name is Jeremy Schaffner
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 05:30:22 PM »
Hi Jeremy...  Welcome to Anxiety Zone...  My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site.

You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations.   It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.

We have sections in the forum that address specific concerns, so feel free to post or start a new topic in the section that best fits your situation.  Feel free to explore the rest of the forum.  You may find the other topics helpful, and you may be able to offer advice or support to someone else.

We also have a chat room for members over the age of 18.  Once you have made three meaningful posts, you will be allowed access to the chat room.

Jeremy, I went through a very similar situation to what you are currently experiencing.  I ended-up seeing six different doctors before resting on a diagnosis of anxiety (panic disorder with panic attacks).  One of specialists that I saw was a cardiologist, and I think I had every test in the book, including a cardiac catheterization.  All my tests came back normal.

I am currently on anti-depressant therapy, and have also learned cognitive behavioral therapy.  This combination of treatment has really turned my life around.

Zoloft is an excellent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) anti-depressant.  50 mg is considered the lowest therapeutic dose.  I am hopeful that you see some positive effects by uping the dose to 100 mg.  Most individuals I know that are on Zoloft for an anxiety disorder, are taking 100 to 150 mg.

Again, welcome to Anxiety Zone.  The very best to you Jeremy!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: Hello, My Name is Jeremy Schaffner
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 08:13:19 AM »
Chuck thank you so much for the reply.  I will definitely explore other areas of the forum on specific symptoms.

Thank you also for sharing your similar experience, it adds some reassurance that I'm not alone  ;D
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