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.