Hello everyone! I've been having a rather distressing obsession with my heart lately and i would so gladly appreciate any input, I'm literally exhausted within an inch of madness lol..
I'm 29, female and in generally good health and stable weight. I have always been a worrier and suffer from anxiety.
Well it all started a few weeks ago. I was having a ton of stress at work and with my life in general and i ended up having a pretty bad panic attack while i was in bed. My heart has beating so fast and SO hard, i thought it was going to explode out of my chest.
I had never felt it beat so hard while at rest.
Well i was able to calm myself down that night but for the next few days i was having those terrible, random adrenaline surges we all get from panic attacks and anxiety until one night i really felt my heart might just give out so i drove myself to the emergency room. I was quite embarrassed but relieved when my EKG and blood work all came back normal and the ER doctors told me i had classic anxiety disorder and needed to be medicated, at least until i sorted out my stressful life.
So I've been on Effexor 75mg a day for the last 3 weeks and it has helped out TREMENDOUSLY with my panic. I no longer get random adrenaline surges and I'm able to go on with my day without much anxiety.
Now finally i get to my problem lol... I can't sleep because my pulse feels SOOO WEAK to me now! This only happens at night time, during the day my pulse feels normal and strong. But after weeks of feeling like my heart was about to explode in my chest at bed time, i find it almost as distressing that it feels so weak now. I know that i am incredibly sensitized to my heart beat, to the point were i count every beat as I'm trying to fall asleep.
I just cant help it. And now my heart just feels so weak at bedtime that i cant feel my heartbeat pulsating through my body anymore and it makes me lose sleep. I'm afraid my heart will just stop.
I check my pulse on my neck and it feels so light, just faint little blips. I have a blood pressure monitor and i checked myself one night after waking up feeling so weak and it was 107/60 with a heart rate of 73.
Could it be that after weeks of adrenaline surges and experiencing so many anxiety symptoms that now my body isn't used to feeling so calm?
Does anyone get such low blood pressure at night, to the point where you can hardly feel your pulse?
So sorry for the super long post, I'm just so obsessed with this lately and I've only been able to manage about 3 hours of sleep because of it. Thanks for taking the time to read this. :)