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As she stares at the ceiling, trying to fall asleep, Dina ruminates on one statement from her doctor, “Brain tumors can grow at any time. Come back in six months if you’re concerned.”   She tosses and turns, “Why did he tell me that? If there was nothing wrong, why would he say come back in six months?”  More questions race through her mind, “Why do I keep getting headaches and dizziness? What if the doctors missed something? Why did he tell me to come back if there was nothing wrong?”  Dina feels so anxious she gets out of bed and searches the web for answers.  As she rereads the same articles about symptoms of brain cancer she begins to feel lightheaded.  “Why do I keep feeling this way? Do I really have brain cancer? Is this really happening?”  

The good news is, Dina does not have brain cancer or a brain tumor.  Dina has a health anxiety.  There are two types of health anxieties: Somatic Symptom Disorder and Illness Anxiety Disorder, formally known as hypochondriasis.  Many people with health anxiety are often unable to function or enjoy life due to their fears and preoccupations.   They obsess over bodily functions (breathing, heartbeat), physical oddities (skin blemishes), and physical discomfort (headaches, stomach aches, lightheadedness). They might worry about a specific organ (brain, heart) or a disease they heard about on the news or at work (MS, diabetes).  They are preoccupied with the belief that they have, or are in danger of contracting, a serious illness. Many will purse doctors and tests repeatedly for reassurance, but are reluctant to seek mental health treatment since they believe their condition is medically based.   

Why does health anxiety persist despite reassurance from doctors?

Although some refuse to be examined by their primary care out of fear of discovering the worst, seeking reassurance from doctors, insisting on repeated medical tests, and visits to the ER and urgent care, are more common in health anxiety. Being reassured by the doctor that there is no serious medical illness brings relief -- temporarily.   The vicious cycle quickly resumes as new thoughts and physical sensation surface, followed by interpretations of danger, anxiety, and more visits to doctors to resolve the uncertainty. Soon the cycle ignites again with the next alarming thought.  

The False Alarm

Car alarms are set off when a criminal breaks in but imagine how problematic it would be if the siren blared each time a pedestrian walked by.  The car alarm would be misinterpreting innocent people as dangerous criminals. 
With health anxiety there is the misinterpretation of discomfort and normal bodily sensations as dangerous. The body is very noisy. Healthy human bodies produce all sorts of physical symptoms that might be uncomfortable, unexpected, and unwanted, but not dangerous. 

Normal sensations in the body that can produce fear and worry include changes in visual acuity, heart rate, blood pressure, saliva levels, depth of breathing, balance, and muscle tone,  just to name a few.  These are normal and harmless bodily changes, but when a person believes they are symptoms of a terrible disease, it causes anxiety.  The sensations are real, but the beliefs are false.

Why do people misinterpret sensations in their body and overestimate danger?  

Sometimes misinterpretation is due to assumptions about an illness. For example, “My cousin died of cancer. It’s only a matter of time until I get it.”  Or, “viruses sped easily. People in Africa are dying of Ebola. It could easily spread to the U.S.” People with health anxiety might hold rigid definitions of good health, perhaps believing that any discomfort whatsoever means bad health. 

Anxiety is a protective mechanism and scanning the body for an illness seems like the right thing to do to protect ourselves. However, when we are preoccupied with something, we tend to notice it.  Last month when I was looking to purchase a new car, I suddenly began to notice every car on the road; the make, model, and the color.  Previously, I didn’t pay attention.  Looking for symptoms makes you notice subtle sensations you might otherwise ignore. When you become preoccupied with bodily sensations, those sensations become amplified and last longer. 

This is when it gets tricky.  

Each scan of the body produces uncertainty and doubt, giving the imagination opportunity to create stories.  As you imagine the worst, your body’s alarm system sounds off in the form of symptoms of anxiety (racing heart, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, jitters, tingling, lightheadedness, nausea, stomach discomfort, sweating, headaches, etc.) giving your imagination additional fuel to create great works of fiction.   The symptoms are real. The thoughts are false. 

The Most Effective Treatment is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Since it is possible to suffer with anxiety and a serious medical condition, medical problems must be ruled out with a thorough physical exam. Once this is accomplished, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for any form of anxiety including health related anxiety.

CBT is a therapy model that focuses on our cognition, the way we think, and our behaviors, the way we act. The main concept behind CBT is that our thoughts about a situation (the fear of ALS) effect how we feel (afraid and anxious) and how we behave (scanning the body, going to the doctor). We tend to assign meaning to specific situations (tingling means we have MS).  It’s not the actual situation causing our anxiety, but the meaning – accurate or not. And, when you have anxiety, you give your thoughts a lot of meaning, and thus, a lot of power.  

CBT aims to help you overcome fears by correcting irrational thoughts and changing problematic behaviors.  By acquiring a certain mindset, you can learn to approach anxious situations differently and learn to tolerate discomfort and uncertainty. Health anxiety can be overcome with the help of a skilled anxiety specialist and CBT.  You can find a therapist on the ADAA website.  

On-Demand Webinar with ADAA Board member Ken Goodman, LCSW  on Health Anxiety - What Is It and How You Can Overcome It

Additional ADAA Resources by Ken Goodman:

How to Get Over It: Fear of Vomiting - ADAA blog post
Overcoming the Fear of Vomiting - ADAA on-demand webinar
Overcoming the Fear of Driving
- ADAA on-demand webinar
Overcoming the Fear of Driving - ADAA blog post

Additional Resources:
Health Anxiety Is Way More Than Being A Hypochondriac — And It’s Way More Common Than You Think
This Is Why Being Anxious Makes Some People Puke - Article,  Tonic.vice.com, December 6, 2018 


About the Author

Ken Goodman, LCSW, treats anxiety and OCD in Los Angeles.  He is the author of The Anxiety Solution Series: Your Guide to Overcoming Panic, Worry, Compulsions and Fear, A Step-by-Step Self-help Audio Program, and Break Free from Anxiety, a coloring, self-help book for anxiety sufferers. Ken Goodman is an ADAA board member and Clinical Fellow. Visit Ken's website.

 

I suffer from health anxiety.I am constantly worried about health.I have a hiatal
hernia and irritable bowel syndrome which bother me all the time.I am also
constantly worried about dental problems.I also hae arthritis which bothers me along with muscle tension.Health anxiety has ruined my life.

Hi nick I have everything you have hiatus hernia, IBS arthritis, aches and pains. I get fed up with myself sometimes. I read it could be something in your life that’s done this. I could write a book on illnesses and people I love die. I was in hospital from the age of 8 for six months with a rare form of rheumatism. Away from my family, I’ve nursed my loved ones and seen so much pain.all that doesn’t help, as I’m getting older now, I worry that it’s my turn. But you will be fine, I know it’s hard, I’ve never been anywhere about it, I’m thinking of it though. We must take ourselves away from all of this, I’ve started to do some watercolour painting. That does relax me a bit, is there anything you could do. All this worrying is causing your tummy troubles to be worse. Ive had IBS and hiatus hernia driving me mad. Now I’m trying to deal with it. I hope knowing you are not alone with all you problems has helped take care Eve x

Wow you described me to a T - some relief knowing I’m not the only person in the world with these thoughts! It is definitely exhausting! I’m glad you have it under control. Best of luck to you!

Your post describes me as if you knows me personally WOW this anxiety is taking over my life only had it about a yr now but reading everyone’s post has me so afraid that this is something I will be dealing with the rest of my life I definitely need help I can’t sleep most night because my thoughts are everywhere and mainly on my heartbeats this is very difficult to deal with.

I too am fixated on what my hearts doing .. beating too fast too slow, skipping beats. Have to try to find a way to lay in bed where I cant feel it or hear it. Making my life a complete misery

My heart makes me so uncomfortable. It feels like it will explode. My palms sweat my hands shake & I can't sleep.
Just started propranolol today.

I have heart anxiety too. I am 37 and have had it for 2 years. It tends to come and go but has been living in the back of my head since my last panic attack 8 months ago. The fixation is frustrating because i know i am fine, but the mind becomes almost accustomed to triggering the anxiety. I am not a doctor or a therapist, but my wife is a psychiatrist and has helped me as well as a therapist i was seeing for a while. I feel like i am slowly overcoming, but its almost like the health anxiety just keeps wanting to pull me in.

If i can offer some help/advice that may be useful from experience it would be this.
1.Try to find what caused it in the first place and think about why that event(s) are triggering your anxiety.
2.Know and understand your triggers-why they cause the anxiety.
3. Breathe right. This sounds stupid, but i wasn't breathing right. Your anxious feelings trigger fight or flight which makes you want to breath fast and shallow. Breathe slow and full breaths while saying to yourself...i am fine there is nothing wrong. again sounds dumb but it actually helps.
3.Big one for me...understand that the mind is very powerful. Your anxiety can manifest in different ways even physically. So that palpitation, elevated heart rate, numbness in your arm/hand, muscle twitch in the chest, tightness in your neck.. is either just a normal occurance or triggered by your underlying anxiety and you are hyper focused on it.
4. Exercise and eat better- i know that it is hard and exercise may not make sense but the more you strengthen your heart and understand it and your heart rate the less you will feel uncomfortable with it. That has helped me alot

Again I am just speaking from experience in hopes that this make someone at least feel a little better. Good luck to all of us. It is a tough thing to tackle and overcome.

Eric, seriously, thank you for this. All of these points are incredibly helpful and powerful. I'm 30 and my generalized anxiety turned into severe health anxiety in the past couple years. I feel like I've reached my breaking point, but my mind is still trying to convince me I'm dying--always of something specific and the exact symptoms always seem to materialize exactly when I'm worrying about that particular illness, and my husband doesn't know how to help me anymore--which is ok, because reassurance only fuels the fire anyway.

It's baffling because the "symptoms" I'm experiencing are real (and terrifying), but I've still never ended up being diagnosed with the feared illness. I was so sure I had colon cancer and Parkinson's and Crohn's and I don't even remember what else. (Right now it's MND. Ugh.) Point #3 is really helping me understand how what I'm feeling is connected to what I'm thinking. But everything you said is amazingly helpful. Thank you for sharing. I'm so encouraged that you're slowly climbing out of it!!! Keep fighting. Wishing you the best!

At this very moment I am sitting at work in the middle of a panic attack because I thought I was having a stroke. I am NOT having a stroke. It is the most bizarre thing ever and completely self fulfilling because the panic makes the 'symptoms' worse. Then heart starts beating out of your chest, hold on, now its a stroke and a heart attack! Or perhaps it was a heart attack the whole time. Anyway I always know I'm being ridiculous but there's always that thought of 'but what if I'm not?'...and then round we go again. Reading this thread has made me feel better though!

I have really bad anxiety and I keep having real neck pain but doctors can’t figure out what’s causing the pain. I’ve done plenty of mri ct scans X-ray blood work and nothing sinister shows up feel helpless cause my mind keeps racing with fear

To be clear: Im not a doctor. I have health anxiety and I am not qualified to hand out any advice : just my experience as a lay-person with health anxiety.

In response to your post - I have had lots of physical stuff including neck pain thats just nothing to do with my anxiety (and also nothing catastrophic) that i worked through with an osteopath and a personal trainer to great effect. Maybe ur neck pain is just a bit of an alignment issue or imbalance with muscle strength. Easily resolved and not dangerous. I recommend u talk to an osteopath - you might find a couple of adjustments fixes the issue immediately . And if ur a desk worker - try a standing desk or adjusting monitor height - sometimes its just the little things.

I also have neck pain a lot of the time runs up into my skull back of head. Then I have headaches seems like all the time not migraines just annoying pressure headaches and dizziness

I have been suffering from anxiety since past 4 years. I feel dizzy or weird sensations in my head most of the times of the day which make me really anxious. Sometimes I feel a vertigo kind of sensation in my head just for a second which make me feel very uncomfortable. I have gotten into few stupid beliefs and real experience the symptoms like if I don’t nap in the afternoon I feel dizzy in the evening and cannot do any activity can’t even cook. I can’t go anywhere on my own, even when I have to go to the grocery store I try to make the trip as quick as possible or convince myself that I can get uber if things get out of control. Travelling to work is a real issue for me I get really anxious about public transport and dread getting a panic attack in trains or while in transit , fear fainting in front of hundreds of people. At work as well when ever I get weird sensations and get obsessed with the thought of leaving work midday and taking a cab home. There have been so many times in my last job that I gave so many different excuses and left mid day from work , it also happened so many times that I left for work from home and changed my mind took a leave and came back home from half way to work. Because of this I got fired from my last job. Now with my new job I am really nervous of how I am going to manage this issue. I am so depressed. I envy people when I see them commute to work, go on holidays and be stress free and enjoy. I wish I can be like that but the symptoms are so real and worst we cannot control them. I feel trapped unable to do even the simple of the chores people do everyday and every day is like a battle for me which I am tired of fighting now.

Finally i came across someone with whom i share similar symptoms...or thoughts i would say...it gets better when my family is around...but returns once im left alone with my toddler ...scared that if something happens 2 me who will take care of him...whats the solution to such prob?

I have horrible health anxiety since finding my mom in the floor 3 years ago. No none health issues. My dad chose not to have an autopsy it was ruled cardiac. Now as a single parent I have horrific health anxiety afraid I have a ticking time bomb inside me and that my son will find me or that I'll die and leave him all alone. Every day I think I'm dying of a heart attack or stroke. I hit my head last week and convinced myself it was going to kill me. The dr sent me home because I didn't have and neurological symptoms. Today I've cried for at least an hour because I noticed a bruise on my gums which lead me to look in my throat and now I'm afraid I have cancer. I hate this so much. I'm so miserable. I'm scheduling appointment now for oral cancer screening. Last weekend I whipped myself up into such a panicked and frenzied stated my blood pressure and heart rate really were dangerously high. Not due to any underlying disease but solely because of a vicious cycle panic attack over the thought of having a heart attack. I just wish I could find some peace and lead a happy normal life.

I can understand you completely. I too have dizziness very often and whenever something is wrong with my body, it immediately trigger the silly thoughts that I have some disease or sickness. I see doctor very very often to get assurance. I hate this feelings too. I even have anxiety attack when I think that something is wrong with me. The more I think the worst I become. Sometimes I even think that I have hiv, and this thought is killing me that I live in fear and check every symptoms and read every article online to confirm my symptoms and I get blood test every few months to make sure I am ok. I hate this feeling so so much.

You are not alone ! I feel your pain ! I have found reading what other people writes helps me understand it’s all in my head ! Prayers for you ! I suffer with it on a daily

I feel the exact same way not a way to live but ironically we sort about the alternative I dont even like saying the word I am getting therapy and meds just started I pray every night for good health and my family I cry to myself sometimes cause I’m so scared . No one really understands and the pain seems real. I hope for a better 2020

This panic episode is centered around the heart, a favorite of mine in my rotation of health problems I fear. Amongst issues such as having a heart attack, I’m deathly afraid (no pun intended) of being diagnosed with a brain tumor and/ or ALS. Oddly enough, cancers and things of that nature don’t bother me as much since I view cancer as something you can beat and something that, if caught, will not take your life suddenly like some of my other concerns. Between those three major issues, I am living in constant fear of sudden death. It’s exhausting and terrifying and frustrating at the same time. There are days I want to cry, and sometimes do, because I am a prisoner in my own body, and then there are days where I’m so fed up I find myself saying “just kill me already so I can at least be at peace!”, but either way, I am always in a heightened state of panic. Reading through these comments, I can insert my name into just about all of them as so many of my symptoms mirror everyone else’s. This is comforting to a degree, but as you know, there is always a little voice inside your head saying “but you actually DO have a medical issue”, so comfort is fast and fleeting. I wish everyone here peace, calmness, and strength as we all fight big bad health anxiety.

Hi Adi, hope you are feeling better or at least having a better week. I have also developed these stupid symptoms of thinking that if I don't take a nap I can't function and feel dizzy or light-headed and start to panic. Wondering how things are going with for you so far. It's nice to talk to people that feel the same way and knowing we're not alone. I have good and bad days, but I can slowly feel it creeping up:/

Hi there I came across this thread from being desperate to find answers and what you’re experiencing sounds so similar to me! It’s like a motion in your head every now and again that makes you a bit woah and then goes? Did you ever find out if it was anything serious? My ears really ache too and I have dull headaches I’m petrified I have a tumour :(

I've convinced myself that if i don't panic about anything and everything (God) that's right God will punish me for not caring!!! I've had some blood in my poo recently and my wife has said it's probably piles however in my head it's prostate cancer without a shadow of a doubt...she said if your really that concernd go and make an appointment with the Doctor....it's irrelevant anyone trying to reassure me i go quite and don't want to talk to anyone even my wife and kid's I'm so lonley when I'm going through this...it's so bad it's ruining my life....even now i see people on here going through the same thing and i still think I'm the only one..definitely need to see a shrink..

Its calming to see im not alone in this constant fear of a heart attack. 32 y/o it started last year after a night of drinking and partying. Came home and took a shower to go to bed and when i stepped out my heart went crazy, full on first ever panic attack. I 100% thought i was dying, couldnt get my heart rate to go back down until i passed out after about 25-30 minutes. Ever since then ive convinced myself something is wrong. Went to ER a few times, and cardiologists. All looked good, expect BP is normally at 150/85, but gets up to 180/95 when having anxiety attacks. So doc put me on carvedilol. Daily i stuggle with concentrating on how my chest and back feels. And now i guess from being so tense i have real back and chest pain and tightness, which of course triggers the anxiety creating a vicious cycle. Wondering if anyone else has the constant chest and upper back tightness/soreness and if so how they handle it. Also the random sharp pains in arms, legs, chest etc.

Yes I experience the same thing. Been to multiple doctors and was told I’m fine. Look into seeing a rheumatologist you might have Fibromyalgia. Also go to a Gastroenterologist you may also have GERD. I had an endoscopy done and was told that I had GERD. GERD can mimic a lot of heart Attack symptoms. Shortness of breath, chest pain etc.

I feel the same I have had anxiety since I was 16 I didn’t leave the house for 2 years and it went away and came back and went away now I am 25 just had a baby 6 weeks ago and it has came back horrible but last couple times I notice it’s health anxiety I have I fear something is wrong with my heart have had all tests all came back fine but now I have convinced myself labour has done something h to my heart (most likely just In My head) I started getting etopic beats now and again which has just started a vicious circle of symptoms like tight chest and back and pain breathless etc glad to see im not alone

Jeremy, I am experiencing a lot of the same things you are! I was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat a few weeks ago and ever since I’ve had extreme panic attacks and anxiety overthinking that my heart is going to give out, despite the fact the docs all say it is ok. I too was placed on carvedilol for this and my hypertension. Have been on it for a week but have lightheadedness and chest and arm shoulder heaviness. You are not alone!

I also get the chest pain/tightness that’ll stick around for days after a panic attack and make me obsess over them even though nothing is really wrong. I get the random sharp pains too, I think it’s just the muscles being mad at us for being so tense.

Always :) and mine started with drinking as well.

Convinced I've damaged my body.

Check out trey jones on YouTube for some good videos on health anxiety and cardiophobia.

You are not alone I've had this and other health anxiety fears since I was 19 in 55 now and life is a living hell
All the best to you

My sister was diagnosed with (treatable) cancer a few weeks ago and I have spiralled into an extreme episode of health anxiety. I had a mammogram (clear) but the fixation then went on to skin cancer, cervical cancer and ovarian cancer. I feel like I never have any peace of mind from worrying and can't sleep properly. I constantly look for signs and Google symptoms. It's a living hell. I am starting seeing someone this Monday but don't have much hope

It feel good to know that I am not the only person going through this. I have a fear of not being able to breathe. I always feel like I have short breathe . It always happens when I think to myself " what if I cant breathe" then i start feeling a tight chest. I too am feeling that I am not living my life because i always wanna stay indoors and close to hospitals for incase I cant breathe. My life is sad

I can’t shake it. I am in constant fear that something is wrong with my heart. That I am going to have a heart attack or stroke. The really scary thing is I won’t go to the dr. I am deathly afraid they are going to tell me the worst. I am scared of them validating “what I already know”. I completely panic when taking blood pressure and it goes through the roof. I avoid it all together. I want to go to the dr to have a complete physical but I am too afraid. I hate feeling this way. I want a normal life. I avoid doing anything strenuous out of fear. No playing with my 10 yr old son outside, no walking the dog, nothing. This is no way to live but I can’t stop this vicious cycle. I want so bad to feel normal but unfortunately this is my normal.

I am the same.. i lie in bed after a long day at work tossing and turning because the sound of my own heatbeat starts to scare me. I start over listening to every beat and convince myself its going to stop. Then ofcourse the chestpain starts.. i wait for something to happen every day. Its like being a prisoner in your own mind. You arent alone and i hope you are ok.

Hello Jess. I came across this article and saw your post. I too have skipped beats, some days I have none, others a have a few a day, then other days I may have skipped beats for 3 days constantly all day. If you are the same as me then it feels as if your heart misses a beat, sometimes it thumps hard, other times it may feel like a flutter or a flip flop in the chest. I had a heart monitor on for 78 hours and they said that I had an ectopic heartbeat which most people have they just tend not to notice but someone with an anxiety disorder like myself will focus on that missed beat and wait for the next therefore focusing on and waiting for the next so that I notice them more than someone without an anxiety disorder and with my OCD I will focus on it so much that I convince myself there is something wrong with my heart. My heart recently has been beating in the 50's sometimes and now I'm focused on that and constantly checking and now I'm worried that I have a heart problem again. It's a never ending circle for me. Always focusing on things that others would just dismiss. You are not alone.

Ive suffered with this for the last three years it started wen out of the blue i started havin panic attacks. Ive also had tests and theyve come back clear. I defo think its anxiety wen im busy and my minds not fixated on it it will vanish. So to all the people who are worried about this you are not alone.

Hi
For those with skipped beats. A low level of magnesium within the system often shows itself as skipped heartbeats. People are often very pleased to hear that something so simple can rectify this frightening symptom. It is a muscle relaxant which also helps regulate. The heart is a muscle and dependant upon magnesium. Hope that may help. Obviously medical supervision is required too.

You are definitely NOT alone. If you have a Facebook account there are some virtual support groups there, once you find the right one, it can be a big help. You'll be amazed at how many others are just like you, like us.

My mother died about a month ago and ever since I’ve been having “heart attack symptoms” that I rationally know are anxiety and panic. Every “symptom” can be attributed to something normal, but I still find myself googling like mad every night. CBT is next I believe, because I cannot keep living like this.

Hi friend,can you add me to group in Facebook bout' people dealing anxiety,
Jn Samjohntiff ,I have been this for 2years and it sucks.

I have A Fib and i constantly worry im going to have heart attack or stroke. Stay awake all night for fear of heart attack. It's getting worse every day. Im also afraid to take certain meds because of the terrible side effects. Cant get any relief. Feel trapped in my fear and anxiety.

I have just been diagnosed with afib also and had to have a shock delivered to my heart to get it back into normal sinus rhythm I suffer with health anxiety and OCD big time and when this happened my world came crashing down. I'm taking heart meds, blood thinners, sertraline and diazapam. It's hard but my cardiologist has said it's super common and people live long healthy lives. I take comfort in the thought that I know what i need to do if I have another episode and that I will be ok. It's always in the back of my mind that it may happen again at any moment but I have accepted it and asked my cardiologist 100 questions to ease my mind. Everyone I talk to about it says oh my "mum/sister/friend has that too makes me feel better. Hope you can find some relief in this. X

I’ve just been diagnosed with this it’s cripplimg me with anxiety how how old are u ? I’m 39

Hi there!! Just wanted to let you know you’re not alone! About five years ago, I developed a heart arrhythmia that the doctor is assured me was not a danger. Nevertheless it made me extremely stressed out! My doc assured me that it would stop once I stopped worrying about it. It did!! It eventually stopped. Every now and then I feel a skipped beat when I’m stressed or have too much coffee but it’s nothing like it was.

Reassuring to know there are others out there who suffer from the same thing. Also I feel bad because I know how it is. I used to take pre workout and one time took too much, for about 3-4 years afterwards I was always worried about my HR. Even after tests and having a sub 60 HR (I workout a lot) I’m finally over that but now it is other things and I constantly find myself forcing my mind to think logically about why said body part is hurting. It’s very tiresome, but it does help to focus your mind on the activities you’ve done recently that could be the cause. I wish you all good health and hope you find a way to beat back that stupid anxiety !

Trust me, you're not alone... I'm always thinking I'm having a heart attack.... it used to lead to panick attacks.. now I'm able to reroute my thinking as soon as my breath is short. On the upside... just imagine how good the imagination is if it's actually able to think something so silly is happening. Neuroplasticity... replace hose thinking pattern with new ones.... I am healthy and strong :)

Hi Jess.
Just came across this website as I was looking for a self help book on heart health anxiety.
I was diagnosed with ectopic beats, skipping all over the place, jumped beats, missed beats. Was sent to Cardiology and to be fair I had every test done, numerous ecg, heart monitor on for 48 hours, they did this three times over a period of 18 months and two heart scans.I was discharged 2 years ago and its something I have to live with. I,m on bisopropal every day. They still miss,jump, bang, flip. More of a nuisance really but that's what the Cardiologist found. I understand, its hard to accept the professionals diagnosis and just get on with your life. My slight anxiety I,m convinced is to do with the fact I,m now 52 and I can,t just say to myself anymore, oh don,t. be daft, you re only 30 nothing wrong with you. My father had a heart attack and died at age 59, I was 20 at the time and I gave him cpr but I couldn't save him. Maybe the trauma of that has stuck with me subconsciously somehow. I ll buy myself a self help book and hope I can put these irrational thoughts to bed once and for all. We all live in hope !
Good luck to you, I truly believe you will get better,
God bless
Louise.

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