Author Topic: Heart Palps Support Group  (Read 49626 times)

[Buddie]

Heart Palps Support Group
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:01:59 pm »
It seems as though there are many of us experiencing heart palpitations. Is there anyone out there knowledgeable and past this s/x who would start a palps group?
 
« Last Edit: February 27, 2014, 05:01:21 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 11:25:15 pm »
I think this is a great idea for a support group.  Palpitations and tachycardia are very scary symptoms indeed.  They are the reason I was put on Xanax in the first place.  I didn't have them in withdrawal though, because by that time I was on atenolol for hypertension.

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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 08:43:57 am »
Heart palpatations are my worst symptom it's been almost 5 weeks since I drank a few beers and now I'm paying for it. When will it end
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 01:33:03 pm »

[...], the stenolol has really helped mine alot too. I am taking a tiny dose 12.5 mg split in an am dose and a pm dose. I have a benign irregular heart beat anyway, but it never ever bothered me and my b/p was always good...until the crazy episode that sent me flying to er 2 weeks ago. It took about 10 days or so to adjust to the bets block and regulate my palps and b/p...now my b/p runs about 110/72 and still fluctuates a little throughout the day. My palps are so much better and I can sleep at night. I am not suggesting that medication is the answer for everyone as I understand and respect that many BBs do not want to take anything for them
....My advice is that if you have any doubts at all go to urgent care or er. It will be stressful to go, but in the end most likely you be reassured that you are not having a heart attack.This is so helpful in backing down fear during subsequent bouts.
.....I think the important thing to know is that w/d driven heart s/x seem to be part of the devil 's ransom for getting off of benzos. It was the most terrifying s/x of all for me. It pushed my panic like lightening and even after the panic. each palps carriead a shot of adrenaline.  It took all of my coping strategies. to cope...mostly they overwhelmed me regardless.
....I am curious about why w/d has such an impact on the heart, but I am avoiding any net search. research otherwise because my hypochondria is under control ( barely) at the moment
 ...As all w/d s/x, palps have absolutely no predictability...showing up in taper for some..in w/d for others...both for others....I had not had noticeable palps until I stupidly took a rescue dose of .125 ativan. and then reinstated for 3 days at that dose twice a day. My reinstatement was medically ill advised by the PA in urgent care.I should have known better, but was so entirely freaked out I followed the advice. I was able to refuse Valium in er and had a wonderful Benzo wise er doc who supported my Valium decline and even admitted, " the Valium will do you no goof in the long run " He started the beta block and was great at reassuring about heart attack fears.
...My heart goes out to anyone experiencing palps and palps panic...Do whatever it takes to ride them out. I did nothing what so ever stressful for 2 weeks...didn't push myself to go out..to meet anyone 's expectations..to clean the house ( unless I wanted to), no interactions with difficult people...etc etc...I had great support from my daughter. and friends
...For those of you going through this very special Benzo [...] hell w/d s/x...it wont last forever...it feels like a heart attack but is not ( but it is good to have a check...just remember to state up front that you are withdrawing and don't want benzos). They trigger panic so fall back on your coping strategies...enlist support from friends, family and BBs...eliminate as much stress as possible from your daily life. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. ....It will get better....after it has shook the stuffings from you.....wishing everyone peace....[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 12:14:50 am »
Just a little follow-up....The heart palps that sent me flying to er in a hot panic attack have started to back down. I am taking 12.5 mg of a beta blocker ( 6mg in the morning 6 mg after dinner). I am not suggesting that a beta block is right for everyone . I am just posting to let those experiencing heart palps that most likely they are w;d driven. ( its always good though to have scary s/x checked out for reassurance). I still get a few after eating so I eat small...and healthy).
....Stress and worry activate them...deep breathing and relaxation help...fear ( which they cause...starting off the panic loop...panic...more fear...more palps...more fear...panic).
....I hope this is reassuring. to anyone experiencing these awful s/x...they still desk me out, but not quite as bad...wishing everyone peace and sunbreaks....[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 01:58:45 am »
[...],
I went to the Dr today.  They did an EKG and offered me a beta blocker.  I was told my symptoms were NORMAL and that one of my Drs patients had 14,000 beats in something like a 1 minute period.  He told me mine would probably pass but it's about what we can take and our comfort level.  I am glad yours are backing down.  I too notice things increase after eating so I stopped by the store and bought low glycemic foods.  It's already working, but I absolutely agree with the looping.  This is crazy!  We are going to make it.  Just knowing it's normal and will pass made me feel better.  Also the encouragement from the board.  So glad I went in to the Dr.  He has stopped offering me meds he knows I won't take.  If my symptoms aren't life threatening I surf.

The Dr and staff kept saying over and over how great it was I'd made it 3 months out so I pass that on to you and the others. 

We will get to put 'healed' on our story too.

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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 02:20:32 am »
Hi Cooper

I don't suffer from this problem, but I think it's a good idea for a support forum. Why don't you start it?

All you have to do it go to the support thread section and start a new topic. Maybe you could do a copy of the last two posts you've made.

 http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?board=147.0
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Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 02:48:37 am »
Mommy R...so glad to hear that you are good w/o the beta block...nobody wants to take more meds. Wonderful that you have supportive doc and.nurses. It IS so great that you are at month 3...we are about the same, I am about a week from entering month 4...month 6 is my first goal point.I told myself at mid-taper if I could get to month 6 of Benzo free I would probably make it.
...thanks for the tip on eating low glycemic. That makes sense to me. I am going to give it a [...]. I already eat no sugar and low carb ...
......My palps are a lit better, but my b/p wants to jump around a little, and when I do get an occ pall if freaks me out and then I begin to to to focus on them. It has been my most challenging s/x. I am sure in a couple of months I will be able to wean off, my dose is about as low as they prescribe. ..
....keep it going MR...you are doing so good...hope we can write our success stories twogether...
 ..........wishing you big big windows....[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 03:04:30 am »
I too am a heart palps sufferer! My worst symptom. Had it for a good year off benzos three months but it still comes and goes. I have atenolol too if I need it but I mentally need it for comfort. I need it less and less. Benzo withdrawl sucks and I am in a bad wAve right now!! Heart
Palps headache and bad anxiety tonight.
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[Buddie]

Re: heart palps...support group?
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 02:43:27 pm »
I get heart pals too. They began with my use of Klonopin. They where really bad and got worse when I began my taper. Every taper resulted in bad heart palps. Many sent me to the ER wondering what was going wrong. All test came back normal and I wore a event monitor in Aug and Dec to see exactly what was going on but my Cardio Dr said that my Heart just speeds up at times but there is nothing abnormal in the beats so he will treat the condition.

Now since Dec I have seen a reduction in the amount and they seem to not be as strong. I believe this is also do to some good progress that I making from my withdrawal syndrome at almost 8 months off.

On the flip side I know that I can't go on blaming everything symptom on Klonopin and I do know that at 47 I am perimenopausal and Heart Palps are VERY common to woman at this stage of life.
I've had a hot flash here and there and my periods are getting closer together (every 22 or so days instead of a clockwork 28 days) and the time of the cycle is heavy but only for 2 days. I know my change of life is a concurrent issue that I need to consider as well.

My Cardio Dr. said if perimenopause if the reason and it could be then that in time will correct itself once I've completed the transition to being fully on menopause. Of course no one can tell you when that will be and you only know once you are there once you gone 12 months without your period and then there is still some settling of hormones but over all you should be feeling a bit better at that point in time.

My thoughts to all the woman who are in there 40's and early 50's and still getting your periods is that the change of life may also be causing the Heart Palps.

I don't like them at all but I'm learning to accept them and that they aren't hurting my heart, I [...] to breathe slowly during one and I'm finding that I can actually fall back to sleep after one which wasn't the case before. I do see them occur before my period and my PMS is worse then ever this to I believe is my changes of life and I do not wish to take any chances by taking HRT or Birth Control Pills or any type of SSRI all of which come with risks and I will hopefully get through the change of life in a untreated way and I hope it ends sooner the better.
I hope this helps some of you,
 :)
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