The ER doc at the chest pain center suggested wearing a Holter monitor for a period of time so I could end up doing that. To be honest, the lightheadedness/dizziness/out of body sensation was BY FAR the most disconcerting thing about each episode. The rapid uneven heart beat was unpleasant but wasn't the worst thing about the whole thing.
I think some people have trouble coming to grips with the fact often times irregular heartbeats are benign and in fact are quite common
But because our mind sees it as such a delicate place, it is hard not to fear irregularity. Especially if you are predisposed to anxiety and are a "what if" thinker...even DR's opinions can be question to no end in your mind.
Thats why i went to 3 separate ones
This really describes me. I'm a bad "what if" thinker. I can't help it as it has always been my nature. I don't worry anywhere close to as much as I use to though which is why a diagnosis of "panic attack" just seems like out of character to what I've been experiencing. Granted, there was probably some panic involved when the involuntary lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness or breathe, and heart palpitations hit me and from that standpoint, yes, I did panic some. However, the physical symptoms came on first and THEN brought on a sense of panic and not the other way around. Either a panic attack is an involuntary physical/physiological thing that causes panic or what I experienced wasn't really a panic attack.
This post was edited on 5/1 at 6:45 pm