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  1. Pythonian

    Heart fears

    Hi Bin, good to see you!
  2. This might be all over the place. Preface by saying after a 25 year absence I’m back in the gym for the last month, 3-4 times a week doing cardio, circuit training with a trainer and some weight lifting. Asthmatic and have allergies. Most recent ECG showed a QT interval but nothing the Cardiologist was concerned about. Last echo a year and a half ago was normal function and calcium score 4 years ago was 0. Diagnosed with GAD, panic disorder, and mild depression. Feel terrible today. Mid back pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain on both sides but mostly left, forearm pain both sides, torso side pain both sides, upper chest stabbing pain short duration on left side, prickly pain across upper chest below clavicle, gurgling noises and feelings in chest cavity, spasm type feeling in chest and throat, headache, little lightheaded, asthma acting up. FYI last weight lifting session was last week, just cardio this week. My mind is saying pulled muscles, allergies, gastrointestinal, stroke and heart attack at the same time. Way too much going on.
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    Heart fears

    You really need to trust the Dr. I know that is so much easier said then done but if they saw anything at all in the ER that concerned them about your heart you would know. I have lived with heart anxiety and panic disorder for over 15 years. Countless EKGs, Echos, stress tests, nuclear imaging, calcium test, enzyme test, etc. Even see a Cardiologist every 6 months. For 15 years all tests have been fine. Consider talking to a Therapist to work through concerns and issues. Sincerely hope you don’t go down the rabbit hole as I have.
  4. Thanks for the responses. I made an appointment with Cardiologist and my Therapist. Heart is fine and Cardiologist told me stop worrying about it as she is not. All normal shape and function with clear arteries and zero calcium score. Still having pains but have been able to let them go since the appointment. Working through the other stuff from the past year but looking forward.
  5. Potential trigger warning. Last week a friend and colleague for over 20 years passed unexpectedly at 49. Services were Monday. We don’t know what the cause was, but nothing obvious. I have anxiety and panic disorders that focus on my heart. The last 12 months have literally been the most difficult of my life with many major personal events and this has added on to it all. Feeling selfish for not mourning his loss more, instead what used to be anxiety chest pains causing panic, every little feeling, even ones that did not bother me before are sending me over the edge. I know it is understandable based on this latest event, but I can’t seem to settle down for the last week. Exhausted and frustrated.
  6. Anything 95 and up is healthy for O2 saturation. Best wishes.
  7. Everybody responds differently. I took Lexapro for 10 years and then the Prozac you are on now. Currently taking Zoloft. For me Prozac took a long time to kick in which is common. It can take 6 weeks for you to feel the full effects. For some it is the exact fit you need, give it time to see if it’s right for you. Best wishes.
  8. Been some time since I’ve been on here but struggling currently. Quick background, diagnosed with anxiety and panic almost 15 years ago. Diagnosed with depression earlier this year after going through a painful divorce. My reaction is always thinking I am about to have a heart attack. See a Cardiologist, ekg was “no issues at all”, echo was “heart functioning normal” and calcium score 3 years ago was 0. Been having chest pain, back pain, muscle pain, stiff neck, and headaches. Had blood work done a week ago that was fine but still waiting for Lyme disease result. Having trouble keeping panic in check, every ache and pain is triggering heart fears. See a therapist and take meds already. Very frustrated. Thanks for reading.
  9. Thanks for the responses and well wishes. Anxiety continues to improve on the Zoloft. Therapist was uneventful. I enjoy being able to say what's on my mind, but never really feel we explore anything. Might just be my misconception of what therapy would be like. Cardio appointment is Monday with a echo scheduled. Did have blood work this week and grateful that all was good with the exception of triglycerides being just over the high mark of 200. Dropping sweets and cutting back on beer to get the number down. Hoping that the cardio will show my heart is still functioning normal and that the mild dialation is back to normal. If so, hoping I can let go of my heart fears more. Best wishes.
  10. 4 days isn't enough time for Lexapro to build up to a therapeutic level. You may simply be experiencing initial transition side effects. I'm not a Dr., but would suggest giving it at least 6 weeks before deciding if it is working for you. Best wishes. Keep us posted.
  11. Feeling frustrated, and fascinated at the same time with regard to my current state. I recently completed a med transition from Prozac to Zoloft and I definitely feel better. Xanax use has gone from daily to one a week if I can't shake the building panic. However, the smallest pain even for a second and I go right back to heart attack fears and panic. I seem to be able to shrug them off quickly compared to before, but I've noticed almost anything now makes my mind go there when it didn't before. Have had all the tests, etc. and see a Cardio in a couple of weeks (need to lose weight and excercise or apparently developing heart failure will be in my future) but no blockages, normal cholesterol, zero calcium score, etc. so there is no logical reason to fear a heart attack at this point in my life, but before it would take a round of chest wall pain on the left side to get me worked up, now it's even the smallest back pain, or shoulder pain that does it as well. Again the panic seems to be much shorter lived and manageable than before, but have definitely noticed more triggers, even when small. Have asthma and seasonal allergies that are kicking my butt and making me cough a lot so the table is set for chest tightness, chest wall pain, etc. Frustrated that I seem to have more triggers, fascinated at the same time. I see my Therapist tomorrow (once every 2 months) so I look forward to talking about it with her. Thanks for reading, best wishes.
  12. I am the head of Human Resources for a nationwide retailer in the U.S. and can say without hesitation the fact you care about how you are doing says a lot about you. Registers, customer service, shipment, etc. the key to all of them is time and repetition. Don't be too hard on yourself, you will catch on and probably know more already than you are giving yourself credit for. Keep asking questions when unsure, take notes if you need to. Always better to ask and get it right then to guess. You are in training, questions are fine and expected. You've got this!
  13. Update: Well, I completed the transition off Prozac about 6 weeks ago and have been on 50mg Zoloft which I believe may be the lowest therapeutic dose. Was definitely doing better for about a month, still better overall but the chest pains started coming back, irritable, etc. All my old friends were paying visits again. Spoke with my Primary who pointed out the long half life of Prozac and now that it's out of my system, we know the low 50mg of Zoloft isn't enough. So today was my first day taking 100mg. If going to 100 doubles down on the improvement, I will be quite happy. Best wishes.
  14. Let me preface this by saying everyone is different, and what works for one does not work for all. With that said, I was on Lexapro 20 mg for 10 years. It was my first medication and it worked great. Unfortunately it faded out after 10 years and I wa switched to Prozac. I started at 20mg, then 40mg and leveled off at 60mg. For me it was a long tough transition. I was on Prozac for 2 years but it never worked as well for me as it needed to. I just recently switched to a low 50mg dose of Zoloft. Definitely working better for me than Prozac but I will probably go up to 75mg or a 100mg as although much improved, not quite there yet. Again we are all different and I have talked to many where they felt Prozac saved their life. It did work for me, just not well enough. Give it some time as Prozac takes awhile to kick in. I sincerely hope it works,for you as it has for so many others. Best wishes.
  15. I have found that this topic can be polarizing. I have always been in the camp of "better living through pharmaceuticals" and have been on anxiety medication for over 12 years now. Everyone is different, and what works for one does not work for all but for me, going on a SSRI gave me my life back and my only regret has been not starting sooner. Best wishes. Keep us posted.