Full Member
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by bin_tenn

  1. bin_tenn

    Swallowed toothpaste HELP

    I agree, nothing to worry about. To @jonathan123's point, my 4yr old daughter loves the way her toothpaste tastes, and she swallows it on a regular basis. Haha.
  2. bin_tenn

    Cherry Angioma or Petechaie

    Maybe petechiae, maybe not. Even if so, they are not abnormal. A case in which it would be cause for concern would be if you have large bruise-like patches of them, IMO. Cherry angiomas are absolutely normal as well, and a lot of us have them I have a handful on my chest and abdomen, as well as on one of my arms, I think.
  3. bin_tenn

    Unexplained weight loss

    For what it's worth, my girlfriend has lost a good bit of weight (20lbs) in the past couple of months. She has Crohn's, so maybe the circumstances are a little different, but her GI doc is still not overly concerned at this point. He wants to do some basic exams and evaluations, but he doesn't suspect anything out of the ordinary at this point.
  4. I understand how frightening and also frustrating this can be. While I've not experienced exact this, I have definitely experienced other sleep disturbances due to anxiety. Inability to fall asleep at a decent time, trouble staying asleep, feeling like I didn't sleep well, etc. I do think I've awakened to feeling nervous and my heart seemingly racing/pounding before, but probably not that soon after falling asleep. I don't think what you're experiencing is abnormal, not physically anyhow. Of course, I'm no doc and if symptoms persist it wouldn't hurt to schedule a routine appt with your doctor to discuss it. Unless you already have, and they said you're fine?
  5. bin_tenn

    Crawling/tingling in back of head and side of face

    Not a stroke. Probably not even anxiety. Just another example of something that I'm willing to be anyone and everyone gets from time to time, but those without anxiety don't fixate on it or think twice about it.
  6. bin_tenn

    Anxiety and breathing

    When I'm anxious, yes, I feel like I can't get a satisfying breath. I yawn excessively when I'm anxious, presumably as a nervous habit, and reassurance that I can indeed breathe. Apparently excessive yawning is quite common for people with anxiety, so I've read, and it makes sense to me.
  7. "One thing after another" is nothing more than perspective and how you react to these things. Honestly, everyone's life is "one thing after another", but the difference in someone without a chronic anxiety disorder is that they don't dwell on it. They accept it, and the move on. I encourage researching and practicing acceptance and mindfulness. Those two things are very important, and also very helpful for anxiety. Plenty of resources are available on Google and YouTube, as well as with a therapist, if you have that option.
  8. You're fine. I've blaned on my own name and age, my kids' names and ages, my address / town, etc, many times.
  9. bin_tenn

    Scared about heart! Help!

    I'm with @Iugrad91. 60-100 BPM resting heart rate is generally normal, given that one does not have any heart conditions which say it should be within a different range. I'm also thin and can feel my heartbeat often, especially while lying down. It can definitely feel like it's beating harder, but it really isn't. Fitbit is wonderful if you don't take it to heart (pun intended 😛). It isn't meant to replace a professional medical evaluation, nor should it be used as a diagnostic tool. It can definitely provide benefits, such as gauging your average heart rate when exercising, and it can promote physical activity / exercise. I had one, but it broke. Surprisingly I was able to use it appropriately rather than obsessively checking it. I primarily only looked at its heart rate measurement while exercising to ensure I was exercising effectively / enough. That's a surprise to me because, overall, heart fears have been my go-to anxiety cause for quite some time. Haha. Nothing about 180 BPM during a panic attack is necessarily abnormal either. Mine has been 160-180 so many times with severe panic attacks. It sucks, but it's generally nothing to be concerned about, again as long as you have no underlying heart condition.
  10. bin_tenn

    Skipped Heart Beat with Hard Pump After

    I highly recommend reading up on acceptance and mindfulness. The mindfulness is really about being present in the now, and that's helpful because anxiety is often anticipatory, fear of what may happen - the "what ifs." Acceptance is key because it allows you to accept the fact that life is unpredictable. Nothing in life is certain, no matter what it is, and that includes medicine / physical health.
  11. bin_tenn

    Heart anxiety

    Of course! I've found that for myself as well as many others here the irrational and anxious thoughts tend to make themselves known when we're not preoccupied. I'm assuming that's because there is nothing holding them back, nothing else has our full attention. I recommend researching mindfulness and meditation and acceptance. All of those things are sort of intertwined, but practicing each of them is key in overcoming anxiety.
  12. bin_tenn

    At the doctor’s now

    They aren't "thinking cancer and just not telling you." If they suspected it, they would tell you, and you'd likely be going for testing to determine if any malignancy is present.
  13. bin_tenn

    Heart anxiety

    Overreacting is an understatement, IMO. If you don't have an arrhythmia (e.g. atrial or ventricular fibrillation), congenital heart defect, or similar, you don't need to worry. Not at your age. Yes, it's true and also unfortunate that some young people do suffer heart attacks and cardiac arrest, but there is an underlying cause, even if previously unknown. If you're healthy and have had tests to rule out underlying issues, your chances are next to none. Don't go down that rabbit hole. I've been there for several years. Almost 32 and still going strong, but anxiety tends to make me think otherwise at times. Don't waste your life away worrying about these things. Palpitations are very common, especially with anxiety as well as dehydration. They're most often benign PACs or PVCs, and those are entirely harmless. Yes, palpitations are a possible symptom of heart attack, but I'd say they're probably more noticeable and seemingly more severe during a heart attack, generally speaking.
  14. bin_tenn

    Calling all my lumpy friends... :D

    Wow, that's crazy! Haha. Thanks, @Wingnut. Hope you're doing well.
  15. How many of you are really lumpy? Kind of weird asking that, but it's a serious question. 😛 I have several lipomas in various places. For the most part they are invisible, and can only be felt. However, I have two in my right thigh that are visible, and four or five visible in my right forearm. Here is a little bit of my history with them. It seems like I incidentally find new ones on a regular basis. They're often about pea size, and in numerous places. Abdomen, back, thighs, arms, etc. If they've grown, they've done so extremely slowly and they've not noticeably grown in several years. Even the ones in my right arm which are very much visible. It seems they stopped growing a few years or so ago. The ones in my right arm, at least a few of them, were first noticed about 11 years ago. I thought nothing of them. Then, a few years or so ago, I was worried about lymphoma - because my health anxiety was really picking up. I eventually got over that irrational fear and have not worried since. I showed them to my doc in 2015. He felt of them, asked a few questions, then said they're lipomas and he wouldn't pay them any mind unless they start causing problems (e.g. they grow to the point where they're putting pressure on surrounding areas and possibly causing pain). All of these lumps, new and old and regardless it size, generally fit the same (lipoma) description: overall soft, roll around under the skin, not attached to anything (I can pinch my fingers around them), slow growing or not at all, etc. Who else here is a lumpy person? Feel free to share your own story of discovery, experiences with them, etc, but of course don't feel obligated to! I think I've seen at least a few others here, but I'd like to know how many of us are here.
  16. bin_tenn

    Calling all my lumpy friends... :D

    Hmm, strange. My gf has had them in the groin area as well as behind one of her ears.
  17. bin_tenn


    Yes. Anxiety can certainly alter one's perception: mentally and physically.
  18. bin_tenn

    Calling all my lumpy friends... :D

    Wow, a lot more replies with similar experiences than I expected. Rather quickly, too! 😛 Well, everyone is lumpy in a sense, I suppose. But are you also referring to little pea size lumps seemingly directly below the skin? That's what I'm talking about. Either way, thanks for sharing. Interesting! I've wondered if several of mine are cysts rather than lipomas as well. The ones I know are lipomas basically feel like they're described: fatty deposits. The others do feel more like a cyst, being somewhat "firm" and not as rubbery as the lipomas. Weird! Haha, I would say so as well! 😛 when you say abscesses, are you talking skin abscesses? My gf has had a couple in the groin area. Any idea what causes them? She's been trying to figure it out but no luck! Oh, I see! I'm glad it's been benign every time at least. That's a relief. I learn more every day about the body can evolve over time, and how common it really is for people to experience seemingly "bad" things and they're usually just fine. Weird! That's an interesting thought! I suppose it is possible it is something they were exposed to. I never served, but I was in karate classes, played baseball, played basketball and was otherwise very active when I was younger. Used to walk and ride my bike or rollerblades EVERYWHERE. Maybe the physical activity could even contribute? 😮 Lipomas are "benign fatty tumors / deposits", so that makes sense that the doc would call it as such. I've heard of people having them removed for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes they grow back, sometimes they don't! I've also read in the past about "familial multiple lipomatosis", which, as the name implies, means there is potentially a hereditary predisposition to developing multiple lipomas. My mom had at least one, and my brother has two, I think. So I believe mine may be genetic.
  19. bin_tenn

    Skipped Heart Beat with Hard Pump After

    Sounds like a common and benign PAC or PVC. These skipped beat sensations are very often followed by a thud and an increase in heart rate, temporarily. It's also very common to feel that rush of heat or adrenaline. That's a normal response for me, personally, when I experience these types of palpitations. Yes, anxiety is a common cause. So is drinking alcohol, using tobacco products, consuming too much caffeine or sugar, among other things. It's often helpful to identify your triggers so you can potentially avoid or lessen them in the future.
  20. bin_tenn

    Son's surgery in 2 days...

    I'm sorry it wasn't what your were probably hoping for, but I'm glad they got some answers now rather than waiting.
  21. bin_tenn


    Heartburn and gas can supposedly stimulate the vagus nerve, which some suggest can trigger palpitations. I get palpitations often with gas or reflux, too.
  22. bin_tenn

    Son's surgery in 2 days...

    😮 That's crazy! Do they know what the long term plan looks like at this point, or will that take some time and more evaluation?
  23. bin_tenn


    Sounds like the result would likely be benign PVCs again, too, if you had a new EKG done. If it's been a long time, your doc may suggest a new EKG. Just follow their advice.
  24. bin_tenn


    Listening to the heart via a stethoscope is not likely to indicate any rhythm problems you may be experiencing. If your heart is beating strongly and the overall rhythm feels/sounds great, that's good for you. Palpitations are usually no concern whatsoever. Anxiety also causes / exacerbates palpitations, and I'm sure you know you suffer from chronic anxiety. Strong emotions, good or bad, can also increase anxiety levels, and they can also trigger / exacerbate palpitations. You'll be fine. Go to the doc tomorrow, be as transparent as possible about symptoms, and let them take care of you.
  25. bin_tenn

    Panic Attack or Cancer Spreading?

    "Panic attack or cancer spreading" - Two very different animals. So different that there is absolutely no comparison between the two. If you ever think this way, I'd say the odds are beyond grand that it's panic / anxiety, or at the very least NOT cancer. Do you acknowledge that this jump is extreme? "Why do I feel like absolute crap???" - You obviously suffer from an anxiety disorder or similar. Some sort of mental disorder. What are you doing to treat it? Seeking help from a therapist or other qualified professional seems like a wonderful option at this point, given the recent post history. You're fine. Challenge these thoughts and accept that anxiety is taking hold, and then make an effort to regain control. Practice mindfulness, and also logical thinking.