You are young, and though males have statistically more heart problems than females, your risk of heart disease is very, very low at this point. You have had extensive testing of your heart and circulatory system, and you are healthy in that department.
The general tone of your post suggests that you do indeed suffer from fairly severe health anxiety, with amplified attention to insignificant bodily 'noise,' so to speak.
If you do not wish to spend the rest of your life as a prisoner of your fears, I strongly suggest you seek treatment from a psychiatrist who specializes in this problem.
There is help for you, but you have to ask for it--and then accept your doctor's advice.
I'm sorry to hear all that you are going through. I am a 40 year old male and experience a lot of the same symptoms you do.
I have panic and anxiety disorder and health anxiety. I am very aware of any body noise and I can become obsessed that I am going to die from PACs.
I have had all the tests over the years and several ER visits and they all say the same thing. "Yes you are having PACs. Sometimes a lot of them but your heart is healthy so you need to learn to deal with them ". I find mine come on at the most stressful times in my life.
I also find that as I become fixated on my PACs my anxiety goes through the roof and I slowly become fatigued and totally worn out.
What you are experiencing is extreme anxiety over your non life threatening heart condition. If you don't seek treatment it will deminsh your quality of life as it has already.
This won't get better over night. But you have to accept your health is fine and your anxiety has taken over your life.
You have to admit you are helpless to the situation and seek professional help and possiblly get on some meds for a little just to gat your mind focused on the therapy.
I'm in the same boat with you and I know what a struggle it can be. Please feel free to nessage me anytime if you have any more questions
Sorry to hear about your struggles. Unfortunately I can relate. Being an anxious person and having symptoms escalate because of your anxiousness is absolute hell. Best thing I can tell you is to try and live through them as normally as possible. It is not easy, especially when the symptoms (such as PVCs/PACs) come in swarms. I just had an episode earlier as I was leaving class. Started having PVC's and went into a full blown panic attack. Tried to drive home on the highway and was just a panicked mess with frequent ectopic beats. I often feel terrified and overwhelmed after episodes like that, but as I said, life goes on. feel free to reach out if need be. It's helpful to vent to someone that understands.
First of all, I thank you for your support, thank you for reading and understanding my problems and for your honest opinion, I appreciate that a lot, thank you thank you thank you!!! I remember myself few years ago when I was able to work all night and then without going to sleep I could play soccer for whole day and it was always fine. I was able to do everything that young people are capable of doing like walking tens of kilometers, working 24/7, I was junior world chess champion, one of the best students in the university, had a girlfriend, lots of friends etc. and then just like that it all switched to nigthmare, I dont have anything now, it's all lost. There are few things that do not give peace to my mind:
Exercise intolerence: how is it possible that 22 year male (which is his prime years) can get out of breath only by taking shower and walking a little bit. My heart rate can get up to 150s 160s and higher just by making easy gymnastics for 1 minute. I can't stand still for longer time, I get so dizzy after standing only for 3+ minutes. After any exercise when make HR comes back to normal I get lots of ectopic beats. I agree that I have anxiety but I should be able to to walk long distances, I should be able to to stand for as long as I want even if I do have severe anxiety. I wish I never did read about POTS because I got lot of stress from it because - I did lots of my HR measurements with my iphone and my hearrate went from 80-90 (sitting) to 120-140 standing and then again it went down to 100s 90s after sitting down (I know that normal person would never do that, and they are not aware of their heart rates at all). I know I had 2 stress tests done which where totally fine except sinus tachycardia (anxiety can cause that, I agree), but there is no such a test like tilt table test here, and NO ONE knows anything about POTS in my country so I can't test it + my family doctor says that I have severe anxiety (I accept that). Whenever I read about POTS patients, their symptoms seems familiar. I remember the first year when I had this tachycardia all I did was walk walk walk, and whenever I had anxiety I would just go out and walk for hours. Now I think that I won't make it to the supermarket because that's too far away. Maybe that's because all I did for the last 2+months was laying in my bed, reading about different health conditions and walking 15minutes daily so I might be totally out of shape and maybe thats the cause of very high hear rates during the exercise. Maybe I just should ignore all my tachycardia and ectopics and just do lots of walking while I will get back into shape, but on the other hand this seems to be dangerous and those symptoms do cause anxiety + when I do feel tachycardia, diziness and ectopics it seems that I shouldn't continue walking. Conclusion: I know my anxiety can cause high heart rates but, I need someone to help me believe that this exercise intolerence, tachycardia upon standing, ectopic beats, diziness can be caused by my anxiety condition alone. Any opinion is appreciated.
I second achillea, some therapy could be very useful for you. We can only do so much to help you here. I will leave you with this. The past two days, every time I walk to my car in the cold, I get 15 or so ectopic beats. It happened once, and now I anticipate this to happen and I work myself up enough that it does. Health anxiety and anxiety in general is a self fulfilling prophecy. I've been there, I've done it. I continue to do it. Your mind will make you believe anything and go as far as to give you the physical symptoms associated with whatever you're obsessing over. Perhaps in the mean time, until you find some help, you could ask a close friend or a close relative to accompany you on a walk. There will be a safe person there to distract you (hopefully) and if nothing else, someone to help you should you feel you can't walk anymore.
I agree that your symptoms do sound like POTS however anxiety and panic mimic so many of these symptoms.
First thing is stop looking at the internet. This just puts you in a fear, adrenaline fear cycle. It does not help your condition only makes it worse.
It is common for your body to have a high heart rate due to you being sedatary for such a long time. Your nerves are hyper sensitized right now. You expect your heart rate to go up when u stand. Your adrenaline glands are more sensitized and firing off due to your fear. You live in fear constantly all day. This WILL make your heart rate go up, you will feel dizzy, tired and feel like you can barely function.
When I was 23 I had a horrible bout of panic for several months. My heart rate would go up to 130 140 just upon walking. I was dizzy and tired and felt like I could barely function. I got phyciatric help and the symptoms began to deminsh and after 2 months I began to get my life back. I was just like you and I don't have POTS.
You need to go see a psychiatrist and begin working on healing. I promise you will begin to feel better. In doing this you will be able to manage your life better. You symptoms will slowly begin to heal.
But as long as you stay at home avoiding, fighting your symptoms, reading the internet, living in fear your symptoms will continue.
Look at what you are doing now. It isn't working. You need to begin healing your nerves. I'm just reading your post we anxiety sufferers can feel your fear and anxiety.
You have a problem and it is fear and anxiety. There are plenty health professionals out there that can help you. It's time for you to get your life back. You can learn to control how you react to these symptoms.
I urge you to see a psychiatrist and begin the healing journey. Please keep us updated on your progress.
Also get the book Hope and Healing forYour Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes. It explains exactly what you are gong through. If you can't afford the book message me your addesss and I'll send you a copy. It will change your life.
By the way guys, till I am getting psychological help, do you think I should ignore my HR of 130-150 when I am gently walking in the garden? Whenever I used to measure it shot up from 130 to 150 (or even higher if I felt anxiety about it) but I am not feeling this HR at all and I am not fainting, it's just that I might be a little bit dizzy. What makes me happy is that sometimes (usually in the evenings) I can get HR of 95-105 when walking, but when I wake up in the morning it shots to at least 140s upon walking but I don't feel heart palpitations. When I sit however it get's to 100s in a matter of seconds and I usually get around 5 ectopics upon first minute (I learned not to care about those). It just seems that If i don't mind that heart rate I could walk a lot longer, because I am not fainting or having any pain but I am afraid that my heart is telling me to get rest because of that high HR eventhough thats probably how I lived my last 2 years without knowing it.
p.s I am seeking psychological help
I understand some of the things you're going through. I suffer from pvcs as well. I think they are mostly likely caused from an extreme panic/anxiety attacks I had last month in January about not being able to get in touch with my mom. Since then they've been coming and going in waves. It's totally annoying.
I'm a similar age to you but female not male.
I've been having the same issues as you for a few years, too.
Everyone keeps saying POTS, but, health care here (UK) refuse to diagnose me with this.
I also don't think it is actually pots, as it's way way worse in the morning and during the day, and totally calms down most evenings. Normal standing pulse of about 100 instead of what it's like during the day (120-150 standing). If I had proper POTS, it would be in effect all the time, not pick and choose when it's in effect... if that makes sense.