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Transient Electrolyte Abnormalities, Chronic Anxiety and Arrhythmias

Hello, I've decided to come out and ask a few questions since I have been suffering from severe cardiac neurosis for the better part of a year now, and I've considered all sorts of possibilities to get myself spooked along that time.

I've had all sorts of tests done except those relating to the endocrine system and electrophysiolgy side of things. So my questions is:

When it comes to conditions such as Addison's disease, adrenal fatigue, etc... is it possible for the chronically anxious person to be under such mental stress for such a long period of time, with panic attacks occurring occasionally, that your body will be so thrown off, like say, a bulimic/anorexic person, in terms of electrolytes balancing and adrenal hormone production, that exercising/going back to a regularly strength training routine would pose a risk of dangerous arrhythmias due to poor electrolyte/microminerals metabolism? For example, too much cortisol/too little aldosterone affecting sodium and potassium levels?

In the case of such a possibility, can this be prevented with supplementation?

Thank you.

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995271 tn?1463924259
This is a really tough question.  Ask 10 people you'll get 11 answers.

I've been suffering with Panic Disorder and GAD for about 17 years now.  Started when I was about 30 years old.  From what you describe it sounds like that I have this worse than you do, and for much longer.    Much much blood work, never noted any electrolyte issues.  My heart rhythm issues really kicked into high gear when I was 42 and I'm pretty sure it's not related to endocrine or electrolyte/mineral issues.

I used to be very athletic at competitive levels.  When I was doing this, I didn't have any issues with my hear rhythm, and I suppose I metabolized a bunch more stuff than I do during GAD and the PAs I have.  My PAs are brutal, these are terror PAs.

Anyways, I'm of the opinion that you are overstating the potential to metabolize electrolytes and minerals with the condition.  

Supplementing can't hurt though.  Or, just eat foods high in those minerals you think you're are missing.

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Thank you so much for your comprehensive input. It's nice to find that someone can relate and understand these concerns so well.

With panic attacks and GAD it can feel like a lonely battle. But we have to stick together and find the answers among ourselves and push for better treatment and aggressive research.

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