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I am 34, mother of 2 (almost 4 yr old and 18 month old). I have always struggled with anxiety and since having children, my anxiety and paranoia about everything has become extremely bad. Recently, my two children had ER visits. One with pneumonia and my littlest had a head injury which seriously scared me more than I ever have been in my life. (she is fine now) It seemed to start right after the school shooting that my anxiety soared and I started having bad heart palpitations. They are worse when I lay down at night and especially when I lay on my left side. I had chest pains so I went to the ER where I was examined and had an ECG. My ECG was normal and the Dr. told me I had anxiety attacks with palpitations, that stress can cause palpitaions. I followed up with my regular physician who checked all my blood work including thyroid. All came back normal. He told me that palpitations were normal irregular beats especially with anxiety. He told me given my family history of no heart issues, he was not concerned and felt it was do to my terrible anxiety. I still have them. Some days are better than others and I suspect that just having them triggers anxiety about the palpitations and triggers a vicious cycle. I wonder if anyone else has the same struggles. How do you get used to your palpitations and did they ever go away. I know I need to get a grip on this anxiety as the ER doctor told me "stress kills people." Any advice would be great, just to feel I'm not alone. THANK YOU! Over stressed Mama.Answer Question
Answer by m-avi at 12:55 PM on Jan. 6, 2013
Answer by anestheticsex at 1:50 PM on Jan. 6, 2013
If I had this issue I would start an exercise regime. Even if it's going outside & walking around the block every day. Put the kids in a double stroller & walk!. Then I would find another outlet for my anxiety. How about a hobby? Reading, knitting, blogging, yoga, crafts, painting, gardening, baking etc. You need to free your mind! How is your diet? Do you consume caffeine or sweets? Then switch yo non-caffeinated & no sugar substitutes. Maybe you need to adjust your diet & take vitamins? Every Mother on earth worries about their children on a daily basis even when the kids are 50 themselves. Turn off the news, turn on some music that you like & try to relax & enjoy your kids. GL!
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