My Heart Is In My Throat...Literally - page 7

OK...someone please help me. For the past 2 years I have been getting these weird palpatations, and it feels like my heart is beating in my throat. When it happens, I feel very lightheaded, like I... Read More

  1. by   sphinx
    Hi Flo,
    There's some things I don't understand. Please understand, I do not mean anything as an "attack", try to read with an open mind:

    It's been clear to me you posted originally to get the opinion of others, specifically your nursing peers (I assume because you trust a fellow nurses judgement?). And here is what I see: a lot of people have suggested stress or anxiety. This understandably upsets you (and causes you to become defensive) because you stated right away that you are afraid you Dr is going to blow off your symptoms, and eventually (don't know if it was you first post or not) you state you know that women are often perceieved at only being stressed or anxious and not being taken seriously (not a direct quote, sorry). However, you were looking for people's opinions, and this is just one of those opinions. For some, they have actually experienced similar symptoms, and had it truly be stress related. In any case, they are just trying to be helpful.
    You mentioned you take ephedra. Just about everyone immediately said to stop, and you became defensive saying how you have taken it for a long time at less than suggested levels. Well, even the general public has heard in many cases that ephedra can be harmful, and certainly a nurse would know that. So does it surprise you that posters here would advise you to stop taking it, esp in light of your cardiac-related symptoms? I read a recent post stated you'd stopped taking it. I am curious, when was that? BTW, I am curious because you also mentioned you hadn't had an episode since the day after Christmas. My mind wondered if the 2 were connected, but of course I have no idea when you stopped the ephedra, so I could be waaaay off track.
    OK, also, many people with cardiac experience have posted their ideas of how to handle this (ie being monitored, etc), you then say you don't think it is serious. Well, people who say it is stress you disagree with, people who say it might be something more serious you don't agree with, so what answer are you looking for? You asked for advice, but when you get it, in several cases, you have responded in a way that suggests you don't agree. I am sure everyone who responded assumed you actually wanted the advice they gave.
    OK, last, at one point not long ok, you said you were indeed going to your doctor. I hope you have made a definate appointment. If you are afraid he/she will blow you off as being a stress case young woman, then come prepared. Write down your symptoms, when they happen. Then explain how yopu normally react when you are under stress and that you don't think this is related. Be honest. You can even let your doctor in one your fear that you might not be taken seriously or it might on the other hand be something serious. I'd hope you have a doctor who takes time to listen. If not, does he have a nurse practitioner? If no luck there, can you look into getting another dr? For ages, I had a dr I thought was great, until I realized he never really listened to what I said. I hesitated for a long time before deciding to get a new doc. Then it took a long time to find one I liked. Now I have a wonderful dr who I love dearly, who always listens to me and takes me seriously.
    In the end Flo, seeing your dr is what you need. We nurses know alot (more than docs a lot of times, it seems!), but we cannot diagnose you. And it seems clear that you are having trouble accepting opinions that don't fit right into what you already feel in your heart is right.
    Again, I am not trying to be mean. I am merely concerned. In fact, in many ways, you remind me in many ways of myself. I hope you get some real answers soon. Please, please take care of yourself.
  2. by   ayemmeff
    I'm with Smilingblueyes and Baseline on this one...........why start the thread if you're not even gonna consider taking the advice on board?!
    and now I'm cross with myself for even bothering to post this,from reading some of your other threads and posts I should be.....
    Last edit by ayemmeff on Jan 3, '03
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by ayemmeff
    I'm with Smilingblueyes and Baseline on this one...........why start the thread if you're not even gonna consider taking the advice on board?!
    :
    LOVE your dead-horse icon! Where'd ya get it? SO clever!
  4. by   ayemmeff
    Deb!!! Empty your mailbox! (you're just showing off what a popular gal you are,aren't you!?):wink2:
  5. by   BJenkins1
    can anyone tell me a good source or a good way to study for my nclex test.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by ayemmeff
    Deb!!! Empty your mailbox! (you're just showing off what a popular gal you are,aren't you!?):wink2:
    YOU TALKING TO ME???? MY box is full? I rarely get PM's! rofl.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by dondamagicjuan
    can anyone tell me a good source or a good way to study for my nclex test.
    Yes, get those NCLEX prep books.....worked for me.
  8. by   TracyB,RN
    Very well said, Sphinx.
  9. by   NurseGirlKaren
    So Flo, the curiosity is killing me; how old are YOU?
  10. by   nurseleigh
    Originally posted by TracyB,RN
    Very well said, Sphinx.
    Ditto on this!!!


    Originally posted by NurseGirlKaren
    So Flo, the curiosity is killing me; how old are YOU?
    She stated in a much earlier post that she was 27.


    I find it odd that you, Flo, insist that it cannot be stress and then jump down anyones throat that even hints at it. Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it?

    Anyways, do what you want. What the hell do I know?

    Leigh
  11. by   hapeewendy
    my sentiments exactly people...
    I'm done with this one...
  12. by   Flo1216
    Whoever said I wasn't going to consider taking the advice on this board? I never said that. I wasn't taking ephedra OR caffeine when it happened on Christmas Day.And I haven't taken any ephedra in over a month. I drink maybe 1-2 cups of coffee a day on average. And I HAVE taken into consideration the advice I have gotten. I just do not think it is stress related. I know my body. In school we are always taught to listen to our patients. I guess I feel when someone immediately labels it stress, I feel they are trivializing the problem. If I go to a doc and everything turns up normal, if they want to blame it on stress then, so be it. I would rather it be stress than something more serious.
  13. by   Flo1216
    I never said that I don't experience stress, nurse leigh. I am not calling a kettle anything. I just do not feel that this particular occurence is stress related. I don't feel I am jumping down anyone's throat. I appreciated the feedback I have gotten and I stated so many times. I was done with this thread, but others chose to continue it.

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