I’m a 31 year old mother of one, who ever since I become pregnant (now 2.5 years ago) has an unhealthy obsession with having a heart attack. When I was pregnant I was diagnosed with ectopic beats (PVC - premature ventricular contractions), which I was told is nothing to worry about and is common. I had a full fledged panic attack before I found out I was pregnant, then didn’t have any until after I gave birth then kept having them. I was put on an antidepressant which I am now off of as I want to try other things first. I have been to a mental health worker and have learnt a lot. However, I just can’t seem to make my mind not think I’m having a heart attack! I get back pain in my shoulder and then feel it in my left shoulder blade and down my left arm. I’ve had blood tests and ECGs before, been to emergency a couple times and told I’m fine. The ECG does pick up my extra heart beat. I’ve been through these feelings before and obviously didn’t have a heart attack but when I’m in the moment I start to think and think and it stresses me out.
I’m in the process of moving, trying to get pregnant and could have surgery on an upcoming cysts so I know my life has stress. Do these symptoms present themselves at every stressful situation? How do I tell myself and believe myself that I’m ok and not having a heart attack, especially since my left arm tingles and back pain?!?! HELP. Thank you