On Monday I was on my way with my family to Disney to start our vacation. I had smoked a little marijuana before I left. I started having heart palpitations and my hands, feet, and mouth started to get tingly. I felt it spreading throughout my body and felt like I was going to pass out so I pulled over. At that point it the tingly spread to the point I was having a hard time breathing, I could not move my tongue when I talked, and my hands started cramping up. I had my husband call 911. During that time I could not feel/move my hands, they were cramped close in like a lobster fashion and pulled to my chest. After the paramedics got there and it started to subside I was shaking like a leaf. I had broken out in cold sweats, I felt very flushed, and they said I was pale. They took me by ambulance to the hospital because my heart rate was 140-150, which they said was too high. The ER said I had an anxiety attack. I have had a history of depression in the past but not diagnosed with any anxiety issues. They monitored me, did a chest xray , and blood work. I had quite a few heart palpitations while I was there but they did not seem concerned. I am a 27 year old female and I have had heart palpitations as long as I can remember but they have become worse. I have been having them A LOT more frequently, especially at night or while lying down. I have been smoking marijuana pretty regularly for the last 6-7 years. I have been trying to quit for a while without much success. I was also a smoker for 5 years but have been quit for the last 2 years, though in the past 4 weeks started again. I have never experienced anything like this though. I will say, that since it happened on Monday I have not and will not smoke anything anymore. I threw out my cigarettes and marijuana and will not go back. I am scarred for life!! I have a few times felt like I am short of breath or have a hard time taking a full breath and I will begin yawning a lot. After the ER released me (after about 5-6 hours) they said I could go to Disney but to follow up with my PCP after. I did fine at Disney, even on the roller-coasters, no problem. Then, on the way home yesterday, we decided to stop at these shops to see if we could get anymore souvenirs and I felt flushed through my entire body, like a wave of adrenaline (maybe?) overcame me. I started getting tingly in my hands and my neck and it started spreading to my mouth area. I pulled over, took an Ativan the ER gave me, and tried to control my breathing. It eventually passed and I had my husband drive home while I basically slept (from the Ativan, I suppose). Now this morning I am sitting here with my son and I felt that flushed feeling again and started having a hard time taking a full breath. My palms and feet became sweaty. I didn t get any tingling but slight numbness in my fingers. Kind of like the feeling after your foot falls asleep and the feeling starts to come back, just slightly numb. I wanted to take an Ativan to be safe but I have 2 kids, and don t want to sleep the whole day and leave everything to my husband. Any idea what is going on? It is scary and upsetting because it is debilitating and I have school full time and 2 kids to take care of. Could anxiety really be causing this when I have had no symptoms before? Thanks!
Asked On : Tue, 27 Mar 2012