Is it necessary to have EKG inspite of having fast heart beat and family history of heart disease?
yes,please get check up but check anxiety as well
You think it is related to heart but I feel it can be anxiety..
It will be very wise to go for check up and include and EKG..plus blood pressure both in sitting and lying down positions ( as you have a positive family history).
You haven't told what sleeping pills you have tried, as some are habit forming and so become non responsive at the same dosage due to development of tolerance. There are few which are safe and non habit forming.
Try to answer the following questions-
1. Do you feel anxious?
2. Is your mind clogged with random unnecessary thoughts when you try to relax but its ok when you are busy with some work?
3. Had there been any stress in life in recent past?
4. What is your predominant mood mostly?
Try to learn deep relaxed breathing technique to calm your mind...this is very helpful in sleeping. You can search the video and literature on net.
its better to try non medicative sleeping measures now..
Please feel free to ask more questions for clarification.
Dr. Manisha Gopal
I have scheduled an appointment with an internist tomorrow and will discuss the aspects you have brought up. I raised an autistic daughter (now 27 and doing very well living semi-independently for last five years) and have always been "anticipatory" and high strung, but have had to leave my job of the last 5 years (which I loved) because of insomnia. I am scheduled to have my silicone breast implants (of 5 years-got them after loosing 80 lbs) removed in XXXXXXX (do not suspect rupture) but concerned many of my symptoms may be due to a breakdown of the implants. I would take 12.5 of Ambien AND 2mg Lunestra for about 3 months toward the end of the career I just left but they scare me and now no longer work. Again thank you for your input and thoughts. I very much appreciate you!
discuss your past history & present mood in detail
You were on very good drugs for sleep..both ambien and lunesta are minimally habit forming and safe..
So, now you will be requiring something better to sleep,.like- lorazepam or clonazepam....
but use them for short term.
-- In between try to learn and practice non medicative measures like yoga or deep relaxed breathing.
It will be helpful to discuss your life and circumstances in detail when you see the internist and let him decide for next cousre of action.
Dont worry, your sleep is manageable..!
Wish you speedy recovery.
Dr. Manisha Gopal