Fast Heart Rate

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    My pulse is always fast but yesterday, my heart rate was 109 and today, it's 120! These are resting heart rates. Yikes! I'm going to skip the caffeine and anything processed or salty until it comes down. My BP is fine. If it's not better by Mon., I'll call the doc.

    Love, Mikie

  2. deepak

    deepak Member

    I have a cousin at Texas heart institute who is one of the leading cardiologists now in the USA.

    I have often asked him this heart rate question and he has never seemed to be bothered with your kind of levels ( I asked earlier for me as mine used to be 110) . He says its mostly due to deconditioning and not being used to exercise.

    Are you taking calcium and magnesium supplements ? I have seen those help. Also, thyroid medications affect heart rate.

  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks for your responses. I haven't changed anything. At first, I thought it was probably MSG in some soup at a restaurant but it has lasted too long. It's slowly coming down. I'll be stopping my low dose of thyroid as I'll soon have to stop it anyway for my next peptide injection.

    I know if I could get well enough to do aerobic exercise, my rate would come back down. I also know that most docs don't get excited about rates below 100. If it keeps coming down, I'll be happy.

    Thanks again.

    Love, Mikie

  4. halfacre2

    halfacre2 New Member

    My was very high and my doc put me on magnesium and that immediately took care of it. Hope that helps!

  5. deepak

    deepak Member

    Dear Leah,

    I am not female heh :)) .....

    hope all is well with "poet" leah :)

  6. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Hi Mikie - you might be low in potassium as well. Low magnesium and low potassium can both cause a fast heart rate.

    My potassium was always in the "normal" range but it was at the bottom of the range and no doctor ever pointed out that this might be a problem for me. I discovered after starting Fredd's B12 protocol last year that low potassium can cause severe fatigue and realized that I'd often had symptoms of low potassium, only didn't know what it it was - just thought it was one more symptom of CFS. So I take daily potassium supplements now. My diet is good, I don't know why I need the potassium but I do.

    So this might be an issue for you too. Also, it could be part of the fatigue you're having, as well as your high BP. Low potassium can cause all of these things as well as a fast heart rate.

    Take care -

  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    This is so weird. I do have a call in to the doc and they will call me if he needs to see me before my injection on Fri. My BP is good but the heart rate is back up. I took my multi vitamin and have been drinking Smart Water for days to try to keep my electrolytes up.

    I actually feel better than I have in ages. I cleaned the condo today and took the Highlander in for an oil change. I do have a slight headache and some swelling of my ankles. I told all this to the doc's Mom; she works in his office. I'm not really worried too much. I do have to start reducing my meds and stop them altogether on Wed. Hope the BP stays under control.

    I'll let y'all know what is happening. Thanks again for all you iinterest and good wishes.

    Love, Mikie
  8. deepak

    deepak Member

    Dear Mary,

    Do you get your potassium levels checked now after taking the extra potassium supplements ? Is there a danger of too much potassium ?

  9. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    The daily requirement for an adult is 4800 mg. I'm taking 400 mg. in supplemental potassium, less than 10% of the RDA, so don't think there's any danger of taking too much with that dose. I do eat a lot of vegies, but that does not seem to do the trick for me, and I avoid bananas and sweet potatoes because of all the sugar in them and I can't exercise.

    I do use a fair amount of salt (I generally crave salt as opposed to sugar), and my adrenals tend to be weak - if you read about adrenals you'll see that salt is recommended for them. My BP is just fine, so I figure it's possible I may need the extra potassium because of the salt.

    In any event, since I started taking extra potassium daily, I have not had that horrible fatigue/lethargy (different than post-exertional malaise) which I used to get from time to time. I never knew it was low potassium until I started Freddd's B12 protocol and read everything he had to say about low potassium.

    And I did check my blood tests for the past couple of years, and each one showed my potassium at the bottom of the normal range.

    Having said all this, I will be having new blood work soon.

    There can be a danger with too much potassium, but, it is very difficult to get too much potassium. I was very cautious before I started taking it as a supplement and read a lot about it before starting it. If you do just a little reserach, you'll see that low potassium is much more common than high potassium, and generally high potassium is linked to poor kidney functioning.

  10. Saoirse3

    Saoirse3 Member

    Have you had an EKG lately? I know that probably sounds dumb, but after years of "heart rate up, heart rate down", it was discovered I had a heart murmur! Nobody in our family ever had heart problems (their hearts were probably pickled by the amount of alcohol they consumed) that I knew of. Ever since then I have enjoyed the song "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas, as it sort of describes my ticker!

    Soft hugs,
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Yesterday, I decided to take potassium, magnesium and calcium supps, in addition to my multi and my Smart Water. The heart rate came down and is still down this morning. I've taken them again this morning.

    I'm seeing doc tomorrow because he doesn't have much time set aside when he's in injection mode. I don't know whether he'll send me to the cardio doc or not. It's about time for my yearly blood work, so he may order that.

    I've stopped taking my thyroid because it's such a small dose but it can elevate heart rate. Doc had told me that the peptide injections should heal my hypothyroidism because that's an auto-immune condition. If that is true, the thyroid I've been taking may now be an overdose and unnecessary.

    Thanks again and I'll keep y'all updated.

    Love, Mikie
  12. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Hi Mikie - you're right about the thyroid - that would be great if the injections healed your hypothyroidism and you don't need the thyroid med any more.

    I just remembered something else about the potassium I'm taking - my BP used to be higher at times, borderline high (135 or even 140 over something or other) before I started taking the potassium. Now it averages 115 or so over 70.

    Looking forward to hearing what your doctor has to say -

  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I appreciate your concern and support. I saw the doc this morning. I've been off my thyroid and hormones since Sat. I had an EKG and it was normal. Yea!!!

    I will stay off thyroid and HRT for a month and have my bloodwork done when I get my inj. in April. I get the next one on Fri. this week. This way, I can make an appt. at the lab in April since I have to fast for the inj. Two birds with one stone.

    Doc said it's OK to take the supps as it's nearly impossible to OD from supp. form of these minerals. He said magnesium is especially effective.

    I think there is every possibility that I don't need the thyroid anymore. I'll see how I do off the HRT. Breast cancer risk is statistically low in my case so doc doesn't mind my taking them. Risk for heart attacks and osteoporosis are higher. Good news is new study which found that women with only mild bone loss usually do not go on to get full-blown osteoporosis. I have osteopenia in one hip but last Dexascan showed only minimal loss of bone.

    I've been feeling a lot better lately and have been more active. I'm hoping to eventually get well enough to do some weight-bearing exercise, like walking. I was beginning to think the last two shots didn't work but the energy level is much improved. Hope it lasts.

    Thanks again, my dear friends. I really appreciate you.

    Love, Mikie

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    I think it is metabolic(well obviously) but related to FMS/CFIDS. I started about 13+ years ago. Did not know what was going on. I remember going on a job interview, was not nervous, I'm one of those weird people who love job interviews, but I was sweating so much it was dripping off of me. I surprised they did not think I was on drugs. Let it go for a while. Just thought it was my weight. Then starting taking it at home myself and it was running 125+- resting - then when I would even take a shower, oh boy, It would take me 1/2 hour or more for my heart to settle back down. I would have to take a shower, after my shower my heart rate was so high and I was sweating so much. I have been on a beta blocker ever since. It worked, yes it makes your more tired as it slows your heart rate down, but now I hardly even sweat, sounds gross but no more pit stains and I was a freak with those, I was trying to find the old pads that men used to wear under their arms to stop ruining my dress shirts. Now I just use Tom's. Again another drug but what was I to do. It is also heriditary. My dad has been on a beta blocker since he was in his late 30's. Now my blood pressure is running high. The top portion, which they now say is more important. My doc told me for every ten points over 110 they recommend another drug. Not just an increase in dosage. So now I am on an ace and my upper number is still very high 171 bottom will run high also 110. I am maxed out on beta blockers so I go back in a month with my readings and have to re-evaluate my drug regimine.

    Sounds like you have tachycharida. Not Hypertension - may need beta blocker or dixatoxin. ???You should just see Dr. take in a few days worth of BP and pulse at different times of day and while resting, walking etc. It does not do anything to have it checked when you go in. My Doc does not even bother that oftern, if he does he does not base any changes unless I am in there a while and takes it a couple of times.

    Have no clue of your age, but don't let it go. Again only slight reaction from beta blocker is some tiredness. I take 75mg at bedtime, and 25 in am to even my morning out. I do have very vivid and lucid dreams. Let's us know please.

  15. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Your support means the world to me.

    I have had high BP for some time. I cannot take Beta Blockers as they trigger asthma attacks. I am on two drugs for high BP and they control it well. This tachycardia is something new. I really think I'm dehydrated, despite all the water I take. My electrolytes are probably low. As soon as I can take supps again on Sun. I'll take extra potassium, magnesium and calcium. That may be all I need. If my energy keeps up, I may be able to get back to the pool and run in the shallow end. If I can regularly work out at my targeted heart rate for 20 mins. three times a week, it should bring the heart rate down when I'm resting.

    Again, thank you so very much. Bless you all.

    Love, Mikie
  16. happygrl

    happygrl New Member

    Mikie...some years ago, I had a increased heart rate that started slow along with other symptoms and over a couple of months got progressively worse. I lost weight, increased heart rate, unnatural nervousness, ferocious appetite etc etc... I got really bad off, my whole digestive system was out of wack to the point that I couldnt eat, drink or anything. Everything went right through me like water and I was dehydrated and malnourished. Finally decided it was more than just a bug or something and went to doc. Doc was immediately concerned as I was dehyd'd and malnourished and my heart was going at about 1000 MPH. He right away suspected a thyroid issue and tested me. It was HYPER - thyroidism, opposite of you. After seeing a Endocrine specialist and getting all the tests, including an adrenal gland function test, i was put on meds to regulate thyroid function and heart. Doc said my adrenal gland output was measured at like 300 percent of normal and it was the highest one he had ever seen. My labs and patient workups were sent to a major university for study by researchers. One year on meds and everything issue since. So long story short might be right about not needing the thyroid meds now. They may be causing you to move into more of a HYPER-thyroidism state. On a humorous note, during that time, I thought I had discovered a great new diet...Eat all you can cram in your mouth and lose weight effortlessly !

    Good Luck on your Journey....
    [This Message was Edited on 03/22/2012]
  17. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I'm really happy to hear about your good doctor visit! And also really glad to hear you've been feeling better lately and energy is much improved - I'm glad for you and it's encouraging for me -

    Best wishes,

  18. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    HappyGirl, I do think hyperthyroidism is more harmful than hypo but neither is desirable. I guess we'll find out when I get my labwork done next month.

    Mary, yes, I think one has to be patient. One shot may work like magic and the next just keeps one going along the path. I had my 5th shot today and am home resting. Not in bed but taking it easy. It's not necessary but I think it helps. I will be posting in a separate thread.

    Love, Mikie