help for heart palpitations

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by KMD90603, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    Hi guys, I just want to know who has trouble with heart palpitations, and if they are usually benign? The reason I ask is because I'm having them at least once a week. I don't drink coffee/caffiene, I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I'm only 24 years old. My mom said she gets them, but she said she never got them at my age.

    I was reading that heart palpitations can be as simple as the person being aware of their heart pounding. However, my palpitations are actually like my heart is fluttering or skipping a beat. When it happens, I take my pulse and I can feel that it's irregular. It happened last weekend, and I called the nurse-line afterwards because I was concerned. I had gone to lay down after eating breakfast, and it happened for about 5 to 10 seconds. I sat up in bed and it stopped. Then, I layed down again and it happened again. This time I coughed and the palpitations stopped.

    Yesterday it happened while I was driving in the car. And it's not just one skipped beat, it's literally a fluttering sensation happening in my chest, and I can usually stop it by coughing. It lasts anywhere from 5 seconds to up to a minute if I don't cough to make it stop. Later on last night I was laying on the couch studying, and it happened again. It can happen any time, when I'm relaxing or even after I'm doing any kind of activity.

    Anyway, I mentioned it to my doctor a while back, however, they have changed recently. It used to be one little flutter here or there. Now they are much more intense and more noticable. And when I take my pulse, I can feel that it's irregular. Any other time, my HR is regular, just slow. It's anywhere from 50 to 60 bpm.

    Sorry this is so long. I'm just scared to go back to the doctor and have him say it's nothing.

    Gentle hugs,
  2. jess

    jess New Member

    Hi Kim, Don't worry about what the Doc thinks or says if it's nothing. You should have it checked anyway. When my son was 20 he had chest pain. I made him go to the emergency room and he was furious with me. Too bad. He had costochondritis (spelling) or sore chest muscles.How would he have know this if he didn't go? At least you will feel better knowing what it may or may not be. Worry can make things worse. Hope you feel better. Jess
  3. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Kim, Many of us have palpitations and generally they are benign. However, any time they change as yours have, it's a good idea to get it checked out. Most doctors wouldn't feel you were wasting their time if the symptom is heart related.

    In the meantime, don't worry. Just keep doing what you are doing but make the appointment.

  4. pepper

    pepper New Member

    I havea these too - feels like a butterfly in my chest. I told my GP about them so many times. Luckily one time I was in his office and told him to grab his stethoscope because it was happening. He did and told me it was nothing.

    However, he did find a heart murmur at a subsequent visit, so maybe he missed it that time when the butterflies were going crazy in my chest.

    Ask your doctor to check again. He may have missed something - or it might be nothing at all. But your heart is nothing to fool around with. I would get it checked.

    One thing I have noticed is that this fluttery feeling often happens after eating carbs. I have no idea why.

  5. Callum

    Callum New Member

    I have had PVC's as long as I had CFS (13 years), and so had gotten used to infrequent "fluttering." Then, in December, I noticed quite intense "fluttering" that would continue for several minutes at a time. Neither my doctor or I was concerned, as we both thought I was just having runs of PVCs.

    The day after Christmas, I was sitting around with friends, and all of a sudden I felt like my left arm had fallen asleep, and like someone was sitting on my chest. At the hospital, it was discovered that I had been having Atrial Fibbrulations. Much different than PVC's.

    I don't tell you this to worry you; just to urge you to stop "worrying" and to go get it checked out. A-Fibs can be nothing to worry about if one's heart is structurally sound, and you take an aspirin a day.

    There are any number of things that could cause these feelings, many of them benign, but you DO need to get an expert opinion.

    Best of luck!

  6. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    I'm not here on the weekends so I just now saw your post. I used to have this problem, too, except my "episodes" could last anywhere from a few seconds to an hour. It started when I was 16 and over the years, it became more frequent. I am 47 now. I would have EKG's and they never found anything wrong.

    Finally, several years ago I had a really bad episode and a heart specialist told me that I had a defect in the electrical system of my heart. He said it usually becomes more frequent with age. The trick was catching my heart when I was actually having the palpitations so they could find out where in my heart the defect was. I had to wear a halter monitor for a month. When my heart wasn't having the palpitations, it would appear perfectly normal. So all those EKG's over the years were a waste of time.

    It's a long story, but I finally had the heart surgery several years ago and I haven't had any problems since. They threaded a laser into a vein in my thigh and up into the heart and burned out the defective areas. I had it in the morning and went home later in the afternoon.

    When you have the palpitations, you do also feel weak and very lightheaded? I never passed out, but always felt like I could. I sometimes felt nauseous during my longer episodes, although I only vomited once. (sorry to be so graphic). It got to the point that I was afraid to drive or go shopping. I, too, had episodes while driving and would have to pull over and lay down on the seat until it passed. Fortunately, those times the episode was always short.

    Of course, there are quite a few reasons why people have heart palpitations and this may not be your problem. But I thought I would share my story. Hope this helps.


    P.S. My doctor said a defect in the electrical system is a fairly common problem. I have to wonder why no one thought of this over the years.