Irregular heartbeat at night?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nerdieduckie, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    Hellooo :D

    I am here with yet another question.

    I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I have an irregular heartbeat, but mostly only at night, and generally only when I'm tired. Occasionally it stays irregular for long periods of time, creeping me out. My fibro doctor suggested in my recommendation to my endocrinologist that I have a holter test done, so he knows about it, but I was wondering if anyone had this.

    Maybe it is a fibro thing? I don't just bothers me...
  2. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I don't know if this is the same thing, but I get what I call skip beats from time to time. I have had this since I was a teenager. Some times feels like my hearts going to just stop beating.

    I don't seem to have it very often anymore. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple of years ago along with the FM/CFS so maybe the thyroxin treatment has helped. I do have low blood pressure and a slow heart rate.

    I've found that certain foods and additives make it works, especially anything with caffeine. It was also a lot worse when I used to smoke. (3 years free of that now!)

    I found it worrisome too but my Dr's keep assuring me that it's fine.

    Let me know what shows up with the test.

    All the best,

  3. Catseye

    Catseye Member

    I had it bad at night until I read an article by Dr. Cheney that helped with what to do and I had normal heart rhythm within a day.

    All I needed was some good electrolyte solution and a good mineral supplement.

    The article's not very long.

    It may be just part of the malnutrition thing we're all experiencing; at least I hope it's something that simple, in your case.

    good luck!

  4. Lendy5

    Lendy5 New Member

    I have experienced these off an on for years and have had a full work-up because of these palps. Every test came back normal.

    They are aggravating and sometimes can be related to stress, anxiety, caffeine sinuses, or meds. Everyone gets irregular heartbeats and I use to let them control my life until my cardiologist told me just to ignore them because they are normal. He told me to worry if they didn't go away and so far that has worked for me. They say if you cough it will straighten the rythym back out.

    Probably a good idea to get a work-up just to ease your mind. Hope you feel better soon.

  5. jole

    jole Member

    I get heart palpitations -missed beats, strong and soft beats, etc. often, mostly at night. If I have caffeine -colas, chocolate, etc. in the evening it will be worse. It happens during the daytime with my panic attacks and leaves me feeling very weak and short of breath. It can be quite scary until I found out it was nothing to worry about.

    As someone else said, do get tested, EKG, echo, stress test to rule out problems. Then it's much easier to live with. And it does seem to go with the fibro thing, as many of us suffer with it.
  6. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    you might want to try a little magnesium...400 to 800mg before bedtime. Low magnesium is one cause of heart palpitations . Taking magnesium will help you to relax and get better sleep as well. (Don't take calcium with it since it can aggravate the muscle tightness)...Cal/Mag mineral ratios need to been in balance and peolpe with slow oxidation patterns (ie slow metabolism) will have higher Ca vs Mg...When this happens muscle contractions can happen, spasms, twitches, palpitations etc... If you take it, try to get Mg Citrate, since it's more easily absobed into the body.
  7. nerdieduckie

    nerdieduckie New Member

    That's interesting about the magnesium, because for a while I was taking a supplement that had magnesium in it 2x a day and I was having the heart problems then too, so I thought maybe the magnesium was causing it, because some people have said that happened to them before. Maybe I should try taking it again though. I only stopped because I got tired of taking so many pills a day.

    To the rest of you, I have read your posts but I will respond, I promise, haha. This one just caught my eye right at this moment.
  8. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Don't always think of fibro causing all of your medical problems, because you may overlook something major.

    Irregular heartbeat is one of them NOT to overlook. You most definitely need to see a cardiologist and start out with a Holter Monitor test. In fact, your regular doc could probably order one.

    A doc told me once that most heart attacks happen at night.

    As I just replied to someone else regarding irregular heartbeats, my heart problems started out that way. It is nothing to let go. PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT IT SOON!

  9. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    Just one more thing about the heartbeat...if your heartbeat is irregular but strong, then supplementing with Magnesium can help, but if it's irregular but weak then it's probably calcium you need instead. Calcium helps the contraction phase whereas Mangesium will help the relaxation phase of the beat.

    Here's a little article that you might find interesting
  10. footballmom

    footballmom New Member

    I have the same thing only I call it a flutter. It's a weird feeling and I usually get it when resting. I've mentioned it to my doctor and he seemed unconcerned.
  11. dwink

    dwink New Member

    Hi duckie:

    I have an irregular heartbeat sometimes at night. Have you ever been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolaspe? It can cause irregular heartbeats or a flip-flop feeling as well as palpatations. Mine does not cause me any problems other than the little flip-flop feeling or flutter as someone else said. A lot of people with FMS have Mitral Valve Prolapse. An Echo will confirm the diagnosis.

    Take care..

  12. k4k9

    k4k9 Member

    Its been some time since there has been any activity on this post. I'd like to know if any of your issues progressed? What where the results?

    I've been told I have an AV block that get progressively worse at rest. I've also noticed that whenever there is an increase in my vagal tone, going to the bathroom, after a large meal, under heavy stress the pauses happen more often.

    I'm 27, work out for hours a day and am in the best shape of my life. I often have symptoms of slight chest pain and dizziness when standing but nothing that has ever affected my way of life or prevented me from doing anything. I believe the dizziness is associated with low blood pressure and not the av block/bradycardia.

    I first really noticed the problem 5-6 years ago before I went to bed only. I wore a holter and they saw that my heart paused for 2.5 seconds while sleeping and saw the irregularity. they felt that it wasn't an issue and at times, my heart was just "re-calibrating". Stress test: went 15 minutes strong and echo showed no issues.

    Fast forward 6 years: Same doctor, (my now fiance) wants me to get checked out again. Same tests, Halter shows the pauses, Heart stopped for 3.5 seconds this time. Stress test went 15 minutes and echo showed no issues.

    This is when I learned about the "AV block" and was sent to an Cardiac Electrophysiology specialist. After 20 minutes of conversation and reviewing the results of my test he recommended a pacemaker! Seemed a bit excessive for someone my age without real symptom so I got a much deserved second opinion.

    Second Opinion: My new doctor is much more thorough. He had me wear a 30 day heart monitor (instead of a 2 day) and re-ran stress tests and echo. Everything came back ok. He knows I can feel the skipped beats (because i'm making events on the monitor) but confirmed the rhythm was either normal or slightly low. Nothing dangerous.

    I feel like these is something I can be doing. I will ask my doctor about electrolytes and magnesium. This condition is really stressing me out however. My biggest fear now is that this is progressive and I may "miss" the warning signs before something horrible happens.