rapid heartbeat still

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Chilene, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    ok, i'm getting irritated and still worried.

    i posted about this about a week ago...

    went to the doctor (nurse practitioner) about a week ago as i was having what seemed to be constant fast breathing (though i wasn't much more tired than usual, just moving slower) and my heart rate seemed faster than ususal. i did think it might be in response to alot more exercise than usual as i had done more cleaning than usual and threw a party. my doc thought a few drinks (not usual for me) might have also dehydrated me and in response, made my heart rate go up.

    the nurse kept trying to write it off as mostly sinus/breathing allergy stuff... but i made her give me an EKG... it came out "a bit high, but in normal range" and similar to one i had done years back. at the time, my heart area itself seemed heavier, somehow or slightly tired/sore.

    the soreness in that area and my slow moving seemed to get better over the week. i cut out coffee a few days. i started adding it back (and had more than usual, 3 cups, yesterday...) and by last night i thought my heart was going to pop out of my chest (this has never happened with 2 or 3 cups before). not to mention i was bouncing off the walls.

    am worried because overall, the fast heartbeats seem constant (obviously worse with coffee, my one vice that gets me through the day, even one cup helps my energy/fibrofog)... i always drank one cup or so and never woke up in the morning or went to bed with this really fast heartbeat! (also, i do have mitral valve prolapse). is it just still a response to so much exercise a two weeks ago, i wonder?

    argh! this is scary. i'm afraid to exercise or clean! i really don't want to hit the emergency room (HOURS of waiting in chicago). the heart rate is a bit better today, but still fast.

    wonder if i should try to get back in to my regular doc this week or see a specialist? i realllly don't want to do emergency room if i don't have to.

    sorry this is long!

    anyone have this for long periods of time?

  2. IowaMorningGlory

    IowaMorningGlory New Member

    I have had mitral prolapse valve for over 30 years now and does seem to be associated with FM. I have also been a nurse for over nine years.

    It cannot be diagnosed other than for the doctor to be able to hear it. It is like a murmur in that respect, it can only be heard.

    Like you my heart seems to race so bad it seems it will pop out of my chest. At times it got so bad it was almost as if I could feel my heart "turning over" in my chest. For real, my husband and kids could feel it, literally.

    It also give me anxiety attacks, so that makes it worse.

    Do you take anything for the MVP? For years I took Lopresser to slow my heart rate. It worked wonderfully, but did make me tired as I have low blood pressure anyway. I since have quit taking it (my decision), but my MVP is not as severe lately as it once was.

    Hope this helps.
    Take care and kitten hugs,
    Blessed Be,

  3. happycanuk

    happycanuk New Member

    Sounds like you need to go to the Dr. again. The ECG only shows it acting up at that moment in time. I went for several of them, and they all came back normal. Then one day, it wouldn't stop and I went to ER. Turns out it was Atrial Fibrillation. I have been to the ER on two occassions for this now, but mostly the meds I take control it. It was beating at 165 beats a minute and probably was going even faster before I got to ER. It can cause a stroke, so it is nothing to take lightly. The thing is, it is very hard to catch. Has to be doing it at the time for them to see it.

  4. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    hi laurie!

    so nice to "meet" you;)

    i can't tell you how helpful it is just hearing from one "like" person on this message board.

    i have a hunch, too, that the MVP is involved here. i've had a number of doctors tell me that they could hear the extra 'click'. i used to have some quick, sharp pinching in my chest... but not the heart rate going nuts...

    i think i will just keep monitoring things and check back with my doctor if it continues. a few years back, my doc did say that if things became a real problem, we could try meds for the mvp (although she also said it might make me more tired... plus i'm allergic to every med i take, it seems...).

    i read your profile and i, too, feel so strongly about the strength and love of animals and nature! don't have pets (allergic to cats;( but LOVE them, especially) as i live alone in a city apartment... but may have to one day for sanity!

    many thanks and blessings to you, too, laurie!


  5. Chilene

    Chilene New Member


    nice to "meet", too!

    thanks much for your concern. oh, dear... i was worried that the regular doc's office might not be on top of things...

    what's CRAZY is that i also avoid the ER because last time i was there... the pain of the IV in my arm caused me to pass out so long (they got worried the way my heart slowed) that i ended up in a trauma unit overnight... with my heart being monitored! (i think i only went in to the ER for MRI's!)...

    wonder if they can skip the IV... they told me it was mandatory last time!

    argh... this dd!

    thanks, again!

    (love your profile photo--so pretty!)

  6. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member


    I would take another visit to a doctor. My opinion is that you really can't second guess chest pains.

    I used to get them, but Klonopin stopped it.

    With a doctor it is important to get to the bottom of it.

    You take care!!!!


  7. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    I do think this is associated with CFS. I also have this happen. My doc put a holter monitor on me for 48 hours and my heart rate went from about 90 to 145 day and night for the whole 48 hours. Now she has me on a King of Hearts monitor. I have to use it until they call and tell me to bring it back. Could be up to a month.Any time I have an episode that I think my heart is racing, I have to record it and send it to the hospital over the phone. Of course I have been wearing it for three days and have only had it happen once in that time....kinda like a car making a funny noise....don't happen if someone else listens to it....lol....only when you are alone in the car. Thats how this monitor is. I swear my body knows I am wearing it so it refuses to happen. Anyway, this might be something to mention to your doc to try to get a good reading of what is really happening....Good luck..~hugs~ Mick!!
  8. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    many thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by!

    keep well yourself!

    (oh, read your profile and i, too, LOVE getting packages in the mail... though too broke to buy anything lately!;)...

  9. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    nice to 'meet', too;)...

    i have just now been reading about that heart monitor on this board the last day... didn't even know it existed!...

    i will bring that up to my doc... glad for this board...

    and yes, every time i go to the doc for something... it's better that day! life;)

    take care and soft hugs--

  10. Bobfmsmcs

    Bobfmsmcs New Member

    My heart rate has been fast for about 10 to 12 days. I suspected some allergen or chemical. After reading your message I also wonder if the cold or flu or whatever it is that is going around may be causing this. I have had for about 6 to 8 weeks, very mild symptoms of cold or flu or odd allergy. Other people in S. FL also have this but some more severe than I. My symptoms have included earache, ringing in the ears, intermittent very mild sore throat, occasional non productive cough lasting only a few seconds, headache, other sinus symptoms, itchy eyes. It almost seems more like allergy rather than a cold or flu. Other people have more cough and congestion resembling a cold or flu rather than allergy.

    I would tend to agree with the nurse that said it was a reaction to allergen (or chemical.) This is a common sign of allergy / chem sensitivity. Could have been a cleaning agent in your prep for the party - residue still present in your environment. Could be someones perfume - residue still present in your environment.

    Drinking coffee is not healthy for people with FMS. Using drugs to cope in life or mask problems will typically not be a good thing. Perhaps your body is becoming more sensitive to coffee?
  11. Chilene

    Chilene New Member


    good to meet you;)...

    the allergy factor could be a factor as well.... my allergies had been better over the summer (open windows in a dusty, chicago apartment are actually preferrable than closed windows!) and quite awful again since the fall/cold (shut windows).

    i have an assistant that helps me clean... and i try to have her do most of the dusting (and i try to leave when possible, and only damp cloth and no chemicals)... well, i think we did a poor job last time. cleaned SO much for the party and it was very cold out (i have radiators and my landlord controls the heat)... so i only had once window open and my air purifiers are quite old... so my sinuses and allergies also went nuts just after this party. still constantly blowing my nose and stuffed up (not a cold).

    verrrrry good point as well! if it weren't for a bunch of other factors, i might move to a warmer climate (but then the trees and grass might be a problem. lol!)

    thank you SO much.

    take care!

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  12. jens2angels

    jens2angels New Member

    Might not hurt to have your hemoglobin checked either.

    Your symptoms also are the same as anemia too.
  13. Chilene

    Chilene New Member

    nice to meet you!

    thanks, jen. i already need to get more blood labs done soon. so i will check into this again!

    cute photo of your halloween child!

    fibro hugs!

  14. IowaMorningGlory

    IowaMorningGlory New Member

    So sorry about the accident. It still amazes me how such a thing can ultimately affect out immune systems.

    I just had to mention, I too am trying to get my poems published. I write in metaphor and have wrote since 1979, so I have quite a collection.

    I wish you lots of luck in all you do, you sound and look like a great person. Oh! and looks like we live fairly close to each other.

    Wish we could trade email on here...oh!well maybe someday.
    I have a hard time with the chat room and different time zones, etc. (Hey, but we should actually be in same time zone!)

    Keep in touch and take care,
    Blessed Be,

    P.S. We just adopted another kitten. Kids are exstatic, but my house is getting to small. :)
    [This Message was Edited on 11/12/2006]
  15. jens2angels

    jens2angels New Member

    I know when I was pg for my daughter my heart rate went

    sky high and I would have a hard time breathing.

    When they checked me for anemia it was a whole 8.6! That

    explained that! You definately want to get it checked out!

    Thanks about my son, I just loved that costume. Kept him so warm and he just looked so darn cute!
  16. boltchik

    boltchik New Member

    I wrote to you when you posted about this before, so sorry you are still dealing with it. It sounds like you need to go back to the dr. as some other posters have suggested. Well, I don't have much advice as I do not have mvp, but please keep us posted on what your dr. says. I hope you are feeling better this evening. Just wanted to tell you that you are in my prayers. Kim :)
  17. joyfully

    joyfully New Member

    I have Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia. I take Inderal for this. I copied this info from another source. My heartbeat will go up to 200 beats per minute. It was very scary until they put me on Inderal. I'm fine on the Inderal.

    My heart rate increases when I'm fighting an infection. I can tell that my heart is "acting a bit funny" a couple days before I even get the symptoms of getting sick.

    I can't consume any caffeine or my heart gets jumpy. The Inderal is a Beta Blocker and it does make me feel tired.

    Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia: Bouts of rapid, regular heart beats originating in the atrium (upper chamber of the heart). Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT) consists of periods of very rapid and regular heart beats that begin and end abruptly. During the bouts of PAT, the heart rate typically speeds up to 160-to-200 beats per minute.

    PAT is due to abnormalities in the AV node "relay station" that lead to rapid firing of electrical impulses from the atrium which bypass the AV node under certain conditions. "Certain conditions" include alcohol excess, too much stress, the intake of caffeine (including that in Coke and other colas), the presence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and excessive thyroid hormone intake. Some drugs can also trigger PAT.

    PAT is an example of an arrhythmia where the abnormality is in the electrical system of the heart, while the heart muscle and valves may be entirely normal.

    Oh, I just thought of something else and I came back to add it. I go into tachycardia if I get any epinephrine. It can even be a tiny dose as what is usually in novacaine (spelling?) when I'm getting dental work done. I have to ask for novacaine WITHOUT epinephrine in it. The shot doesn't last as long, but I don't go into tachycardia.

    I've had a couple of scary episodes in the dentist's office until they figured this out.
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  18. IowaMorningGlory

    IowaMorningGlory New Member

    Boy can I relate to the dentist's office. Because of my MPV I have to premedicate, but the last time I was there the novacaine gave me an anxiety attack. It took me several minutes to relax and breath right and heart to stop racing. They thought I was going to pass out.

    Don't want to have that happen again, it was pretty scary.

    Take care & Blessed Be,
  19. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    Like Joyfully's post, my son had a similar electrical problem with his heart. His was called PWP Syndrome (Wolff, Parkinson, White). It is a condition that you are born with but some never experience any symptoms. My son's didn't start until he was 11. Some people have been diagnosed at the age of 70+.

    Putting in an IV can break the electrical stimulation and cause the heart to slow down. There are several other tricks that my son used to try as well. (Some of them pretty strante) Putting his face into ice water, believe if or not, standing on his head. He also used to take inderal, like Joyfully currently does.

    He had surgery to fix the problem when he was 14. They do
    it through cathaterization and it very safe these days.
    It is usually diagnosed by looking at the ECG.

    Please go back to your Dr and insist on a referral to a specialist.

    All the best,

  20. wld285

    wld285 New Member

    I also have this problem. About 7 yrs. ago I was put on synthroid and had a really bad experience. My heartrate was very high, took couple of months before I new I would't die. I still have hgh heartrate, it is worse in the a.m. and goes down some during evening. Why? I guess I' never know.

    All the best