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mineofuselessinformation Tue 22-Oct-13 20:05:17

I hope someone can give me some advice...... Since about 12 noon today I've been having palpitations. I do get them occasionally but usually they last a few seconds then go. My heart rate isn't particularly fast. Do I need to do anything?
I have been very stressed recently.....

mineofuselessinformation Sat 26-Oct-13 18:27:56

Framey, I've tried the nose thing and it doesn't help.
Kernow, this is a bit more than a few here and there. The nurse counted ten in 60 seconds at A&E. (I managed 23 'alarms' in a row on the heart monitor too.)
I know it's probably nothing, but it's now day 5 and counting, and they're still going now and again, which is highly annoying. I'd rather they had a pattern than this.

Jbck Sat 26-Oct-13 18:57:34

I've been having the ectopic beats frequently for 2 years now but kind of learned to live withthem, I was told beta blockers didn't always make any difference to ectopics and as the palpitations I also had were much less frequent I didn't bother as they had horrible side effects when I needed them years ago when I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

I've had ecg, 24 and 72 hour monitoring, 2 heart scans but everything is normal. Thyroid levels checked every 3 then 6 months when I had been on annual checks for years.

They are very disconcerting, I have them several times an hour and they tend to do a little run quite often, maybe 4 or 5 in a row so I sympathise.

Panic makes them worse so I try and stay calm and still if they are bad or carry on regardless so they are less noticeable when I'm going about my daily business.

Recently I realised they've been a lot less frequent, still have at least one epside a day but compared to several every hour , even waking me sometimes I can cope better with it just now.

I find a similar thing as suggested above helps but I sort of do like Im trying to burp and it can help, not always but worth a go.

I was told they were a normal abnormality and everyone has them at some point, like when people say 'my heart skipped a beat' thats most likely an odd ectopic.

Fingers crossed you get everything checked out and there's no underlying cause.

Do others find beta blockers do make a difference to the ectopics themselves? Once I knew what each thing was it was easy to distinguish between an actual run of palpitations and these.

Excuse me hogging your thread with my massive post smile

mineofuselessinformation Fri 08-Nov-13 22:34:16

Just resurrecting this to say I saw a gp on the 28th who said until she knew if I had thyroid tests done, she didn't want to do anything. I was then contacted by the surgery on the 31st asking me to make an appointment for thyroid tests and an EEG, which I went to today...
The saga continues as my notes say the tests and EEG are for a referral, which I didn't know, so there is no 24hr test in the offing for some time yet.

Jbck Sat 09-Nov-13 17:16:36

OP hang in there, not knowing is sometimes harder than a dx, I know thats not always true but hopefully once you find out whats causing them, there will be a treatment or way of coping.

mineofuselessinformation Sat 09-Nov-13 18:48:38

Thanks Jbck. Palpitations are much less now, thankfully (I was actually frightened which is unusual for me, can cope with my asthma getting bad etc), but I am wondering whether it's all tied in with my thyroid.
I normally take a b vitamin complex, and notice the difference when I don't..... I've been incredibly tired for the last two years really, with dry skin and lately my hair is falling out badly.
It would be good if I could get some answers soon.
I'm just so frustrated that it's a good time since I went to A&E, no 24 hr EEG in sight and can't help wondering if it's all a funding thing.

Marjie3 Sat 09-Nov-13 21:54:32

Palpitations can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Google other signs and symptoms to see if it could be this. I use magnesium oil and the palpitations I was getting have now stopped

babyjane67 Sun 10-Nov-13 08:37:35

Has the gp given you blood tests chking thyroid etc?
Ive had that&a quick ecg done in the gp surgery
She referred me to cardiologist amyway for24hr evh which ive gotta have on22nd of this month
My palps have got worse&more often lately
Im gettimg them most days now&numerous times!
Do yrs happen out of the blue?
Whether youre doing anything?
Do you get chest pain with them?
I do alot of the time but not every time
I sympathise its horrible!

babyjane67 Sun 10-Nov-13 08:38:15

#24hr ecg i meant!lol

mineofuselessinformation Tue 12-Nov-13 18:23:17

I've had:
Quick ECG in A&E
Heart monitor in A&E
Bloods in A&E (don't know what though).
Then gp insisted on thyroid test, but only did tsh, not t3 or t4
Also had quick ECG in gp surgery.
I have no idea what's going to happen now......

babyjane67 Tue 12-Nov-13 19:39:48

Go back to gp&ask for referral for24hr ecg
whats the difference between tsh&t3 t4?
They just told me over the phone all was normal.didnt mention ts anything!

mineofuselessinformation Sat 16-Nov-13 18:44:43

So... My thyroid (tsh) test was normal.
A referral for a 24 hr ECG has miraculously appeared for the 4th December.
The saga continues!

babyjane67 Sun 17-Nov-13 08:35:22

Hope it goes ok mineof
Ive gotta have mine this coming Friday
Lets hope we both get something out if it!

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