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I used to post on here a lot but life is too busy nowadays. But I'm a bit worried and I was hoping the Mumsnet collective hive mind could reassure me.
I'll be going about my business and I'm not especially stressed or anxious and my heart will give a great thump. The gp sent me for blood tests which came back normal. They did a short ecg which came up normal and they're now waiting on the results of a 24 hr ecg. The trouble is it scares me when it happens. I'm a lone parent with a rather useless ex who doesn't have them over night and I think the trouble is if I was seriously ill there's no one who could care for them, so I over think.
I am perimenopausal and I did wonder if it was hormone related but the gp wasn't convinced.
Do you have the same problem? What would you suggest? Is it nothing but stress or hormones?
It's been particularly bad today so I'm feeling really anxious.
I had terrible palpitations in the peri menopause stage, had a cardiology check up and everything was fine though. It was my GP who thought they had a hormonal link. Since I started HRT nine months ago they have disappeared, well apart from the occasional event.
So glad it's not just me. I do get a racing heart but it's these great thumps that really freak me out. My hormones are all over the place and my period is erratic and heavy when it does come. But the gp thinks it's anxiousness and stress.
I wasn't an overly anxious person until now!
I might try drinking more water as I don't drink enough. Pms I have loads of palpitations then too. I've even given up caffeine but I'm not sure it's helped.
I have this feeling of doom like something awful will happen lately which isn't me at all.
If it helps, a huge number of people have these 'ectopic beats'. The heart is putting in an extra beat occasionally. Most people don't notice them. Some hearts are naturally more bouncy and people can feel the extra beat happening. Nearly always harmless, but annoying. The 24 hr recording will show what's what. Keeping things crossed for that.
Do you ever get palpitations as well? I used to get both the thumping/racing heart and palpitations fairly regularly (although never when I had an ecg!) and it turned out I had B12 deficiency which was causing it. Have you had any blood tests?
B12 deficiency is usually caused by some sort of absorption problem because it's readily available in meat and dairy products. In which case, taking B12 supplements is useless, it is usually supplemented with injections. It has a huge list of potential symptoms, have a look and see if anything rings a bell, my main one was the weird heart rhythms and breathlessness but in hindsight I had quite a few others as well.
I've had this for 19 years (since I was pregnant with ds2). I've had every investigation under the sun and nothing found. I have spells where I don't get it for months and then have loads over the course of a few days. It's often worse when I'm coming down with something. I definitely get it less these days. I am reassured by the fact that I'm still alive!
I am not perimenopausal but I get these and one of the most predictable causes I've found is a sugar crash from eating too much ice cream or something ( so a carbohydrate rich meal as a PP said.) I'm glad all your tests have come back normal I don't feel quite so worried about it now