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Palpitations, What should I do?

(38 Posts)
KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:01:43

Over the past few days I have noticed what feel like heart palpitations, I can feel my heart going 'funny'.

I've also been feeling a bit dizzy.

I've just put this down to tiredness as I have 3 ds and the youngest is 10 weeks.

I am overweight but an losing it by healthy eating.

Would you go to the DR or just ignore it i'm worried he would just dismiss as i'm on the larger side.


hercules1 Wed 22-Jul-09 21:02:43

You could be anaemic. I would go and get tested and get your ferris serum levels checked too. (iron storage levels).

rubyslippers Wed 22-Jul-09 21:03:01

go to your GP

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 21:08:19

sounds like anaemia

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:09:43

Anaemia hadn't even entered my head. I am breast feeding do you think that makes a difference?

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 21:13:19

Are you eating well? Plenty of iron rich foods etc?

hercules1 Wed 22-Jul-09 21:14:02

No, it wont be the breastfeeding. It will be the pregnancy. Very common to be anaemic when pregnant.

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:21:07

I am eating well but probably not enough iron.

I actually panicked and thought I was going to die in my sleep last night and never see my boys again.

Very dramatic.

I'll try and get an appointment tomorrow but with all the swinwe flu about i doubt i'll get in.

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 21:22:52

If you can't see your gp it may be worth getting hold of a health visitor, if thats any easier.

hercules1 Wed 22-Jul-09 21:22:58

I would try to speak to someone on the phone and see if you can get a blood test done. A practice nurse should be okay to do all this.

You might well be too anaemic to simply up it through food without getting prescription strenght iron tablets.

flier Wed 22-Jul-09 21:25:28

There are liquid iron supplements you can get that can be both more tolerated by your system and quicker acting. Can't remember names just now but I know that Boots sell them, not sure if you'd get them on prescription. Of course you should get bloods checked before taking anything.

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:26:33

I did notice we brought normal coffee instead of decaff which I havent had for ages.

I'll ring the practice tomorrow and see what she says.

But thanks you have put my mind at rest.

It's certainly given me a kick up the bum to get healthy.

Posey Wed 22-Jul-09 21:27:11

I agree with everyone else. But you could also be dehydrated. If you are breastfeeding, running around after 3 children in the warm weather you may not be drinking enough. It made a huge difference to me when I started drinking more.

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:30:56

Thats true Posey, when I was at work I always used to have a litre bottle of water on my desk.

I still have a couple of pints of water a day but nowhere near enough.

LeonieSoSleepy Wed 22-Jul-09 21:31:12

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fatsatsuma Wed 22-Jul-09 21:33:01

After I had dd3 I started getting palpitations. GP ran some blood tests and it turned out my thyroid gland had packed up.

It's easily treated with thyroxine so not a big problem, but it may be something else your GP should consider.

Thyroid problems are quite common after pregnancy, and palpitations are usually a symptom of an over-active rather than under-active thyroid - but I definitely had them when my thryoid levels were very low.

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:34:26

Hope that ones not serious!

fatsatsuma Wed 22-Jul-09 21:34:42

Cross-posted with Leonie grin - but we are both thinking thyroid so do mention it to your GP.

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:36:47

Phew thought I was on my way to the pearly gates

fatsatsuma Wed 22-Jul-09 21:40:47

No, it's usually not serious at all smile. But your thyroid gland affects your entire metabolic system, so if it's not working properly it can affect you in lots of different ways eg. gain/lose weight, feel tired/anxious/depressed, problems with skins and hair etc.

It is generally very easily treated with medication so not something to worry about, but just get it checked out.

makedoandmend Wed 22-Jul-09 21:46:21

Was just about to post what Leonie and fatsatsuma said. I've had an underactive thyroid since I was nine and heart palpitations where sometimes I feel I've had one two many or one two few beats usually let me know that I need to get my levels checked as my levels are possibly too high.

makedoandmend Wed 22-Jul-09 21:47:43

Levels of thyroxine that is (sorry that wasn't very clear was it blush)

KEAWYED Wed 22-Jul-09 21:51:17

I've never really been a 'poorly' person so it feels weird.

But i'll take everyones advice on board and see the DR.

LeonieSoSleepy Thu 23-Jul-09 14:31:36

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fatsatsuma Thu 23-Jul-09 18:01:17

Thanks Leonie, I had never understood the palps as all the info says palps = hyper.

When I was diagnosed I actually felt really well, which in hindsight was prob my body going into overdrive with all the adrenaline etc. GP said I would soon start to feel much worse if I didn't take the thyroxine. My TSH was 90 or something.

I find the whole thing quite weird really. And it seems such a balancing act getting the thyroxine levels right. Since going on levothyroxine I have felt well but some recent bloods showed that my levels had gone too high, and I've had to cut down from 100mg to 75mg - and am now feeling tired, grumpy etc etc.

Sorry KEAWYED - have started diverting your thread onto me and my problems...grin

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