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Atenolol issues

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  • Posted By: Snevey
  • August 17, 2011
  • 05:44 PM

Good afternoon all. I'm having an issue that I thought I'd share with the group for opinions. Back on 1/26/2011 I was jogging on the treadmill, nothing new for me, nothing different, 5.5 mph pace. This was a "fasted" cardio session as I've always done. I got into a terrible issue where I could feel my heart "fluttering" (palpitations?), so I pulled the emergency stop on the treadmill to let it slow down. Well, after 15 minutes, it didn't. I notified the front desk staff and they called an ambulance. Just as they arrived, it stopped, which is a good thing, because I started to get tunnel visioned, next step felt like I was going to pass out. I could only see what was directly in front of me, everything in the peripheral vision area was blurred.

Once at the ER, they did the usual to check the heart. Blood tests were done, ECG/EKG, x-rays, and finally an exercise stress test with an ultrasound (maybe standard, i don't know). Everything came back looking normal. In fact I felt normal, but when you go to the ER with a heart issue, they don't let you leave until they are sure you aren't having a heart attack.

I was referred to my GP. Weeks went by and he didn't have an answer. Finally, as I was still having intermittent heart palps, he prescribed me Atenolol. I thought great, this may help and was actually ecstatic about it. I couldn't be more wrong. When I jog now, I can't catch my breath and I get extremely light headed. When I'm done with jogging, I feel aweful; light headed, dizzy, disoriented, etc. I feel that my heart isn't able to keep up with this level of activity on this med. That was April of 2011. NOW, in August, after the Dr told me he didn't feel like this was due to the Atenolol, I'm still having this issue, big time. Now, I get it from throwing a football (does involve some running/sprinting) and if I climb two flights of stairs at work. Hate taking the elevator because I'm in better shape then that. Here are some more of my symptoms:

Constant fatigue
Trouble falling asleep; I feel REALLY tired and my eyes are "heavy" but as soon as I close them I feel wide awake.
Trouble waking up in the morning, probably due to not being able to fall asleep (sometimes I lay in bed for 1.5 hours trying to fall asleep) and often resort to supplementing with 5mg of Melotonin to assist me in falling asleep.
Chest pressue and trouble breathing after any level of exercise, except weight lifting which is weird.
Constant head fog, I never seem to wake up, even with stimulants such as caffeine.
I can surely sleep once I fall asleep though. I could sleep for 11 or 12 hours a day if I let myself.

I used to get up to go to the gym 4 or 5 days a week for weights and cardio. Now I can't get up anymore, as I'm way to tired.

My Dr. insists this is not because of the Atenolol, but that's the only "new" thing I'm on. Also on a thyroid med for hypothyroidism. He needs to help me find out what my issue is then, if it's not the Atenolol.

Has anyone else had this type of experience once put on Atenolol? I'm 31 years old, 5'10" and 214 lbs and approx 20% bf. (I use calibers on multiple body regions.)

Anything anyone has to offer would be appreciated? Have you had a similar experience? I want to lose more body fat, but if exercising is going to kill me, I'd rather be "fat"... ;)

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