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Bed-ridden, very weak, chest pains

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 21, 2007
  • 02:31 PM

Hi, it started with me trying out a cycle machine end of June this year. While trying out, I had near black-outs. not quite but almost. I was okay for the rest of the day. However the next day, I had near black-outs again, this time just sitting at my desk. Then my tongue/mouth felt numb. Went to the hospital. Nothing diagnosed. Rested the next day. However the morning of the third day, I felt worse than ever. Had palpitations whenever I moved slightly. Had weird sensations like blood rushing to my head. I was hospitalised in the evening. throughout my week there, I kept having palpitations (or awareness of my heart beating) and the weird sensations. Also, my neck and face occassionally gets numb. But the numbness goes away in a few minutes.

The doctors cleared my heart and brain. So now I'm back home. It's been almost 3 months and I'm still bed-ridden. I still have a heightened awareness of my heart beating and every slight movement brings about palpitations. My numbness has gone now though.

I have checked out Chronic Fatigue SYndrome. Besides the persistent fatigue, i do not have any of the 8 primary signs and symptoms except for extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise.

However, I do have the following:
* Fatigue:
* Post-exertional malaise
* chest pain
* palpitations
* slight weight loss but have since maintained
* dizziness

I hope someone might be able to tell me what is wrong with me soon.
Thanks.

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  • Were your episodes in the hospital captured on the monitors? What did they have to say about that?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
    • 10:45 AM
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  • Hi rad-skwThe hospital did not capture anything at all. During the 24-hr halter i wore, I felt the weird sensations coming and going but those were not captured at all. So i guess now I'm fairly convinced as well that it's not my heart although it still hurts and feels sore.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 02:08 AM
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  • Have you checked your blood pressure? I cheap automatic machine from a shop may provide you with some clues as to what your body is doing during the episodes? Try and get an upper arm automatic inflater - it might show nothing or it might show your BP is constalty and massivly changing (like mine) which although has not got me a diagnosis it got me a load more tests....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 24, 2007
    • 04:16 PM
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  • Hi h3rjp,During my hospital stay, the nurses kept tab on my heart rate and blood pressure as well. apparently, there was no sudden or out of ordinary changes to my pressure. They did blood tests as well. The only problems I had were high cholesterol (about 6.4) and low pottassium (which they fixed in hospital).By the way, I am 31 y.o., led a very sedentary lifestyle, normal amount of stress i guess.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 03:11 AM
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  • except for extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise.However, I do have the following: * Fatigue: * Post-exertional malaise * chest pain * palpitations * slight weight loss but have since maintained * dizzinessI hope someone might be able to tell me what is wrong with me soon. Thanks.Could be thyroid related and/or sleep apnea related. Since sleep apnea is a symptom of thyroid disease, I'd first get tested for the thyroid disease.http://thyroid.about.com/http://thesleepsite.com/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 09:12 AM
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  • Please consider NAET or BioSET as a possibility for relieving symptoms. I had all of yours and then some. I was bedridden for weeks at a time! 7 BioSET sessions later, my symptoms I suffered for years are gone. I was sick for a long time. N ot any more. Seriously, look into it. It is working miracles for many. I am but only one story. www.naet.com www.bioset.net for practicioners in your area.Stay well...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 09:50 PM
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  • Could be thyroid related and/or sleep apnea related. Since sleep apnea is a symptom of thyroid disease, I'd first get tested for the thyroid disease.http://thyroid.about.com/http://thesleepsite.com/Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, the doctors at the hospital has also cleared my thyroid. I have no problems with my sleeping.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 03:43 AM
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  • Please consider NAET or BioSET as a possibility for relieving symptoms. I had all of yours and then some. I was bedridden for weeks at a time! 7 BioSET sessions later, my symptoms I suffered for years are gone. I was sick for a long time. N ot any more. Seriously, look into it. It is working miracles for many. I am but only one story. www.naet.com www.bioset.net for practicioners in your area.Stay well...mommy catThank you. I will read more into it. They sound, on the surface, like a holistic way of living?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 04:47 AM
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  • Hi yes the nurses kept an eye on my blood pressure too why i was in hosptial it was variable but nothing out of the ordinary. It was only after i went home back to a more 'normal' lifestyle by rapidly chaning BP was picked up. It can be very normal, and then (in the space of minutes) increase through the roof and then drops through the floor. I've still not got a diagnosis but it gave the doctors much more to go on...best of luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 08:35 AM
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  • Hi yes the nurses kept an eye on my blood pressure too why i was in hosptial it was variable but nothing out of the ordinary. It was only after i went home back to a more 'normal' lifestyle by rapidly chaning BP was picked up. It can be very normal, and then (in the space of minutes) increase through the roof and then drops through the floor. I've still not got a diagnosis but it gave the doctors much more to go on...best of luckoh i see. well, i have been keeping tabs on my BP. not very big a variable.however i am bed-ridden so i am not doing a lot of things. my BP tends to be higher when I just get up. Then it regularises.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 09:08 AM
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  • Here is a blizzard of information about hypokalemia (or low levels of potassium chronically) The patient's history may be vague. Hypokalemia should be suggested by a constellation of symptoms that involve the GI, renal, musculoskeletal, cardiac, and nervous systems. The patient's medications should be reviewed to ascertain whether any of them could cause hypokalemia. Common symptoms include the following:PalpitationsSkeletal muscle weakness or crampingParalysis, paresthesiasConstipationNausea or vomitingAbdominal crampingPolyuria, nocturia, or polydipsiaPsychosis, delirium, or hallucinationsDepressionPhysicalFindings may include the following:Signs of ileusHypotensionVentricular arrhythmiasCardiac arrestBradycardia or tachycardiaPremature atrial or ventricular beatsHypoventilation, respiratory distressRespiratory failureLethargy or other mental status changesDecreased muscle strength, fasciculations, or tetanyDecreased tendon reflexesCushingoid appearance (eg, edema)CausesRenal lossesRenal tubular acidosisHyperaldosteronismMagnesium depletionLeukemia (mechanism uncertain)GI lossesVomiting or nasogastric suctioningDiarrheaEnemas or laxative useIleal loopMedication effectsDiuretics (most common cause)Beta-adrenergic agonistsSteroidsTheophyllineAminoglycosidesTranscellular shiftInsulinAlkalosisMalnutrition or decreased dietary intake, parenteral nutrition
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 10:17 AM
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  • Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones. You could possibily see a good quality naturopath or try the following.Your are what you eat is the most important thing you will hear from me.Eat salads, Museli for breakfast and seriously stay away from all junk foods even occassional pizza's. A low sugar low dairy diet will let the body heal itself. This is an alternative way of provide a cure let me know how you get on. THis method will take two weeks to see a change....but the lifesyle must be permanent...Drinking plenty of pure water will help flush the system.Regards Fault_Finder.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 02:23 PM
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  • Maybe you should ask about getting a stress test since your symptoms started with the excercise bicycle. You said you have high cholesterol also; maybe further evaluation will help.The low potassium (an eletrolyte imbalance) will affect your bp and pulse.Electrolyte imbalances can be caused by many things, some problems that often cause it are minor and some more serious.Many things disease wise can cause the things you describe happening to you; so you need to have a great dr to investigate what is going on until you have an answer. Never try to self diagnosis; and trust your gut instincts if they tell you something seems wrong. Hope this helps. I am not a dr; just someone who has had some similar problems myself over the years.Hi yes the nurses kept an eye on my blood pressure too why i was in hosptial it was variable but nothing out of the ordinary. It was only after i went home back to a more 'normal' lifestyle by rapidly chaning BP was picked up. It can be very normal, and then (in the space of minutes) increase through the roof and then drops through the floor. I've still not got a diagnosis but it gave the doctors much more to go on...best of luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
    • 05:33 PM
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  • Hi all, I am the original poster. Thanks so much for your replies.I am currently seeing a Chinese Physician. She gave me lots of herbal medicine. They are working, as far as I can tell. According to her, I am lacking in 'chi' or energy and that's really all there is to it. I am hoping she is right.I will come back in to update on my progress later on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 02:00 AM
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  • HiI am the original poster. I just wanted to update on my progress. It's been 4 years since I had the symptoms. I am much better now. I am still unable to do things which normal people do without second thoughts. I can't go out a whole day without consequences the next day and I found out that if I do not get enough sleep, some of my symptoms will reappear, albeit in a much milder form.As I mentioned before, the chinese medicine helped me get back on my feet, literally. The rest of it (from walking onward) was pure hard work and determination on my end. I still think I have chronic fatigue symptom but this is really self-diagnosis as my country does not have proper doctors who specialises on this type of "non-diseases". It really took me 4 years to get to this stage and I have to say I am extremely proud of myself. I even took on a job (my first in 4 years!), starting September. I am excited to go back to work, though at the back of my mind, I will always be a bit terrified that I will have a relapse or perhaps I won't be able to handle a full day at work. Nevertheless, I didn't get to where I am now by not trying.I would like to thank the people who took the time to reply to my posts. I appreciate it very much. I wish to give hope to the people reading this thread who have experienced or are experiencing the things I went through. It is scary not to know what is going on with your body and to think that everything is beyond your control. I would like to say, please persevere and do not give up hope. With the right support system and determination, this too will pass.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2011
    • 04:06 AM
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