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Chest & abdonimal flutter caused by noise.

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  • Posted By: Nutty-lulu
  • October 3, 2008
  • 09:44 AM

The last 10 months or so I have been having various palpitations, chest twinges, pains, and feelings of something flipping in my chest.
The doctors have checked my EKG on a couple of occasions in ER and nothing showed up, my GP has put my on blood pressure medications and Nexium, but the problem hasn't really gone.
In recent times a new thing has developed and it is quite odd.

Many times through the day, a small noise can trigger a shock like flutter through my body. Like a sound wave sensation. I feel it in my chest, abdomen, and I think even up into my head. It isn't really painful, but it makes me feel uncomfortable and a little worried as to what is happening.
It is quite an uncomfortable feeling, and the noises don't have to be loud to trigger it, and it is not like the noise surprised me, but it still causes this reaction through my body. It could be the motor of the refrigerator clicking on, or a car door closing outside.

I have also been get a similar sensation when swallowing my own saliva at times, with my ears popping loudly. I will swallow, my ears pop loudly and cause a shock sensation sometimes, then it wont happen again for a while, it just catches you by surprise when it does, and swallowing again straight after doesn't cause a problem.

I seem to be in a never ending cycle at the moment, and it is one thing after another. My GP I think is starting to think I am making it up, but it is scaring me to death and very real.

I am very overweight...this year I had lost about 35kg (75 lb) but have regained some of it..about 7kg (16lb) in recent months.

I still have a lot to lose, and with all my worries, I just seem to be struggling to keep things together. I am a 44 year old female in Australia, and afraid something bad is happening. I just feel nobody is listening

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  • Last night was particularly bad. I was laying in bed watching TV, and it was a particularly noisy program (War of the Worlds)...I had to have the sound down so low, as it was triggering these reactions every few minutes. In the end I had to turn the program over to something else that was a little more calm and less gunfire and banging about.Like I have said, it isn't because the noise is startling me, it can be the smallest noise at times, and a noise I am totally prepared for. Sometimes it doesn't even need a noise to trigger it, I just get this little "surge" runs through me that runs from my head to lower abdomen.
    Nutty-lulu 2 Replies
    • October 3, 2008
    • 11:51 PM
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  • You really should see a cardiologist! Ask about a heart halter monitor test.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 00:11 AM
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  • I just joined this site because I read your post. I thought I was crazy-same thing happens to me. Not sure why but if you find anything out I would love to know. Just wanted you to know that you are not the only one with this problem.
    wyldflower 3 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 11:26 AM
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  • The sensations you are experiencing are actually being caused by a normal physiological process that has been exacerbated, very likely by anxiety or considerable stress. The process is known as the fight or flight reaction and occurs when sensory feedback signals the brain that a threat is imminent, whether real or merely perceived. It's very important to understand in such cases that this type of condition is not associated with mere situational anxiety, the symptoms of which are most recognizable to everyone having experienced it. The fight or flight response is innate in all humans and under normal circumstances, is designed to accelerate certain physiological processes in order to either repel a threat or escape from it and represents a survival instinct. This same mechanism, however, can be invoked if an individual is undergoing sufficient stress or anxiety that would make a person fearful of some consequence that they aren't readily faced with, but nevertheless represents a real potential. The stress typically is enduring over a period of 6 months or more and is subsequent to major life events such as losing a loved one, going through divorce, losing a job or even getting a brand new one. In the case where loud noises are causing the symptoms to appear, remember that the sense of hearing is very capable of inducing physiological responses to fear, a good example being a very loud noise. Many persons being startled by loud noises can feel their heart skip a beat and subsequently begin pounding forcefully, with increased respiration, sinking sensations felt in the abdomen, sweating, muscle twitching, even changes in cognition. In the case of a person under extreme stress or experiencing chronic anxiety, the senses remain sort of on high alert and can become very sensitive- in the case of hearing, something known as hyperacusis can develop. Even slight sounds can be amplified or appear to be overbearing and cause the body to respond physiologically. Your symptoms would not suggest an underlying pathology of any type and you should not be concerned that the palpitations, which is merely caused by vagus nerve stimulation as part of a parasympathetic nervous response, represent any type of cardiovascular problem of any type. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 03:19 PM
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