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Heart Palpatations Chest Pain Nausea

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  • Posted By: Snibidy
  • July 15, 2013
  • 04:57 PM

So I have had heart palpatations for roughly 5 months now. They started only in the evening for 15 to thirty minutes at a time. However. Last month I Had really severe ones that would last a couple hours at a time and were accompanied by chest pain, insane fear of death. nausea, vomiting and dizziness. It was so bad I had to go to the emergency room. They did an ekg, blood work and a chest x-ray. .All came back normal.They gave me some alprozolam and sent me on my way. (it didn't really work just made me not care about the flutters.) Later I went to a doctor and had a halter monitor put on. He said the test confirmed that I had PAC's. (Normally associated with stress.) I have tried to cut out a lot of stress, and don't feel stressed. However I still have the PAC's chest pain etc. This week they have been really bad .I have even added blurred vision to my list of symptoms. The PAC's have been lasting longer (6-8 hours at a time 4-5 days in a row.) Not sure what to do. Anyone else have similar problems?


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  • Hi-oSadly, I don't know what a PAC is, and when I look it up it comes up with the political organization :( BUT! I do have some interesting ideas as to what could be causing your problems. Hypoglycemia is something you should check for, if you have not had your blood sugar taken already. It's important to measure blood sugar at the time you are experiencing symptoms in order to get accurate results. Also, you can do a little test by yourself - the next time you experience these symptoms, have a bite or two of chocolate, or anything sweet. If your symptoms improve following the munches, then you may be experiencing a transient episode of low blood sugar. Definitely something to ask your doctor about.Panic attacks can cause palpitations. Only you know whether or not that is a realistic cause of yours, but it's something to think about.Do you also notice yourself sweating a lot? Do you have pain in your flank? A more exotic diagnosis that could explain your symptoms is pheochromocytoma. These are neoplasms that grow on your adrenaline glands, causing episodic symptoms of fear, anxiety, sweating, nausea, etc. These are just a couple ideas. I am 90% sure that it's some sort of endocrine problem causing those symptoms, ruling out a panic disorder, so please talk to a professional about hypoglycemia and pheochromocytoma! An endocrinologist can help you diagnose these conditions, among other things. Talk to your GP first.
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