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Palpitations, numbness, lightheadedness. Virus? Bacteria? Thanks!

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  • Posted By: shinydove
  • November 30, 2007
  • 09:50 PM

I'm a 22 year old male in very good physical condition. I eat healthily, exercise, and don't drink/smoke/drugs, and have had a very relaxed last couple of months untill this happened:

Stupidly I gave myself a tap water enema. 2 days later I notice some infrequent but obvious misfiring heartbeats (Part of my heart was beating when it shouldn't have been). Later they where partnered with some serious lightheadedness and dizziness. This nearly always occurred in at nighttime before bed and in the afternoon.

The palpitations got continuously more frequent, and after a week they where happening very close together (but still usually only at night) . At this point I went into the doctor and they did the many tests usually associated with heart problems. They ALL came back negative. They laughed and dismissed the idea that a virus or bacteria contracted from the tap water enema could have been the cause. I have no doubt that it was, to dismiss it as coincidence seems foolish to me.

Now, two weeks later, the palpitations have died down to very infrequent (maybe a couple of noticeable ones a day?), but I have started getting severe numbness in my left arm and left chest area, especially at night before I go to bed, while I'm in bed, and when I wake up. I'm also very lightheaded throughout the day, and a bit of full body numbness.

Has anyone else heard of/experienced something similar? What water bourne virus or bacteria could be causing this?

Thanks everyone!

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  • Hi! I'm a 21 year old male with your symptoms. Read my thread. However, take note that this is just a very good guess as to what's wrong with me, and you probably do not have it unless you eat lots of artificially sweetened things (unfortunately in hundreds of products). I had symptoms more similar 2 years ago, about 6 months after the symptoms got severe, when I lied down my entire body went numb for 12 seconds, and I couldn't feel a pulse till I sat up for a while. Drink plenty of water and don't take the enema again ;) While you may not have my particular allergy, you may have another. (Edit: lol sorry about the edits. It just occured to me stupidly that you may be allergic to the enema). Whatever it is, numbness in the chest are is NOT GOOD. (go to the ER if it gets severe) Severe allergic reaction is called anaphylactic shock and can very possibly kill you. Edit: hmm.. you may be allergic to the enema O.O But yeah the doctors are prolly right that this isn't a bug. Edit: Also check your blood pressure, it should be low if what you have is what I think you have. Also, lying down (and sleeping) causes your blood pressure to drop, explaining why it happens at night.
    not a fifty five 34 Replies
    • December 1, 2007
    • 00:31 AM
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  • Wait, full body numbness when you wake up? I'd go call the ER immediately, when they ask you why and your symptoms I think they'd agree with me you need to be seen right away. Edit: If possible have someone else drive you, too. If you're alone and your symptoms very suddenly get much worse... I'd call 911. Also, I do NOT have a medical license, please can someone else post here???
    not a fifty five 34 Replies
    • December 1, 2007
    • 01:05 AM
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  • Hi,I couldn't help but read your post. I am empathetic since I have been suffering with similar simptoms for over a year. My thoughts on this strange syndrome? Virus. I hate to rain in fear, but this is obviously something that is being passed around. My advice is don't bother with internet posts or doctors. Call the Center for Disease Control. Perhaps they will listen.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 22, 2008
    • 06:44 PM
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  • I'd ask why a healthy 20-something guy would give himself an enema, but maybe I don't really want to know. Constipation? Upset stomach? If so, read on: Chest pain can be caused by gastresophageal reflux, which can worsen when you lie down. Maybe you're lying around watching TV before bed, and thats what's triggering it. Good luck.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 07:19 PM
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