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Palpitations, weakness, and a strange feeling in my chest.

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  • Posted By: BaronVonBlackhardt
  • November 13, 2008
  • 03:31 AM

The palpitations seem to be more persistent after dark. There's also a strange feeling in my chest that I cannot quite pinpoint as tightness, pressure or anything else. There's also the occasional muscle twitch in my heart area and lower abdomen. Also keeping in mind, all of the things I mentioned seem more frequent on the left-hand side of my body.

Also, I seem to be a bit trembly sometimes, as though every time my heart beats it reverberates throughout my body quite visibly.

I've got a doctor's appointment soon, but any insight now might help me relay this information better to a doctor.

Thanks,

-The Baron

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  • Pretty sure an Arythmia,you should see a Cardiologist,he should be able to figure out what kind of Arythmia is it.You should not worry too much;most type of tachycardia occure on a healthy heart
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 10:19 AM
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  • How much coffee do you drink ?
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 00:03 PM
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  • Well, I don't drink coffee, but I certainly do drink alot of soft drinks. While I think this may be responsible, it is rather odd seeing as how I have been fairly enthusiastic about consuming soft drinks (at some points even more than I have been in the past few days, but once I learned that it can cause things like that, I haven't touched a glass for two days) for a better part of my life, yet nothing like this has ever happened to me before.It's also worth noting that my intestines do not seem interested in passing stool. Despite having eaten, it's been over 24 hours since.
    BaronVonBlackhardt 2 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 02:16 PM
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  • If your 'soft' drinks contain caffiene then I think thats the cause of your problem. tricky one to solve though cause you'll just go into withdrawal and get massive headaches if you stop cold turkey. Not defecating for 24 hours is not a symptom, thats completely within physiological ranges. If you don't crap for 3 days then you might have a problem.Good Luck
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 05:10 PM
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  • If your 'soft' drinks contain caffiene then I think thats the cause of your problem. tricky one to solve though cause you'll just go into withdrawal and get massive headaches if you stop cold turkey. Not defecating for 24 hours is not a symptom, thats completely within physiological ranges. If you don't crap for 3 days then you might have a problem.Good LuckWhich is essentially what's happening. I stopped cold turkey, now I'm damned with withdrawal symptoms. D:In any case, I've been feeling much better. The palpitations have decreased in frequency, and my stomach has reverted to acting somewhat normal. I'm definitely going to take a chill pill in the caffeine department though. Thanks for all your insight, it's been helping me stay positive about this whole thing.
    BaronVonBlackhardt 2 Replies
    • November 14, 2008
    • 07:39 AM
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  • Hello Barron, I am an RN and can tell you that there are a number of causes that may be responsible for your symptoms. The most important thing for you to do is to see a physician, as he/she has the knowledge and diagnostics tests available that you will need. It may take awhile to establish an accurate diagnosis, as if nothing is readily apparant, your MD will have to rule out the usual suspects. Just a short list of conditions that may be responsible for such symptoms:- Anemia: A condition in which your red blood cell count is too low. Without adequate RBC's, your body tissues do not recieve enough oxygen and the heart will attempt to compensate by beating faster, palpitations are also a common manifestation with anemia. Weakness may also be apparant as your body's cells are not recieving the amount of oxygen required to adequately carry out their normal functions.- Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar, though you mentioned that your levels have been within a normal range. - Infections: Sometimes acute (or chronic) infections can affect different parts of our bodies and tax our immune system so much that it leaves us feeling weak. Especially with viral illnesses (flu, cold, mono, etc.). - Certain cardiac conditions: There are a number of cardiac conditions that can cause such feelings. Many individuals have what are called PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) which can cause a strange feeling in your chest, or make you feel as if you heart is "skipping" a beat or "thumping" inside of your chest (PVC's can be caused by patholoical conditions or can be completely benign) Also, tachycardia (abnormally fast heart rate, over 100 beats per minute) can result in palpitations and can make you feel weak, as your heart is working unusually hard, in which case, the underlying cause of the tachycardia would have to be established and treated.- Poor diet: Certain minerals/electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium) play important roles in our cardiac function and nerve transmissions. Inadequate levels of these, either too high or too low, can affect the way that our bodies function. Make sure that you are eating a healthy diet and stay away from caffiene and other stimulants. Like I said before, there are a number of conditions that may cause your symptoms, so the most important thing for you to do is see your MD and try not to worry. Most of the times it's NOTHING SERIOUS, though I know it can be frightening when something abnormal pops up. :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2008
    • 08:45 AM
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