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Racing Heart Beats

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 5, 2011
  • 04:15 AM

I am 66 years old-female. I have fibromyalgia and other problems and have been on pain meds for over 20 years. I also have heart palpitations and have been on Rythmol for that long too.

The last couple of months I've been awoken after bad dreams and my heart is racing and seems to be beating very hard-that is what wakes me up.

Has anyone had the same type problem?

Thanks in advance for your help. This is my first time here so don't know what to expect in the way of help or advice.

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  • I am 66 years old-female. I have fibromyalgia and other problems and have been on pain meds for over 20 years. I also have heart palpitations and have been on Rythmol for that long too. The last couple of months I've been awoken after bad dreams and my heart is racing and seems to be beating very hard-that is what wakes me up. Has anyone had the same type problem? Thanks in advance for your help. This is my first time here so don't know what to expect in the way of help or advice.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 04:23 AM
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  • I've developed an intermittent arrhythmia the past year too... Was just reading about it last night. My heart seems to skip a beat and then go BANG back into gear with a very strong beat I can literally feel inside my chest. It does this every 3 to 5 beats when it is acting up. From what I've found, this is known as a pvc or premature ventricular contraction. Pvc's are not supposed to be very serious, if this is in fact what they are. I read that stress and caffeine can cause them, as well as tobacco and alcohol; also... Too much calcium, or lack of magnesium. I happened to have some low dose Magnesium Citrate (200mg) and took one. Pvc's were gone in 30 minutes! I also noticed my arrhythmia acted up when I drank tea, but not when I drank coffee... While googling around on this, I found coffee actually contains a fair amount of magnesium, while tea does not. For me, it seems magnesium helps... I always take LOW DOSE (200mg) Mag Citrate, not magnesium oxide, which makes my tummy feel awful. If you can't find a 200mg dose, you might get a pill cutter and cut 400mg Mag Citrate in half. The 400mg size is much more common and easier to find, but the 400mg doses bother my stomach too. The 200mg size is much better. Needless to say... Anything regarding your heart should be ran past a doctor, and if you are seeing a doctor you should consult him before trying magnesium or any other supplement. I just noticed your post and thought I'd relate my story. Good Luck, and GodSpeed
    synesthesia 87 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 07:34 AM
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  • I've developed an intermittent arrhythmia the past year too... Was just reading about it last night. My heart seems to skip a beat and then go BANG back into gear with a very strong beat I can literally feel inside my chest. It does this every 3 to 5 beats when it is acting up. From what I've found, this is known as a pvc or premature ventricular contraction. Pvc's are not supposed to be very serious, if this is in fact what they are. I read that stress and caffeine can cause them, as well as tobacco and alcohol; also... Too much calcium, or lack of magnesium. I happened to have some low dose Magnesium Citrate (200mg) and took one. Pvc's were gone in 30 minutes! I also noticed my arrhythmia acted up when I drank tea, but not when I drank coffee... While googling around on this, I found coffee actually contains a fair amount of magnesium, while tea does not. For me, it seems magnesium helps... I always take LOW DOSE (200mg) Mag Citrate, not magnesium oxide, which makes my tummy feel awful. If you can't find a 200mg dose, you might get a pill cutter and cut 400mg Mag Citrate in half. The 400mg size is much more common and easier to find, but the 400mg doses bother my stomach too. The 200mg size is much better. Needless to say... Anything regarding your heart should be ran past a doctor, and if you are seeing a doctor you should consult him before trying magnesium or any other supplement. I just noticed your post and thought I'd relate my story. Good Luck, and GodSpeed Thank you for your quick response. I have had this irregular heart beat for many years and was diagnosed by a good heart doctor; he put me on Rythmol...I now wonder after reading your post if I might have been able to try magnesium or ?? to see if it would help all those years ago; to late for me now I think.. I don't drink, smoke or drink coffee but have one cup of tea a day so I would be more apt to be trying magnesium. I only mentioned the irregular heart beat to give some history. what I was most alarmed about was being awakened by the fast and hard heart beats although it has only happened about 4 times. I hope your post helped others as it was a good one....I've been on Rythmol for so many years now (and it works) that I don't know I can stop taking it now. I have an appointment with a heart doctor for other problems but thought I would mention the fast heart beats because it is a new problem and doesn't seem to be every-night that it happens; it is alarming when it happens though. Thanks so much for your post.phomp
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 04:35 PM
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