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  • Posted By: LaurenA
  • January 18, 2008
  • 06:43 PM

From past use of the forum, i've seen that there have been numerous postings about symptoms similar to mine, but never enough to answer my questions. So sorry if this seems repetitive!
For the past 4 years ive suffered from the feeling of missed beats (i dont know the official name) but have never been particularly bothered by them. However, the past 6 months i've also suffered from severe palpitations, often waking me from sleep and lasting approximately 5 or 10 minutes, during these i also feel very warm and sweaty. They dont seem to worsen after excercise etc. but start suddenly and rapidly. The missed beats are also more frequent, happening every day or two. Occasionally i also get a strange feeling of a sudden 'rush' to my head when i feel i may pass out for a few minutes, after this passes i feel naseus exhausted and shaky.
I dont drink much, but alcohol does appear to worsen the symptoms. I had an ECG (?) and thyroid and diabetes tests done years ago when the symtoms first started so my doctor wont do them again, is it possible i could have developed something in the last few years?
I have found myself worring severly (to the point of tears) as i know these symptoms can be an indicator of sudden death symptom (as a friend has the condition)
thanks!

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  • Have you had a ultrasound of your heart have you been to a cardiologist it sounds like a heart murmmer to me find a new dr if your not getting any answers
    rachel125 112 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 05:01 PM
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  • No, ive not been to a cardiologist or had an untrasound, but the doctor did listen to my heart and apparently didnt pick up on any murmurs?
    LaurenA 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 06:52 PM
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  • ask your dr to reffer you to a cardiologistthey know about the heart more then a GP does
    rachel125 112 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 10:02 PM
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  • ,I know this may sound ridiculous but it sounds like you are having panic attacks. I had symptoms almost identical to yours and just knew I was going to die.I went to my family doc and to the ER many times and all medical tests came back normal and finally one doctor suggested that I might be having panic attacks. I scoffed at this and just knew he had no clue as to what was really wrong with me. However, since I was so scared I was going to die and the medical community didn't believe me, I went to the library and checked out books on panic attacks and it had all the same symptoms I had and what you are having now. I started taking medication and learned to control them and they went away.Type in "symptoms of panic attacks" in google and see what you get.Good luck,Janet Lewis, RN MSNThis is from http://www.panic-anxiety.com/panic/attacks/symptoms/Common symptoms of panic attacks * Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations * Sweating * Shaking visibly or inside * Choking sensations or lump in throat * Smothering or shortness of breath sensations * Chest pain or discomfort * Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort * Dizziness or unsteadiness * Feeling light-headed * Derealization (feeling unreal or dreamy) * Depersonalization (feeling outside yourself or like you don't exist) * Fear of losing control or going crazy * Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body * Chills or hot flushes * Skin losing colour * Blushing or skin blotches * Urgently needing to urinate or defecate
    Jankim9597 20 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 10:11 PM
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  • Laura,I know this may sound ridiculous but it sounds like you are having panic attacks. I had symptoms almost identical to yours and just knew I was going to die.I went to my family doc and to the ER many times and all medical tests came back normal and finally one doctor suggested that I might be having panic attacks. I scoffed at this and just knew he had no clue as to what was really wrong with me. However, since I was so scared I was going to die and the medical community didn't believe me, I went to the library and checked out books on panic attacks and it had all the same symptoms I had and what you are having now.Type in symptoms of panic attacks in google and see what you get.Good luck,Janet Lewis, RN MSNThis is from http://www.panic-anxiety.com/panic/attacks/symptoms/Common symptoms of panic attacks * Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations * Sweating * Shaking visibly or inside * Choking sensations or lump in throat * Smothering or shortness of breath sensations * Chest pain or discomfort * Nausea, bloating, indigestion or abdominal discomfort * Dizziness or unsteadiness * Feeling light-headed * Derealization (feeling unreal or dreamy) * Depersonalization (feeling outside yourself or like you don't exist) * Fear of losing control or going crazy * Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations) in face, extremities or body * Chills or hot flushes * Skin losing colour * Blushing or skin blotches * Urgently needing to urinate or defecate
    Jankim9597 20 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 10:53 PM
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  • Yes, it is most likely panic attacks, I am having the same symptoms...
    frankwilms 1 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 10:11 PM
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  • I am not sure it's common with a panic attack in your sleep, is it?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 10:28 PM
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  • I was thinking that, too...you don't have panic attacks when you're sleeping but you need to check your carbon monoxide levels in the house. I hope you have a detector installed or borrow a friends' for a few nights to check out your sleeping room.Yes, you should get a stress test to see how your heart is doing since it's bothering you so much that you do have anxiety with it. It could be something as simple as diet, e.g. coffee, pops, chocolate, and I think your hormone levels may need to be checked; could be pre-menopausal...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 04:46 AM
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  • It sounds to me as arrythmia. I think you should see a cardiologist. Try not to worry. Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 03:27 PM
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  • The "missed beats" you're feeling are probably PVCs -- premature ventricular contractions. Those are completely normal and benign. You'll experience more of them when tired and as you age. But the other symptoms are more worrisome... Have you taken your pulse during the times when your heart is racing? You really should see a cardiologist and get hooked up to a Holter monitor. That piece of equipment takes electrical readings of your heart over an extended period of time, hoping to catch a glimpse of your heart's electrical activity while you're having symptoms. They even have some which can be worn for weeks at a time, that allow you to send your results over the phone or internet! You really need to see an EKG of your heart during an attack. An EKG during an attack can tell the doctors immediately if your heart is beating rapidly because of a heart defect, or because of something else like a panic attack. I had an attack of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) caused by a defect a few years ago. It was corrected through outpatient surgery. If nothing else, make sure your doctor re-checks your thyroid function. Thyroid issues can cause many of the symptoms you just described. Kari
    karibou 6 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 07:07 PM
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  • I had palpitations and skipped beats for years before the diagnosis of Graves disease. Do you have a growth on your thyroid. Have a dr. check.
    abnormal 5 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
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  • Wow this is insane but i also suffer from skipped beats and some in my sleep lately they have been geting worse also i have had brain surgery about 2 years ago for a colloid cyst mid brain area , im only 22 and have a beutiful daughter im also extremily scared and i feel the doctors arent doing as much as they can for so so ive basically been having to live with it my busy schedule has also been stressful and when i go to the emergency room they dissmiss it as anxiety which is horrible i dont know wat to do someone help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
    • 07:48 AM
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  • Tell the stupid doctor you have an Arithmia,and you need to know what kind of(you shouldn`t worry to much most types of arithmia may occur on a healthy heart).Ask for Stress Test and if nothing is revealed then i sugest you should go to Emergency Room as soon as you feel an episode it`s coming(if there`s a Hospital near by),than they can see on EKG what is it about
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
    • 10:23 AM
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  • I think all the ans you are getting is proberly making you more confused and may increase your palpitations. You can get panic attacks in your sleep and palpitations. The more you take notice of it the more you will get them. Please have check ups with the Dr again, but I bet nothing will be found. Your symptoms are scary and of course it is a great worry but unfortunately the worry is the source. I had my first panic attack 35 Years followed by papitations. Anxiety unfortunately will find something to focus on. Magnesium and B complex vitamins can help the nervous system but please understand there is nothing to worry about, you will be fine.Larry
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2008
    • 05:48 PM
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