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Rapid pulse - experts have no answer?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 30, 2007
  • 08:52 PM

Hello, thought i might post this thread and see what happens!!

Quite a few years ago i developed a very itchy rash over my body. This lasted about a week to some degree (sometimes unbearable!!) but one the morning the rash subsided i noticed my pulse rate was very high. Just out of bed and already 120bpm??? This continued fro many months following this day and as a result i was prescribed a beta blocker, which has been doing the trick!! Take 40mg of propranolol once a day which reduces my heart rate to a more normal level. The medication allows me to lead a normal life and i exercise almost every day so no problems there.

However, it loks like i will be taking this medication for the rest of my life. Doctors have conducted a whole load of tests and nothing has shown up as the underlying cause??

Just interested to know if anyone else has ever suffered with this condition??


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  • I have the same thing, it's called an arrythmia. I take Propranalolas well and it controls the arrythmia. (I visited this site becauseit sounded interesting and I have been treated for a wrongdiagnosis several times, including one very serious, yet humorousincident that I'll tell share in a new thread.)Believe it or not, there are LOTS of medical conditions that theexperts don't know the underlying cause of. To expect them toknow the answer every time is unrealistic if you know anythingabout the practice and history of medicine. I am a software engineer. I feel for medical personnel, especiallydoctors, because "experts" are put on pedestals and nearlyworshipped while at the same time they are FEARED. As acomputer engineer managing a programming department I havehad to defend my programmers from accusations of sabotageand incompetence just because they couldn't fix a problemfast enough for the bosses WHILE politely nodding my headand showing interest when a young woman or man barely outof high school showed her/his "techie apptitude" by being the only one in his secretarial pool who could actually get saidbosses computers turned on (flipping the on/off switch) eachmorning. Just think what it must feel like for a professional,an "expert", to have his/her statements CHALLENGED over andover again day after day by people who come to him/her foradvice. Personally, I think it is WE, the patients who often,though not always, need training in talking to fellow humanbeings who have trained for decades and work hard to dotheir best to help others.
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