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Palpitations, dizziness and grey-blue hands

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  • Posted By: Pillow
  • November 10, 2008
  • 03:13 AM

Greetings,

In the past 5-6 years or so, I've about 4 episodes of symptoms that are somewhat troubling. Basically, I start to feel extrememly dizzy (vertigo) and notice strong heart palpitations. Each time this has happened I've been sitting down (in class, at work etc.) and it just comes on suddenly. On one occassion I happened to look at my my hand first and it was completely grey - looked like no blood circulation. It frightened my friend who was sitting next to me (and me too!).

The dizziness/palpiations last for a short time but then I feel quite awful - exhausted and shivering. In the days that follow I feel exhausted and have a heavy sort of feeling in my chest. After a few days, I feel back to normal.

I visited a clinic after one episode where my heart rate was found to be quite high (140+) and took a while to come down to normal. In the days that followed I had an ECG and blood tests but all came back normal. There was never any follow-up.

I am an active person with a healthy weight. Don't drink or smoke.

Anyone ever experience anything like this? Not sure if I should bother going back to a clinic as I expect the same tests with the same results.

Any ideas would be appreciated!
Thanks!

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  • This is similar to my young son. He gets dizzy and than he gets palpitations and his heart hurts. Never looked at his hands but his face turns grey/white and dark cirlces under his eyes. Takes days to recover sometimes. Can come on at any time. One neurologist diagnosed him 2yrs ago with a neurological disorder. Doctor said his blood pressure drops and heart speeds up to increase blood pressure. Paleness is due to drop in blood pressure. Treatment was up to 2 litres of Gatorade and as much salt as he could handle. Hasn't been working since episode in July and we are now working with new neurologist who says it is just migraine headaches. Next visit is in January.
    SherryT5 1 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 07:33 PM
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  • I have similar symptoms -- I am 32 year old female. I have had these 'episodes' for 2 years with no diagnosis. They begin with a feeling of being light headed, progressing to dizziness so severe I feel I may throw up. They occur when I am sitting 90% of the time. My face turns bright red, flush and I get very hot, sweaty. Vision becomes blurry and speech sometimes slurred. Lasts for less than a minute and I feel exhausted for days afterwards. My blood pressure is typically low 100/70 but during an episode it will get as high as 170/117 which has landed me in the ER on 3 occasions. ER can not find a cause. I also have periodic instances of facial numbness in my lips, nose and cheeks. My left arm and leg have pins & needles frequently. Symptoms are worse just prior to my period.I saw an ENMT specialist who told me it was migraines - even though I never had any headache unless experiencing one of the 3 bp spikes.I saw a neurologist who referred me to a cardiologist.Cardiologist gave me 3 months worth of halter monitors, an EP test, implanted an internal loop recorded and prescribed florinef. After a year of downloads from the loop recorder they still have not found anything wrong with my heart.I fear I will suffer these episodes without treatment for the rest of my life.....
    makitels pea 11 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 00:24 AM
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  • I would be so interested to see if you had anything come to this original post.I have had very similar issues the past week. I had 2-3 nights of very grey hands (not cold) a friend noticed them, after being dizzy most of the day. They were accompanied by chest pains. This was while on vacation. When I got home I went to my GP. My hands were no longer grey but she said my heart was racing. She did an EKG and found some slight irregularities. Took blood. That night my chest starting hurting a lot more. I went to the ER. They found nothing except for an elevated blood clotting level. Did CT Scan, no blood clot in my lungs. Sent me home, with grey hands and no explanation. Now my chest is still hurting a week later, a lot of dizziness, heart racing, and off and on grey in my hands. What else can I do? Did you ever have any resolution... or does anyone else have ideas?Its so odd, and now my hands are still to feel constantly cold (and not through temp!)Im just so confused.TIA
    autumn113 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi i think it may be anxiety is a factor, I have same symptoms but doc says im fit and healthy and its anxiety, i dont know if its right but cant find anything medically wrong, so i guess it must be anxiety.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I believe you have what is called Postural Orthostatic TachychardiaI have similar symptoms -- I am 32 year old female. I have had these 'episodes' for 2 years with no diagnosis. They begin with a feeling of being light headed, progressing to dizziness so severe I feel I may throw up. They occur when I am sitting 90% of the time. My face turns bright red, flush and I get very hot, sweaty. Vision becomes blurry and speech sometimes slurred. Lasts for less than a minute and I feel exhausted for days afterwards. My blood pressure is typically low 100/70 but during an episode it will get as high as 170/117 which has landed me in the ER on 3 occasions. ER can not find a cause. I also have periodic instances of facial numbness in my lips, nose and cheeks. My left arm and leg have pins & needles frequently. Symptoms are worse just prior to my period.I saw an ENMT specialist who told me it was migraines - even though I never had any headache unless experiencing one of the 3 bp spikes.I saw a neurologist who referred me to a cardiologist.Cardiologist gave me 3 months worth of halter monitors, an EP test, implanted an internal loop recorded and prescribed florinef. After a year of downloads from the loop recorder they still have not found anything wrong with my heart.I fear I will suffer these episodes without treatment for the rest of my life.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
    • 02:49 AM
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  • I am 33yrs old and suffer from similar symptoms. I recently went to the ER for feeling fainty, racing heart, and the palms of my hands turning blue. It was a very scary feeling. Multiple tests were ran and everything came back normal. I have had these episodes for over a year now. I know that my cardiologist stated to me that if my heart started racing again to blow through a straw, bear down as if I’m straining to use the restroom, or kneel down and put my head between my legs. I am uncertain about the discoloration of the fingers because this is my first time having this symptom. The nurse that took care of me in the hospital told me that her daughter has had this same thing happen to her since the age of 16. She stated that her daughter opted out, having the procedure to have electrodes sent to her heart and having the weaker/leaky spot fused (she had this done at the age of 22). The nurse stated that her daughter has not had any problems since. I am looking into having this procedure done.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've had these symptoms myself recently and I'm starting to recover. I can safely say, in my case, it is to do with anxiety. I've been for hynotherapy and since having it I've started to feel a lot better, less stressed etc.Hope you guys come right.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 24, 2010
    • 04:42 PM
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  • I've been having similar symptoms, regardless of the amount of stress I have in my life, so I doubt it could be anxiety for me. I don't think I have the pallor/greyness, but I do get bad chest pain, shortness of breath, and I often feel like I'm going to pass out & can't think clearly. Today I'm having a really bad day.I had a bunch of tests done, however what the cardiologist told me contradicts the reports my doctor has gotten. Prior to seeing the cardiologist, I had an abnormal echocardiogram (great differences in heart rate at different parts of my heart, PVCs, PACs, & regurgitation of my mitral, tricuspid & aortic valves). Blood pressure has always been low, but now it no longer responds to increased salt & fluid intake.
    sayyadina 5 Replies
    • October 3, 2010
    • 02:59 PM
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  • Hi i am 31 year old female experiencing these symptoms starting with dizzyneess/light headed,pain in left arm and leg,racing heart and chest pain and shivering.I have suffered for about 18 months now,i can go for months without having an episode but then at times it can happen 2 or 3 times in a row.Mostly in my sleep i suddenly wake up and it starts,but last night it came on while sitting in bed looking at my laptop.While its happening i try to take slow deep breaths but other than that i just have to wait till it passes sometimes can take up to 15 mins.It is very scary and worrying,i have been to the doctors a few times and had bp taken and chest listened to been but on a monitoring machine for 24 hours but typical it didnt happen while on the machine, also been to hospital to have ecg but all came back ok.If anybody knows a way to help or has any techniques to ease while it is happening please send reply thanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have similar symptoms -- I am 32 year old female. I have had these 'episodes' for 2 years with no diagnosis. They begin with a feeling of being light headed, progressing to dizziness so severe I feel I may throw up. They occur when I am sitting 90% of the time. My face turns bright red, flush and I get very hot, sweaty. Vision becomes blurry and speech sometimes slurred. Lasts for less than a minute and I feel exhausted for days afterwards. My blood pressure is typically low 100/70 but during an episode it will get as high as 170/117 which has landed me in the ER on 3 occasions. ER can not find a cause. I also have periodic instances of facial numbness in my lips, nose and cheeks. My left arm and leg have pins & needles frequently. Symptoms are worse just prior to my period. I saw an ENMT specialist who told me it was migraines - even though I never had any headache unless experiencing one of the 3 bp spikes. I saw a neurologist who referred me to a cardiologist. Cardiologist gave me 3 months worth of halter monitors, an EP test, implanted an internal loop recorded and prescribed florinef. After a year of downloads from the loop recorder they still have not found anything wrong with my heart. I fear I will suffer these episodes without treatment for the rest of my life..... I dont agree with the other poster that its probably Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome due to you not mentioning POTS triggers eg heat, exercise, standing all set off POTS.. from your post you said 90% of time happens when sitting so without a common POTS trigger mentioned, I dont think you have POTS. But I do also think your case due to what your BP is doing, is some kind of autonomic nervous system issue (that controls the heart rate) to which POTS is also an autonomic nervous system dysfunction. My own BP sky rockets at times and goes something like 168/136 and at lowest has been recorded at 60/48, it goes all over the place. (From your post thou havent got the same BP issue as mine..as mine only flares right up when Im standing and is low when laying.. hence being orthostatic hypertension) I have that issue due to autonomic nervous system dysfunction (I myself do have POTS but the BP issue is a separate autonomic issue)..
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