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Penny
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5/06/2003
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hi everyone, I too have been experiencing the
same symptoms as many of the letters have detailed and I have found that a visit to my Chiropractor has made phenominal differences. It has to be a special type of chiropractory though! You need to find one that practices S.O.T which is the abbreviation for sub-occipital technique. This is most important and hard to find amongst the more tradional 'crunching' type. The palpitations can be calmed down with treatment to the third vertebrae (around the area of your shirt collar)I have a wonderful Chiropractor who has placed a small amount of surgical tape to the exact spot and I find that when I am having an "attack" I apply finger pressure in this area and get almost immediate relief. Sleeping places adverse strain in this
area and I also found problems with laying sideways. Now I sleep with 1 pillow (fairly flat)
and this has almost alleviated the night problems.
I'm not saying this will work for everyone BUT it really seems to treat the cause-not the symptoms.
I am 40 years old and have 2 children. Good luck


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5/09/2003
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Penny, really encouraging for me. I'm going to
ask my chiropractor about SOT. Can you tell
me a bit more about your palpitations? Just a
rapid rate, skipped beats, length of your
"attacks"?? Thanks much.


Linda
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5/13/2003
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I have been experiencing palpitations for a couple of years now, ever since my GYN put me on prempro/premarin. They are very scary--sometimes it feels like my heart flips over in my chest, sometimes it beats very fast and sometimes it just beats VERY LOUD, like I can not only feel but hear every beat. It's worse when it's all quiet and no one is there but me. Better to be in a noisy room with lots going on! I do, however, have arthritis in my neck and back and have found that the palps and dizziness are much worse if I don't keep my regular chiropracter appts. And it is around the shirt collar area that he works on when it's acting up the worst, so there must be something to this! It's great to talk to women that are experiencing the same things, altho my husband is generally very understanding I sometimes think he really hasn't a clue! We're both in our 50's and the man doesn't take any meds for ANYTHING--is that fair! Anyhow, thanks for the info.


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5/14/2003
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Ok, so we all have these palpitations, but do any of us know exactly why or what is causing them? I first had them after the birth of my child. My heart rate was over 120 and I was out of breath. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. Almost like someone had scared me or I was very nervous about something. I was diagnosed with thyroiditis brought on by the pregnancy (postpartum). Took beta blockers which helped and then several doctor visits to monitor thyroid. It would be up then down then normal for almost a year. Had a scan and everything was normal. It has been probably 2 years since i've had any more problems. then just last week the palpitations started again. If I take a Xanax then I get relief. My periods have also changed, in that one day during my period I have such a heavy flow that I have to change every 15 minutes or so. I also have cramps worse than before and usually headaches for a few days before my period. A few days ago after my period I had a horrible headache and then the next day felt nauseated. I think I'm falling apart.
Read symptoms for Perimenopause and I have 15 of the 35. So i wonder is it perimenopause or thyroid? I have a dr. appt. today and hopefully i can get some answers and some relief



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5/14/2003
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Sure is scary, isn't it? I swear, men have no idea how good they have it! None of my doctors so far have been able to give me a definite answer for what it is, they can only say what it isn't. Which in a way is a good thing, I at least found out my heart won't just stop during one of these episodes. On a good day, I can rationalize it, on a bad day, forget it!

Maybe what you have is perimenopause symptoms, complicating an already touchy thyroid. When the hormone level goes crazy due to either your period or menopause, it also affects every other bodily system. From all that I've read lately, the hormone level fluctuates so much during menopause that it's hard to control and doctors are not really sure just exactly which bodily funtions are messed up. I feel some days completely betrayed by my own body, what the heck is going on here, anyhow! And of course, so much of the medication prescribed to control some symptom has a side effect of exactly the same symptom. What's with that, anyhow!

Good luck with your doctors appointment, I'd be interested in hearing what you find out.


Candy
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5/15/2003
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Well, my doctor gave me a prescription of Inderal to control my heart racing. Took blood and will get results tomorrow or Friday. Scheduled another appt. in a month to check thyroid levels again. If it is, or stays high or low then it can be treated with medication. If it continues to go up an down it is most probably thyroiditis again. Apparently it can come and go. It's been 2 years since I've had these same symptoms.
However, checking on the internet I found a website that lists 35 symptoms of perimenopause.
(www.project-aware.org/Experience/symptoms.shtml)
I have at least 17 of the 35 symptoms) So maybe it's not my thyroid after all. I'll have to wait for my blood results. I am very relieved not to have to the heart palpitations. Very stressful.



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7/19/2003
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I also have these palpitations & mine began with my 1st pregnancy. My heart would race & feel like it was beating out of my chest but these episodes would only last a few minutes each time. After having 2 children, they got shorter & after a couple of years, I didn't have them any more - until recently.
I had been taking a low dose birth control pill for perimenopause symptoms (migranes, mainly)for 2 years. I'm now 49 & decided to stop taking the birth control pills - still having regular periods, though. When I stopped taking these pills, my heart beat started racing again & pounding so much it would shake my whole body. These episodes lasted well over an hour. They would start at various times of the day & end as weirdly as they started. They were also more frequent than when they 1st started years ago.
My aunt also had this problem & they put her on Inderol. I have since started back on the low dose birth control pills & have not had any more episodes (been taking them a month & 1/2). This racing heart beat is very scary but I don't like taking these pills either. It is definitely hormone related but my gyno (a man) said it was a rare problem. I don't believe him. Obviously he's never been through menopause. I'm just wondering if another form of HRT or the Inderol would be better than these birth control pills.
If you find out any more info, please let me know.


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8/30/2003
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I started having a rapid heart rate when I was pregnant with my second child. After he was born the doctor put me on Inderol. It has worked really well for me. But after 8 years I have recently discovered that I am pregnant once again. I haven't been to the doctor yet, so I was wondering what kind of risk is my baby in from this medication?


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10/12/2003
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I just read a book caled Screaming to be Heard by Dr. Vliet, it touches on the subject of many premenopausal symptoms including palpitations. She suggest the use of a birth control pill that is higher in estrogen than progesterone such as ovcon35. She claims that when our estrogen falls during ovulation and days prior to and the first few days of our periods, this is when we experience palpitations and other symptoms. I am going to start this pill because my palpitations are out of control. Please respond if anyone else has any comments...thanks!


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10/15/2003
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When I wrote my first message back in July, 2003, I had just started taking a low dose birth control (Mircette). Since starting on that, my heart does not race anywhere near the severity or as long as it did before taking the pills. It was unbearable before & very disruptive to my life. I don't like taking these pills but it sure beats that racing heart. I will look into that book by Dr. Vliet. I may need it for my next gyno visit.

Thanks,


Debby
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12/01/2003
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HI is there anyone out there that experiences the same symptoms as me, this is my 5th month on the depo shot and last month on october 2nd out of nowhere Around 9:30 pm I started feeling really weird I started feeling really cold and then started shaking violently and sweating and then my heart started pounding violently I didn't know what to do I tried to relax and didn't get any sleep the next morning it stared up again and so I went to the ER they did all kind of tests ekg blood tests and they said I was okay and sent me home 4hrs later but I did not feel okay and that night I could not sleep my heart was still pounding along with loss of appetite, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea,cold sweats and shaking wich lasted for 7 days in wich I went to the ER a total of 3 times and all they said was that my potassium levels were low but thats because I loss my appetite by the 8th day i had lost 10lbs because of the lack of appetite I forgot to mention the dizzy spells, I started using this natural progesterone cream and started to feel a little better and occasionally had the palps but mildly and then no palps at all only if I ate a heavey meal and just when I stared to think it was gone it just hit me out of nowhere on the evening after thanksgiving it stared with violent trembling and cold sweats and then the palps and then the diarrhea my heart was going about 125bpm and pounding hard for no reason all I was doing was watching tv so I went to the ER again and all they did was give me referel to see a Neurologist the following week so once again I went home with no answers and suffered with insomnia and cold sweats and the palps lasted the whole weekend and loss of appetite, on sunday my palps were still going and were around 96-100bpm and all I could do was lie in bed I slowly got my appetite back and around 4:00pm My heart started beating slower and slower and I started feeling better and right now it at 74bpm and I'm feeling better, but is there anyone out there that had any of these symptoms ? please write me back I would really appreciate it thanx


Eva
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12/03/2003
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I am almost 47 years old. I had my tubal ligation almost two years ago. I went off birth control pills after many years. It was a big mistake. I thought I might feel better. I have irregular periods and heart palpitations (quivers or shaking is what I would call it.) I wore a heart monitor and it palpitated only one short time and that is normal. Usually I have them every night for long periods. I think I will start back on Alesse birth control pills this month but I am not used to them anymore. I went back on them for a few months and breasts were huge and swollen. I wasn't having palpitations at this time. Mircette is mentioned in above messages. Is anyone else using other low dose pills without side effects?
I wonder if I can get used to the pill again. I had no side effects like this before. I would appreciate any comments on which low dose pills are better. Thanks.


Karen
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12/03/2003
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As I mentioned in the above reply, I suggest reading the book Screaming to be Heard by Dr. Vliet. According to the Dr. Mircette and Alesse would not be the right type of BCP because although they are low dose, they have a higher amount of progesterone as opposed to estrogen. The Dr. says it is the estrogen that helps with the pvcs and other hormone related issues. I myself started what she suggests in her book, and that is Ovcon35. I definitely feel a huge difference in the amount of pvcs I am having, and overall feel much better on this pill. Good Luck!
Karen


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12/11/2003
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Eva, should possibly get your thyroid checked. I had the same symptoms as you and the doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. The thyroid controls your bowels,heart,many others to mention.
I now recently got pregnant and my thyroid is out of wack again. I experience skipped hearts beats and i can feel my heart beat at times.Not sure what causes it ,but it is pretty scary when it happens. They say it could be by the pregnancy or the thyroid. i had an ecardiogram done and an ekg, all come back fine.Very confused,anyone suffering the same?


Jan
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1/09/2004
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I have been having these palpitations on and off from my early 20's. I thought I had a bad heart. I started going to the cardiologist. I went through all the testing and everything came out normal.

When I turned 41 My heart started to race really fast and then palpitate for hours on end. I thought I was going to die. I kept going to the ER. They could not find anyting wrong.

Then one visit I got my sugar test and my sugar was low. So I make sure I eat every 3-4 hours.

My GYN said it is from the fluxuation in hormones. I get them a lot when I ovolate and also during the first three days of my period.

Your sugar can also be affected by your hormones.
I guess I just will grin and bear it. Men have no idea how frustrating it is.

Hang in there everyone. we will be just fine.


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2/10/2004
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I have been taking magnesium oxide for the past two days and have had no palpitations since then. Hopefully the magnesium is what has stopped them so I plan on continuing the magnesium oxide.


monica
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2/15/2004
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I just stumbled on this web page. I am almost relieved in a wierd sense too see that I am not the only one with palps at certain times of the month.
I do have mitral valve prolapse i get occasional palps from that. However NOT like the ones that I have been getting for 3 months about mid cycle,they seem to get better when my period shows up.
I am 38 and my periods started coming later and later about 6 mths ago,then I skipped Dec and in january I bled all month.I am anxious,moody,get night sweats and my short term memory is bad.I have had every heart test,blood tests on thyroids you name it I had it, including Er visits, they say I am normal .I did have low potassium and the palps are extra beats that are harmless.I raised my potassium up and it dont make them go away so im sure that was not the cause
I have had to take a xanax to relax when they start coming non stop for days, the xanax does not make them go away either. I am not aloud to be on birth control pills due to the mitral valve prolapse and the risk of blood clots ,If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.I hate this and its out of control, no doctors seem to help me at all.
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Monica


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2/25/2004
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I used 2 asthma emergency cannisters in one 24 hour period about 10 years ago. (ragweeds!)
Ever since I get palpitations periodically - mostly when I'm in bed, but my wife says that's because I'm quiet then and more able to feel/hear them.
Last night I took 30mgs of diltiazem and it just made the palps worse.
I took 1000 mgs of magnesium and fell asleep, but when I woke up the palps were going, again or still, I don't know.
My doctor says I'm taking too much magnesium which is causing my electrolytes to be unbalanced, but any time I take calcium I will for sure get palps. My wife, an RN, will not allow potassium supplements in the house, so I eat a lot of bananas.
My health advisor (GNC!) has given me some hawthorne extract which seems to help slightly but is certainly not a cure.
I am otherwise healthy, walk the dogs twice a day, cycle once or twice a week, am about 10lbs overweight at 195.
Anybody got some ideas for me?


Elizabeth
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2/26/2004
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I am 19 years old and I have been on birth control pills for about a year and a half. I get heart palpitations whenever I exercise or even climb a flight of stairs. My heartbeat gets really loud and I can feel it in my head and ears. I don't really have any other symptoms of a heart disorder. I don't ever feel short of breath and I never have any pain in my chest. I wasn't sure if the problems I have been having were caused from my birth control pills, and if not, then would anyone have any idea of what may be wrong with me? Please respond asap!!


Penny
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3/02/2004
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Elizabeth in my opinion I dont think it is the birth control pill that is causing the palpitations, however it would not hurt to change it for another brand. It sounds like stress/panic that is causing them. It is a vicious circle you get palpitations, this causes you to worry which highers your blood pressure and heart rate which makes you worry some more etc etc. Deep breathing - not too deep as I end up hyperventilating, breathing from your stomach rather than your chest, trying your hardest to relax. I get palpitations and they are scary, if you shrug them off and get up and take your mind off them it is the easiest way, dont run from them, if you get one whilst driving, let it pass, take a few deep breaths then turn up the volume on the radio and sing all the way to work. Dont let them get the better of you. Take Care and try to live your life, you never know they might just disapear


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