Thanks very much for your response, I appreciate it
I am currently taking symbicort, omnaris, and clarinex. I have gotten off symbicort as I was told that it may be contributing to my heart racing. I feel a bit better today. I never really have the heart racing during the day, only at night.
Not sure if that helps any. I am 31 yr old, pretty fit, work out 4 times/week at least
Hi. I am new here, and stumbled on this forum in search of answers.
Like many of you, I have suffered from PVC's for years, have seen multiple doctors, have had the battery of tests, and still am without an answer.
A few years ago, I started a journal in an attempt to notice any clues as to what made the PVC's start/continue/stop/return. Looking over the journal recently I noticed that my symptoms seem to subside in the months of october, november, december. I live in New Jersey. I also noticed that seasonal allergy symptoms in many instances, accompanied my PVC symptoms. In fact, the PVC's subsided this year about a month ago (right on schedule), only to return in full force last sunday, which coincidentally, followed a major allergy attack (lots of sneezing, nose blowing). So it crossed my mind this week that just perhaps, the two are related? I thought to myself that I was losing my mind even considering this connection! Boy, was I was so happy to stumble on the posts here.
I have considered taking an allergy medication just to test it out, but I do tend to react to antihistamines with a rapid heartrate, so I am really torn. Perhaps I can try a half dose of benadryl at night to start.
To further complicate matters, I have also read on other forums that allergies and the subsequent sneezing/coughing can aggravate a hiatal hernia, which seems also have a connection to PVCs according to many posters. So if this is the case, antihistamines will not help after the horse is out of the barn, but rather would help as a preventative.
What are your thoughts, and have any of you had other updates since this was last discussed?
Thanks so much!
Lowest level of PVC incidence:
For me, the #1 factor was allergy season. #2 is when I don't get enough rest.
I know how terrible one can feel when dealing with these palpitations/flutters. It's very, very unnerving. And, when you stress about it, of course it makes it worse because of the increased levels of stress hormones, etc. It's the classic snowball effect that feels like an avalanche in some instances.
As for dealing with my allergies issues, I usually only use ketotifen eye drops. If the allergies are really bad, I will resort to adding in the use of Fluticasone nasal spray. However, I try to limit the use of Fluticasone because it can sometimes give me more feelings of PVC. I seem to be pretty sensitive to many medications so I try to limit their use. What I find works very well for me is using a nasal flush, like the NeilMed Sinus Flush. It's a bit strange to use at first, but after getting used to it and learning how to drain any residual water, it's pretty amazing! Even after cutting the grass and then sneezing like crazy, If I rinse, about 95% of the time it stops my allergy symptoms.
As always, check with your health care professional regarding your symptoms and overall medical condition.
I hope my experiences can be of some use to those looking for answers out there.
Forgot to mention...When I've got serious seasonal allergies, it congests me at night. Congestion tends to lead to not breathing as well as one normally would, which in turns means your not getting a well rested sleep...waking up tired in the morning.
In other words, congestion due to allergies is linked with less rested sleep which leads to being tired the next day which in turn can lead to PVC symptoms. For this reason, I sometimes use Breatherite strips to help open the congested nasal passages in a non-medicated way. It really does help me with regards to allergies & PVC's.
Post Edited (jwill) : 4/17/2014 1:15:17 PM (GMT-6)