what does a palpitation feel like?

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rijssel
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   Posted 10/29/2006 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Would like know from other people what a palpitation is suppose to feel like. Now that I know that I have GERD,  I wonder if it is my esophagus. When I get fluttering in my chest it in the center and below the breast bone.
 
 

angel eyes
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   Posted 1/9/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont have a haert condison but suffer missed beats , this feels like a flutering in my chest . makes me panick . but when i try to focos on something else goes away it can be anxiaty xx

angel eyes
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   Posted 1/9/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry about the spelling xx sam xxx

Hopes
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   Posted 1/10/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Palpitations seem to feel different at different times. Sometimes they feel like a fluttering. More often it feels like a momentary pause of the heart which it is not or like a skipped or galloping beat. Sometimes it just feels like the top and bottom chambers are beating out of sync. It is so hard to specifically describe but it can DRIVE me crazy!

Here is the kicker: it seems like those people who suffer from GERDS or esophogeal spasms or even a bad gallbladder can have symptoms that feel like palpitations but are not! I am speaking form experience here!

In September or so I had my gallbladder removed because a HIDA scan showed it was not functioning properly. I was so sure it would not make any difference to all my chest pains and palpitations! I was really low emotionally because of years of symptoms which doctors pretty much dismissed as either not important or imagined. I was told that I was a neurotic woman, over-anxious, depressed, etc. I knew I was not and only had one advocate. My cardiologist who had thoroughly checked out my heart and would not dismiss me a neurotic or anxiety driven or depressed. He took his precious time as a heart doctor to continue looking for the cause of my problem even though it was not anything serious with my heart.

I had my gallbladder removed and the operation and recovery was VERY difficult for me, but here I am 3-4months later and I HAVE MY LIFE RESTORED!!!!

I have very little chest pain and that is only upon occasions which is more of a muscular thing, I imagine. My palpitations have DRAMATICALLY decreased! I don't know if it was sensations caused from my poor functioning gallbladder which really weren't heart palpitaions or if it was really palpitations caused from my vagal nerve being irritated from my poor functioning gallbladder but I do know that I am SO MUCH BETTER!

I am so thankful how my life has changed. Please don't get me wrong. I DO have palpitaions. They have been documented on an EKG. I do still get them. However they are not as bad and I work hard to ignore them and get on with my life. I have wasted so much of it due to fear of these things. Now it is time for me to LIVE and ENJOY my life again!

I can't tell you if what you are feeling is GERDS or palpitations but I would encourage you (after you have had your heart checked out and tried various GERDS medications) to try to ignore the sensations as much as possible and enjoy living your life to its very fullest! Find, Learn and Practice some relaxations techniques to help get a handle on life. I did this when I was going through all my stuff. It REALLY did and does help. I would advice everyone to do this. It is just part of a healthy lifestyle in our fast-paced, frantic world for today.


angel eyes
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   Posted 1/13/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i think you are so right hopes . iv i think about them they happen xx it becomes a big spirol and gets out ov controle x why does are bodys do this xxxxx

Neurogurl
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   Posted 1/14/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...when my palpitations occurr they feel like one of two things....one is it feels like my heart skipped a beat. And it does feel like a quick flutter. The other is my heart feels like it did an extra beat and it feels like a quick pound in my chest. Neither hurt but just feels wierd and sometimes gets me to jump bc its scares me. But right away it goes away. I experience one a day usually. The wierd part is I've had every heart test you can think of and everything came back normal. Well, except for a small hole in my heart (very small) and its called a pfo. And its very common. Doctors say that people go their whole life having it and it never causes symptoms and the only way its found is when the person dies (like of other reasons) and they do an autopsy and find the hole. I think its like 30% of people have this. Its pretty common and doesn't cause symptoms although there is talk that its linked to migraine headaches. So anyways, this doesnt cause my palpitations but anxiety and stress does so maybe just me thinking about having a palpitation brings one on!

hypopaniac
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   Posted 1/14/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
When I have PVCs, they either feel like a thump in my chest or I get a quick feeling of the wind knocked out of me. I also have weird thumps in other places that could be a palp or GERD, since I have a hiatal hernia. They have me worried all the time and I just posted a call for help.

 
 "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"  FDR
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 1/15/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hopes, did you ever have the severe pain between your shoulderblades?  did that go away also?  thanks dreamy

Hopes
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   Posted 1/15/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Dreamgirl! :-)

Yes, I did have pain between the shoulder blades alot.  It is definately not as bad.

However I actually have alot of back pain-My neck, shoulders, sometimes down into my arm, my lower back... I will still get it, but I always attributed it to the fact that two doctors 'think' I have fibromyalgia. I may. If I do, I know that it is a very mild form.

However I have roving pain all over my body. It is really weird. It can move from day to day or even minute to minute. It can be described as sometimes slight and just achy. Other times it is definately sharp and very strong. When it is strong, it is hard to ignore and I think I need to do something to get help. However I know that if I just hang on, the pain will move and be slight.

I never go to the doctor for this anymore because I know that if I make an appointment to go by the time I get there the pain will move and probably get less intense. It is just a way of life for me now. I try not to give it any attention because I do not want to experiment with any of the medicines. Plus the pain is normally light anymore and I have dealt with this for 5+ years now.

At first I would go to the doctor all the time trying to figure out what was wrong with me and trying to get help. It took a long time, but I have learned that the doctors do not really know what it wrong and they do not know how to help. Their normal reaction became "you're neurotic.....anxious.....or depressed......Here take this anti-anxiety.....anti-depressant.....or muscle relaxant." No, thank you!

I am coping very well these days and I want to keep things under my control! cool

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 1/17/2007 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Always good to hear a "good news" story, Hopes.  Still have pain in that left shoulder blade, but common for fibros and severe TMD or TMJ, car accident.  Still wonder if it's my heart, but can check my BP anytime, so the panic attacks are just part of some old thing I have managed for years. 

 


*Bella*
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   Posted 1/24/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My palpitations (at least that's what I think they are) feel like my heart is doing a flip and is coming up to my throat! I know that's probably a confusing way to explain it, but that's what it feels like.

dinby
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   Posted 2/2/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i have palpitations or irrigular heart beats. but mine is down to the hole in the heart. I can only explain how it feels for me. For 12 months i had them all the time it would vary in strenght, for example for a few hours it was bearable then other times it would feel like i was going to faint. My consultant last year told me i couldn't ride my horse as there was a chance that i could pass out. I am now allowed to ride but only in walk with others with me. I cannot trarvel abroad as insurance would be difficlut. So for me personnaly the irrgular heart beat has effected how i live my life, although at the time when my heart beat was all over the place i would say that effected my life. Either way, depending on how palpitions or irregular heart beat effects one person to another it is or can be debilitating. I thnk i can speak for others who says it effects or changes the way we are or live our lives    
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