Hi everyone...Hope this helps someone else. I've got CFS/Fibromyalgia etcetera. New here...and thrilled to be able to reach out, and interact with others through the Internet. I've been isolated for a long time...I'm sure some of you can relate.
about the palpitations. They started a long time ago. You know the flip flop, flip flop sensations. Anyhow, they must have improved at some point. Then about two-years ago, or whatever, I suddenly experienced shocking sensations in my chest...heart palpitations. Arrythmia, I guess! We all have different ways of describing things. But for me it was like a massive shuddering (I used to say to my husband, "it feels like my chest is quaking." Laying down was worse, horrendous. All the other symptoms of CFS were bad enough, but with this one... I just thought, I can't take this, forever.
And so eventually, (after about a year of this) the quaking subsided. Some normalcy returned. I was able to grow a few herbs where we lived on an isolated property in the (drought-stricken) Australian countryside. I had read about Hawthorn. I'm pretty sure it's from a tree or bush. It was something I always wanted to try. Just over a year ago, we moved (hubby and me) to a sub-tropical city. With access to more products I found Hawthorn (remembering what I had read) on a local pharmacy shelf. As soon as I started taking it I found relief.
If my memory serves me correctly...ha ha...it raises 'low blood pressure' and lowers 'high blood pressure'. But I think it can also have the opposite, maybe harmful effect. I'm lucky. It's worked wonders, for me. You'll need to do your own research. You know, consult a naturopath, maybe your GP etc. I'm not saying that this has cured the problem. It's just so much more manageable! I've found that any abonormal stresses can still start palpitations. Perhaps I should start taking the full dose each day. And maybe then those 'little nasties' will be a thing of the past.
As a note: I wondered at the time what could have caused the extreme palpitations. Just before it started I had bought a kitchen counter cleaner/disinfectant. A very strong solution. I did wear gloves. But I used the chemical full-strength. The smell was overpowering. For months when I'd rinse the counters I could still smell it. I had been so careful about chemicals for so long. Just this once I let my guard down. I'm trusting my intuition that the 'suspect' chemical' was the cause of the 'episode'.
I had meant to make this posting short...very short. But that's seems impossible, for me!
Good luck to all...I'd love to hear from someone... NewSky