What's with the pounding heart?

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   Posted 12/10/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
The other day I overdid it... I mean, 'stupid, what on Earth was I thinking, now I can barely stand but I have to finish' kind of over did it. I wasn't moving very much, but my heart was starting to feel like it was going to pound out of my chest. It was almost like an anxiety attack, but I didn't feel anxious, just very, very tired. I went and lay down for a bit, but my heart only slowed from about 120 to 100 beats/ min, still way too much for being at rest. I asked dh to run me a bath, and I went and read in there for about an hour. I felt very rested during it, and my heart slowed considerably, but went right back up as soon as I moved and got out. So I went to bed.

I've checked my heart rate and it is usually at about 80 beats /min at rest, still high but I understand fibromites have high heart rates.
Has this ever happened to anyone else here? Do you think it was only from being tired?

On another note, I am not stressed about Christmas anymore. I got lots of baking done, and my packages just got sent out today. The kids had a snow day yesterday, so I got a head start with them wrapping up their gifts to their respective Godparents and Grandmothers, with the bonus that dh was off to help! And I got a snow day too, I was not goign to drive in that storm last night :) He also took them sliding, and I was goign to go, but he got mad at me. After how exhausted I was the night before, he asked if i ever learned my lesson? Obviously not, but I thought that he was right, so I didn't go out... right away. I snuck out after a bit to go take pics of them all. And very glad that dh had talked me out of going. The cold got to me, but I got some awesome pics to scrap :D It would have been so much worse had I tried to get bounced around down the hill with them!

Hope you are having a good day! (((gentle hugs)))
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   Posted 12/10/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there! I had the same thing happen to me last week, I was laying in bed tried to get up and my heart felt as if it was rnning out of my chest. My son called the ambulance and I was taken to the hospital my resting oulse rate was 140bpm very scary. I had test s done and everything came back normal but it is still doing it. I go to see my rheumy tomorrow so I am hoping for answers. I am glad you got some great oics of the kiddos.:-)
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   Posted 12/10/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan I have been reading a lot about fibro lately and have seen numerous times that fibromites have a high occurrence of mitral valve prolapse and heart murmur. Something to get checked out, probably. Keep us posted.

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   Posted 12/10/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I suppose I should just check with my NP next time I see him, as it's not the first time this has happened. I'm not overly worried about it though, but thought I'd ask what you all thought. I hate bringing something else up to him until I get this facial pain out of the way.

So what makes heart rates jump like that? I think I'm in an "I need to know" mood lately. Enquiring minds want to know! ;)
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   Posted 12/10/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamanan, My normal resting heart rate is usually around 100-105. My doctor said if it
gets in the 140's I should be concerned. I think stress and pain have something to do with it.
I do have hypertension and my meds for it have been upped a couple of times. My docs
keep an eye on it and so do I. When my heart starts racing, I know it's time to relax.


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   Posted 12/10/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Quite a few things can increase your heart rate. Have you started any new meds or changed the dosages of existing meds?

Infection or anemia can increase your resting heart rate.

You may want to call about the heart rate if you won't be seeing your doc soon. They may want to do some bloodwork.

If your facial pain is caused by a sinus or tooth infection, that might explain the increased heart rate.

When I was anemic, my resting heart rate (about 65) would go up into the 90's and then go back down depending on how tired I was.
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