Posted 12/13/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -6)
I'm a 25 year old female and I've been dealing with what I'm about to describe for about 6-7 months now.
One night while sitting down eating dinner I had a large THUMP in my chest, it scared the daylights out of me and my heart raced for about an hour because I was so scared. Since then I notice about 3-6 times a week I'll have a palpitation or flutter feeling in my chest. It actually feels more like a spasm than anything else. All of the time when it happens I'll be either sitting, resting, bending over, turning my head, or walking along. It never happens when I'm working out or doing something exerting. It happens sometimes a few times in a day then goes away for a few days then comes back for two days. Sometimes I'll only feel one, sometimes it's a few in a row, sometimes it's one or two throughout the day. Mostly they happen at night, but sometimes they will happen in the middle of the day, but never in the morning or during sleep. It's began to affect my anxiety levels, and makes me very anxious throughout the day.
Since then I've also noticed quite a few other symptoms come along.
*my nose sometimes feels like it swells on the inside, feels tight and hard to breath through
*my hair is thinning
*twitching and muscle spasms randomly through out my body
*bubbling and build up of gas in my stomach/chest that doesn't seem to want to come out
*bubbling, gurgling and lots of noise when I first wake up without eating anything at all
*sometimes a little bit of acid reflux - never hurts my throat and I never get heart burn
*diarrhea on and off for a day or two
Sometimes these palpitations occur when my bubbling is really bad at night about an hour after eating, sometimes they happen with no other symptoms happening.
I've been to the doctor a million times, I've been tested for digestive problems, candida, overgrowth of bacteria, heart disease, hyperthyroid, celiac, all come back normal. I don't have any real pain except for the occasional bloating from the gas. There is no chest pain, my heart doesn't race, no shortness of breath.
I've tried a million things that don't seem to help. I've tried extra magnesium, extra potassium, extra calcium, I drink more than enough water, I eat really fresh mostly veggies and fruit, little chicken and meat. I'll cheat every once in a while with a pizza slice or bowl of ice cream, but for the most part very healthy. I'm not over weight, I exercise occasionally throughout the week, I don't take drugs, I don't use medication, I don't even take aspirin. I have not tried any antacids or gas medications, as I heard that it may effect people with acid reflux strangely.
I've kept a journal of my food intake for a little longer than a month and I can't pin point a certain thing that may be causing this. It happens at strange times and nothing in particular seems to bring the palpitations on except the bubbling under my chest and excess gas.
I'm thinking it could be GERD related but I don't know what I should or shouldn't take to relieve the bubbling and gurgling without irritating it more. I want to get rid of the bubbling and gurgling, as well as the acid reflux and palpitations.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I feel extremely lost.