Is this something I should worry about?

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   Posted 1/2/2009 6:32 PM (GMT 0)   
Happy New Year Everyone!
My resolution is to find a Rheumy that is compassionate, a good listener, and knowledgeable.
Ok, my question lately I have been having a pressure type ache in my chest. It is in the left side coming in from under my breast and under my arm. Sometimes it is just slight pressure and sometimes a squeeze type pressure. This pain is never severe so I seem to not worry about it to much. But, this past week I have also had episodes of my heart beating hard then every 4 or 5 beats it will feel like it flips and I have a hard time taking a deep breath for a couple of seconds after it does that. I don't feel anxious but I guess it could be that. I have not seen my doctor for it because I know it will not do it when I see him and I know they will just tell me it is anxiety. Even if I tell him I don't think it is that. I can not seem to connect these episodes with any meds or activity. It has happened while I was laying down, sitting, and cleaning.
Anyway any thoughts ya'll might have on this please let me know! idea

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   Posted 1/2/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure I'm way off here, but be sure it's not your heart. The American heart association symptoms can be found here:

If it keeps up, I'd call my doctor or dial 911.
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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Sorry you are experiencing these odd sensations, nothing worse than something you cannot pinpoint and explain to your doctor. Are you having any shortness of breath? Just wondering, as I have been having a lot of that and when it happens my heart rate seems to sky rocket. Not sure if this anything simular to your symptoms or not, but you might to the LFA's main website and type in some of your symptoms and see what comes up.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kasey,
I had those exact symptoms right before I got my diagnosis.  Turned out to be heart palpitations. That's the flip flop feeling you get, and the hard irregular heart beat.  An echocardiogram was done, and my diagnosis was Lupus with Libman Sach's Endocarditis (Lupus inflammation of the mitral heart valve). 
You definitely need to tell your doctor what you're experiencing. The sooner the better. 
Let us know how you make out, okay.
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   Posted 1/2/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   


I am sorry to hear you are experiencing the weird heart sensations..  I was having that for a few days around Christmas time, and it freaked me out.  I usually don't get those flip-flop feelings, but kept getting them off and on for about three days.  Along with it, I kept feeling very weak, not well, somewhat short of breath, and lightheaded.  It even caused me to end up having another panic attack the other day (which I haven't had for a long time).  I don't know what the cause exactly was, but I still feel as though maybe it was related to either holiday stress, or having a mild stomach bug the day or so before the heart thing started.  It is so odd, but ever since I started having lupus symptoms (about five years ago), I get "sick" after I've already been sick, and gotten well, if that makes any sense.  I will feel better from whatever illness I had for a few days, then all of a sudden for the next few days, will keep feeling those light-headed type of symptoms, along with the heart thing.

By the way, I was curious what type of effect Plaquenil had on your body?  I have been on it for over two years, but just recently had the doseage increased, and now have been getting a lot more anxiety and heart palpitations (racing) since I did that.  It has been two months since the increase, so I was hoping maybe it would subside, but I keep having problems with constantly feeling anxious and unstable..  I'm wondering if that has anything to do with why you went off the plaquenil?  Did your doctor suggest a substitute possibly?  I hope you are okay.


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