Posted 10/4/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, First post here. Ill try to make this short but descriptive, as googling has led me nowhere.
Lets start with the symptoms I am having, and they all started at the same time: Palpitations, Bloating, Gas, Heartburn - all of which I have never really experienced prior to this. Should also add that i have no caffine and dont smoke.
I am 28 year old male, and i would consider myself rather healthy and active up until a week ago. I have an extremely high metabolism and usually feel hungry within hours after eating. Only condition I have is neck tension which i take cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) and small naproxen dose only when needed, usually no more than 1-2 times per week at the most... for about 3 years now. Never had a problem with them and they seem to work great.
One week and a day ago to be exact I layed down in bed, after having a glass of chocolate milk to down the prescription. I was startled by what felt like a "twitch" in my sternum area about half hour later. They repeated randomly with no specific pattern, I didnt want to believe it was palpitations. The next day I went to work anyway, still with this feel of a twitch or spasm accompanied by a feeling of fear or loss of breath when it happens. It was happening anywhere from every few seconds to every minute. I also noticed that I felt very FULL which is unusual for me. I could barely eat anything, and everything i did try to eat caused me to burp like crazy (also unusual for me). After coming home from work my wife convinced me to go to the ER.
I told the doctor about what I was feeling and had ECG, blood presssure, blood tests (dont know what for), and all came back negative. I was prescribed an anti-spasmatic and stomach relief (cant remember the names) as the dr thought it was stomach spasms, i took them as directed, went to work the next day with no change in the symptoms at all. Still seriously bloated and felt palpitations during almost EVERY bite of food or drink of water. All i could eat was 1 toast and jam, and some water. I never felt nausea, just extremely bloated or full and heartburn. All bathroom functions basically normal still.
2-3 days in I went back to the ER in the morning where I described my symptoms to another doctor. He did another ECG, blood work again for additional tests, etc. Nothing was found, so they basically told me to go home. I returned to the ER at 5:30pm specifically stating that I need someone to listen to my heart. The doctor finally said "irregular heartbeat, palpitations". I could see them on the monitor when the happen, there would be an extra beat and a pause randomly while laying there still, moving, etc it didnt matter. I had more blood tests done, ecg again, etc. I was give a beta-blocker and it SEEMED that the intensity of the palpitations went down a bit. I then went home after over an hour of monitoring (which they never seemed to come and check). Was told not to keep taking the previously prescribed meds, so i stopped.
Began taking new prescribed beta-blocker Propranolol. Over next couple days, taking it easy, still feel bloated, heartburn, gassy, and palpitations. Had ultrasound of abdominal area and apparently nothing was found. Everything I have been eating during this whole time has been light, non spicy etc to prevent making it worse, but yet STILL have heartburn over a week later, along with gas and palpitations. It seems like the excessive gas, heartburn and palpitations are possibly related but I dont know. The symptoms all came at once and havent subsided yet. I have been struggling to work as I am VERY uncomfortable feeling. The heartburn and gas can be felt all day long like a "bubbling" as ive heard it described before, along with palpitations (or spasms?).
I could have wrote more but you get the idea. After searching and searching online, I am still unsure what this may be. Any insight, advice or comments would be great, Thanks.