Heart Fluttering/Unconsciousness

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bilbo65
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   Posted 10/8/2014 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings!  I am a 20 yr old man. I have had two strokes. One when I was 15 and I don't know when I had the other. I have seizures in the brain. I have sleep apnea. I also need to mention that i have strong heart palpitations each and everyday. I used to take metoprolol for palpitations but that only worsened it. Then I took verapamil and that didn't work either. Right now I'm trying hawthorne berry and it isn't helping. I was taking lamotrigine for seizures but that caused more problems. I'm not taking lamotrigine now though. I have tightness in my throat and it is difficult to speak most of the day. At work i feel like I'm shaking very much. I have memory problems. I am exhausted and deprived from the heart pounding. I was diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia. I feel like my chest has earthquakes daily and uncontrollably. I am currently taking diltiazem for my tachycardia but I have only been on it for one week and I notice I have throbbing pain in head and possibly more pain in chest. I work at a fast food restaurant and I feel nervous and I am in pain all day. I also have an internal bump inside my left neck, behind my left ear. Is it a tumor? I have had an mri but maybe they're not checking the right areas. I have so much trouble with it and i crack my neck everyday.Someone please help me with advice and answers. Thank you and God Bless You!! 

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pvct
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   Posted 10/10/2014 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to you,

I am sorry to hear of your troubles. You are very young an I can only say to you, to try and remain positive. Stay in touch with your doctors
and try to take the meds they recommend. I take Lopressor and have done so for years, and I can tell you that beta blockers help with calming the heart, and making it work less hard, it is used in conjunction with others meds for blood pressure CAD, but when the anxiety or any numbers of things trigger my wild palpitations, the only thing that helps for me is walking or a mild anti anxiety agent.

I wish I could help more. But keep doing what your doctors advise.

best to you

JungRulz
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   Posted 10/10/2014 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, welcome to HealingWell. Good to see you working and overcoming these things.

Do they know what caused the strokes?

What kind of seizures do you experience, are they related to the stroke?

Apnea, this in itself can cause heart rhythm issues and it can exacerbate problems with seizures from poor sleep cycles. Do you use a C-Pap? There are more passive things they do to help keep the airway open as well.

Paliptations. How many. Dozens, hundreds, thousands? It doesn't matter, I'm just curious, many of us dislike even a few, others are undisturbed by thousands.

Supplements can help, but they can hurt as well, such as making seizures worse or in some people, making palpitations more frequent. While we're on that topic, do you drink coffee with caffeine? Too much, and in some people, it doesn't take much, this can cause palpitations as well.

The tightness in your throat, have you brought this to your doctor's attention, this and the lump.

You said "at work i feel like I'm shaking very much", what do you attribute this too and how long has it been occurring.

Your case is complex, as is mine, so keep up the spirits. Memory problems, being exhausted, palpitations, they can be from several things, including sleep apnea.

Now, Diltiazem is a Calcium Channel Blocker. Beta Blockers, like Metaprolol, function by blocking the effect of adrenaline on your system. The body has two systems with significant effects on the heart, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Systems. Beta Blockers block the sympathetic system and reduce heart rate and contractile force of the heart. That ability to block the sympathetic system, I have read, is more effective at reducing how we perceive our heart than a Calcium Channel Blocker would be. I've read of people being switched from a Beta Blocker to a Calcium Channel Blocker and complaining how hard their heart feels like it's beating. Calcium Channel Blockers and Beta Blockers both control rate, but talk with your doctor, switching back to a Beta Blocker may give you more relief. There are a variety of Beta Blockers on the market, perhaps a different one could help.


God Bless You as well. We'll check back for your response (me and other HealingWell members).

Post Edited (JungRulz) : 10/11/2014 7:03:54 AM (GMT-6)


bilbo65
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   Posted 10/11/2014 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Thanks for responding. So good to find useful help and guidance through all this mess. As to your question about what kind of seizures in the brain I have experienced; they were supposedly small focal seizures and I'm not sure if they are related to the two strokes.

Yes I have had sleep apnea and it's a c-pap. I had a sleep test done overnight about two months ago and I haven't talked to my sleep doctor about the results yet. But he showed me how to change the air pressure and they said I am most comfortable at level 10, I believe but I have noticed that i have strong heart palpitations in the morning and they continue through the day. So, I changed the air pressure to 14 and I feel slightly less pounding and pressure in chest. What do you mean by there are more passive things they do to help keep the airway open?

Addressing the heart palpitations; the frequency of them are disturbing and uncontrollable. I would have to say in the thousands. Daily. There may be triggers but from what I'm experiencing they happen almost non-stop. My mind can't stay alert and I loose track of everything going on around me. It feels like intense adrenaline rushing through my body. I drink water all day and stay away from sugar most of the day.

I have brought up the lump to my primary care physician and as it's not visible, it is causing daily and chronic pain in my left neck. I was told by a previous physician that it could be a lymph node. And it's normal but it doesn't feel normal at all. I have had an mri of my brain but I'm not sure if they are looking for the right thing. Am I even getting the right test done to match my level of concern I have for it?

I attribute the shaking in my body to the heart pounding and it feels like I'm about to pop like a water balloon. It feels so sensitive and tense. Speaking of diltiazem, I have been taking it for about a week and just today I went on break and I felt like my chest muscles weren't twitching and heartbeat wasn't as loud and I felt less nervous and jumpy. But as soon as I went back to work it went away.

I don't know how long medications usually take to get thoroughly into my system but I was seeing a cardiologist for my problems and he referred me to an electrophysiologist instead who specializes in tachycardia. But I can't remember feeling a difference between verapamil, a calcium channel blocker, which is what I was previously taking and metoprolol.

Maybe it has just been a long time since I took metoprolol and I can't remember. Or maybe the numerous meds I was taking were messing with other things. I know my testosterone levels were low when I was taking various meds though. Should I switch to a different beta blocker? Which one is best in your opinion. Thanks for all your help. God Bless You!!!!!!!

Post Edited (bilbo65) : 10/11/2014 11:46:36 PM (GMT-6)


JungRulz
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   Posted 10/12/2014 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Options for treating Sleep Apnea.

www.sleepapnea.org/treat/treatment-options.html

Ask your doctor about your palpitations, ask him/her to tell you more about them.

There are PACs, PVCs, there are Junctional rhythm disturbances, etc.

Some dysrhythmias can occur in patterns, like every second beat, every third, every 4th. These are bigeminy, trigeminy, quadrageminy, etc. and can originate in the top of the heart (atrial) or bottom (ventricular). Have you worn a Holter moniter to see exactly what's going on?

See the following links about palpitations. Always consult your doctor with questions.

www.drjohnm.org/2013/06/benign-pvcs-a-heart-rhythm-doctors-approach/

www.lifeoffbeat.com/

www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0215/p743.html

Ask your doctor if he/she may believe a Beta Blocker may be a possible treatment for your disorder, Beta Blockers can help prevent or reduce some of the things you're discussing.

bilbo65
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   Posted 10/14/2014 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm currently taking diltiazem prescribed by my electrophysiologist. Before taking diltiazem all i could feel and hear was pounding heart. It really is rare that i feel good but ive only been on the medicine a week. The medicine doesnt seem to last long enough.There is still a faint heart pounding but a huge improvement. But the intensity of the pounding comes back when I eat or drink something that stirs me up like sugar and caffeine. That's understandable though. I'm also feeling a cold sensation in my chest mid-day. I forgot to tell you the exact time and dosage I'm taking diltiazem. It's one pill in the morning and it's 120 mg. I feel like I have more speed at work. As far as moving around goes. But i can't concentrate on difficult tasks. Because I used to be so worn down by the obnoxious heart pounding. But I was wondering if there was a better medicine out there that already has the good effects of diltiazem. Maybe a higher dosage of diltiazem? Before diltiazem I was breathing hard and couldn't focus on anything. Imagine my stress. But I see hope with diltiazem. Right now I feel relaxed and a little shaky in the chest.I'm not breathing hard and gasping for air. But I could feel more at ease. Any suggestions? Thanks and God Bless You!!!!

Post Edited (bilbo65) : 10/14/2014 3:01:53 PM (GMT-6)


JungRulz
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   Posted 10/15/2014 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you're feeling better. Calcium Channel Blockers control the heart rate differently than Beta Blockers. Things that produce adrenaline will have more of an impact on the heart while taking Calcium Channel Blocker rather than a Beta Blocker, but the rate is controlled with both.

I'm on a myriad of medications, when I start something new, concentration seems to be impacted, but that usually improves after taking it for awhile. Any concerns you have, or questions, should be directed to your doctor. I find it helps if I write down the questions when I think about them and later take the list with me to the doctor.

Right now you sound like things are pretty promising for you in terms of success with this medication. Just hang in there and talk to your doctor, tell him/her how you feel better as well as things that concern you.
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