At my wits end with chronic PVCs & other weird symptoms

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Date Joined Nov 2014
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   Posted 11/30/2014 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 65 years of age and have experienced irregular heart beats since I was about 12 or 13. Never really bothered me until about 3 mths ago. I am not a smoker but did drink a few triple shots of caffeine from Starbucks every so often. I retired at 63 and then went back to work part time. Very low-stress job that requires a lot of driving. My irregular heart beats are so out of control that I went to emergency wore a halter monitor for 24 hrs, had 2 EKGs, an angiogram to check for blocked arteries, even had an endoscopy due to chronic GERD thinking it was my hiatal hernia. Not only experiencing chronic irregular heart beats but experiencing pain in abdomen and bloating. Had an ultra sound & CAT scan to rule to gall bladder and possibly even a blood clot in lung... nothing showed up. So many symptoms and so many specialists and still no one can figure this out. I am at a loss... tried a beta blocker, anti anxiety med, but so far, no change. I do live and work in the mountains at 4,000 ft, which seems to exacerbate everything. I'm thinking I need oxygen, maybe even perhaps an electrophysiology study (test to check the electrical conduction system of my heart)... hopefully this will help doctors understand the nature of my abnormal heart rhythms... I will try anything at this point. Anyone out there with PVCs and experiencing abdominal pain and bloating??? Thanks for reading my post.

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 12/2/2014 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
God Yes!

I am 68, had PVCs since I was 29. Ha an EP study back in '99.
Unremarkable. Hypertention currently, due mainly to a noise
hypersensitivity. New neighbors next door, always dropping things, stereo bass, you get the picture. But, I can many others can tell you, PVCs - when acting up, can be miserable. I had 5300 back in April counted on a Holter. A friend of mine here had 6000.
Just hang in there. I keep taking the beta blocker, Klonopin.5 once a day, Ramipril, HcTz. Still having a time with the darn BP because of the noise hypersensitivity. More anxiety, super vigilence, just causes more in my case. But sometimes, there is just no answer for the random "bouts" or flairups of ectopic beats.

Hanf in there, and Welcome to the forum.
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