Posted 3/3/2015 9:16 PM (GMT -6)
Hello, I'm a 15 year old male. I've been suffering from some weird symptoms that have intensified after a certain incident 8th grade year in gym class. Before I get into explaining I've been suffering from acid reflux all my life, and I do believe that there might be a connection between acid reflux and the heart by way of the vagus nerve. So as of now I'm confused as to if the problem is with my heart or my stomach.
In 8th grade in gym we were playing a game that required on and off sprinting, and at that time I was very fit. I ran track, wrestled, and played football. Anyways, during that game, I stopped running and I noticed that my heart rate wasn't slowing down it kept on beating really fast. I felt fine but my hear was pounding really hard. I told my gym teacher and he rushed me to the nurse. The nurse checked my heart rate, and said it was 200 bpm. I may be wrong, as I don't fully remember. She then threw ice on my face and it stopped almost instantly. Then something else happened. My heart started to beat really slow. Yet I still felt normal. Then after some 20-40 minutes my heart returned to normal, but I felt different.
I then realized that these events are called tachycardia and bradycardia. She recommended that I go to a cardiologist. Which I did. They said nothing was wrong with my heart, and I was like okay fine. It must have been some contingency. I then resumed my physical activity by participating in track. I ran for a while but my heart beat felt awkward to me. I can't explain it, but it wasn't the same after that incident.
As time went on I started to notice more symptoms. I started to get palpitations, and I found that my heart would race when I get the least bit excited. When I climb stairs some days I will feel a "strain" in my heart. As if it is trying to hard. So now I'm at the point where I have "cycles" where I will have a normal heart beat for say, two weeks. Then the third week have palps the whole week. So I have decided to quit physical activity which makes me really angry because I was good at it. One example of the heart problems would be when I go to talk in front of the class. My heart would pound really heard, and I would have to try my hardest to keep it calm. Which never happened to me before,(I could speak easily in front of people). Even raising my hand in class causes my heart to race!
In short, Ever since that one accursed day my heart has been in slow decline. I don't know what to do, everyone asks me why I don't play sports anymore, and I don't know what to say. So I'm begging that if you would take time to respond and share your ideas as to what my next move is or WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME, I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much for taking your time to read this!