Posted 10/29/2015 10:43 AM (GMT -6)
So I would like your input and hopefully some advice... Here is how it went down.
One night I was on the computer watching an ape playing with a basket ball, the ball went up and down atleast 50 times, I have to say I'm really proud of that ape... anyway, in several minutes my heart rate went straight up to the heavens. I tried to ignore it, but after several minutes I became worried and went to the bathroom. There I tried to calm down. After a minute, I measured my pulse and it was 120 bpm. I tried to sleep, hoping it would pass, but after half an hour of it beating 120 bpm non-stop I decided to take a trip to the ER as I became concerned.
There they hooked me up to an ECG, and after that the nurse who took the ECG said with an assuring voice, 'nothing serious', and told me to wait for the doctor. I was skeptical as to how she could know it was nothing serious from one single ECG, but I waited two hours before the doc finally arrived. I could tell he was quite professional. He asked me some questions like do I have chest pain and so on.. and then told me to lay down on the stretcher, then he rubbed a vein on the side of my throat and told me to hold my breath for 15 seconds while I strain my stomach.
He contacted another doctor and they discussed, after a while he sent me home and said that it's nothing dangerous. I was relieved, but the next day it was still there, although this time it was more like 100 bpm. I was hoping it would pass during the day but when the night came and it didn't, I went to the ER again. This time they sent me to a hospital for 'further testing'.
When I arrived they were apparently waiting for me and took a blood test, blood pressure, pulse, ecg, nasal bacteria test, x-ray, genetics, felt my legs, my stomach.. and hooked me up to a 24h monitor so I had to sleep there. In the morning I was woken up by a doc who said that my heart rate dropped to 60 while I was sleeping and that nothing is wrong. In the paper I received when I left, they said the cause is 'banal and harmless', so I went home.
It's been three weeks, and it's still here, although lately it's 80-90 and rarely above hundred -- only when I climb the stairs it easily goes to 140 but drops to below 100 after half an hour or so. I have no idea what is causing it, and I was wondering if any of you have a similar experience or if it could be anxiety as I feel tense lately.