Heart rate increse on minimal movement.

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heyyouyayou
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   Posted 10/31/2017 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I posted on the Anxiety forum about my potential anxiety. But I decided to post here since it is probably more appropriate for my issue.

To make a long story short, I have been to the hospital a number of times in the past few months for light headed, racing heart/palpitations and asthma symptoms(wheezing and chest tightness).

At the hospital visits, I got blood work done as well as x rays and 2 chest CT scans. Everything came back normal except on the CT scans they found Pneumomediastinum(Air in chest cavity) That the doctors thought was due to a ruptured bleb in my right lung.

I have since been having an erratic heart rate. I will be laying down and my heart rate will be in the low 60s to high 50s, then just turning over or reaching for something will make it shoot up to the 90s or 100s. I know this because I was on a monitor at the hospital and it was noted by the doctors. I was discharged with a 14 day holder monitor that I am currently waiting on the results for.

Any ideas what this could be? I noticed it got a lot worse when I was given steroids for the lung issue. could that have caused it? I was last on steroids two and a half weeks ago.

I am 24 years old and male. My blood pressure is not that bad.

straydog
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   Posted 10/31/2017 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely is can be related to the steroids. Steroids can cause many different issues for people. I now have very limited use of steroids now, they drive my blood pressure sky high for one thing. Yes, I have a very long history of high BP, however, it is controlled with medications.

Hope that your results of the holt monitor are favorable. Take care.
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heyyouyayou
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   Posted 10/31/2017 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply,

I definitely think the steroids are causing this. I have an oximeter and I noticed if I move fast and suddenly, my heart rate does not shoot up that dramatically. It only shoots up if I move slow. It almost feels like constant adrenaline.

The doctors dismissed the steroids being the cause saying that they would have worn off by now, two and a half weeks later I still feel the same.

The thing is I got steroids at one hospital then I left against medical advice and went to a different hospital for better treatment. I did not get steroids at the second hospital.

At the first hospital I was given three pills of prednisone, then I got it in IV form for two days. about 3 times in the IV. I don't know the dosage.

Could I still be getting side effects after all this time?

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 10/31/2017 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
postural drop? some meds can. and abrupt sit stand, esp from bed.

SharonZ
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   Posted 11/1/2017 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are constantly checking your heart rate, stop. This will cause you anxiety when you see the fluctuation in numbers, and this happens all day, and is quite normal. As hard as it may be, just wait until you get the results from the heart monitor.

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 11/1/2017 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am constantly checking my pulse!

I noticed when I am resting, the monitor I bought says my pulse goes to the low 50s. I did research and 40s and 50s is normal for fit people. I used to exercise every day three months ago, but I've stopped since then and I haven't been active for a while. I would not worry, but I am getting odd chest sensations as well as a lightheaded feeling. This is what makes me worry.

Thank you all for your suggestions. I will try not to worry about it. If I did have a serious problem I probably would have been dead by now. smile

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/2/2017 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
yep u would. z is correct. relax my friend.

SharonZ
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   Posted 11/2/2017 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms may be directly related to the Pneumomediastinum, and your body will eventually absorb the excess air - just give it some time.

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 11/4/2017 3:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

Thank you all for your words. I have a question that I don't know if anyone here will be able to answer.

I got my medical record from my hospital stay. It included all my Ct and x-ray images. I am not an expert, but when I looked at my x-ray's. I noticed that when I compare the first image that was taken on July 7 to the latest image taken on October 11. My heart looks bigger in the July image compared to the October image. By a lot!

Again, I don't know if any one here knows if a heart can shrink? Or does the heart look different size because it was contracting from a beat?

I don't know if I can post image like that here or are they not allowed?

Sorry if I am sounding a little hypochondriac, but my cardiologist appointment is taking a while and I was just curious if anyone here knew if a heart can shrink

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/4/2017 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
mine is hard because of the diabetes!!! stop freaking yourself out. if there was any probs you would have been notified. relax, relax.

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 11/15/2017 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, lots has happened.

I had a sinus tachycardia episode in the ER. My heart rate shot up to 190 out of no where. My chest,left arm and jaw all went numb. Doctor said my heart was beating so fast it was not moving enough blood.

My heart monitor results are also back. My lowest beat was 41bpm probably while sleeping. my highest was 170bpm which was an episode I remember. There were no PVCs but less than 1.0% of beats were PACs.

My doctor is now suspecting POTS.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/25/2017 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
41 sleep, is cool. 170 not to worry. no pvc, pacs less than 1% well that is fine. get a specialist for pots. keep strong.

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 12/4/2017 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Would anyone here know about blood pressure? I just noticed as well as my heart rate, my diastolic pressure goes up by alot when I stand up. I just took it standing and it was 138/125 pulse 130bpm then I layed down and it went to 138/81 pulse 72bpm

Isn't that a little high for diastolic?

straydog
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   Posted 12/4/2017 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Normal BP was 140/90 for a long time. However, recently they changed it & I cannot remember the numbers. I remember it wasn't much of a decrease & I honestly questioned why they bothered changing it. I do hope that you are refraining from taking your BP all the time like you were before. Since the BP returns to normal I wouldn't be concerned, but thats just me. Did you get any confirmation on whether this is POTS or not?
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/5/2017 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
ps. blood pressure can be read, it's up. 30 seconds later, normal.
keep well hydrated with water, as kidney's regulate your
blood pressure. and if u are constantly checking then
it will increase because of an anxious state.

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 12/5/2017 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been diagnosed with pots, but several doctors at Er visits have suggested it. I believe it's more of a constant state of adrenaline. I have been searching up on adrenal fatigue syndrome and that seems to be what is going on.

I still have several Dr's visits to different hospitals to try and get to the bottom of this.

I will keep this forum updated when I find out what I have.

Thank you all!

SharonZ
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   Posted 12/6/2017 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Please do yourself a favor, don't use Dr. Google. Wait until one of your doctors gives you a firm diagnosis. And as everyone else has told you, stop monitoring your BP all the time.

Good Luck

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 4/25/2018 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!

I know it's been a while, but I just wanted to update on whats been going on for anyone that's going through a similar situation that I've been through.

I found out that my fast heart rate episodes were due to low blood sugar. I tested my sugar while having one of these episodes and have caught my glucose level in the 50s. My symptoms go completely away a few minutes after eating.

I also found out that my sugar is actually dropping After eating foods that are high in sugar. More research on my end and I found something called reactive hypoglycemia. I seem to be suffering from this.

I was also diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been using a cpap machine for a while.

I am currently seeing an endocrinologist but it is a battle to try and get an actual diagnosis. I am also seeing a psychiatrist and taking an ssri that I am currently tapering off of since the doctor believes my symptoms were mostly due to my conditions.

Overall I am doing much better after figuring out eating makes these horrible symptoms go away. I just have to be careful of the foods I eat. I have gained about 50lbs but at this point I don't care.

Thank you all for your comments. I will post here again if anything comes up.

SharonZ
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   Posted 4/25/2018 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you been diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia, or is this a result of your internet research? Please be careful of self-diagnosing through Dr. Google, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet. I'm sure your endocrinologist will give your some answers.

Sharon

heyyouyayou
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   Posted 4/25/2018 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think reactive hypoglycemia is an actual diagnosis / condition. I think it's more of an explanation of the symptom. I am still working with the endocrinologist on it.

I just wanted to let anyone who is going through a similar situation / having the same symptoms to make sure it's not their blood sugar. I always thought there was something wrong with my heart, but my symptoms go away after eating so I know it's my glucose that is the issue.

I have learned from all the doctors visits I have gone to is that doctors want to treat the symptoms and not the actual issue causing the symptoms.

It was only because I tested my blood sugar by chance that I found out my blood sugar was low when I was having my racing heart/ dizzy spells. When I told my doctor they some how tried to take credit for figuring out my symptoms were caused by low sugar.

I know it's not good to be Googleing symptoms and I an not, but it's also not bad to look things up and suggest them to the doctor. You have to be your greatest advocate.
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