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Sarita
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   Posted 2/15/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there y'all,
I usually post in the diarrhea-prominent forums (ha!) but saw the doc today about something I'm not sure is related to my crazy diarrhea issue or not.  I am a 27-year-old female.  about 10 years ago, when I started college, I had a cardiac work-up done after several runs of symptomatic PVCs.  The cardiologist told me I had some slight aortic valve regurgitation that he saw on the echo, but did not think that was related to my PVCs and said it was probably benign.  24-hour Holter indicated the presence of PACs and PVCs.
 
While I was living in Africa for several months in 2000, I had a few days of constant PVCs and was told my left ventricle was slightly enlarged and my EKG again showed hundreds of PVCs, but the physician said this could be a temporary side effect of my malaria medication. 
 
In the past couple of years I have some sort of bizarre infectious diarrhea (under investigation yet again) where I have watery diarrhea usually 5-10 times a day and occasionally up to 50 episodes in 24 hours.  Two years ago an infectious disease doctor noted an right systolic ejection murmur, but didn't say too much more about it. 
 
In the past couple of months I've been getting extremely uncomfortable runs of PVCs in addition to dizziness and lightheadedness upon standing.  Always attributed it to dehydration but it's starting to happen when I exercise and even during periods when my bowels are semi-normal.
 
I saw a family doctor today - I'd been feeling very run down and dizzy today, and thought I might have been dehydrated after having 20 trips to the bathroom yesterday.  She said my heart was "hyperdynamic" and she could hear the right-sided ejection murmur that the doc two years ago and did a CBC to check my electrolytes and wants me to get a 12-lead EKG when I start getting the symptomatic PVCs again.
 
So, all in all, I've been told I've got this aortic valve regurgitation, an enlarged left ventricle, PVCs, and hyperdynamic heart sounds.  Could all of this be some benign syndrome?  Has anyone experienced this?  I'm starting medical school in the fall and this is absolutely the last thing I want to deal with!

els
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   Posted 2/17/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita, I am sorry that your post hasnt been responded to yet... eyes   I am certianly no doctor and am not qualified to give you any advice regarding what you have been going through.  What I would suggest however, is to find yourself a cardiologist who can follow up on this for you.  I am sure your comfortable with your family doctor but when it comes to heart related conditions these really need to be checked by a cardiologist.  I am surprised that your doctor hasent referred you to one as yet.
Please do keep us posted as to your doing and feel free to post on this forum at any time.  Sometimes it gets a little slow so please do bear with us here... :-)    Take care

Elisha
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Sarita
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   Posted 2/17/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your thoughtful reply, els!

My doctor called me today with my bloodwork results.  She said my thyroid is completely berserk - my TSH levels are undetectable, which means my thyroid is way overactive.  This could be causing my rapid, pounding pulse, and even my diarrhea!

I've got to say that hearing something as innocuous as this - Grave's Disease or whatever - is actually music to my ears.  It's rather benign and treatable!

She's doing more bloodwork, but wants me to still get another cardiac work-up, EKG etc.  Hopefully it's just this thyroid business.


els
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   Posted 2/18/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita,  I am so glad that your doctor is finding some answers for you!  Please do keep us posted on how things go.  My thoughts are with you...take care

Elisha
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