grinding/wormy feeling - any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I am a 33 year old woman with a history of sinus tachycardia and a few other issues (stiff heart, tricuspid and mitral regurge, healed cardiomyopathy).

Three times this year, I have had this horrid experience of a racing heart, followed by this God awful feeling in my chest that is not painful, but can be best described as a "grinding of salt into my heart" OR "kind of like worms crawling around in there." I know that sounds weird, but it is my best description of it!

During this experience, I get extremely weak and my arms feel like they are a hundred pounds and I can't lift them so well. Each experience has lasted around 15 - 20 minutes. Each time I have gone to the ER and my pulse is around 140, but in normal sinus rhythm.

It has been suggested to me by my cardiologist that it could be Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter ---- so my question is ..... does this Atrial Fib or Flutter feel similar ---- "flutter" to me sounds more like a palpitation?? This is definitely not a palpitation feeling!

Thank you so much in advance!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi countrybluet

I suffer from atrial fib, but the feeling I get is a rather tackey heart beat, by tacky, I mean that when I try to take my pulse, it's so faint, and hard to find, and I can feel it go into the irregular beating. I dont get any probs with my arms, nor with weakness, but there were a few times when I was having an A-fib episode that I had to frequently urinate, like as if I had drank a whole lot of liquid, when I hadnt. the fluttering feeling your talking about sort of feels like butterflies in the chest. What is this cardiologist going to do to confirm this? If it is A-fib, you cant ignore it, because if you have a prolonged episode of it, like I did, one time it was like that for a week, it caused a blood clot in my lung. So phone the doc and find out when and what he is planning to do to find out for sure. This condition can be treated with rythm meds, like bisoprolol and Propafenone *just for examples

Good luck, and keep us updated
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