Heart Palps and dizzy when severe bloat hits

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   Posted 11/23/2010 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Last night I did a no no, should have known better as I had fried clams. Soon after I ate I became bloated and had severe stomach pains. This went on for hours and turned into my body trying to vomit which I cannot do anymore, so I did the motion for a 1/2 hour. The stomach pain was so intense and then it left me on the toilet for an hour with the other end.
My question is, every time I get this bloat and stomach pain I seem to get heart palps and I get dizzy. The feeling you get when you are about to pass out but I luckily I don't pass out.
Is this bloat causing pressure on my insides causing this reaction?
I will be a year out this coming March. But again, I should have known better to stay away from fried foods!! NEVER AGAIN!!!
This morning I feel much better but must remember the "pressure" isn't going to be gas!!
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   Posted 11/23/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mam,
It might not be the fried as much as the indigestible nature of clams...they can't be chewed properly, and are basically swallowed whole. Keep in mind that your wrap was created out of the whole "cloth" of stomach, and could have been badly irritated. I'm not sure the connection, but the vagus nerve could be a piece of this response, as it is affected by your upper GI tract. The diarrhea/dumping is most likely due to the irritation of the wrap/stomach as the clams went through.

Unfortunately, you can't get away from the fact that the new LES you have is made of your stomach, and it will forever behave differently. Hey, the clams can be eaten, but probably fewer, and with the knowledge that you may sufferer afterward.

Before I had surgery, I had a vagus nerve episode at a restaurant, with blood pressure plummeting, and faintness, which sent me to the ER, where they found absolutely nothing wrong with me.

Those of us with quirky GI issues just have to accept some crazy reactions from time to time.
If you know the cause, it often doesn't seem as bad.
Take care,

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   Posted 11/23/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I get "vagus nerve episodes" as you are calling them from several causes:
I'm allergic/intolerant/sensitive to sulfites - which could have been sprayed on the clams as it is on shrimp and fish.
When my esophagus gets irritated I get spasms leading to palps and tachycardia - things like uncoated pills getting stuck.
When I was getting diverticulitis with an abscess my first reaction was 5 hours of tachycardia, then stomach wanted to vomit, finally, hours later I started getting the abdominal pain.

It's caused by esophagus, stomach, gut and heart being connected by the vagus nerve. It's called cardio-esophageal reflex (not reflux) or linked angina. If you google those words you will find medical research papers.
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