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   Posted 5/29/2013 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I have been having a strange symptom if I eat too much. Instead of eating a half of a sandwich, I eat 3/4 of it.

A year ago I was at a dinner with 50 towns people I know well and after I ate, I got dizzy and passed out and was taken by ambulance to the ER.

Ever since then I am really careful about how much food I eat at one sitting but after I eat sometimes, I feel bloated and then my heart starts racing and I start breathing hard.

The only thing that gets rid of this nasty feeling is to go to sleep. I can lay there with the feeling that my heart is going to come right out of my chest.

Does this happen to anyone else, if so, what do you do for it.

And why is this happening? Someone had said to me that the vegus nerve was being pressed on as the stomach was bloated. I don't know.

Any thoughts would be great!
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010 (full wrap)
Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
Thyroid Removal 1990

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   Posted 5/29/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

It could very well be the vagus nerve, but I would get in to see your doctor to be sure there isn't something else going on.

Take care,
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   Posted 5/29/2013 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mam,
I have actually had problems twice at restaurants.  The first time was well before my surgery, the second not too long ago.  The first time my blood pressure got very low and the ambulance technicians couldn't get it up, so I was transported to the emergency department.  After spending a few hours there, things straightened out on their own and nothing was discovered to be wrong, and I was released.
The second time I felt the same, but it wasn't quite as bad.  I ended up going home in the car and later in the night learned that it was actually a stomach bug.  I vomited, and that sealed the diagnosis.
Both times my blood pressure went way down after eating large meals.  You would think that blood pressure would go up under those circumstances, wouldn't you?  I've always suspected the vagus nerve, but have never had confirmation of that involvement.
I never had the rapid heart rate you're describing, but I can tell you my "unwrapped" mother had the problem often enough to go to a heart specialist, who treated the rapid heartbeat with medication.  They had difficulty getting it into control without fairly high doses, so implanted a pacemaker to pick up the slack. 
Have you been to a heart specialist, or at least your PCP?  My husband has atrial fibrillation, which causes his heart to race.  He's on medication that keeps it in pretty good control.  The heart doctor says it's not dangerous, but it is disconcerting, so he treats it with medication.
If you're suffering with this problem, you ought to get to your PCP and consider seeing a specialist as well.  I don't think it is related to the surgery at all.
Good luck!
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   Posted 5/29/2013 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
. See your doctor. Without knowing more about your history, it's noticed that you had your thyroid removed. Your symptoms could be related to thyroid. Your thyroid medication needs to be checked. Please see doc and discuss symptoms and be sure to remind him of thyroid. Want the best for you.

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   Posted 5/30/2013 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the quick responses.
I had my heart checked out after the "pass out ER visit" and that is perfect. I went to see my gastro doctor and had an endoscope and everything was ok on the inside. I also see my endocrinologist every 6 months for complete blood labs, everything is ok there.
I'm sorry I should have written that down in the first post as this is why I am questioning this episode when I seem to "over fill" my stomach a tad bit.
Thank you all again.
Partial tear in rotator cuff, surgery coming.....
Tumor (benign) in palm of hand, surgery 2/2013
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010 (full wrap)
Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
Thyroid Removal 1990
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