Hi everyone! I joined this forum because I am looking for treatment for my condition. To give you a background, I have always had stomach problems. As a child I was frequently constipated and had regular stomach upsets. In college I would regularly feel very sick, and I had rashes near my elbows on my arms, and my eyes would constantly be swollen. I have also always had weight problems, and I am struggling to maintain a healthy weight right now. I am also constantly exhausted, but I have just learned to sleep 10 hours a night. Finally senior year of college my friend suggested that I might have a dairy allergy when I felt ill after eating an ice cream. Also some face washes make my skin break out, but I haven't quite figured out which ingredient does this.
Then a couple of years ago, and it would always happen after eating a large meal (usually out at a restaurant), I would wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding. It would last at least an hour and breathing slowly would not calm it down.
I went to an allergist a few months ago and I tested slightly positive for milk allergy, she told me that I should just avoid milk, but it shouldn't hurt to have some. I also tested positive for mold allergy but that is not surprising. I thought I might also be allergic to almonds, since I seem to get a rash every time I eat them, but she said I wasn't allergic.
So I stopped eating dairy for good, and I thought my heart palpitations were over. Last night I went to the movies and I had a "movie dinner", I shared some popcorn and peanut M&M's with my friend. Half way through the movie I had another one of these attacks, where my heart starts beating like crazy out of the blue and I feel a bit sweaty and can't think straight. It was horrible! But I knew what it was and I knew it would pass in a bit over an hour so I just sat through it.
Any thoughts? Does this sounds like it could be a chocolate or peanut allergy (since this was in the M&Ms)? Or a corn allergy? I cannot imagine that I have lived through 25 years of my life allergic to corn...I eat it all the time and it seems fine! Should I go back to the allergist? I feel silly since when I went she basically told me I'm not really allergic to anything (we didn't test chocolate or peanuts though (only tree nuts...I don't know if that's different)). It is very scary to have these attacks, and I would just like to know what on earth it is!
I know this was posted months ago, but I just came across your post and wanted to respond. I have gastrointestinal issues as well, which got much worse this summer. I ended up having a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy last month. I have severe constipation-predominant IBS. In 2009, I was diagnosed with GERD and eosinophilic esophagitis. After my endoscopy last month, I tested positive for eosinophilic esophagitis again; therefore, my GI doctor referred me to an allergist. It turns out I'm allergic to black willow tree, horses, dogs, cats, blueberries, and potatoes. I think having a blueberry and potato allergy is strange, but I truly do. This summer I ate a lot of blueberries and most of the time I developed severe abdominal pain after eating them. I attributed the pain to the high fiber of the fruit, but nope...it's an allergy. Did your allergist only test for the most common food allergens? I would suggest going back and asking her to test for less common foods (you can test for almost anything). Is there a common denominator among your meals (for example, do most of your meals contain a certain fruit, vegetable, legume, etc.?). Also, last December I started waking up out of sleep with my heart racing. I would feel lightheaded and sweaty; I thought I was going to faint a couple times. I ended up calling 911, going to an ER, and finally going to my cardiologist. I wore a 30-Day event monitor so I could record when I would wake up out of sleep with my heart racing. Also, I had an echocardiogram to make sure my heart was structurally normal (which it was). The event monitor recording showed mostly normal tachycardia (a normal fast heart rate) and PACs (premature atrial contractions- these can feel like thumps, fluttery feelings, etc., but they are benign). I had one short episode of SVT, but my cardiologist said it was nothing to worry about
because my heart is healthy, I'm young, and it didn't last for long. He finally told me that he thought I was having panic attacks (which I denied, of course). I don't think it's my heart, but I'm not quite convinced I'm having panic attacks. I very well could be, but I have all these others issues (in addition to very poor sleep). I don't think that the peanuts and chocolate caused you to have one of those episodes, but I am not a doctor. I would recommend seeing your allergist again, but have you seen a gastroenterologist? If not, I would definitely do so. Furthermore, if the racing heart episodes continue, perhaps seeing a cardiologist is a good next step (this can help rules things out). Also, I am seeing a sleep specialist next month and maybe that's something you should consider. Do these attacks only happen when you're sleeping (besides that one time at the movies)? If so, sleep apnea can cause a racing heartbeat upon waking out of sleep. Also, have your thyroid levels been checked? What about
your iron and ferritin levels? Lastly, a vitamin D level would be a good thing to check. I'll be going to medical school (like I said, not a doctor yet) and checking these hormone, vitamin, and mineral levels is a good idea. Also, are your electrolytes normal (in addition to your magnesium level)? Do you have any other symptoms? I hope that you have already gotten an answer as to what was going on with you, but if not, please feel free to respond :) Hope all is well!