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   Posted 6/19/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone....i suffer greatly from anxiety and panic attacks.  Recently they have become more frequent (due to some stress). For years I had heart palpitations and they went away, but are now back.  My son had severe palpitations after major surgery and the dr put him on magnesium supplements, and the went away.  Has anyone heard of magnesium helping palpitations???  I have been to ER three times since last summer, had all kinds of tests, blood work, and everything is ok, but I was diagnosed with
Fibromyalgia, so am battling that also, which gets my anxiety sky high.
I do take xanax and that does help, but I just cant stand these palpitations.
They make me more nervous.  Any input would be appreciated
anxiety/panic attacks...osteoporosis....Fibro

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 6/19/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
hey tootiebug58
i dont know much about different meds but i have heard of pottasium being good for your heart. i also will get palpitations sometimes. i havent figured out what to do about them but i have noticed that when i stop worrying about them that they usually will go away.hope you are better soon.

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   Posted 6/19/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tootie,

Heart palpitations are usually due to anxiety, though they can sometimes be a sign of heart problems. Magnesium is excellent for the heart and will help calm the nervous system. However to correct  an arrhythmia, it usually has to be given at dosages far above those that can safely be tolerated in oral supplement form. Evaluation of blood and tissue levels can be done with the help of your PCP... If one takes high amounts of magnesium (2,000-5,000 mg per day), the effect after a day or so is diarrhea and loss of magnesium and other minerals from the body. This is known as "magnesium-induced magnesium deficiency." The only way to get around this problem is through intravenous or intramuscular injection.

I would strongly suggest talking with your PCP before adding a supplement.

Good luck and keep posting.



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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have heart palpitations.  I notice mine most strongly on awakening in the morning and going to bed at night.  If I am keeping myself busy and not just sitting around taking my pulse and fixating on the pounding in my chest, I don't even notice it.  It's when I'm trying to just sit and read or go to sleep or just watch TV that I notice mine most.  I do agree with Kitt that before taking any supplements, talk with your doctor.  I had considered taking magnesium last summer for my palpitations and talked to my doctor and found out I shouldn't take it as it would mess with one of my prescription meds.  I know this is a frustrating and worrisome side effect o anxiety and it was and still is my most prominent physical symptom and before I went through all the cardiology tests and such, I was also in the ER several times with it.  You are not alone in this.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/22/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tootiebug-


   Hello I hope you are feeliing less palps today- I have good and bad days with them- I usually get a hard heart thump

every couple of hours. When I am stressed I get them more ofter. Anxiety does have alot to do with it. Perhaps Hormones as well.

I am only 36 but 10 yrs ago I started feeling them/ same time I was diagnosed with Anxiety-


Keep going back to your PCP until u get your answers u need to give you peace of mind. Suggest an echocardiogram

with is like a ultrasound of your heart. Holter monitor is also helpful to try to catch them on record- You probably know all this stuff already since you said your son had some heart problems. Hope he is ok now too!!

Listern :) this is tuff infact it sucks for a lack of better words. I hate dem and I find keeping busy gets my mind off them temporarily.  DOes the Xanax help?

Dx: Panic Disorder,Anxiety, Depression, PVC's (Heart)
Rx: Lexapro 10mg-Klonopin .5-1mg as needed

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