The beat goes on said...
I have been having palpitations for approximately 2 weeks now. They would come and go. Two days ago they were bothering me enough that I took myself to the ER. Of course I only had like one when I was there. The did a 15 second EKG, took some blood did a chest xray and said I was fine. My blood pressure was ok. I'm on BP meds. I had told them that a lot of times the palps start after I eat something. I can get an incredible amount of gas and bloating and within 15 mins of eating the palps will start. The said I may have acid reflux and prescribed Pepcid. I have continued to have the palps, today being the worst with palps almost all day. I don't get dizzy or lightheaded or pain but they scare me so bad. I do the deep breathing and when I can focus on the breathing it does help. I took an Ativan and it seems to be helping too. I can be kind of prone to stress and anxiety at times. I notice the palps can be worse if I am laying down on my left side too. I have an appt with my primary physician on Monday and I literally can not wait. I want a heart monitor put on for 24 hours to see what the heck is going on. I would like to believe this is normal but I am scared to death and my being scared us making he palps worse.
This is going to fall under the "do as I say, not as I do" category, but it sounds like you and I are both alright in the heart, and may have a stomach issue.
The gasping when I doze off may also be related to acid reflux, and considering the majority of our palpitations come along after we eat I think that can be tied into it as well.
I would also venture a guess that folks who suffer from anxiety also suffer from acid reflux a lot easier which doesn't help smooth things over any easier.
You're doing the right thing by talking to your doctor, but listen to your doctor. If they ran an EKG and did those tests, and nothing showed up, then it's safe to say that these are benign.
Essentially, no doctor worth their salt is going to take palpitations seriously unless they present with other symptoms since that is the true sign that the heart is malfunctioning.
From all I've read and been told here on the forum, skipped heartbeats are scary (of course), but they are also happening because your heart is operating like it should.
Shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, pain, heart rate jumping up well over 100 and staying, all of those are symptoms that a doctor would want to investigate further and ASAP. Those generally signal that the heart is not doing its job on one level or another.
And, as I have found (even though I forget from time-to-time), the more you have them on the mind, the more they will happen. Anxiety can do a LOT of things to the body. Not the least of which is actually cause you to have more of the issues that are leading you to have skipped heartbeats.
If you have a single skipped beat after eating and then focus on the who/what/when/where/why/how aspect of it for the next two hours, you are just about
ensuring you will have a few more skipped beats as now you are having both a stomach induced skipped beat AND your body is slowly building up to another skip due to the worry.
Long story short, I can tell you that I have dealt with these things for at least a decade (probably longer without realizing it) and I am still alive and kicking. They are scary as all get out. There's no two ways about
that. However, much like we were all afraid of the dark at one time, we eventually learned that it was more because of what we thought was going to happen more than what actually was happening.
Feel free to stick around the thread and we'll help each other with support (and SC is an amazing moderator who can keep us in check with our own fears as well.)