My Heart Is In My Throat...Literally
- 0OK...someone please help me. For the past 2 years I have been getting these weird palpatations, and it feels like my heart is beating in my throat. When it happens, I feel very lightheaded, like I may faint. It usually goes away in about 10 minutes. It used to happen every few months but now it happens every few weeks. IT usually happens when I bend down, but somtimes I will be standing there doing nothing. It happened at work and I put the pulse ox on my finger and it said my HR was 185. I checked it myself and got 180. So I had a nurse double check and it was. It happened the other day at my mom's and my HR was 220! It happened again yesterday. Also, I have been getting chest pain...not bad, just noticeable, even without the palpitations. I am afraid to go to the doctor because a) it might be something bad or B) it may be nothing and I will feel like an ass. It is NOT anxiety, either. It happens when I am doing nothing or bending over to tie my shoes. Please someone tell me SOMETHING. HAs anyone else had this?
- 0I know, but I feel stupid. I am only 27 so I am afraid they are going to tell me it is just anxiety. But I know it's not. When it happened at work the supervisor tried to make me go to the ER but I was embarrassed. Stupid people were saying that I don't take care of myself and I don't eat enough. I eat fine. I just didn't want people to speculate about me. Anyhow, it went away and the supervisor left me alone. It usually goes away within 10 minutes. Chances are a Holter monitor wouldn't even pick it up becuase it doesn't happen every day. But does this sound weird?
- 0The thing is that very few people have taken me seriously. They attribute it to anxiety, but I think I would KNOW if I were anxious or not. And the palpitations I get when I am anxious are different then this. It feels like my heart is in my throat and I feel lightheaded. And a pulse of 220? Even in my most anxious states, I don't think it has been like that. I am afraid they will say it is anxiety and pat me on the head and send me home because I am young.
- 0Dec 29, '02 by P_RN Senior ModeratorYou're going vagal for some reason whatever that may be.
Read up on these sx and it seems that it can be diagnosed with specific tests. Go see yor doctor. I'd rather know you are getting medical attention than discover belatedly you had missed something important.
- 0Dec 29, '02 by angelbearI have. At age 30 they put me on a holter monitor and it showed severe pvc's. But this is fairly harmless if everything else checks out. It is definately worth checking out. I now take a mild beta blocker that helps bring my heart rate down. The plus side is that I suffer from migraines as well and the beta blocker has helped with these too. Get it checked out you will feel better and so will those who care about you.
- 0Thanks...I just needed reassurance so I don't feel stupid. I felt stupid back in August because I was having recurring episodes of hypoglycemia(30's and 40's) so my doc ordered a bunch of tests and they were all normal. I was supposed to take a GTT but didn't do it because my fasting glucose was normal. It was the same type of thing. The hypoglycemia was recurrent but very sporadic and unpredictable. And if I go back to her I am afraid she will think I am a hypochondriac.