I had another episode last night that lasted for hours. It started at 11:44. I had taken my sleep herbs an hour earlier and was just getting ready to lie down when I got that weird “adrenaline rush” feeling in my stomach, tingly pins and needles down my arms, shortness of breath, burping, and nausea. It takes a lot for me to throw up, but I came really close this time. I had no chest pains.
My heart rate went all over the place, though it was beating steadily, no skipped beats or anything. It went up to 111 bpm, down to 79, then jumped to 129, then down to 86, back to 100, then slowly started coming down to normal after a couple of hours. My blood pressure went up to 140/90. It’s usually around 110/70. I debated going to the ER again, but I figured they’d just tell me it was a hot flash or a stomach bug, like they usually do. We know my heart is fine, so what else can they do for me there?
After a while, I got the shakes and felt chilled. My body temp was 99.4. I don’t know how accurate that is, because my thermometer sucks and I need a new one. My blood sugar was 108. We had eaten eggs, bacon, and toast with apple butter for dinner at around 8:00 pm. That should have been out of my stomach by then, though. Just in case, I took extra digestive enzymes, a Carafate, a Phenergan, and an extra Prilosec. I say extra Prilosec, but I couldn’t remember if I took my regular dose or not, thanks to my foggy brain. I’ve heard of people taking 40 mg twice a day. I only take 20 mg, so I figured an extra one wouldn’t do much harm. It helped. My stomach started gurgling like it was moving something around in there, the burping subsided, and my heart rate went back down to normal. Thirty minutes later, I finally fell asleep propped up on pillows.
I was nauseous and weak when I woke up. Nobody was around to help me, so I sat in my chair for an hour trying to gather the strength to climb the stairs to get something to drink. Tater was upstairs with my mom. I hate being alone down here when I’m sick. These episodes scare me to death when they happen, though I have learned to keep my mind as calm as possible so I don’t make them worse by panicking. I must be doing an awesome job hiding how sick I am, because nobody in my family seems the least bit concerned. Nobody has even asked me how I’m feeling. I guess they’re tired of hearing it. That’s what my blog is for, right?
Sorry. I’m in a mood. Anyway…
My temperature is up to 100.1 this morning. Again, I don’t know how accurate that is. My blood sugar was 81 when I woke up. Blood pressure is only slightly elevated, 120/70.
No “Breakfast of Champions” today. The most I’ve been able to manage is a cup of chamomile tea and dry toast. Is it possible to be starving and nauseous at the same time? Because I think that’s what’s happening right now.
On top of it all, I started my period this morning, a full 6 days early. :/ Blah.
These episodes seem to be related to the fat content in my food, given the fact that digestive enzymes and my other stomach medicines help to calm them down. Is it gastritis? Is it adrenal fatigue?
Then again, I suppose it could be related to hormone fluctuations caused by peri-menopause, since I started so early. I will have to start tracking how these episodes relate to my cycle, I guess. Maybe the cardiologist and thyroid docs who told me that aren’t as crazy as I thought.
I’m due to get my hormones checked again, but the saliva test is $250 that I don’t have right now. I guess I could get blood tests. I should probably go to the gynecologist. I’ll think about that tomorrow.
I’m really struggling to make sense of these episodes. Can any of you help, dear readers?
- Did you have tachycardia and nausea while going through menopause? Gastritis? Adrenal fatigue?
- What helps prevent this?
- When does it stop?
- Can you recommend a helpful book on menopause?
Thanks for reading this mess.