More Tachycardia And Nausea


more tachycardia and nausea

I’ve had two more of the episodes that have been plaguing me, one on Thursday and one on Friday. The one I had on Friday got my heart rate up to 155 bpm. It scared me because I had been fighting unrelenting nausea all day, so I went to the ER. The ER doc said it doesn’t sound like heart disease, just a heart rhythm problem, but it can’t be diagnosed until it’s caught on either an EKG or a Holter monitor. I can’t get to the ER fast enough to catch it because we live all the way across town. By the time I got there Friday night, my pulse was already down to 110 bpm, slowly dropping. I’ve had a 24-hour Holter monitor, but no episodes, of course. I’ve gone for 4 months without having one of these, then all of a sudden, I get three in one week. I don’t know that they’ll ever catch it. All I know is I never want another one. The ER doc gave me some Zofran and a saline IV and sent me home when my pulse came back down.

It’s been two days and I’m still fighting nausea. My Carafate suddenly seems to be making it worse. It comes in waves – that watering feeling you get in your jaw. My phenergan isn’t touching it, so I’m not sure if it’s true nausea or if I’m just constantly on the verge of a panic attack. I think I’ve finally developed a full-blown anxiety disorder, thanks to this crap.

I’m waiting to get an appointment with a cardiologist. The ER doc says I need an echo, since nobody bothered to do one last time. I am supposed to see the cardiologist who told me in July that these episodes are hot flashes, but I argued that I didn’t want to see him, so I’m having to wait to see if the cardiologist I requested will take me as a patient, since they are in the same practice.

I don’t know if that’s the right decision or not. I can’t think straight.

In the meantime, I have a follow-up appointment with my regular doctor Wednesday morning and an appointment with my new gynecologist Friday morning. We’ll see what turns up.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my previous post. You all were so helpful. Thank you!

 

Thanks for reading!

Toni, The Girl in Yoga Pants

 

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Tachycardia And Nausea: Is It Menopause?


tachycardia and nausea is it menopause?

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?

 

Questions:

  • 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.

Toni, The Girl in Yoga Pants

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Breakfast Of Champions: Corvalen D-Ribose And Fatigued To Fantastic Energy Revitalization System


Breakfast of Champions: Corvalen D-ribose, Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Revitalization System, and kefir

Let me introduce you to the Breakfast of Champions. I swear by this breakfast. It gives me a huge energy boost, improves my cognitive function, reduces my pain, and helps populate my digestive tract with healthy bacteria. I began drinking this concoction during a time in my life when I was practically homebound because I could barely stand for longer than five minutes and had no energy whatsoever. With this, I was slowly able to increase my exercise to an hour of slow walking 4-6 days a week, plus do chores and go shopping. (more…)