100 lb. Club - Help, i'm scared here!: Heart Palpitations, arm/neck pain, and pressure in my head.




0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 06:53 PM
EMS just left my apartment.....


After i stopped working out, i sat down and my left ear started to feel weird and i felt a bit light headed and it felt like my acid reflux was acting up again, but different........but i just laid down to try to feel better, well it worked somewhat but when i stood up i felt really light headed, the back of my neck started to hurt and then my heart rate went out the window.

This is the 3rd time, within the last 4 months, that this has happened.
The 2nd time i went to the hospital, had blood work, chest xrays, and NOTHING was found to be wrong :mad: So i declined to go to the hospital this time....i mean i'm so in debt from the last visit that i'm afraid of more debt. o_o Luckily my health insurance kicks in in a few weeks.
But that doesn't change the fact that i'm scared. i don't want to die, and i keep thinking i'm going to just fall out and die one day o_o

I was having SUCH a good day. I exercised for HOURS, i did GREAT with my calorie intake, and i finally got my computer fixed. So for this to happen just really threw me for a loop.
Me and the EMS where brainstorming that the exercise might of caused my acid reflux to act up but what i don't get is the heart palpitations. Those are what scare me so bad. That, and the neck/arm pains, and this feeling in my head. It feels like oxygen is getting up there..........like, the best way i can think to describe it is a tingly-pressure sensation in the back half of my head.

It's scaring me v_v
i'm only 20.........diabetes has been ruled out, so wtf is it!!
I mean i've never out-grown my heart murmur but the cardiologist told me i didn't have to worry about getting an echocardiogram any time soon. Just to try to get it done in the next year or so, so that it can be followed.


I'm so confussed.
And it's like wtf, if THIS is going to keep happening after i exercise, why would i want to keep exercising like i have been! o_o

Has anyone else felt ANYTHING like this before???
Now my freaking left ear is on fire it's so hot! i dont get it! >_<







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eclipse
01-26-2010, 06:59 PM
I'm thinking it might be a panic attack. I've had them before and been totally convinced I was having a heart attack - even down to the chest tightness and arm numbness. I've found that during one, every physical sensation is magnified - so a minor pain in the ear might start to hurt even worse.

Did EMS let you know what your blood pressure was?

honeybjones
01-26-2010, 07:00 PM
Wow that is some really scary $h|t. The best advice I can offer is go see a specialist as soon as your insurance will allow you. I have chronic pain and my regular doc could only do so much. Once I started seeing a specialist, I really started getting some top notch care. My point here being I'm sure your regular doc is great but only someone with really specialized knowledge will be able to get the heart of the matter (pardon the pun). Oh and as far as the money, you can always get more but you only get one life.


fitbyforty
01-26-2010, 07:04 PM
Exercising for hours might explain it.When I over exerted the same thing happened to me.Yes it was scary.
Even still I would talk to a DR. about it.

marigrace
01-26-2010, 07:04 PM
Sounds like you need to take it slower. Get another doctor's opinion also. You are OK now, just try and relax...sounds like blood pressure...but get to someone who can explain this.

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 07:10 PM
I'm thinking it might be a panic attack. I've had them before and been totally convinced I was having a heart attack - even down to the chest tightness and arm numbness. I've found that during one, every physical sensation is magnified - so a minor pain in the ear might start to hurt even worse.

Did EMS let you know what your blood pressure was?


Yes, but sadly i've forgotten what it was. but it was high. It's not on the piece of paper he gave me either. But after the 1st time this happened, i had my blood pressure taken at a local clinic a few days later, and it was high when i forgot in but after a while and being told it was probably nothing too serious, it was pretty close to normal again. v_v so many mixed signals!

traci in training
01-26-2010, 07:13 PM
I'm a nurse so here are the things I would ask you:

How much caffiene have you taken in today? Heart palpitations can often be PAC's which are scary but not dangerous.

How high are you keeping your heart rate while exercising? Several hours at a very high rate could, when combined with a murmur, be decreasing the oxygenation to parts of your body. Low oxygen = pain.

Are you well hydrated? Lactic acid can begin to build up when your body is under stress for an extended period if enough oxygen is not available. This can be greatly increased if you are dehydrated.

What are you eating? Decreasing your calories drastically and then huge amounts of exercise could really stress your body.

I know the urge to lose the weight is strong and we all want it to happen right this minute, but you're in this for the long haul. Moderation is your friend. :-)

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 07:14 PM
Wow that is some really scary $h|t. The best advice I can offer is go see a specialist as soon as your insurance will allow you. I have chronic pain and my regular doc could only do so much. Once I started seeing a specialist, I really started getting some top notch care. My point here being I'm sure your regular doc is great but only someone with really specialized knowledge will be able to get the heart of the matter (pardon the pun). Oh and as far as the money, you can always get more but you only get one life.

Yea it really is! I'm not sure when the health insurance is going to kick in, but it should be in the beginning of February! I'll get that echo cardiogram then for SURE...................and you're right, but i'm so protective of my credit..........i've seen what happens to so many people with bad credit and i don't want it. =[



Exercising for hours might explain it.When I over exerted the same thing happened to me.Yes it was scary.
Even still I would talk to a DR. about it.


Really?? Ah, well i'm really hoping that's what it is.........or something not immediately life-threatening.......it's just really scary.........i can't wait to FINALLY have insurance again.


Sounds like you need to take it slower. Get another doctor's opinion also. You are OK now, just try and relax...sounds like blood pressure...but get to someone who can explain this.

Yes! i was wondering if it was hypertension or Mitral valve prolapse o_o Hopefully i can get to the doctor within a couple of weeks!

goldferris
01-26-2010, 07:16 PM
To me, it sounds like high blood pressure. I have it. I'm 26, and diagnosed when I was 24. I was getting weird pricklies in my limbs and an odd chest pain. I went to the hospital and the only thing they could figure out was that i had high blood pressure. I've been on meds for it since, although I'm hoping to get off them once I lose all the weight.

Creeech
01-26-2010, 07:16 PM
You should probably go easier on the exercise, considering you have a heart condition. Try to take it easy until your insurance kicks in and get another opinion :( hope you feel better soon chickie! <3

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 07:20 PM
I'm a nurse so here are the things I would ask you:

How much caffiene have you taken in today? Heart palpitations can often be PAC's which are scary but not dangerous.

How high are you keeping your heart rate while exercising? Several hours at a very high rate could, when combined with a murmur, be decreasing the oxygenation to parts of your body. Low oxygen = pain.

Are you well hydrated? Lactic acid can begin to build up when your body is under stress for an extended period if enough oxygen is not available. This can be greatly increased if you are dehydrated.

What are you eating? Decreasing your calories drastically and then huge amounts of exercise could really stress your body.

I know the urge to lose the weight is strong and we all want it to happen right this minute, but you're in this for the long haul. Moderation is your friend. :-)


I didn't have a bit of caffeine today. [i rarely ever do]


And i'd go go go until i was short of breathe and totally whipped. and my heart rate would be really high and i'd sit down for like a minute or two.


I make sure i have a huge bottle of SOMETHING when i'm exercising. Usually Gatorade or Water. Today it was gatorade!


Well so far my calorie intake for the day is 770.
I was going to make something else to eat but when this happened it got away from me........=[





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0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 07:25 PM
traci in training What do you think about getting back on prilosec OTC for the time being?? can't hurt really can it?


To me, it sounds like high blood pressure. I have it. I'm 26, and diagnosed when I was 24. I was getting weird pricklies in my limbs and an odd chest pain. I went to the hospital and the only thing they could figure out was that i had high blood pressure. I've been on meds for it since, although I'm hoping to get off them once I lose all the weight.

You know, that's what i'm starting to wonder too. Since it's not diabetes [which i was really really reallyyyyyy relieved over], a heart attack, or anything else that would of been found by blood work, it has to be high blood pressure. v_v gees. I sure do hope this is something i can also get rid of, when i lose this weight.......thx!




You should probably go easier on the exercise, considering you have a heart condition. Try to take it easy until your insurance kicks in and get another opinion :( hope you feel better soon chickie! <3


Yea, you can bet i'm just simply taking a walk tomorrow. o_o
No hours and hours of DDR again v_v -- Thanks a lot!! <3 :hug:

CLCSC145
01-26-2010, 07:34 PM
This kind of question makes me nervous... Please don't take anything here as advice or diagnosis. We aren't your doctors and anything we say is just guessing. Expensive or not, your health is nothing to mess around with. Go see a doctor! If you are having to go to the emergency room or be treated by EMTs, this is way more serious than anything we can help you with. Good luck!

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 07:55 PM
This kind of question makes me nervous... Please don't take anything here as advice or diagnosis. We aren't your doctors and anything we say is just guessing. Expensive or not, your health is nothing to mess around with. Go see a doctor! If you are having to go to the emergency room or be treated by EMTs, this is way more serious than anything we can help you with. Good luck!


Oh i definitely know that.
I just wanted some kind of immediate ideas/help. See if anyone had any idea of what it might be, and if it was super serious, or something that can be dealt with, etc.........just so i wouldn't stress out over it all night and worry myself out of a good nights sleep............ya know?

I plan on visiting that cardiologist again! Thanks so much! :hug: :hug:

traci in training
01-26-2010, 08:06 PM
I would never advise anyone to take meds - that's a docs job and that's above my pay grade. I think the most important things are the following:

1. You're not monitoring your heart rate. At your weight and with any heart condition I would say you should be staying at a safe rate - probably on the low side of safe until you're in shape.

2. 770 calories to fuel "hours and hours" or working out is probably not enough when you're not used to it.

3. Gatorade or whatever has lots of electrolytes. I'd use water to hydrate while exercising. It's the most easily used by your body.

Again, I say try some moderation. Nice and easy - especially until you can see a doctor for some hands-on evaluation.

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 08:14 PM
I would never advise anyone to take meds - that's a docs job and that's above my pay grade. I think the most important things are the following:

1. You're not monitoring your heart rate. At your weight and with any heart condition I would say you should be staying at a safe rate - probably on the low side of safe until you're in shape.

2. 770 calories to fuel "hours and hours" or working out is probably not enough when you're not used to it.

3. Gatorade or whatever has lots of electrolytes. I'd use water to hydrate while exercising. It's the most easily used by your body.

Again, I say try some moderation. Nice and easy - especially until you can see a doctor for some hands-on evaluation.


Okay, i'll take it much easier tomorrow.....thank you so much for the help and info!!
^_^

cfmama
01-26-2010, 09:12 PM
It sounds like a panic attack to me... I used to have them quite a bit when I was heavier and thinking I was going to die at any minute.

I really advise AGAINST working out until you pass out... it's not good for you NOR is it long term sustainable *hugs*

I hope you get this figured out soon!!!

MoveMoveMove
01-26-2010, 09:43 PM
When your insurance kicks in, I recommend getting a stress test.

TERAPET
01-26-2010, 09:50 PM
I've had panic attacks and have had my heart race when exercising. It seems to me that it only happens when I over do it. Since then, I never push it when I exercise.

LizR
01-26-2010, 10:26 PM
I don't have any medical advice but I am worried about you. Please take care of yourself. Do not exercise so much like you have been. Get to a doctor as soon as you can. :hug:

jigglefree
01-26-2010, 10:43 PM
WOW!!! Exercising for hours is a bit aggressive. Like others said go slow. No need to over do it this early and on 770 calories. You aren't going to be able to do this long term. Remember what ever your plan is it needs to be something you can do for a lifetime. I vote you go to see a dr and now. It's good to come here to see if anyone had experienced this for encouragement so you can calm your nerves but you need to have someone check you out thoroughly. You have embarked on a journey that will last a lifetime don't give your life up so easily. WE have time to loose the weight in a healthy manner and doing it slowly is more rewarding.

SNMomof1
01-26-2010, 10:54 PM
I haven't read all of the replies...

You def need to get to a doc. It sounds like hypertension issues and you need to get that handled before you do any more exercising. Call your doc, or one of the other random doc in a boxes and have your BP checked. They can give you samples of the BP meds to start out with until your insurance kicks in.


Based on how my body reacts (not everyone is the same), when my BP sky rockets that's how I feel. Exercising for hours on end will definitely raise your pressures, especially if you're holding your breath at any time. When you start to feel a lot of pressure in your head, your cheeks flush, etc then you need to STOP and take a break.

Regardless, you need to see a doctor. If you feel like you're going to die or you're afraid that you could be... then you need to get your happy *butt* to the emergency room ASAP. Insurances can be back dated to cover recent hospital stays, it just depends on the policy.

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 11:03 PM
It sounds like a panic attack to me... I used to have them quite a bit when I was heavier and thinking I was going to die at any minute.

I really advise AGAINST working out until you pass out... it's not good for you NOR is it long term sustainable *hugs*

I hope you get this figured out soon!!!


You know, now that i have time to reflect, i feel kinda stupid for thinking it was okay to work out until i wanna fall out! :?: :dizzy:

You hae a good point though about it not being long term sustainable! thanks!! *hugsss* :hug:


I remember asking the physician and the cardiologist after the 1st time this happened, if it was a panic attack, and the physician said maybe, the cardiologist said probably not. o_o I hate doctors....lol :D

I'm thinking it's either a panic attack and/or hypertension [high-blood pressure] o_o yikes!


When your insurance kicks in, I recommend getting a stress test.


I just find out an hour ago, it kicks in February 1st!! OMG i'm so excited.....lol. crazy i know, but i don't care about stepping on the scale or being poked and prodded and bing forced to fill crap out! I've been without health insurance for SO LONG.......like a decade......that it's ABOUT TIME i get back into a routine of seeing a doctor!! -- I remember tho when i went to the cardiologist the first time he told me he thought i didn't need a stress test~ o_o. Maybe if i tell him this incident he might think otherwise.....who knows! :dizzy:



I've had panic attacks and have had my heart race when exercising. It seems to me that it only happens when I over do it. Since then, I never push it when I exercise.


yea, i think i've DEFINITELY learned my lesson about over-dueing it. i can't STAND feeling like i'm having a heart attack....it's too frightening for me! o_o


I don't have any medical advice but I am worried about you. Please take care of yourself. Do not exercise so much like you have been. Get to a doctor as soon as you can. :hug:

Thanks Liz!! :] *hugss* :hug: :hug:
I plan on simply taking a nice steady walk tomorrow........no crazy DDR crap for 5 hours O_O And i need to get some water to carry around when i walk too, to make sure i stay hydrated.
Gah, i guess i was pumped up a little too much,eh? o_o :dizzy:








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0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 11:18 PM
WOW!!! Exercising for hours is a bit aggressive. Like others said go slow. No need to over do it this early and on 770 calories. You aren't going to be able to do this long term. Remember what ever your plan is it needs to be something you can do for a lifetime. I vote you go to see a dr and now. It's good to come here to see if anyone had experienced this for encouragement so you can calm your nerves but you need to have someone check you out thoroughly. You have embarked on a journey that will last a lifetime don't give your life up so easily. WE have time to loose the weight in a healthy manner and doing it slowly is more rewarding.


Yea you're right for sure!! I know i have to do something that is longterm not a short term fix, and DDR is something i could do every day for the rest of my life! lol I'm a dancing fanatic..........but i need to take it slow at first! I can burst out the gate like BAM! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: o_o lol

And you and everyone else is right.........i definitely need to visit a dr. And now that i know my insurance starts ont he 1st of february, i plan on being at the doctors on the 2nd! :):hug:



I haven't read all of the replies...

You def need to get to a doc. It sounds like hypertension issues and you need to get that handled before you do any more exercising. Call your doc, or one of the other random doc in a boxes and have your BP checked. They can give you samples of the BP meds to start out with until your insurance kicks in.


Based on how my body reacts (not everyone is the same), when my BP sky rockets that's how I feel. Exercising for hours on end will definitely raise your pressures, especially if you're holding your breath at any time. When you start to feel a lot of pressure in your head, your cheeks flush, etc then you need to STOP and take a break.

Regardless, you need to see a doctor. If you feel like you're going to die or you're afraid that you could be... then you need to get your happy *butt* to the emergency room ASAP. Insurances can be back dated to cover recent hospital stays, it just depends on the policy.


Rofl @ "get your happy *butt* to the emergency room "

You know, the EMS guy really tried to talk me into going to the hospital....but i just couldn't get over the debt v_v

Thankfully, that'll all be history in only several short days!!

I remember after the first time it happened and i googled my symptoms the thing i kept getting the most was Anxiety and Hypertension! And i'm starting to think both are right. The latter much more so today.



-sigh- *will never exercise like that again*
Until my body can actually take it......o_o :)





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0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-26-2010, 11:22 PM
Thank you guys so much........i feel a lot better now! And i plan on going to bed nice and early tonight. I can't tell ya how much it means to me that you guys are helping me out! :) :hug: :hug:





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natamars
01-26-2010, 11:27 PM
I have had similar symptoms. Once I ended up in the hospital and once I called 911. Mine started with chest pains, then I would freak out and get palpitations, my palms would get sweaty, I would feel like I was losing control. It was a combination of a condition called costochondritis(similar to fibromyalgia but localized in the chest/ribcage) and panic attacks.

I'm so glad you are getting in to the doctor soon. I have the same problem you do with blood pressure in the doctor's office - some people call it white coat hypertension. Officially, it is labile hypertension and it means that your BP can rise very quickly when you are under duress, but will come back to normal quickly. They may have you wear a 24-hour holter monitor - that's how my doctor agreed that I did not need to be on BP meds.

Please keep us posted, and take it easy with the exercise until you see the doctor.

xMeaganx
01-27-2010, 04:41 AM
I'm no doctor, but this sounds like the same thing that happened to me the other day (when getting a shot!). I had worked myself up into a panic over it, so it messed with my blood pressure. I was lucky that I had the shot at home (H1N1) by a doctor who immediately told me to lay down and prop my feet up. Apparently the panic had messed with my blood pressure. I was told to lay there and drink water for about 10-15 minutes. I felt fine after. But that's just me and our problems might not be related! Just monitor your workouts and maybe schedule an appointment with your doctor.

60 pounds in 2010
01-27-2010, 06:49 AM
I didn't read all the replies so hopefully I'm not being redundant. . .
Are you replacing your electrolytes during your long workout sessions? A severe enough electrolyte imbalance could cause similar symptoms?

lauralyn
01-27-2010, 07:45 AM
Please be careful exercising too much. My cousins wife was exercising for hours daily before her WLS and I can't remember exactly what happend but she nearly lost her eyesight in one eye. I think it had to do with the vessels behind her eyes but I am not positive, all I know is he said she was very lucky.

traci in training
01-29-2010, 04:16 AM
So, chic, are you still alive? Being careful with yourself? Taking it a bit easy?