Hello. My name is Lynette King. Age 23 Ht 5’1” Wt 142
My main symptom is heart palpitations. Started nonstop 10/27/13
First serious episode started 8/15/13. I was in the gym weightlifting. When I finished, my heart rate would not
return to normal (my heart rate regularly gets very high immediately during exercise). Also had shortness of breath, and extremities began to tingle.
I sat down, walked around, and drank water for close to thirty minutes before returing to normal. I did not go to the hospital until three days later.
In the ER, my blood pressure was 135/69. Full blood workup normal, chest x-ray normal, ekg only showed sinus tachycardia.
ER doctor said I have a “high-sensitivity to stress” and was given fluids. Told to go light on workouts.
Did weighted crunches at end of workout. Same issues. Went to ER immediately. Given oxygen, bloodwork, ekg. Told by doctor
it was a panic attack. I was not stressed during workout and have only had one panic attack in my life five years ago, although
I am a nervous person.
Chest pressure, palpitations and shortness of breath have not eased. Went to work to be sent home four hours later. Have not
been able to return to work. Remain bedridden for close to three weeks. Doctors appt in two weeks.
Have an attack watching TV. Heart rate increases with no cause. Drink water. Eases in 10min.
Went to ER after having another attack while watching TV, about 2-3pm. Ate small breakfast, had multivitamin prior to event.
ER doctor discusses with me possibilities (cardiac and non-cardiac), and does EKG and echo. Heart structure normal. Sinus Tachycardia on EKG.
PCP appt. Heart rate high. Doctor wants me to follow-up with cardiologist. If it is not cardiac, she thinks it is anxiety.
GI appt. After research, I read something about Hiatal Hernia causing these symptoms. GI doctor suggests endoscope after I see
Cardiologist does physical exam. Says it is stress, does not recommend any tests. Does not prescribe beta blockers because of already low-normal bp. Completely dismisses my issues.
Premenstrual, so I take ibuprofen. Have a severe attack.
Upper endoscopy reveals mild esophagitis, hiatal hernia, and gastrititis. Perscribed omeprazole for GERD. I ask about the palpitations and whether or not it was caused by hernia She says “it shouldn’t”.
I have palpitations when I wake up, stand or walk for more than a few minutes without feeling my heart pound. I will usually sit until it passes.
I am following the GERD diet. I have not been able to eat much anyway. I have bloating and painful trapped gas, which also sets off palpitations.
Pheochromocytoma was also mentioned to me, but it is low on my list.
I know I have anxiety. I’ve always had it and it is not this. I have this lower left chest tightness 24/7. Palpitations are worse in morning on empty stomach and anytime on exertion. I cannot keep my heart rate below 100. Shortness of breath only when eating. Palps when I take a deep breath.
Please help me. I need a doctor that will listen.
My heart rate goes to 111/85 with 170bpm standing. When I went to lie down, it was 99/79 with 95bpm. I had more of the same results yesterday