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I am curious if anyone has had heart arrhythmia and what you did about it. I have dealt with this for about 6 years now since I had my last child. At first I thought it was hormones, then I began to realize it was happening after I did anything that required the use of my upper back. I mean gardening, helping with firewood, or just lifting anything with my arms.

I had a whole mess of tests and not one doctor can tell me what is going on. I thought maybe you all might have some experience or ideas. :happy:
 

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Yes! I've had an arrhythmia for the last five or six years. No doctor would listen to me when I'd tell them about it. My new doctor actually heard it and asked me about it! :)

Anyhow, this is what she told me: Take fish oil capsules. I swear it works. She also has an arrhythmia and she managed it for 15 years just taking fish oil capsules. The brand she recommends is called Life Extension (www.lef.org). She has a chemistry degree and she says they are the best. They are the Super Omega-3. I take two per day. No fish burps. :D

I thought she was nuts but they really work. :)
 

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I have one too, always have, my dad has one too. I just sit down if it bothers me too much. I might try that fish oil.Like Okiemom says, maybe go see a chiropractor, alot of things that are wrong with the body are back related.
 

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thanks for the head up on the fish oil!! I too have an arrythmia. I started having it about 6 years ago (i'm 46), and the doc had me wear a Holter (sp?) monitor for 24 hours to see what was going on. He told me that it wasn't a serious thing unless it started doing it all the time. It does it more often now, and for longer periods of time, but mostly when I get stressed out (which isnt' often). It doesnt' hurt, just bugs me. It feels like a fish is flopping around in my chest! I REALLY DON'T want to go on any kind of meds, so I will definitely ttry the fish oil. BTW, my dad has the same problem and he's been on meds since he was about 50 (he's 73 now).
 

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The heart arrythmia I dealt with three summers ago turned out to be a very very common symptom of Lyme. If the docs had treated (or even tested for) Lyme then, I wouldn't be as bad as I am now. I know I pop on these threads and preach Lyme awareness, but it is becoming such a HUGE epidemic and the symptoms can mimic so many other things, that when I see something that *could* fit, I want to be sure that aspect is considered.
 

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It is good to know I am not alone. I have had this since before we left Florida so, I can rule out lyme disease, I stay at the chiropractor and actually had to change to a different one because one of them was causing it to be so much worse.

I did have a doctor tell me that it probably isn't life threatening but, I will almost pass out from it when it gets bad. I will definitely try the fish oil. Stress and sugar affect me real bad.

I appreciate your input. :happy:
 

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My doctor also said it isn't life threatening, but is sure is annoying! Catdance, I like your description. I never could figure out a good way to explain how it felt. I'll have to remember that! :)

The connect with Lyme is interesting, too. My doctor wants me tested for Lyme, I just haven't been able to do it yet. I'll have to mention this when I see her next.
 

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I have always had an irregular heartbeat, after several cardiac ultrasounds and EKG's the docs say that its harmless. Of course I also have strings of PVC's, where the electrical impulses of my heart get out of sync and it feels like I'm having a heart attack. The best thing I have found is to lay completely flat on the ground for about 45 minutes, it doesn't hurt nearly as bad that way and it gives the heart less work to do until it gets its back into line.

Good luck finding out what works for your arrhythmia....
 

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I have had problems with this for yrs. They usually go along with mitral valve weakness. A problem I have heard about 40% of the female population has to some degree. If I have a longer run then usual if irregular beats...I just cough hard a couple of times. Always stops it.
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My Mom has it and I have it. My Mom was diagnosed with thyroid problems and when she started taking medicine for that it cleared up. My doctor has check a number of thing and he's put me on the tread mill every year to see if it's causing problems. It never has, he said if I start to feel faint and dizzy then we'll need to address it. But, he said if it doesn't cause any problems, don't worry about it.

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thanks for the head up on the fish oil!! I too have an arrythmia. I started having it about 6 years ago (i'm 46), and the doc had me wear a Holter (sp?) monitor for 24 hours to see what was going on. He told me that it wasn't a serious thing unless it started doing it all the time. It does it more often now, and for longer periods of time, but mostly when I get stressed out (which isnt' often). It doesnt' hurt, just bugs me. It feels like a fish is flopping around in my chest! I REALLY DON'T want to go on any kind of meds, so I will definitely ttry the fish oil. BTW, my dad has the same problem and he's been on meds since he was about 50 (he's 73 now).
I had that same sensation of something flopping or crawling around in my chest on the left side. It happened after I finished a hard walk through crusty knee deep snow. The heart specialist said not to worry.
 

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I have had a problem with arrhythmias for a long time now. When I was a child the doctor told my mom I had a heart murmur and I guess it was that mitral valve prolapse she was hearing. Back then there were no tests like there are now. Once in Virginia visiting with my sister the arrhythmias started up and she made me go to a doctor while there. I made the remark that it wasn't like I was going to drop dead or anything and he said " Oh yes you could!" After that I took it a tad more seriously. I guess when you have an extended episode it can cause blood clots from the blood pooling up while the arrhythmia is going on. I don't have too much trouble with it if I watch my caffiene intake but I am glad to hear about the fish oil as I have a new bottle of Norwegian fish oil in the cupboard.

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I've had an arrhythmia since I was in my 20s and I am now in my middle 50s. I would pass out while eating breakfast, talking to someone and once even in bed talking to my husband! I went to a heart dr. in a nearby town and he tried different meds but I just got worse, I think from side effects. I finally went to a Portland heart dr/surgeon and he put me on Atenolol daily which has kept the fainting spells away. I find that if I intake too much caffiene, don't get enough sleep or don't drink enough water that it bothers me more. I'm glad to hear about the fish oil capsules! I'll try them!!!
 

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I developed mine going on five years ago. Came during a bought of pneumonia that put me in the hospital. Never went away after that (even quit smoking at that time). It gets worse if I consume sugar, caffeine, booze, or anything the speeds up the heart rate. But it seems to be fine if I keep up fitness routines, worse if I quit for a week. Doctors can't figure out why, say my heart looks perfect just has this weird extra beat. Never fainted. I don't take the fish oil because each time I try a new brand I end up with weird side effects like excessive saliva (huge, unstoppable, nonstop, omg don't open your mouth type of flow). *shrug*
 
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