Post # 1
Do any of you bee’s have Atrial Fibrillation?
I had an ER trip recently. Been lightheaded, shortness of breath, irregular heart beat & weak ever since the night before the ER trip. I found out that I have low potassium which causes irregular heart beat. I googled it to see other reasons & found out that diabetics (which I am) have a 40% higher chance of getting Atrial fibrillation than a non-diabetic would. Found out the symptoms are –
- Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flopping in your chest
- Decreased blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
I have had every one of them other than decreased Bridal Party, that I know of anyways.
I even thought today while shopping that my sugar was dropping because I was so light headed but I checked it & it wasn’t dropping at all. (I had took a shot & thought maybe I took to much.) But no, it was fine. Do any of you bee’s have this? I feel like I am 90 years old these past few months. 🙁 I am young I deserve to feel young, don’t I? I am going to set up an appointment for this week to find out weather its just my low potassium (which I am taking pills for) or if it could be Atrial Fibrillation or both.
So for the praying bee’s please pray for me & for the ones who don’t please keep me in your thoughts. Thanks everyone.
Post # 3
It is weird but I have been having the same symptoms lately. I haven’t gone to the ER as I have a specialist appt next week. I will definitely be praying for you. HUGS* I am sorry you are going thru this.
Post # 4
If they put you on a cardiac monitor in the ER it is something they can see right away. you can even tell when you feel someone’s pulse. I think they would have told you if you had it in the ER. Usually, depending on how fast your heart reate is they would put you on a blood thinner, your heart doesn’t empty blood efficiently and puts you at an increased risk for blood clots, and a medication to slow your heart rate.
I would lay off the the google until you see the MD, it usually causes mor worry then it helps. You will be in my thoughts this week:)
ETA: Low potassium does cause an irreuglar heart rythm and it is a different one than A fib.
Post # 5
My brother had that, as well as severe hypoglycemia sugar issues and stuff. He sees a really under the radar naturopathic physician in Wheeling, West Virginia. I’m follow the basic tenants loosely as well and its wonderful and I use cheap foods from walmart and gas stations lol. Its absolutely not fancy. it is extremely simple. All your problems have been on my heart recently and I just realized you are in Virginia!
If you want his name & office or any more info please PM me. He deals with cancer, diabetes all of that stuff 🙂
Post # 6
@secondchances: Good luck with your appointment next week! Let me know how it went please!!!!!!!!
Post # 7
@penguinsaremyfriends: My heart rate was 140 something when I arrived at the ER but they got it down quickly. You’re right about the googleing issue I have though! haha I read alot that the low potassium will cause irregular heart beat. So I am hoping that’s what it is. I will keep taking my potassium supplements & see how it effects it. If it stops I think I will skip the appointment. BUT if it gets worse within the next three days I am setting up an appoitment. They did chest tests hooked me up to a monitor & even did chest x-rays. So I think maybe I am being paranoid.
& Thank you! 🙂
Post # 8
@Eva Peron: Thank you so much! I had to look it up on yahoo maps & its over a 5 hour drive. I am currently looking for a diabetic specialist & if I cannot find anything closer I will PM you asap! Hopefully I can find one closer. I hate long drives, to doctors. 🙁 In the mean time I found a place I can go only about 20 some minutes from where we live for yearly care/check ups! IDK If they will have a diabetic team there or not. We will have to see. 😛
Post # 9
I would avoid paging Dr. Google until you can see a regular doctor. Atrial fibrillation is something the ER would easily have seen on the EKG, as well as when they listened to your heart with the stethescope or felt your pulse in your wrist. Those are all indeed symptoms of atrial fibrillation that you mentioned, but based of your previous posts it is more likely that your symptoms coincide with your potassium and blood sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about it.
Atrial fibrillation is treated with a defibrillator. The thing they always use on TV when the doctors “grab the paddles” and yell CLEAR! If you were in atrial defibrillation you would be unconscious. 🙂 Don’t fret too much. Dr. Google freaks me out all the time too!
Post # 10
I have to second this. My hyperactive imagination and wandering Google fingers are always getting me all worked up about possible outlandish diagnoses (diagnosi?). Don’t ignore your symptoms, but don’t allow your mind to go to crazy places. I will keep you in my prayers.
Post # 11
@LMD84: “diagnoses (diagnosi?)”
This just made my night! 🙂
Post # 12
@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: if you had this you would almost dead not googling
Post # 13
@MightySapphire: “Atrial fibrillation is treated with a defibrillator. The thing they always use on TV when the doctors “grab the paddles” and yell CLEAR! If you were in atrial defibrillation you would be unconscious”
I think you are thinking of V fib (ventricular fibrillation), not Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation/flutter is quite common. Usually treated with a blood thinner (ASA, warfarin, etc) plus or minus a rate-controlling med. You would not be unconscious if you were in A-fib.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone. Just so everyone knows if I had this condition I would not be dead. lol You ladies are thinking of something with a similiar name. 😛 It does cause a greater risk for stroke though. But that is only the case if it is left untreated for a long time. I think I was paranoid. I am certain its just due to my low potassium. I am no longer googleing the symptoms though. I am pretty sure I am the type if someone had a headache I could name 5 reasons why they would had one. hahaha
Thanks again, everyone. 🙂
Post # 15
@MightySapphire: Actually it is only treated with a defibrillator if the patient is not tolerating it. Many people walk around in stable A fib all the time.
Post # 16
@MrsMoksha: I can second this. The procedure to correct abnormal heart rhythms like AFIB, Atrial Flutter and ventricular tachycardia is called a cardiac ablation. A cool procedure to see (Im a nurse)….My dad has afib and he was on anticoagulant therapy (Heparin drip) then switched to daily blood thinner Coumadin/Warfarin. Labwork is drawn regularly to check clotting times. So It is a managable condition…..just in case anyone does find out they have it . 🙂