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Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Had issues with this in 06 and again this last winter..
Did the hospital thing had a EKG each time and all was was fine.
the first time the doctor wanted to do a Heart cath to see if there were any
blockages. And there were none.
the pulmonary doctor suggested I learn to de-stress and cut back on caffeine.
that was the first time.
After I got palpitations the second time I did research on my diet.
I went back and logged all the foods I was eating and what I was drinking.
each time I had this issue I was eating allot of processed meats.
beef sticks, summer sausages, breakfast sausages, lunch meats were all part of my
daily diet.. So I looked at the one common ingredient that was in all this junk.
Sodium Nitrites and Nitrates
Mono sodium glutamate or MSG
All these chemicals have a very adverse affect of the heart, one being heart palpation's.
I eliminated all the ingredients above from my diet and increased my Omegas and B vitamins
along with potassium intake (bananas) and heart issues are gone.
Oh and I still drink 4 cups of coffee every morning
Have you had testing done for adrenal issues? (And Thyroid)
I have Hyperaldosteronism or Conn's Disease (look up the symptoms on a search engine). My Adrenal glands produce too many hormones which causes anxiety due to excess adrenaline, testosterone and aldosterone rushes for no reason. I don't need excitement or stimulus to produce adrenaline, it just comes in waves at anytime.
Of course, the Doctor attempted to give me anti-anxiety drugs but I knew something was physically wrong because I only got "anxious" when I thought I was going to die (rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, cold sweats, extreme heat, wringing hands and muscle spasms, low potassium, higher than normal blood pressure, etc.)
Blood tests diagnosed the issue when I pressed for them (low to no Renin, High Aldosterone, low end of normal blood potassium). Now I take a couple $4 a month prescriptions of Spironolactone and toprol to block these over produced hormones and it cured "most" of the problems. It did slow my metabolism a bit because I can no longer eat thousands of calories a day and not gain weight like I used to and I am not "juiced up" all the time like I have always been since a teenager but when you hit the late 30's your body can't take being juiced up all the time anymore.
Just an FYI - Something to check out because the doctors LOVE to just throw anti-anxiety medicine at you.