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Heart beat feeling like it is pounding very hard...feeling and hearing each beat

Discussion in 'Autonomic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory' started by soxfan, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

    I just started doing this when I'm laying out at the pool and I've been sweating a lot. I tried drinking watered down fruit juice but it's not working. Eating an orange works. I'll try an electrolyte drink. Or banana smoothie.

    Tx .. x
  2. surethom


    I have been taking beta blocker propranolol 40mg twice a day for the last 6 months which has really helped lover the Hard pounding & shaking, but I ran out & did not take any for 3 days, now back on, the beta blockers seem to no longer work :(, heart is pounding so hard that is rocks me from side to side, heart rate is ok 70ish BPM. Shouldn't going back on Beta blockers stop this??? or have I caused more problems by missing 3 days?
  3. adreno

    adreno 3% neanderthal

    Tundras of Europa
    @soxfan, take more magnesium, and perhaps taurine.
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  4. Allyson

    Allyson *****

    Australia, Melbourne
    yes try taking magnesium - that help my palpitations

    the test for POTs is a TTT - tilt table test
    Good luck

  5. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Community Support Volunteer

    I don't know how I missed this thread before but after reading it, it seems like the vast majority of us on the board either have or had some kind of heart problem.

    Is this one of the standard criteria for CFS b/c if it's not, it seems like it should be?!!!
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  6. soxfan

    soxfan Senior Member

    North Carolina
    I take magnesium....but still can feel every beat. Sometimes it's not like it is beáting hard but I am very aware of it beating....I try to focus on breathing to get my mind off but that only helps a short while and then it is right back to the feeling....
  7. bazookaman


    Just registered for this thread.... same symptoms here, plus some.

    Heavy-hitting heart beat. It's usually the best when I wake up, and gets progressively worse throughout the day. It sometimes gets very bad 30 minutes after eating. It isn't really noticeable when I'm on my feet and moving around, but is definitely noticeable when sitting, and most noticeable when lying. Sometime it beats so hard, I feel like the muscles around my heart (or my heart itself, not sure) get fatigued. It's exhausting and impossible to ever relax.

    My GP thought it was anxiety so put my on Buproprion (wellbutrin) in March but it has made no difference so I am weaning off of it.

    Cardiologist cleared me in January after xray, stress test, several ekg's, and a wearable monitor. He referred me to a GI. I finally went a month ago and did an EDG (camera down throat) and they found significant erosions in my stomach and upper intestine. I'm on a PPI now, but the pounding continues.

    Here is a bit of interesting info that might be of use though....
    Back in October of 2013, I was lying in bed reading. At this point, the pounding wasn't severe and I didn't even think about it. Until that night, when I thought my heart stopped. I couldn't feel or hear it anymore, and the book that I had on my chest stopped bouncing up and down. I thought I was done for. This happened twice that evening, but each time the beating feeling returned. Gave me a good scare.

    The same thing happened a few weeks ago. Lying in bed, trying to sleep, and all the sudden, within one beat, the pounding stops. Again, I thought my heart had stopped and it was all over. After a few seconds of still being alive, I realized my heart was still beating, but normally as it should. I couldn't hear it, and I could just barely sense it. Nothing like the pounding that I've been enduring over the past months. And I felt my head clear, and I instantly became 'energized'. Like I had been living in a fog for months. I felt normal again.

    But the pounding slowly and gradually came back over the next few days.

    It seems to get worse 30 minutes after eating... although I haven't been able to correlate what I eat with severity. And it doesn't always get as bad. At this point, I think it's either Gastritis, a food allergy, or an anxiety disorder, even though I'm not an anxious person.

    I've been having other symptoms, but I don't know what's related and what isn't:

    Fatigue (occasional)
    Shakiness (occasional)
    Peripheral vision feeling weak in left eye (daily, going to eye doctor this week)
    Chest pains (particularly in two small areas on each side of my breastbone)
    Minor Back pains/tightness (behind my heart)
    Ringing in ears (worse than normal)
    Sinus pressure
    Pressure on my chest (usually only lasts 10 or 20 seconds)
    Nausea & general ill feeling (daily)
    Brief feeling of Breathlessness (only happens when driving, possibly posture related)
    More stomach gas than normal

    I've bookmarked this page and will post if I figure out anything.
  8. JT1024

    JT1024 Senior Member

    I've been having palpitations and even chest pain for a few years now.

    This thread reminded me to schedule a stress test. I've waited far too long.
  9. zzz

    zzz Studying neurosomatic medicine

    Chest pain should always be checked out by your doctor. But if your heart checks out OK, you might want to consider the following, which I think applies to many people in this thread.

    As @adreno noted, magnesium can be very helpful for these problems; I've had many of them myself. However, for many people, including me, supplements cannot provide enough magnesium to solve the problem. (Much of oral magnesium just goes right through you, though some forms are absorbed much better than others.) This is why many CFS doctors recommend magnesium injections for their patients. My doctor would never do such a thing, so I followed Dr. Sarah Myhill's advice and started using nebulized magnesium on a daily basis. I had an immediate improvement, though it took four months for all my heart symptoms to go away. There were many other benefits as well; for example, my asthma, which I've had for over 50 years, disappeared completely, and I've been able to stop all my asthma medications.
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  10. UmbraXVIII


    WOW I have literally had the exact same experiences. The only way I can get it to stop is to do cardio EVERYDAY. I normally ride my bike to work everyday. I'm currently on vacation and in only a few days it got bad enough that I only got 3 hours of sleep last night. I couldn't take anymore so I took this Gaia DailyWellness Stress Response supplement and a potent multi V and I passed out in 20 mins. Placebo effect? Maybe. Either way if Any of you figure out what this is please post. Tired of it. So tired. Try the cardio though peeps
  11. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

    Cornwall, UK
    I get the pounding when lying on my left side. I can ignore it now that I know it's not a cause for concern, just an annoyance.

    Have a look at this thread.
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  12. justy

    justy Senior Member

    I wanted to talk about my experience with this which is very worrying at the moment. I wake up frequently throughout the night with my heart pounding fast, but also it seems to happen as I try to fall asleep also and then wakes me up. It only happens when I am laying down. mY pulse is raised t the time - going really fast. My GP thought it was a side effect of an abx, but I have had this before. IT is not palpitations, or skipped beats - I have that also, but actual faster pounding which I can feel and hear in my head, once I am awake it stops, only to start againa s I begin to lose consciousness and falla sleep.
  13. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

    Cornwall, UK
    I don't know if you have seen this thread, @justy. It may be relevant to your problem.
  14. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years First Do No Harm

    Have you had a sleep study to check for sleep apnea?

  15. kisekishiawase

    kisekishiawase sad

    southeast asia
    Ive been googling so much about the hard beating heart. mine is like punching in everybeat/exploding which could go for hour/all day. I even move around, punch it back from outside try to beat/overcome it and distract the feeling but lose.

    Let alone its not so fast but hell when its also fast.

    Doctor didnt explain anything.

    Tachycardia is the fast HR but many people dont feel it/its not beating hard.
    I also experience there are times when its only fast but i dont really feel it/not punching. It is different than the hard beating/punching though its not fast.

    What i still dont understand. HR controls by electrical system but the hard beating i think is the contraction?

    Of course it troubling for cfs cause it got to do with ATP, metabolic , neuromuscular system.

    Unsolved mystery/puzzle to me. I think stroke volume, small heart, hypercoagulation correlated to it?
  16. halcyon

    halcyon Senior Member

    I think autonomic dysfunction is the common cause for most of us with ME. It's of course good to see a cardiologist if you're having these symptoms just to be safe.

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