What a Night!

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@bagarad (12865)
Paso Robles, California
February 12, 2018 10:13pm CST
I didn't get much sleep last night. I had a lot of palpitation episodes and I had to keep reporting them to my monitor. I reported for the last time at 4 am and finally managed to fall asleep in spite of them. I had given up on their going away by themselves, so I took the half pill I'm supposed to take, but it didn't help. I guess the palpitations kept up while I slept. Around 8 my husband came in and said the doctor wanted me to take another pill, and since it was about time for my regular 9am pill I took a whole one. About 9 the doctor's office called back and told me that my pulse had been at 175 for at least four hours. If it didn't settle down soon, they wanted me to go to the ER because that speed, along with some of the other symptoms I'd reported, would stress my heart too much if not brought under control. You all know how much I hate going to the ER, wasting hours and possibly being kept overnight for observation. I had a banana, went back to bed to try to rest, and my husband brought the blood pressure monitor in so I could see what my pulse was doing. I was no longer feeling palpitations, but I had to be sure. After about ten tries the machine still wouldn't give me a reading, so Hubby took my pulse manually -- once he found it. It was normal. With the threat of having to go to the ER out of the way, I tried to go back to sleep, but it was hopeless. I'll just have to try to get to sleep earlier tonight and set the alarm for my 1am pill. If I'm late with it, the palpitations may start again. I haven't had any more today so far. Tomorrow I see the doctor himself. We will be discussing the results and any necessary medication adjustments. I hope that will be the beginning of the end of the problem. I also get to turn my monitor in tomorrow. In some ways I'll kind of miss it, but I won't miss changing the patch or hearing beeps in the middle of the night I have to respond to. I'm hoping I'll be able to get some sleep again. I hope your morning was better than mine.
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• United States
13 Feb
I get worried if I don't feel any palpitations from between my ribs where my heart is because typically beating, even abnormally, means it is STILL working . . . or am I missing something here ? Could the potassium in the banana been your so-called life saver ?
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@andriaperry (61294)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Feb
Science has linked low vitamin C with AFIB
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Feb
It's more likely that I had taken the pill as instructed and it finally kicked in. It normally takes 30-60 minutes.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Feb
@andriaperry I get lots of Vitamin C and eat lots of fruit, including tangerines, daily.
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@JudyEv (137101)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
This sounds very stressful indeed - and enough to give you palpitations if you didn't have them already.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Feb
You've got that right. I'm still wondering if the lab got the wrong name on the test tube when they took my last blood sample to measure the amount of these meds in my blood.
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@JudyEv (137101)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
@bagarad Hopefully the visit to the doctor will clear it up for you.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
@JudyEv I'll be writing a new post on our conversation about my options.
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@andriaperry (61294)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Feb
Tony used to have AFIB but he stopped smoking and I put him on Vitamin C daily, no more AFIB.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Feb
I get 1000 mg of Vitamin C in Ester-C and more in food and in other supplements. Don't think that's the problem.
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@allknowing (70817)
• India
14 Feb
I too hope for you that 'it will be the beginning of the end of the problem'
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
Thank you. At least I know my options now. Am planning to post the results of my conversation with the doctor.
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@allknowing (70817)
• India
14 Feb
@bagarad I hope you are able to get back to a normal heart beat
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
@allknowing It's been good today. But it's time to take my pill in a few minutes, and if I forget, I'll be sorry.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Feb
I'm glad the palpitations have settled down and your pulse is normal again. I hope the doctor can help you get everything under control. I also hope you have a good night's sleep tonight.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
I did get through the night with no problems, and I've had no problems today.
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@just4him (128746)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Feb
@bagarad That's good. Glad to hear it. I hope it stays good.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Feb
@just4him I had a small problem with it again this morning and had to take an extra half pill and was able to fall back asleep. It was OK when I woke up.
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• China
13 Feb
You had better go to the ER,if you pulse races to that extent.Now the monitor makes it possible for the doctor to know how your heart works without being at your side.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
Got conflicting information from the doctor's office. Fortunately the palpitations stopped quickly after I talked to the office in the morning when I woke up, so I did not go to the ER. When I saw the doctor today, he said even if they'd kept up I would not have had to go to the ER, since I was going to see him today.
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• China
14 Feb
@bagarad I am glad that your palpitations have been kept in check .Take care !
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
@changjiangzhibin89 Thank you. I will. It's time to take my pill.
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@shaggin (38556)
• United States
13 Feb
It is so amazing to me that they have things like this for patients. It is excellent how closely the doctors are able to monitor you at home even while you are sleeping. It is scary it was happening so much. I know you are giving the monitor back today but am wondering what the next step is from here. Higher dose pill daily, surgery etc..
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
I'll write a now post on that so everyone interested will see it and I don't have to keep repeating myself.
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@shaggin (38556)
• United States
14 Feb
Great idea!
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@prashu228 (25516)
• India
13 Feb
Glad you are feeling better..what is the reason for those palpitations, it the banana? or anything else
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
I will be writing another post about that, but it has nothing to do with diet.
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@prashu228 (25516)
• India
14 Feb
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@jstory07 (71289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Feb
I hope the meds are working and you will be able to get some sleep,
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Feb
So far tonight I'm OK. I take today's last pill in about two hours. If I can fall asleep and stay that way until time to get ready for the doctor appointment tomorrow morning I should be good.
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@jstory07 (71289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Feb
@bagarad I hope you can stay asleep.
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@nangayo (2325)
• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Feb
I hope it worked and you got some sleep. I wish you well as you meet your doctor.
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@bagarad (12865)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Feb
I did get some sleep, and I've had not further problems today. I'll be writing a post on what the doctor said.
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