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I'm a 31 year old female, overweight but I actually eat pretty well due to having IBS. It is actually really sad that I am still having IBS/gas symptoms because I am not quite sure how I can improve my diet further, I am already eating very limited.
A little history- my IBS used to be terrible, awful pains, thought I was dying, was sure I had stomach cancer or celiac or something. I've managed to control most of the symptoms with FODMAP type of diet but clearly I am still having issues with my gastro system. I feel 8/10 now most days whereas before I usually felt 1/10 or worse.
I've had some heart palpitations over the past few years which now I realize may have been A Fibs caused by trapped gas or other gastro issues. (Although these previous episodes felt somewhat different, less of a flutter and more of an actual Pounding missed beat if that makes sense)
I would rush to the hospital but nothing was ever found on the ECGs, and I was told it was anxiety. Now that I am thinking back, I have had LOTS of weird little episodes of racing heart (usually with heart palps), dizziness, confusion, feeling faint, and each time I've had to either poop, puke or relieve the gas and slowly I will get relief. They all seem tied to my gut. I had made the connection at the time but the doctors I saw brushed it off. I dunno how many times I've been told "its anxiety". Frustrating not being heard, that is for sure.
Three months ago, I had a terrible awful Tachcardyia attack. I had drank a bit too much the night before and ended up puking 4 times during the morning, the last time I threw up it messed my heart rhythm up pretty bad and I went to the small rural local hospital where they couldn't decide if it was SVT or A Fib. (My doc later confirmed it was the more serious one which I believe is the A Fib) After a few hours and medication they finally got my heart back to normal. I was prescribed Bispropol but did not take them. My doctor agreed at the time as it was a 'one time thing'. Anyhoo after this bad attack I had a TERRIBLE AWFUL 10 days after that where every time I ate, my heart palps would come on strong. Finally it got better JUST in time for my 48 hour heart monitor. Sigh. They found nothing on the monitor and I felt nothing.
I'll try to wrap this up but this morning I was sitting down and I got the urge to poop. I held it in and didn't go as my husband was in there and a few moments later I was talking quickly about something and I felt a sort of gas bubble maybe, it was weird, I tried to talk through it and then my heart started racing. I laid down immediately with my legs up thinking that would help and woops that made it worse. I made my husband listen to my heart and he said it was fluttering and we should go to the hospital. It got worse quickly. I got myself to the toilet right as it was getting worse and I thought I was literally going to die, it was going so fast and fluttering. I managed to go #2 and low and behold, the flutters nearly entirely stopped!!!!! Pushing down to get it out of me was scary, it felt like that was going to make me faint but thankfully it didnt. I have had the flutters or palps come back in small little attacks a few times today but coughing or bearing down has stopped them, thank god.
I have been burping up empty burps all day, I can't believe how much air can come out of me. I haven't eaten much of anything all day, I still feel off.
Sorry for this ramble. I am definitely scared, I am so young to be having heart issues. I am convinced the gastro issues are connected to the A Fib but does it even matter? A fib can kill you no matter whats causing it. It would be good if I could try to control my gut issues to make sure the A Fib doesnt keep happening but I can't find any triggers and I am at a loss as to why it happened today besides that holding back a poop seems to have been the culprit (imagine that!). My grandmother died at age 60, her mother died at age 51, heart disease runs in my family in a bad way, so do strokes. I have a rare auto immune condition and deal with daily pain. I'm used to feeling s****y but these A Fib attacks are really something else.
I'm going to be doing my best to even FURTHER fix my diet and heal my heart. I started taking Potassium today, I have been taking Magnesium for awhile but today I took a double dose, one after the attack and one before bed. I also am going to be quitting marijuana which I have been using medicinally to treat my pain. I would rather be in pain then A Fibbing, that's for sure.
Is there anything else you guys can recommend? I'm going to be on a homemade turkey soup diet for a few days til I feel better, then I will be cutting out fatty foods and eating small meals only, and never before bed.
I can't think of anything "different" that happened last night to cause this. I did eat an hour before bed but that is not terribly unusual.
Does everyone else feel like they are dying during A FIB? I have read a few accounts of A FIB and none have sounded as dire as what I felt. How the heck could someone have A Fib permanently? Wouldn't you literally feel like you are about to die constantly? Or is constant A Fib a little less intense?
I want to thank you for reading this. I can't tell you what it means to me, to feel not so alone in this.
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