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I'll not bore everyone with the long background, but in a nutshell for the last two years I have been unexpectedly tired/dizzy/lethargic.
I am 37 y/o Male, overweight but not obese (5'11", 92kg), with a fairly sedentary lifestyle with semi-frequent trips to the gym for cardio (3/4 times a week).
I've had so many blood tests, cameras up and down. The only thing that has ever been found was low testosterone (varies between 4.0 n/mol and 11 n/mol, and Cortisol levels between 88 n/mol and 580 n/mol).
So last year I started a two month trial of Testosterone Replacement, first injection of Sustanon 250 no problems, but the second was missed because of a mixup with the vial, having rebooked my appointment for two weeks later I went about my business. A week later my heart had slowed from 74BPM average to just 60 BPM. With it constantly feeling like people were performing light chest compressions on me. I took myself to hospital, I explained I had missed an injection and they sent me on my way, having done an ECG, with an appointment the very next day for the missed injection. Everything settled down and all was fine again within 24h of the injection.
So that’s the history in a nutshell, but after the second injection wore off I went through more palpitations, and tiredness and three months on my energy levels are back to normal.
But for the past two months it feels like someone is squeezing something inside my chest, I assumed for months that it was my stomach (as they found a small hernia with one of the tests), so thought nothing of it. But it became more and more noticeable, all the time every day. I then, as I wear a Fitbit all the time, decided to look at my heart rate. That was when I noticed that it was stopping (at least there was no capillary expansion during the crushing/pressing sensation periods in my chest), and then picking up again 1/2 beats later.
At this point, I got a bit freaked out, went to A&E, they ECG’d me, gave me the all clear and sent me home. They said if it gets worse then come back, but they failed to define what is meant by worse. So after a very bad afternoon, I phoned my GP and asked what exactly should I be looking for to get concerned about. They said, pain and periods longer than 30 minutes, so I got off the phone and thought, great that’s not me and nothing to worry about.
But, and this is the sticking point for me. They happen every 2/3 minutes 24h a day, sometimes there are gaps of 20 minutes but they simply start again. Sometimes they are every 10 seconds or so, or 30. It is highly variable. So when the doctor told me to call them if they happen for 30 minutes or more, then they are talking about continuous skipped beats right, with no gaps in minutes?
I have some wider questions for the community, because I gather this very commonplace, but no less scary! Does anyone else have experience of low testosterone and heart palpitations, or possible deficiencies triggering them?
Sorry for the length of this, I just wanted to include enough detail to clearly explain my situation and what I am after.
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