Palpitations and gallbladder???

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Hi I have written about this on the cardiovascular forum as well. well prettty much the same as this but i only remembered that i have gallstone when a neighbour told me her sister had these symptoms with gallbladder problems.

I was brought to a&e on saturday by my employer when I noticed that my heart was skipping a few beats a minute, I was breathless and full of fear this wen on for about 10 minutes. Earlier on that morning i had noticed a couple of missed beats and had a sharp pain in my left shoulder but that passed almost straight away. In a&e they did ecg, bloods and x-ray all were clear. the dr sent me home and said to just letit happen if it happened again and to return if i also have alot of chest pain. since saturday i have had on and off random chest pain all around my chest and some palpitations notheing too scare me really just make me pause. 

Yesterday i noticed that my stools were softer and paler than normal and i have a constant ache/pain under my right rib cage, and my right shoulder is extremely sore im finding it hard to put any pressure on it. 

I also have suspected fibromyalgia which is what my dr was saying the shoulder pain was. I was given short notice for a removal of my gallbladder 4 yrs ago but had to turn it down due to my husband being in hospital at the time and having no one to look after my 2 children since then i have rung the hospital numerous time to be resheduled but am very close to the bottom of the list now.

Any way my question is could all that has happened over the last few day be my gallstones playing up. when they have palyed up before the pain has been agonzing not like a dull constant pain that i have now

 

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    It sounds very likely.   A gallstone attack can be very similar to a heart attack.  Also soft stools/ diahorrea is another sign.   I would visit your GP again and get the  ball rolling so the speak soyour gallbladder can be attended to
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      Thank you for replying. I have an appointment with my gp tomorrow Hopefully she can shed some light on this. 

       

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      Very true with the similarity between gallstone attack and heart attack. 

      Been thru ER with gallstone attack they thought it was a heart attack. Thank goodness it wasn't. It was gallstones caught in the bile duct.

       

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    Possibly is gallbladder as you  have history but there is also  chance it might be other issues, for example a hiatus hernia can mimic gallstone pain or heart problems as can other GI problems as the pain refers and palpitatons etc can be from pressure on the vagus nerve from gastro irritation and distention. After 4 years you maybe need a re-assess and updated tests to rule things out/ in however the dr will have yr history to go by.

    I have Gb stones and H Hernia plus other possibly related GI issues and have lots of symptoms incl palps and have been to A & E suspecting heart which was OK, but best to make sure.  Good luck at Drs

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    Hi, klb, Moonday's and Cynthia's responses are right, it does sound like gallbladder issues and your body's reacting to the stress of it.  But because it could be something else, best to see your gp and start to get sorted.  There is a lot of good information on this site, so arm yourself with it so that you can be your own best advocate with the doctors.  Best of luck and let us know how you do!
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      Thank you Lynda. Will let you know.. I'm becoming more convinced it may be gallbladder problems than yesterday. I feel such a relief and less fear than yesterday. I now no longer have pains all over my chest but just under my right rib cage and back pain on the left around waist high. 

       

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    It quite possibly could be gall bladder related. My body reacts badly to my pain and my heart rate becomes erratic. At its worst my doc recorded a heart rate of 149! With very strong palpatations Needless to say I was sent for an ecg after that lol. Hope your gp is helpful and your feeling better soon 😊
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    Just an update. I was seem by the medical assessment unit of out local hospital. They had called me in to put on a 3 day event monitor. But after doing their full checks they decided that it was probably not cardiovascular and as I had thought my gallbladder. They did an ultrasound and I have 2 very large stones so. I've been put on the list for removal. 
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      Hi

      Your post was very interesting.  I have been experiencing heart arrythmia off and on for years.  I have been admitted to A&E on one occassion and a few referrals to cardiologists with subsequent testing.  At my A&E admission I was told I had atrial fibrillation.  This was later contradicted by a consultant cardiologist who said I had atrial tachycardia from time to time and just to take an anti arrythmic and live with it.  I weaned myself of these and simply put up with the missed beats when they recurred.

      Curiously I was also having ongoing digestive problems at the same time.  I had the feeling that the two were inter- related, because the missed beats seemed to coincide with burping and general discomfort.  I discussed this phenomenon during a gastroenterologist referral.  He was quite receptive but said that there seemed to be a professional barrier to considering the overlap, between cardiologists and gastroenterologists.  He spoke from personal experience because his brother was a cardiologist.

      Anyway, I did a bit of reading around this interaction and came to the conclusion there could be some vagal nerve involvement, but I have never found a doctor or specialist with feet in both camps.

      Long story short.  The gastric problems I had been having subsequently manifested as a gall bladder problem, which I suspect had been developing for a number of years.  I had gallstones and thickening with severe symptoms which led to gb removal in February 2016.  It is perhaps premature, but I appear to have had virtually no missed beats bar one occasion since then, and I have not had runs of ectopics as previously.

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      So glad that your gallbladder removal seems to have put an end to your missed beats 

       

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      I am not quite sure if it is truly the end of my missed beats because I have gone for months with no problems, then short runs.   I also had a substantial heart flip when walking up a really steep incline in the heat of Spain in June, which was about 4 months after my gallbladder removal.  It gave me quite a scare so I stopped then moved much more slowly after that.

      I have requested a holter heart monitor and will push myself to see if i can reproduce this.

      ​So only time will tell.

      ​Just yesterday I read that the vagus nerve is up gainst the gallbladder so there may be something in the gastric connection.

       

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