Possible svt....feeling awful

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I was diagnosed with svt at the beginning of October but after my gp lost the ecg showing the important stuff its been a slow process.

The ecg has been found & now I'm being told its a normal rhythm just fast so not enough to confirm svt diagnosis.

I was originally given 2.5mg bisoprolol but since taking that I've had chest discomfort/mild pain & generally felt rubbish. I kept complaining to my gp about this who then made a cardio referral, theu then decided they wanted to cancel this & up my meds to 2.5mg twice a day. 

I've been taking this for 4 days & still getting the chest discomfort on/off all day.

I have a 24hr monitor going on next week so another week of feeling terrible.

I haven't had any palpitations since going on meds but I can't stop my chest hurting. I was convinced the bisoprolol was the problem but I was told by my gp & a dr at the hospital its more likely that it's the episodes causing it but the meds are keeping my heart at a normal rate. I have no idea about this condition or whats likely to happen. 

I feel awful, tired & grumpy,  my chest is annoyingly uncomfortable & it seems such a slow process to get anywhere with drs & hospitals.

Can anyone help with what I can do about the chest discomfort/pain? Could it actually be something other than svt? 


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    How long did your SVT last? I went to hospital with my first one after about  an hour. I then had two more within about four months. I have been having them for four years now but I decided not to take bisoprolol because they were happening so infrequently. so I try to deal with them by coughing, yawning, bearing down and blowing out like blowing a balloon.Ive only had three this year. The shortest of mine was half an hour and the longest was more than four. That was last Tuesday and I ended up in A&E. I had asked my gp if she could give me a tablet that would stop an SVT when it came on. She gave me Flecainide but it didnt work. I found out also that I had never seen a Cardiologist. The 'Specialist' I saw at the beginning was just a gp with an interest in Cardiology.

    I have since found out about the Arrhythmia Alliance and they have been brilliant. For instance, they told me that sleeping on your left side can bring on an SVT. Most of mine have happened when I turn over from my right to left side in bed and one came on bending over in the shower just after I got out of bed. I would never have known that if I hadnt spoken to them. I would definitely speak to them. You don't seem to have much faith in your gp. I think they are limited in what they know.

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      I literally feel like I have nothing to moan about compared to some people. Mine were lasting just a few minutes but because I had 5 episodes the day I was diagnosed I was advised to take the bisoprolol. Now I can't shift the pains & its so uncomfortable. I feel tired all the time & just generally get myself down about it. 

      Really wish I hadn't started the meds now. If for whatever reason it is getting worse then I need to get the meds right asap if nothing gets picked up on the 24hr monitor I want to come off it. 

      My heart rate seems to stay normal & I'm not noticing any change when my chest hurts!

      Could it just be something else, maybe to do with my chest. 

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    I finally was able to signin  I believe that SVT is gas related  there's a variety of different  licquiors that are made from root  that I have found to relieve the the pressure after & during the attacks  ,common bar bitters, averno or hager mister 

    hopefully  it works for you

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    I've had SVT since I was 13 I'm now 64 one dr, told me it's the sign of a extremely 

    good heart other wise you die from it ,my grandfather on my mothers side had it as well ,they didn't have a name for it then he past away from it at he age of 76 I've nearer used any drugs or medication ,ablation  for me is out of the question for personal believes ,it scars the heart ,I believe it weakens the heart ,if svt starts again will your heart will not be be strong enough to stop it recently I had attack that lasted 2-3 hr going in the featsl position laying on the right side helped  ,my wife says I should see a gastroligist ,I feel of the cardigiolist don't understand the electricity of the 

    Herat why would a gastroligist  I'm not trying to bring you down  just being honest In hope we find something that works 

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    I also think, Jerry, that it can start from my stomach. Simetimes my SVT has stopped after vomitting and having a diarrhea.
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      I have ibs so that would make sense but I've had it for yrs & the svt is new. will keep an eye on it though. Had a beer last night so maybe that triggered it, who knows!!! 

      Had an episode this morning, no palpitations though so guess meds are calming that down.waiting on call back from gp to run another ecg but they've left it too long & I don't think they'll find anything now. Typical! This is the first one since beginning of October that I actually felt was a proper episode.

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