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Old 09-02-2008, 06:12 PM   #16
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

Sampoo...i have the exact same symptoms that you have...and i got all of them a year after my second baby was born...i think it has something to do with the vagus nerve...it seems when my vagus nerve is irritated...i get symptoms of POTS...and it's a lot worse before my period...
why the vagus nerve is irritated...could be that hormones where keeping it relaxed...and after the birth of my baby and when i stopped nursing..symptoms got a lot worse...cause those hormones aren't keeping my nerves relaxed anymore...
hope this helps

 
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Sampoo...i have the exact same symptoms that you have...and i got all of them a year after my second baby was born...i think it has something to do with the vagus nerve...it seems when my vagus nerve is irritated...i get symptoms of POTS...and it's a lot worse before my period...
why the vagus nerve is irritated...could be that hormones where keeping it relaxed...and after the birth of my baby and when i stopped nursing..symptoms got a lot worse...cause those hormones aren't keeping my nerves relaxed anymore...
hope this helps
Is there anything that can be done? will this eventually go away on its own?

 
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:03 AM   #18
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

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Is there anything that can be done? will this eventually go away on its own?
For POTS? Some people recover, it depends on what caused their POTS. Those who get it after a viral infection, for example, tend to have a better chance at recovery. Those who have it secondary to another health problems, such as thyroid problems, can usually get the POTS under control once the initial health problem is treated and controlled.

Those who have gradual onset, connective tissue disorders, autoimmune cause, have the hyperadrenic form, or other things that have caused damage to the autonomic nervous system/vagus nerve tend to take a lot longer to get better, if they ever do. Most just hope to get their symptoms under control.

 
Old 09-03-2008, 11:26 AM   #19
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

do any of you ladies of problems with your digestive system?

 
Old 09-03-2008, 01:26 PM   #20
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do any of you ladies of problems with your digestive system?
Yep. But I also have a gallbladder that has to come out as soon as I'm well enough for the surgery (recovering from a C. diff infection right now). So I'm not sure how much is related to by gallbladder and how much is just mixed up signals. I have, however, had some episodes where I have vomited up undigested food up to 9 and a half hours after eating - not pleasant.

 
Old 02-10-2009, 10:33 PM   #21
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

Hi.

Just an update as so many people looked at this thread. I did an echocardiogram and found I have a PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale), which is a small hole between the atrial chambers of my heart. This is usually a benign condition but it may explain my shortness of breath with little effort and maybe the rapid heart beat (this I am not sure yet). I will talk to my cardiologist in a few days. BTW, I am now pregnant with my second girl, 18th week.

Regards,
sampo2.

Last edited by sampo2; 02-10-2009 at 10:38 PM. Reason: wrong name of exam: echocardiogram instead of echocardiography

 
Old 02-12-2009, 04:50 AM   #22
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

Thanks for the update sampo2, Glad to know it's nothing serious and best of luck with your second child.

 
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