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katolb90 08-13-2007 10:40 AM

palpitations cures
Part I

I've read a lot of posts concerning palpitations. Are you guys referring to fast or skipped beats. Or are you plagued more by the sensation of 'hard pounding'? I have the hard pounding problem. Especially noticible after a heavier meal, alcohol (any amount), sweets. How are you treating yours? I have a Xanax prescription, but I have no intention of taking that on a daily basis. Do you know of any vitamins or supplements that can help (or even foods). I'm in my series of 'no periods' months and its always worse at this time.

Part II

Do you guys have problems with side effects from vitamins and medications? Like all of them!!!!!!!! Try this, can't sleep. Try that, can't poop. Try this, get drowsy. Try that, get anxiety. Try this, blood pressure rises. Try that, get indigestion. Try that, well you get the picture.

MmeLeota 08-13-2007 10:56 AM

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The only thing that helped me after I went to the ER one night with heart palps that were new to me (they stopped before they called my name) the next day I went to my old DR. and she said I needed to see a heart specialist...went to him and had his EKG, he said that little thing? that's nothing to worry about. Finally I went to a different Menopause board and a woman there that teaches courses on menopause, told me the following:
"Calcium/Magnesium for the heart palps"
I have been using it for years and it works..The one I take says 4 capsules = 1000 Mg. Cal and 500 Magnesium (it is recommended a 2:1 ratio) I get vitamin D in my multi (which they also say you need to absorb Calcium)
I take one Capsule in the morning, 1 in the afternoon when I get a few palps and 2 before bed... because it used to wake me up with the fluttering heart and scare the ---- out of I sleep through most of the night. If I do wake up its just for a half hour maybe then Im back asleep and almost always I sleep palp free!
Also she told me to take Standardized Black Cohosh 40mg. a day (I have taken it for years for night hot flashes).
I don't know anything about medicine but this is what got me through. good luck!

liverpool sue 08-13-2007 11:39 AM

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i've found that nothing makes any difference to mine. i've been taking calcium, magnesium, etc., for maybe 2 years, and the palpitations come and go as they please - at the moment they're gone.
mine aren't a racing or pounding sensation, they're more like a skipped beat with the next beat seeming bigger than normal. and i get them for months at a time, and then they go for months at a time too.
i just tried to forget about them (not easy sometimes) once i knew they were menopause related, and not some sort of heart condition.

momstheword 08-13-2007 01:31 PM

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i get the "skipped beat" kind. Sometimes it hurts when my heart skips way up in my throat. i first noticed them this past January. I went to a cardio Dr. (two in fact) and they did ekg, echo, holter (found 1000 skipped beats) but said, "don't worry BOUT IT", YA, RIGHT, NOW I'M WORRIED ALL THE TIME. I AM HAVING A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE TIME WITH MENOPAUSE. It seems when I think I am on to some solution it works for a couple days and then bang I'm back to suffering with anxiety, nausea, stomach problems, night sweats, no sleep etc. etc. I'm a basket case and feel very very discouraged. Moms

katolb90 08-13-2007 02:22 PM

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Momstheword, are you on any medication or supplements? Although I have had the occasional skipped beat type (which are more upsetting), I haven't had them recently. Maybe I'm not far enough into it to get those on a regular basis. I guess thats something for me to look forward to. I wish I could remember if I was taking anything or doing anything different when I was having them. If I think of anything, I'll let you know. I would think it has to be something in our diet. We need to figure out what it is. What is your diet like?

By the way do you drink coffee? Starbucks is a killer. That coffee made me have panic attacks. The only two I've had in my whole life.

liverpool sue 08-13-2007 04:26 PM

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if you read up on palpitations during menopause, you'll see that it's due to the fluctuation in hormone levels - oestrogen dominance/progesterone deficiency - rather than anything you eat, drink or do.
although stress and over use of caffeine can cause palpitations, if you're a menopausal woman then your best bet it that it's those darned hormones causing yours!

katolb90 08-14-2007 08:34 AM

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I agree that its the hormone fluctuations, but perhaps not just the hormone fluctuations. Being menopausal, we all have hormone fluctuations, but we don't all have palpitations or the same degree/type of palps. So I figure there must be a variable there to make it worse for some of us. That's what I meant.

By the way cal/mag does help me a little with the palps. However, for me its not a cure all for palpitations. I do like it for miscellaneous aches and pains I have and it helps keep my mild hypertension problem in check (especially the 2:1). Right now, I'm taking 1:1 because I think the calcium is causing the osteoarthritis in my neck to hurt more.

liverpool sue 08-14-2007 12:29 PM

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hi kat. you could well be right, we all have our own theories don't we?
i haven't taken caffeine for about 10 years now and over the last 5 years have really started to be very aware of trying to eat healthily. i also have a pretty level lifestyle, but these heart palps still come. the fact that they last for months and not just a day or so leads me to believe that, for me, it must be the hormones throwing themselves around a bit, and not necessarily something i ate or drank as i feel they would pass quicker if that was the cause of them.
as i said previously, i really try and ignore them now that i know what they're related to. i think it's pot luck as to what symptoms any of us get, we all must have varying degrees of hormones and tolerances, but i believe that heart palps do affect a large percentage of us.
whatever the cause i wish they'd disappear for good! best of luck to you, hope you find something that works.


gingertea 08-14-2007 06:52 PM

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Hi Moms,

Just read your post, and see that you are still feeling out of it. Have you been back to the doctor? I see my doctor tomorrow for a physical and a check on how the Activella is working.......The past two days have been as bad as any, palpitations that I feel from my throat to my stomach, and you can actually see my t shirt moving in time to the palps. Still, the only side effect I had from the Activella was nausea for two days. I didn't even get the ones my doctor said I bleeding, sore breasts, higher blood pressure, etc., so I don't think the Activella is doing anything at all. My blood pressure is getting lower, even when I feel like I'm going to explode. Are you by any chance anemic? Being anemic can make the palpitations worse. Let me know if you find anything that helps you feel better! Ginger

katolb90 08-15-2007 01:32 PM

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Thats interesting about the anemia. I am not anemic per say, but I do have problems with fatigue and when I had my iron checked last fall, it was just inside the normal range (normal, but barely). I put myself on a low dose of iron and it did seem to help the palps for a while. Once my iron was closer to the mid-range and my periods disappeared, I thought it was best to stop the iron (excess iron is dangerous). Now they are worse, but not as bad as before, and I don't think mine are as bad as you guys, but I'm not in full-blown menopause yet either.

gingertea 08-15-2007 06:09 PM

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I'm still in perimenopause too. I have been 8 months without a period. I'm counting on a miracle to relieve the palpitations and anxiety when I reach the full 12 months without a cycle, and can officially be considered 'in menopause'. In the meantime, I am supposed to have bloodwork done again to check my iron and B-12.

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