• 4 months ago

    Bloating feeling on my body

    Something strange has been happening to my body for the past 4 months and I can't seem to diagnose it. No-one on the internet seems to have the same symptoms as me, and I can't find anything similar to my symptoms online. I have been having palpitations 24/7 for the past 6 months, even when I'm not aware of them they are there. Heartbeat is not fast or too slow but it pounds very hard and moves my whole body with it. It almost feels like something is clogged and blood is trying to push through an artery or an artery is weak and struggling to push blood through, so it uses extra strength when contracting. When I lay down face down or sideways I can feel as if something is being filled, exactly like a lung would when you breathe. My whole body bloats, usually my chest, stays like that for a few seconds then it slowly deflates. Sometimes it deflates in steps slowly decreasing with the pattern of my heartbeat. This probably happens throughout the day but I only physically feel it when I lay in bed. To feel the bloating better I hold my breath for 30 sec. I feel heartbeat at a regular constant pulsation, my heart beats normal yet my whole chest, and sometimes face, cheekbones and even legs are bloating. I know its not my lungs doing the bloating for I'm not breathing. It is possible its not my heart since I would probably feel an abnormal heartbeat if my ventricles where just filling with blood and not contracting properly right?? My theory is that its my veins or arteries, like aneurysms or artery damage. I've had a chest x-ray and it came back normal. ECG normal. But I have abused cocaine in the past. Please help me diagnose what is going on. Thank you for all your help.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Bloating feeling on my body

    Hi:

    "I have been having palpitations 24/7 for the past 6 months, even when I'm not aware of them they are there. Heartbeat is not fast or too slow but it pounds very hard and moves my whole body with it."

    The most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), POUNDING, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.

    PVCs, are typically harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

    However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

    Symptoms that may/can occur with PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

    "I've had a chest x-ray and it came back normal. ECG normal."

    Those diagnostics offer limited information on what may be going on/is going on in the heart, the Engine Of Life.

    For example-only here, an echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) is a very versatile, non-invasive, painless and quick way to confirm or rule out various heart abnormailities/problems.

    "I have abused cocaine in the past."

    Cocaine Can Cause Heart Problems: Study

    Subtle blood flow changes may not show on standard heart test, raising risk of disease or death, researchers find

    www.webmd.com/heart/news/20141118/cocaine-can-cause-heart-problems-study

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