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Heart feels like a bowling ball...

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4,089 words with 6 Comments; publish: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 02:13:00 GMT; (900171.88, « »)

Hey guys...i'm new to the boards. well, i have posted here a few times, but that was a while ago. i came here because i desperately need some advice. i'm 22 years old. i've been anorexic and bulimic since i was 17. at 19 i was admitted to the cardiac unit due to tachycardia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, and arrythmias. Earlier this year i was admitted again for the same thing.

i know that anorexia and bulimia have damaged me to what seems like no end. but now i am having a very annoying and painful experience. Every time i stand up my heart feels as heavy as a bowling ball. and it feels like my chest gets so tight. this is only when i'm standing straight up, like when i'm standing talking to someone...if i'm up walking around, the symptom really isn't there. this is very painful and bothersome. it limits me to only a small amount of activities i can do. i used to have a cardiologist, a damn good one at that, but we kinda...sorta ...got romantically involved, and people found out, he kind of got in some trouble. so, unfortunately, i don't speak with him anymore. i go to a new cardiologist later in the month, but i don't know if i can wait that long. my heart has felt like this, l(ike a bowling ball) ever since my last hospital stay on the cardiac unit. i just don't know what to do...any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. thank you.

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    • hopelessly,

      That sounds most like an anxiety reaction to me. I'm sure with 5 years with an eating disorder aquaints you well with anxiety, eh?

      I would also try to talk your doctor into a scope down your esphagus (endoscope) to see if years of vomiting has done damage...that, too, could cause you chest discomfort.

      A checkup with a good cardiologist is, of course, an excellent idea (don't wink at him :D)!

      #1; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:42:00 GMT
    • thank you for the reply. i do have a lot of anxiety, but it doesn't feel like anxiety that is giving me the symptoms. i did have the endoscopy done last year, and thank goodness there wasn't any damage to my esophagus. and this symptom also comes around when i get really hot. Like while i was on vacation, i was swimming in a heated pool, and my chest got so heavy and tight, and it felt like i couldn't breathe. i had to get out because i almost passed out. if it is anxiety, then that's good... i don't want anything else to be wrong with me, lol. thanks again.
      #2; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:43:00 GMT
    • hon,

      If you are still extremely lean a heated pool can raise your core temperature and make you feel really awful,,,plus there's the steamy thing that really is oxygen poor and can have you gasping (I've gotten it in a steamroom).

      Be welll!

      #3; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:44:00 GMT
    • lol, you make a good, smart point. (sometimes i don't have any common sense!!!) this really shouldn't be a big deal, and it wouldn't be if my activities weren't limited because of it. and, if it only happened in that situation, i wouldn't be too worried about it, but it happens so much...it happens when it's also hot outside and i'm standing up. i've almost passed out because of it, and it gets so hard to breathe.

      i'm really not "severely" underweight anymore. well...lets just say i'm over the 100 pound mark, so i have enough weight on me. i was wondering if it could have something to do with my blood pressure. i'm orthostatic most of the time. a lot of the times my blood pressure, when i stand, goes from 100/80 to 80/60. sometimes lower. but...i don't know why it would give me that "heavy" feeling though...

      thanks again for replying. :)

      #4; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:45:00 GMT
    • I;m going to say an AWFUL thing: eat more salt...Amish Pretzels are great for orthostatic hypotension

      (did I REALLY say that?)

      #5; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:46:00 GMT
    • LOL...yep, you said it. My family loves Amish food!!! it's weird...i never put salt on any of my food. not fries or anything. members of my family go over board on it, so...i guess i'm glad that i don't go over board, lol...but maybe i'll try some pretzels. thanks.
      #6; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 18:47:00 GMT