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Strange fluttering/spasms
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    Fred G. Sanford Guest

    Default Strange fluttering/spasms

    Hi - I don't have any idea whether this is the right group to ask this
    question in, but being this problem started when i was going through an
    anxious time about 3 years ago, I figured I'd start here.

    I get some kind of fluttering/spasm in my lower chest/upper stomach.
    This is not painful, and normally only lasts a couple seconds.
    However, sometimes after it happens I get a really "tired"
    feeling...drained of energy. Sometimes a kind of "light-headedness".

    I've tried to explain the problem to doctors with no luck. I've had
    every test short of an autopsy. I used to think it was my heart, but I
    tend to not think so now. Could be.

    I've had a hard time trying to pin down what causes it. As I said, it
    seems to have started when i was going through a stressful period in my
    life. Sometimes an anxious thought seems to trigger it. Sometimes
    spicy/fatty foods seems to trigger it. Sometimes a lack of sleep seems
    to trigger it. Sometimes in the gym, if i am stretching, and i am on
    my back and pull my knees up toward my chest it will happen. It
    happens sometimes at home if i am lying back in my recliner bent in
    just the right position.

    I'm male, 42, reasonably good shape, no smoke, drink or drugs.

    Any comments/suggestions welcome.

    Thanks,
    fgs


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    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Strange fluttering/spasms


    "Fred G. Sanford" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi - I don't have any idea whether this is the right group to ask this
    > question in, but being this problem started when i was going through an
    > anxious time about 3 years ago, I figured I'd start here.
    >
    > I get some kind of fluttering/spasm in my lower chest/upper stomach.
    > This is not painful, and normally only lasts a couple seconds.
    > However, sometimes after it happens I get a really "tired"
    > feeling...drained of energy. Sometimes a kind of "light-headedness".
    >
    > I've tried to explain the problem to doctors with no luck. I've had
    > every test short of an autopsy. I used to think it was my heart, but I
    > tend to not think so now. Could be.
    >
    > I've had a hard time trying to pin down what causes it. As I said, it
    > seems to have started when i was going through a stressful period in my
    > life. Sometimes an anxious thought seems to trigger it. Sometimes
    > spicy/fatty foods seems to trigger it. Sometimes a lack of sleep seems
    > to trigger it. Sometimes in the gym, if i am stretching, and i am on
    > my back and pull my knees up toward my chest it will happen. It
    > happens sometimes at home if i am lying back in my recliner bent in
    > just the right position.
    >
    > I'm male, 42, reasonably good shape, no smoke, drink or drugs.
    >
    > Any comments/suggestions welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > fgs
    >

    Could be something like PAC's, premature atrial contractions, which will
    feel like a fluttering in your chest. You can also feel it in your pulse.
    This is a nonevent that some people can feel and some people cannot. If you
    are anxious it tends to scare the hell out of you, hence the
    lightheadedness. Could also be indigestion with some anxiety thrown in
    (spicy foods?).

    I'm not a doctor, but there aren't many things in that area of the body. If
    you've had your heart checked out completely, I'd try some Nexium for about
    a month and see if that makes it go away. OTC Prilosec should work, too.
    Lying in certain positions probably won't effect your heart, but can certain
    cause stomach acids to act up.



  3. #3
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Strange fluttering/spasms

    Not sure if this is the same thing, but I used to get this feeling in
    my chest like a breath doesn't actually get into my lungs or like a
    bubble in my lungs. I can be breathing normal or even talking when it
    happens. I had a 24-hour heart monitor and an upper GI, as well as
    asthma tests. Paxil actually helped, though every once in a while I'll
    get it, but it's so rare it's not even worth my worry anymore. I used
    to get it multiple times a day. Crazy what stress and anxiety can do
    to you, huh?

    Liza

    Fred G. Sanford wrote:
    > Hi - I don't have any idea whether this is the right group to ask this
    > question in, but being this problem started when i was going through an
    > anxious time about 3 years ago, I figured I'd start here.
    >
    > I get some kind of fluttering/spasm in my lower chest/upper stomach.
    > This is not painful, and normally only lasts a couple seconds.
    > However, sometimes after it happens I get a really "tired"
    > feeling...drained of energy. Sometimes a kind of "light-headedness".
    >
    > I've tried to explain the problem to doctors with no luck. I've had
    > every test short of an autopsy. I used to think it was my heart, but I
    > tend to not think so now. Could be.
    >
    > I've had a hard time trying to pin down what causes it. As I said, it
    > seems to have started when i was going through a stressful period in my
    > life. Sometimes an anxious thought seems to trigger it. Sometimes
    > spicy/fatty foods seems to trigger it. Sometimes a lack of sleep seems
    > to trigger it. Sometimes in the gym, if i am stretching, and i am on
    > my back and pull my knees up toward my chest it will happen. It
    > happens sometimes at home if i am lying back in my recliner bent in
    > just the right position.
    >
    > I'm male, 42, reasonably good shape, no smoke, drink or drugs.
    >
    > Any comments/suggestions welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > fgs



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