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Old 01-26-2009, 05:01 AM
 
Location: USA
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Can't afford to have tests done but a few months ago I had an incident; I was standing up talking on the phone when I suddenly felt this strange sensation in my chest, similar to flutters but much stronger and slightly different, but flutters is the only way I can really describe it. It went on for about 5 seconds when I suddenly felt myself passing out. I bent down to prevent myself from falling and just when everything got black, it stopped. My brother says he caught me and I did pass out but I don't recall that. After, I felt the slightest pain in the center of my chest but it was more discomfort than pain.

Anyway, I've been getting the flutters ever since. Yesterday, I had them for 3 hours straight. Just moments ago I was laughing at something on this site when I felt them again real strong--like the day I nearly passed out--and I almost passed out this time.

Has anyone been tested for something like this? Did it turn out to be nothing? Was the testing costly?

Public_Newsense,

I have the same problem. Ask your doctor to send you to a cardiologist. I know you say you can't afford tests, but this could be a serious problem, you could faint and hit your head, or injure yourself seriously.

My doctor didn't take me seriously at all, until one day I fainted right in front of him. He did notice that my blood pressure was running 98/60, which is waaaay too low. He sent me to a cardiologist that specialized in heart rhythm disorders. After several tests, which included a tilt table test, he found out what was wrong with me, which is neurocardiogenic syncope. I am on a medication called Florinef, which has helped quite a bit.

Here is a link on the disorder, which may prove useful to you. Best wishes, I hope you are able to get help with this.


Syncope

Please let me know how you make out.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: anywhere
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Thank you, Kathleen. What a scary situation. I've dreaded doing that in public so I've pretty much stayed home since it started. It's not like it happens all the time but I don't know what it is or if it's progressing. I've met many of those jerk doctors, both professionally and personally. Not fun.

I just came in to give an update. I went to a community health clinic last night and the doctor spent about 45 minutes with me. I think that's the longest appointment I've ever had. He asked a lot of questions, examined me and did an ekg. He said that came out ok but he's recommending me to a cardiologist and would like to see me get a halter monitor for one week. I feel like I saw a good doctor. I wish I could keep him but I think it was just a fill-in thing or something for me to establish myself there. Anyway, he put me on blood pressure medicine. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and share your experiences. I appreciate it.
I am so glad you found someone to take you seriously. The monitor will provide them a great deal of info and please keep us posted!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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That doesn't make any sense. I have a strict diet and working schedule that I do stick to. How could you surmise otherwise? Just curious.
so you belong to another category.
if it doesn't make sense you may not reply. don't you see i don't speak good english.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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That doesn't make any sense. I have a strict diet and working schedule that I do stick to. How could you surmise otherwise? Just curious.

Anyway that was the first thing came up to my mind.
Good luck
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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i post here sometimes though i don't know much about medicine, but i just try to make smth pleasant, that's all.
regards
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