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  1. I always get lidocaine without ephinephrine for basic fillings and one root canal I had done. I don't get the other stuff or my heart would be racing out my chest. Hopeful you can find a solution as to what to do.
  2. Heart rates that high are usually the result of an arrythmia .. Sounds like A-fib to me it's very very common from what I have read and easily treatable once it's caught. Heart rates that high are usually from A-fib ... I would look into getting a second opinion from an electrophysoligist they specialize in Arrythmia's and the electrical conduction of the heart. A-fib comes and goes and can resolve itself during an attack on it's own or sometimes medication is needed to restore a normal heart rhythm. If you wore an event or holter monitor and showed symptoms it would have picked it up and the doctors can tell where the fast rhythm is originating from in the heart. They should be able to tell you based on the ekg recording what your heart was doing at the time it was going 300bpm. If they can't pick on anything with the recorder you could have an EP study done where they can try and provoke and arrythmia during the test. Also have you ever had a sleep study done? You may want to have one if your having tachycardia during sleep.
  3. For me I have to turn everything off TV, lights, music, ect. or I will not go to bed those things are all major distractions. A fan by my bed and a dark room, and a cozy bed usually does the trick for me... sometimes I have to lay there for 30-45 minutes but eventually I fall asleep.
  4. Before starting a beta blocker bending over would be a chore for me when cleaning the house .. It felt like my heart would race a million miles a minute and bending over def triggered symptoms mostly tachycardia . When I would clean the house I would take several small breaks in between stop and go that is how I got the house cleaned. sometimes I would just have to sit for 20 minutes at a time get back up and do some more. My kids also help clean up so like they would hold the dust pan why I would sweep and they help vaccum pick things up ect .... It helps to have them there my kids are 9 & 12 they can pretty much do anything I can when it comes to cleaning. If you have a helping partner it def helps get things done faster and less stress on your body.
  5. I have those same issues .. I can go from normal sleep 6-8 hours a day .. to 12-14 hours a day sometimes longer where I just can't get up .. and then I can't sleep at all sometimes .. I thought the effexor was causing my sleep schedules to screw up like that. I know insomnia is a side effect of the drug. If I sleep too long I wake up with the worst headaches on earth. I notice closer to my period I tend to sleep really long hours.
  6. Well after 3 days of being on bystolic .5 mg I am quite shocked it's actually working!!! My heart rates are well within normal ranges both supine and standing ... I am in total disbelief but do hope it continues to work. I haven't checked my BP but I have had virtually no side effects no dizziness ect which is so amazing because normally I get them all and then some. The only thing I notice is when I take it in the morning about 30 minutes later I feel a little sleepy. But it wears off as the day goes on. I have been running around all day doing laundry and cleaning and my Hr stays in the mid 90's to low 100's vs 140 + sitting it's been in the 60s-70s .. I really hope this Bystolic continues to work because I feel a sense of relief for the first time my heart does not feel like it's overworking. When I tried the 2.5 it wasn't really doing anything so I took the other half that's when I noticed a huge difference at least for me. I also have been sleeping through the night on it. Only marked side effect for me is slightly fatigued about 30 minutes after I have taken it but does wear off in a few hours. I was scared to death to take a beta blocker but this may just be what I needed. I can't take the other beta blockers because I have exercise induced asthma. It's amazing how differently we can react to medications.
  7. Also the fruit water like fruit20 or one of the other flavored water's are pretty good and they are sweetened with artifical sweetner's not everyone can tolerate splenda ect but it sure tastes better than regular water for a change! I also second the gatorade ....
  8. I personally never liked evian it had a salty taste to it and made me sick to my stomach. Before being medicated for pot's I use to get quite nauseated from water it would make me gag and then I would throw up. Certain foods like peanut butter and jelly made me sick too. It's very strange. Sometimes if you drink too much water that can make you feel nauseated too.
  9. Thanks for your input!! I noticed after I took the second half of the bystolic .5 my heart rate is staying in the low 90's while upright. I hope it continues. I am actually pretty shocked that I have not felt any side effects as of yet just a little sleepy at first and a sense of calmness. I really hope this drug can keep my heart rate's in check. Thank You again for your input!!! So far this beta blocker seems pretty mild. Compared to those antidepressent's.
  10. Hey everyone I just got back from the mitral valve prolapse center in Alabama my appointment was this Monday. Susan Philips after doing an echo, stress test and looking at my tilt table done last month and 9 years of medical records diagnosed me with Pots/Dysautonomia. She told me to stay on the effexor because it controls the dizziness and she prescribed me a Beta Blocker Bystolic .5 mg and Kolonipin .5 as needed. My question is how long does this beta blocker take to work? I ask because I started off with 1/2 of tablet 2.5 mg to be safe I know how I react to drugs but after about 2 hours I only felt slightly sleepy ... My heart rate really hasn't slowed down too much when I stand so I just took the other half about 30 minutes ago to see if it lowers my heart rate some more. I just checked it laying down right now it's 77 bpm... standing 106 ... Do these things take a few days to get into your system? This is my first time taking a beta blocker so I don't know LOL ... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also I don't know why she gave me Kolonipin as I don't feel like I need it I am not anxious now that I know what's wrong with me lol. On another note I do notice a calming effect this bystolic is having on me. I guess I will have to really monitor my Heart rate these next 2 weeks while I am up on my feet to see if it's helping keep it under control. I have a follow up Dr. Susan Philips in 6 weeks to see how the medication is working.
  11. I just got back from the Mitral Valve prolapse center of Alabama and was diagnosed with Pots and the doctor there prescribed me Bystolic 2.5 mg, and Kolonipin 0.5 mg and am currently taking Effexor Xr 37.5 mg. I haven't taken the Bystolic yet but plan to within a few days so I will let you know how I do with it. I know it's one of the newer beta blockers at least here in the US.
  12. If your doing well without the meds than IMO I don't feel you should take it. The only thing is if your heart is over working itself overtime that in itself can cause problems from what my cardio told me. You don't want to walk around with elevated heart rates all the time either. So I guess it really depends on how hard your heart is working all day long. I hope your able to make the best choice for you. Good luck
  13. I wanted to add a note about the zoloft... I have never taken zoloft but I did actually try lexapro and paxil. I broke out in full blown hives with them so I stopped of course. I ended up ultimately on Effexor XR which is an SNRI similar to an SSRI only the SNRI works on nor-ephinephrine as well as seritonon. Just to let you know these medications can cause some pretty bizzare side effects when first starting them. I am on an Extended release form which I seem to tolerate much better because it's time released and doesn't all go into my body at once. They also make liquid forms of these drugs too if your extremely sensitive to the drug/side effects. Just my own experience it took me about 4-5 months for the side effects to wear off. Now I don't usually get side effects UNLESS I miss a dose. It's important to always take these type of drugs at the same time everyday. They all have side effects some worse than others. For me I had really strange dreams, dizziness which I was already used to LOL, flushing, mild headaches, and parathesia(burining numbing senstastions) yawning, spaced out feeling, sleepiness. These eventually went away after a few months and I started to feel better. If you can make it through the side effects eventually your body will adjust to the medication. If you are having any side effects that are not listed as common with the drug best to talk to your doctor for adjustments. ALWAYS start on the lowest dose and go up gradually overtime. There are many options some people do better on extended release (like me) or liquid forms, because most of us are already chemical sensitive this might be something you should bring to your doctors attention. But the side effects do go away as disturbing as they can be sometimes your body does adjust. Your not alone starting new medications can be very scary and we are all here if you need any help. Tara
  14. I can understand your concerns. I have never been very willing to take medication. I am one of those people who just refuses the thought of medications being pumped into my system. I have been on Effexor xr for 10 years on and off. I was experiencing such bad dizzy spells that totally ruined my life and had me in the ER all the time. Before I figured out what was really going on... my doctor prescribed me Effexor and tossed it up as anxiety. I didn't want to take it though but I just couldn't live like that so I guess I had no choice either deal with the dreadful symptoms or take the medication. Lucky for me the Effexor did control the dizziness and I was able to live a half way normal life again. So I guess what I am trying to say is if the medication is going to help and your symptoms are very disturbing that it's preventing you from functioning you should at least give it a try and see if it helps. Ultimately though it's your health and know one knows your body like you do. But I understand your fear I hate medications and I am really stubborn when it comes to taking them because I don't know what these drugs are doing to my body long term that's my greatest fear anyway. But sometimes with a life altering illness we are left with no choice. I hope you are able to make the right choice for you! Sometimes it can be hard to decide.
  15. That's great you got a diagnosis! I am actually on my way to the same clinic next month June 21st! Sounds like I am going to be in good hands. I am seeing the same doctor you saw. I am glad your getting the treatment you deserve! Hope your feeling better now that you have things sorted out with your illness. And thanks for the great feedback about this clinic.
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