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  1. I sometimes get awakened in the middle of the night with a forceful pounding heartbeat and shortness of breath and think it's because my heart rate dipped a little too low and my body was compensating for that. I caught it a couple times below 48bpm. I sleep with my head elevated which I think helps some. Perhaps you may want to consider that if it happens a lot or find out what your heart rate is doing. James
  2. Yes I get these wierd feelings in my head. Very hard to describe. Not really a pain but just a feeling like I'm slightly drunk all the time or living in a dream world. Also get some issues with my eyes focusing too. It's almost like a migraine with little pain (if that makes any sense). For me my symptoms are worse at night. I will notice a slowing of my heart at night as well, so I wonder if there's any correlation. It's like my heart goes into "slow mode". I will also feel much worse in my head when I have an adrenaline surge which will stay with me for the rest of the day. But yeah
  3. computer monitors can lead to eyestrain because of the distance your eyes have to focus at, and the nature of the pixelated images on the screen. Google computer vision syndrome to find out the details. Computer glasses can help with this. Other than that the blue light waves emitted from a computer screen or tv can strain the eyes. On top of that, it could be you are sensitive to the EMF (electromagnetic frequency) radiation given off my the monitor.
  4. My hr rate is higher during the day but around nighttime it gets much lower, sometimes too low for comfort, especially when lying in bed. I talked to my PCP, who recently put me on Toprol XL, about my heart rate going so low during the night that I'll wake up with a pounding heart, and when I check my hr it will be 49bpm (at the time I check...probably lower to trigger the pounding). My doc said not to worry that his hr goes down to 43 while sleeping. But I don't see how I shouldn't worry if I'm being woken up with these pounding beats. James
  5. My hearts rates were about 120 sitting and 150 standing during my episode. I had my heart tested back in 2005 and it showed the same t-wave inversions. I had tachycardia then too, which they called a panic attack. I remember back in high school (I'm 25 years old now), my ekgs for my physical came back abnormal and saw a cardiologist who performed a stress test and confirmed everything was ok. And that was years before my POTS symptoms started. So I hope they are just "normal for me". A cardiologist here is finally having me wear a 48 hour holter and had an echo yesterday. So hopefully e
  6. Propranolol is a non-selective beta blocker, which means it targets Beta-1 receptors in the heart, as well as Beta-2 receptors in the lungs. The blocking of Beta-2 receptors in the lungs can create shortness of breath and asthma problems worse. There are selective beta-blockers which primarily target Beta-1 receptors located in the heart, and might work better if you has asthma for breathing problems. One such is metoprolol (aka Toprol) that many here take to help control heart rate caused by adrenaline surges. I would ask your doctor about selective vs non-selective beta blockers to deter
  7. I felt so bad yesterday with high heart rate and couldn't settle down, developed a headache and hands started tingling...so I ended up going to the ER. They mentioned I had a slight abnormality on my ekg. Apparently 4 out of every 10 t-waves were inverted. Also the first blood sample they drew was borderline high on some enzyme test (possibly to test for heart attack?), so they drew again and second test came back normal. Just wondering if anyone else has had slighly abnormal ekgs? I'm 25 years male! Thanks, James
  8. Hello, I posted a while back about trying to go off of Cymbalta and then getting extreme adrenaline rushes. Well I went back on 30mg Cymbalta and Clonazepam. Several months ago before I went off meds I was doing pretty good on just Cymbalta 30mg. So since I was still having neuro symptoms and headaches, I decided to try tapering clonazepam in hopes that I will get back to the state I was in earlier this year. When I started Cymbalta back up, I noticed an instant improvement in heart rate and didn't get those adrenaline surges any more. However, last thursday I seemed to have taken a turn
  9. I don't take a beta blocker anymore...in fact only took one about 3 years ago and caused incredible fatigue. I do have a bb rx on standby from my PCP in case I need one. From my understanding, manaomine is the enzyme that breaks down serotonin. I have read in POTS that the Norepinephrine transporter protein deficiency could be a culprit. In that case I beleive an SNRI is beneficial cause it basically overrides the NET protein. But in short, I don't have a clue as to what is happening with me. I'm not sure there's any way to know. All I know is that I don't have the heart surges when I'm
  10. valsalva maneuvers/coughing/sneezing sends my heart rate higher, but since I've only had to blow my nose like once in the past year or so, I can't attest to this happening while blowing nose.
  11. I have had these tachy episodes myself...fast heart rate, uncontrollable shaking, shortness of breath, lightheadedness...the works. They first happened when I tried to go off of the antidepressant I was on, Cymbalta. While the first attack happened when I was on the treadmill (and scared me so much to call 911 and end up in the ER), it then started happening even just sitting still on the couch relaxing (or trying to, at least). My heart rate hasn't quite gone up to 200+ (thank god)...it maxed out at around 160bpm. Of course I was anxious the first couple times (which didn't help matters),
  12. I've felt my heart beating in my throat during my really bad tachy surges. How high does your heart rate get when it happens?
  13. You say this chest pain is occurring in the middle of the night...do you know what your heart rate is doing at the time? Sometimes I'll have some chest pain in relation to a low heart rate (below 60bpm for me) if I'm lying down. I have come up with 2 tricks to try and avoid this chest pain: 1. Get up out of bed really slowly. I first prop the upper half of my body up by my elbows for about 30 secs...this seems to get your body into thinking you're about ready to get up, so you don't suddenly shock your body by jumping right up too quickly. Then I sit up on my bed for about a min, and by t
  14. I was initially placed on 8mg of Klonopin (2mg 4x a day...yeah a crapload ) because my initial crash was a panic attack and my psych was treating me for panic disorder. Not long after that dose I started titrating down cause I read the meds could be addicting and they were only intended for about a month of use until my cymbalta kicked in. Anyway, it took me a good 6 months or so to taper down to nothing, and I didn't notice any bad withdrawal symptoms. Multiple docs have explained that the meds should NOT be used for long term (i.e. years) cause your body does build a tolerance and you're
  15. very interesting about the Cymbalta contraindictions. I don't think I have any glaucoma or anything. But I've noticed this prior to being put on any meds and before I became symptomatic, so it could just be something I was born with or developed early on for whatever reason. I've been having eyestrain and fatigue and red eyes while working on computers (after all I'm a computer science major), so I finally realized I am hypersensitive to glare also. By the way I don't know about driving with regular sunglasses. That could be dangerous. There are glasses out there that filter UV, blue ligh
  16. I'm on Cymbalta and klonopin. But I think I've had this problem most of my life and haven't realized it, or didn't pay attention to it.
  17. Does anyone seem to have pupillary dysfunction where your eyes seem always dilated even in the presence of light when they should be constricted? If so, how do you deal with it? I always have to use sunglasses when outside in sunlight, and I am testing out "indoor sunglasses" that reduce glare when watching tv and on the computer, etc... Thanks, James
  18. Where it for a while and note if you have any positive response to your symptoms, like increased energy, less frequent headaches, less anxiety, etc...
  19. The q-link has nothing to do with the Q-ray by the way (2 different companies). The q-ray is evidently an ionized bracelet and functions differently than the q-link. There are a bunch of research studies and clinical trials performed on the q-link that do show the q-link has some helpful biological functioning. It is natural to be skeptical about a device like this, but the company has shown proven results through double-blind studies that can be found on their site. And if it doesn't work, I'll just simply send it back within 90 days. On issues like this there is always gonna be some cont
  20. Here is one article I came across but didn't have time to research it in depth. All I know is that the q-link is supposed to balance your body systems, including your nervous system: http://www.totalhealthlife.com/wordpress/2...e-of-the-day-2/
  21. I stumbled upon it (and a couple other competitor products by searching google for EMF and EMF protection). If you do a search I'm sure you'll find ton's of research on EMFs especially cell-phone related, so there is definately a lot of research in this area. To tell you how it works, I'm gonna quote a website that explains it the most clearly (http://www.healthjewelryplus.com/catalog/a...p?articles_id=4):
  22. Hi I was wondering if anyone has tried a q-link pendant or equivalent type of product. I was doing some research into the effects of electromagnetic fields that come from cell-phones, computers, any electronic appliance, etc on the body. Cell-phones in particular have gotten a lot of press because they send harmful radio waves to the brain, affecting the nervous system. In fact, any electronic appliance can have this same effect to some degree. My research has stumbled me upon devices that emit resonating frequencies to help cancel out these harmful frequencies so they do not stress the bod
  23. There are quite a few herbs aside from ginger that are supposed to help with nausea. Peppermint and goldenseal come to mind, but give ginger tea or capules a try first.
  24. You hit most of my symptoms right on the button, except my bp rises and I don't normally get nauseated. I noticed these almost daily when off of cymbalta. It has so helped with most of the symptoms, except these wierd headaches I've been having.
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