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Gosh, I can't thank everyone enough--all this info has been so informative!! I'll tell you what, tho, when it rains, it pours. I have been in the ER a couple of times in the last month because of heart palpitations (actually found out that they are PVCs)--felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. They kept up for hours and hours (and the last time it was 5 days straight!) and when I got the discharge papers, it said that anemia can cause these heart palpitations. I can not believe all the stuff anemia can bring on!!

Anyway, got referred to a cardiologist to make sure that the PVCs are harmless and benign and went to see him today. He is almost SURE that they are but want to give me an ECHO cardiogram (or something like that) on Wednesday to make sure that's what's going on BUT as we were talking my anemia came up and he said I SHOULD see a hematoligist just to try and find out the reason for my anemia because my gastro doc and he (the cardiologist) know some about anemia but not everything. He said there is a fantastic hematologist in my area and he said to give him a call and set up an appointment. I'm thinking I will. Can't hurt and if I can get to the bottom of this I would be thrilled!

Again, thank you SO MUCH for all the responses. It is so comforting knowing other people are in the same "boat" as I am. You have all been so awesome! (and Jonnstar--I AM going to keep taking that iron pill after this gets cleared up; I don't want to go thru this again if I can help it!! Good advice!). :)
[QUOTE=Numpy;4219630]I have been in the ER a couple of times in the last month because of heart palpitations (actually found out that they are PVCs)--felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. They kept up for hours and hours (and the last time it was 5 days straight!) and when I got the discharge papers, it said that anemia can cause these heart palpitations. I can not believe all the stuff anemia can bring on!![/QUOTE]

I wanted to clarify this: It wasn't determined that anemia CAUSED my heart palpitations at all--it was only listed as one of several causes that could bring them on. They very likely could have nothing to do with my anemia at all, too! I was just surprised that anemia could be a cause.....
Sorry to hear about your trips to A&E, as I have said before you're story follows mine really closely, but with events happening in reverse. I know how frightening palpitations can be, have had them for years, 2 heart ablations even, and only now are they manageable, I like to think it is because of my thyroid/ferritin level causing them now and once they're sorted they will stop.

Please let us know how you proceed from here, sounds like you're on the right track at last!

Sue
Numpy, My niece has celiac and was severely anemic from not absorbing iron from her foods and internal bleeding from the celiac. She had to have blood transfusions. They put her on bedrest until her anemia was resolved because they said she could have a heart attack if she exerted herself too much. She couldn't go to school, had to take a break from her dance classes, no playing, etc.

I had heart palpitations myself. More like my heart was "flipping and flopping". It was a weird sensation. I have since found out that low sex hormones can cause this, thyroid issues can cause it, and so can anemia. I always felt like mine was low sex hormones because it would happen more the week or so before my period. I am now using progesterone cream, taking Armour thyroid, and iron pills, so I'm not sure which one helped this issue.
[QUOTE=herekittykitty;4220123]Numpy, My niece has celiac and was severely anemic from not absorbing iron from her foods and internal bleeding from the celiac. She had to have blood transfusions. They put her on bedrest until her anemia was resolved because they said she could have a heart attack if she exerted herself too much. She couldn't go to school, had to take a break from her dance classes, no playing, etc.

I had heart palpitations myself. More like my heart was "flipping and flopping". It was a weird sensation. I have since found out that low sex hormones can cause this, thyroid issues can cause it, and so can anemia. I always felt like mine was low sex hormones because it would happen more the week or so before my period. I am now using progesterone cream, taking Armour thyroid, and iron pills, so I'm not sure which one helped this issue.[/QUOTE]

I was tested for celiac disease and that apparently came back normal because I don't remember my doc telling me I had that--sure sounds like your poor niece was very sick with it. :(

AND, you explained my heart palpitations exactly--flipping and flopping. Thankfully, I got the results of my ECHO cardiogram today and it came back all normal. I'm so glad I'm not having them as a result of heart damage or anything REALLY dangerous, and I guess I will have to learn to live with them. Thankfully I haven't felt them recently!! You know, I think my second round of them that landed me in the ER because they wouldn't stop (and were continuous for 5 days or so total), I think it WAS right before my monthly cycle. Low hormoness??? Hmmmm, something else to check into! Thanks for that info herekittykitty!

Also, Sue--we'll have to keep each other posted on our progress!! Hopefully we can get this stuff under control!!





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