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The truth behind heart palpitations
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dream69 - February 4

Heart palpitations are common in fibromyalgia. Great, now why are they so common. 3 reasons:……. #1 Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)….. #2 Thyroid problems ………..#3 anemia ( low iron). Hypoglycemia is very common in fibromyalgia. Our insulin levels spike when we eat carbs and this reduces our glucose levels.


dream69 - February 5

"Low Blood Glucose Triggers Hunger……………………..
If blood-sugar levels drop, the brain causes us to feel hungry. Result? We eat food that is then converted into glucose and our blood glucose levels rise. If we don't eat and blood-glucose levels fall too low, we trigger the condition known as hypoglycemia.
High Blood Glucose Triggers Insulin……………………
If blood-sugar levels rise, the brain tells our pancreas to release insulin. Result? The insulin disperses the glucose and our blood sugar levels fall. Without insulin to regulate a rise in blood-glucose, the amount of sugar in our bloodstream can become toxic, triggering the condition known as hyperglycemia.
Eating Too Many High GI Carbs Causes Sugar Spike…………………..
The hunger-or-insulin seesaw mechanism works well, provided that we don't eat too many high glycemic index (GI) carbs that are rapidly converted into glucose. When this happens, when a LARGE amount of glucose enters the bloodstream (called a "sugar spike"), the system responds by releasing a LARGE quantity of insulin. (It thinks we've eaten a huge amount of food.) The amount of insulin is so large that not only does it disperse the food-glucose we have just eaten, it disperses a lot more. Result? Our blood glucose falls too low. So, within a short time (about 2-3 hours) the brain tells us to feel hungry and we recommence eating. This rapid rise and fall in blood glucose, caused by excess production of insulin, is not good for our health or our eating habits."....................



dream69 - February 5

Sorry its 4 reasons not 3 in fibro (there goes the fibro FOG), I forgot to mention the 4th reason and very a important one in fibromyalgia and that is low oxygen. There are other reasons that someone can have heart palpitations but most are not common in fibromyalgia: which are… An abnormal heart valve, An electrolyte abnormality -- for example, low potassium ,low calcium, and low magnesium. Other cuases of heart palptiations: Exercise, Anxiety, stress, fear , Fever ,Caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, diet pills , Overactive thyroid , underreactive thyroid, Anemia, Hyperventilation , Medications such as thyroid pills, asthma drugs, beta blockers, or anti-arrhythmics. (Medications to treat an irregular heart rhythm will sometimes cause a different irregular rhythm). , Mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which the valve that separates the left upper chamber (atrium) from the left lower chamber (ventricle) of the heart does not close properly , and Heart disease.


tcmby - February 6

thanx for the info dream... if the magnesium I am now taking makes a difference, I'll post & let you all know :)


michellebcusick - February 9

people who believe they are having heart palpitations may actually have a spastic esophagus. Shortly after being diagnosis with fibromyalgia I started having acid relux. Then a year later i started having what I thought was heart palpitations. I was put on a portable monitor for a week. Guess what?! Nothing was wrong with my heart and they diagnosis me as having a spastic esophagus. My treatment of Prilosec keeps the reflux disease and spasms at bay.


dream69 - February 9

michellebcusick : Yes I agree but they both feel the same.



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