8:12 pm - 09/29/2009

Anyone have palpitations before or during menstrual period or during ovulation?

Kind of an odd question (and not sure how many people will say "I do!" to my question), but I'm just curious as to those here who notice palpitations or have more of them around their period?

I have had palpitations now for around six or seven years (yes, I've had tons of cardiac testing and workups in which they show some PVCs but every cardiologist tells me they are normal) ... They are sometimes terrifying and other times just a very annoying nuisance that I wish I didn't have. What I've started noticing is I've had them more around the time I ovulate and then a few days before I have my period and then sometimes during my period.

One of my cardiologists thinks some of the palps may be due to hormones/hormone changes.

Anyone have palpitations or pvcs and do you take any kind of herbs or supplements for it and have noticed those helping? I do take magnesium and CoQ10 for heart health. I also take fish oil and primrose oil.
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disturbedme 30th-Sep-2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for your reply!

I am taking a beta blocker for it (most people take a beta blocker for high blood pressure though my blood pressure is not high), but it doesn't always help. I'm on a beta blocker for chronic tachycardia and palps.

I don't consume caffeine. And I do have chocolate, but only in the form of a vegan/gluten free chocolate chip cookie once a day or sometimes twice a day, but now I'm so worried about having palps that I've even cut out having any kind of chocolate whatsoever, even in cookie form! LOL. It does suck to have them. And it is hard when someone tells you not to worry about them, even if a doctor tells you, because that's almost impossible to do!
bachlava 30th-Sep-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I had a condition that caused palpitations for many years, although we eventually diagnosed and corrected it. The one thing I will say is that it's pretty much categorically dangerous to take herbal supplements for cardiac conditions of an uncertain nature. Things marketed as "supplements" are not subject to FDA regulation, and in many cases their effects on humans are not fully documented and understood. Many of them, however, affect the cardio-pulmonary system, even simple and common ones. But there's no systematic compilation of information about the degree or means of this for most of supplements. Basically, if the heart is doing something abnormal for unknown reasons, it is pretty much never considered safe to apply a prospective treatment whose cardiac effects on humans are not understood or, in many cases, fully known. Even the two you list are ones of which your cardiologists need to be aware (just FYI, in case you've not told them) - the claims that they promote heart health are not subject to any verification or regulation.

I don't mean to sound all panic-inducing here. But supplements and herbal remedies are really, really strongly recommended against for not-fully-diagnosed cardiac patients, even by doctors inclined to be sympathetic toward/interested in complementary/alternative therapies.

Good luck getting all this resolved.
1girl 30th-Sep-2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree with the majority of this, but I want to mention that magnesium is commonly recommended by cardiologists for this type of issue. I have PVCs (and have undergone workups to eliminate underlying causes), and my doctor told me that magnesium might help. It does, by the way, and Slow-Mag in particular is great. All supplements should definitely be reported to a doctor, but magnesium is most likely not going to cause any harm.

I also take a potassium supplement, as recommended by my doctor, as I tend to run slightly potassium deficient. Potassium deficiency can cause palpitations, and some hormonal birth control does reduce potassium levels, so that's something worth mentioning to your doctor if you're on HBC.

Doing jumping jacks also can sometimes help me end an episode of palpitations, which seems weird, but it works. Bumping up my heart rate slightly seems to kick my heart back into a normal rhythm.
bachlava 1st-Oct-2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh, very true - doctor-approved supplements for heart health can definitely be a very good thing, especially established ones like magnesium, etc. Clumsy wording above on my part; the issue, I think, is ones that aren't necessarily indicated or well understood, especially with an unknown condition.

Jumping jacks and jumping rope always brought on tachycardia with me! The same thing really will have opposite effects sometimes... what a world!
disturbedme 1st-Oct-2009 12:18 am (UTC)
I only take supplements/herbs that my doctor has approved or suggested me to try.

And yeah, jumping jacks is a no-no for me. Makes my heart act up more than help it, atually. And jumping jacks makes me feel like I'm jarring my body. I feel weird/bad after them.
archangelbeth 30th-Sep-2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I have gotten them a time or two -- apparently they're an occasional side effect of being on thyroid meds. (Hypothyroid, take meds to replace what my slacker thyroid doesn't make, I guess sometimes I absorb some extra-well or my thyroid decides to hiccup a little extra.) My doctor told me that coughing can reset the heart, at such times. It at least may have a placebo effect for me. O:J

I hate waking up to my heart doing the jackhammer thing. O:p

I hope your thyroid is doing okay, and it's not due to being slightly hyperthyroid!

And that's all I've experienced with them. Sorry. O:(
disturbedme 30th-Sep-2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Yes, that is one thing I'm worried about. I am definitely not hyperthyroid... my TSH is at around 2.8 right now. But I'm worried that taking the Synthroid is causing them once in a while even if I'm not hyperthyroid. What I've noticed too just lately is the days I was having palps I took the Synthroid and then there were a couple days I didn't take it and didn't have any palps. So now I'm afraid to take my Synthroid at all for fear it is the cause of the palps... augh... It's crazy!!! LOL.
archangelbeth 30th-Sep-2009 02:15 am (UTC)
On the higher side of a tight range, even. You might consider asking about a lower dosage (stepping up as needed), or splitting your pills and taking them at different times of day?

Though I recall my doctor said that eventually my body would get used to having thyroid hormone again, and it'd stop happening or be less likely. Frankly, I had about zip-all palpitations when I was first getting stabilized, and they're pretty rare even now. But that she warned me about it suggests that it's common.

I'd talk to your endocrinologist or doctor about the palpitations. If you're taking your Synthroid erratically, I would suspect that either your dosage is a little too high all at once and your body needs to adjust to it, or it's the erratic taking itself that isn't letting your body adjust. (Or you might want to try a different brand; this is more my theory than anything I can back up, but I have a suspicion that brands of levothyroxine may have similar, though more subtle, side effects akin to the way different brands of HBC do. Again, that's a personal theory, I am not an endo, etc.)

Do you know about thyroid? There may be people over there who can suggest better things for possibly levothyroxine-linked palpitations.
franticalities 30th-Sep-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I have been experiencing weird palps etc for YEARS and was FINALLY diagnosed with POTS. You might want to look into that if you find your symptoms are troubling you and your workups are all coming back clear.
disturbedme 30th-Sep-2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I do have symptoms of POTS and do have really low blood pressure, so we think I have POTS, but I've never been 'officially' diagnosed with it. I am not sure of the treatment? I am on a beta blocker and also Florinef to raise my low blood pressure, though it doesn't raise it much, but the Florinef has helped my extreme constant dizziness and lightheadedness.

What kind of treatment are you on for your POTS?
franticalities 30th-Sep-2009 05:54 am (UTC)
i was just diagnosed days ago, so i'm not on any meds.. but i am constantly lightheaded/woozy, and i know that the treatment i'd probably try would be florinef and beta blockers! I'm glad to hear that it has helped you, tho, coz right now i can't even sit up for more than 2 or 3 hours at most, and walking is a feat of epic proportion!

but, on a side note, i have been reading a lot about POTS and apparently people experience flare-ups during periods...
footballmom210 Its taking control!30th-Sep-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I found this forum. I have looked online many times but everything was outdated.

I am a 35 y/o mom that has been suffering from anxiety for as long as I can remember. I feel as though it has total control of my life. I can't stand it. Currently I am on my menstrual cycle and its all so much worse. I googled because I was wondering if anyone else has more palps during "that time of the month". I can only assume it is hormone related because I always feel worse during this time although it can take control over me any at moment. No matter where I am or what I am doing I can get them and start feeling very anxious. I have been to the ER numerous time as well as had an echo with a cardiologist. I am a nurse so I am not oblivious to the fact that sometimes MD's do not know what they are talking about. I feel like I have to self diagnose.

I am always fearful that I am going to drop dead or get into some creative rhythm that will cause me to faint or something and no one around me will know what to do to help.
I am honest enough with myself to know that I am in total control of these emotions and if I let them get to me and fully take me over, they will.

I am sure you all can agree its just nice to have someone to talk to, to let them know what you are feeling, just in case. Its nice to hear from others that you are not the only one. Talking during this anxiety is the only way I can cope, that and deep breathing.

Anyone needing support, feel free to email me footballmom210 at yahoo dot com

Evelyn Andreoli 16th-Dec-2016 01:30 pm (UTC)
yes, i have been dealing with the same exact thing. I also have anxiety which makes the symptoms worse at times.. I am currently wearing a holter monitor because i had an episode that lasted 2 and half weeks during which i bleed just enough to see when i wiped thay day after my dr visit i started my actual period and they have pretty much gone completely away. please let me know what you find out..
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