I'm no doctor, but I've dealt with an irregular heartbeat for 40 years, most of the time missing beats (if it missed enough beats before it got back into rhythem i would begin to black out) sometimes it would just flutter, other times it would race I can remember back when i was 11 years old and almost blacking out from it ( I'm 51 now) I never said anything to anybody, but i do remember the school nurse telling me i had an irregular heartbeat when they did exams, but there was nothing to worry about...many healthy people have an irregular episode now and then I've always had the occasional...which i assumed were tension headaches, they would travel from either one side (sometimes both) from the eye and temple and travel up and around the ear to the back of the neck I really never ended up in the hospital for my irregular heartbeat until 17 years ago ( this is when it really caught up to me and started affecting my life, blacking out, stamina, and almost continuously irregular beats 24/7, the first thing the doctor thought when i arrived at the hospital was drugs, in fact he had already tried and convicted me of it,his first response was what drug did you take? you either took a drug or you have a virus in your heart and your going to die so let me know now what you took, the only thing i did when i first started blacking out was playing on a computer. I never did get an actual diagnosis of what i had but they told me i had an extra electrical impulse on one side of my heart that acted up now and than, i was told i could take medication for the rest of my life to control it, have a pacemaker installed or they could go in and zap the extra impulse with a laser, i chose the medication, which i quit taking after around 6 months because it started affecting my lungs...they told me this could be a side effect from the medication From there i pretty much gave up, i wasn't going to destroy my lungs to save my heart, i went for 16 years with no major episodes (no blacking out) but almost continuous missed beats, just not enough in a row to black me out I was still having many headaches ( some would last 2 or 3 days straight) about 4 months ago a friend told me to start doing neck workouts and it might help with my headaches, well, i took his advise and it did help on the headaches....but the amazing part is my irregular heartbeat has went from daily down to a few missed beats a weekView Thread
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