This sounds like a condition that I have called: Esophageal Motility Disorder. It can seem like you're having an episode of angina, but my cardiologist (yes, I have heart problems, too) explained to me how to tell the difference between a spasm of the esophagus and actual angina. If it's the esophagus spasming, it will only lasat a few seconds. If it's angina, the pain will last much much longer.
There are many things that can cause the esophagus to spasm on a periodic basis, but in some cases there is an underlying more serious health issue causing it: in my case it's a rare and severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Absent some other health issues, it could have been something as simple as an aspirin getting caught in the esophagus, dissolving, and causing a temporary inflammation or even a minor ulcer. The scar tissue would be enough to cause future irritations.
In my case it was discovered that a drug I used to take for my heart, Imdur, actually relieved the esophagus spasms, and now I take a half tablet a day (generic version) daily to help it. Sometimes it won't work, and the spasms make it difficult for me to take necessary medications. Surprisingly it has also been the cause of a daily episode of hiccups. Very annoying, but I have a trick for stopping them, so far.
Read up about disorders of the esophagus, and talk it over with your primary care physician. If it becomes persistent enough to interfere with your eating meals or taking medications, he just might prescribe low dose Imdur for you. There's a test called "EGD" that I forget the full name for that they can do to make sure you don't have a twisted esophagus causing the problem, and to check for nodules or cysts, etc.
Become an active member of your own health care team, and you'll be surprised at the positive results. Good luck!View Thread
Hi Tammy....if your cardiologists have not sent you to an "electrophysiologist" for a consultation, then please ask them to do so. Better yet, have your primary care physician do the referring so it is a more independent referral. He will ask his peers for suggestions, most likely, people he respects, and he has a better picture of your overall health issues.
My problems started when I was 12 as a result of a severe case of heat exhaustion, and for 30 years was misdiagnosed as everything from mitral valve prolapse to emotional and stress issues. Finally it was properly diagnosed....a rarer form of heart disease: Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which was quite severe in my case. I had ablation, but it took two days: The first time for 5 hours they mapped the nerves in my entire heart to identify all the ones involved, and the second time two weeks later for the ablation was also 5 hours as they cauterized all of the target nerves. For the first time I could have a normal, healthy life! But many years later now I have a new problem, and have gladly elected ablation again to correct it, fingers crossed. But I went through quite a few nightmares for those 30 years until the original problem was finally properly diagnosed and corrected.
Don't give up! Get to see an electrophysiologist cardiologist, and see if he can nail it down. And if another crack at ablation is not agreeable for you, then there are so many new drugs on the market now to address all the many different heart problems that the electrophysiologist can prescribe which will most likely bring it under control and allow you to have a near-normal life.
The heart is a complex organ, and an essential one, and it's too dangerous for you to keep having your BP dropping so low. If you have any kind of arrhythmia involved the newer drugs will control that well. Please, please don't give up hope, and get different opinions asap, k? Will send good vibes your way!
This entire thread disturbs me. I used to have paroxismal arrhythmia tachycardia, and my heart rate would get higher than 210 bpm, and if unable to stop it myself using the techniques I'd been taught, I'd end up in the ER to get it stopped and reestablish sinus rhythm. Turned out I had Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (from age 12, triggered by severe heat exhaustion), which was cured after 30 years by ablation. But until then I was urged continually by medical professionals to keep going to the ER to get it stopped because my BP could bottom out, which actually happened once and caused a Code Blue alert, bringing doctors running from all over. I could have died.
There are many people out there with unknown heart conditions either existing or in the making who might try this neat "trick" to see how high they can make their heart rate go. What would happen if it caused their BP to bottom out, and they didn't know what was going on and couldn't called 911? What if help didn't arrive in time and they either died or damage was caused to their hearts, or possibly latent heart conditions were activated by this abnormal activity?
As it turns out, some nerves in my heart grew back and a new channel was established which has been causing serious Atrial Fibrulation for about two years now (I'm now age age 63), and in 3 weeks will be having ablation again to try to correct it, and will have a loop recorder implanted.
I was just concerned about people naively trying this "trick", and wanted to put that out there to see if there are any doctors or other medical professionals following this thread who would care to comment on this potentially serious issue.View Thread
I'm due to have ablation for well documented Atrial Fibrulation, and will have a Loop Recorder Implant. Can't find related patient reviews online. Has anyone else had this, and what were the long term problems and/or benefits? Thanks much for any responses.View Thread