I had PVC's in the 90's for about a month. After that I had them just before I got sick with a cold or flu. It was a way for me to know that I was coming down with something. I always was uncomfortable with them but I had had them before and saw a cardiologist in the 90's and he found nothing and said I had myocardaitis.
Enter April, 2014. I started getting PVC's regularly, several times an hour. I felt old and weak. Did 24 hour heart monitor, echo cardio gram, nuclear stress test, etc. nothing wrong with my heart. Just the agony of feeling PVC's all the time. Cardiologist told me to stop drinking caffeine, alcohol, and take slow-mag. I also was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had to start using a C-PAP machine. All this with no improvement.
My sister mentioned that she had the same problem and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Was prescribed Levothyroxine. I took a couple of her pills over 3 days. After 5 months of PVC's they stopped immediately. They came back a few days after stopping the Levothyroxine.
Told my cardiologist about it. Blood test said TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) was 3.7. This is typically considered by most doctors to be in a normal range. However the American Association of Endocrinologists says to treat TSH of 3.0 or greater. Currently this is controversial because many more people would be put on drugs, especially if they aren't symptomatic. Because I insisted on treatment my cardiologist put me on 25 mcg/ day Levothyroxine. 25 micrograms, a very small dose.
The reason I'm writing is that I started taking the medication on September 19, 2014 and I did not have any PVC's after the 21st. In November I stopped taking Levothyroxine because I felt fine. It took a month but they came back. Restarted Levothyroxine and they disappeared again.
I went to an endocrinologist and they found my TSH to now be 2.7 which is < than 3.0 and I tested positive for thyroid antibodies. This means I have sub clinical hypothyroidism due to an autoimmune disease, controllable by taking a minimal dose of a horomone Levothyroxine.
I am writing this to help people get their life back. I'm drinking coffee, drinking wine and back to normal after 6 months of abstaining from the things in life I enjoyed.
Here is my recommendation if you suffer from PVC's:
1) get your TSH checked. Your doctor will not automatically do this for PVC's.
2) If your TSH is > 3.0 insist on trying Levothyroxine. Your doctor will probably not want to treat you if your TSH isn't greater than 4.8 or 5.0. Read up on the American Ass. Of Endocrinologists recommendations to treat for 3.0 or higher. Ask for a small dose of Levothyroxine for 1 month to see what happens, or ask for a referral to an endocrinologist.
Remember it can take a few days for it to work. Good luck. I hope if you suffer from PVC's and have been told how harmless they are but remain frustrated with them because you know how much they worry you, and you are tired of them, that you will try this solution.View Thread
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