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Heart Skipping Beats

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Legumes are the perfect food to add to your diet. Tonight for dinner I'm making a burrito mix that consist of pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, quinoa, red bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, onions and some healthy seasonings that we enjoy. I eat this type of stuff a lot. It's cheap, healthy and enjoyable.

PS fun fact beans actually help to lower the heart rate.
Sounds delicious! Guess I'll be loading up on beans as well!
 

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I don’t have heartburn but often have to clear my throat after eating for about 30min, I get sour taste in my mouth and a fullness in my upper back which can set off my anxiety until I burp and realize it’s GERD.
 

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I don’t have heartburn but often have to clear my throat after eating for about 30min, I get sour taste in my mouth and a fullness in my upper back which can set off my anxiety until I burp and realize it’s GERD.
Yep, this is exactly what happens to me sometimes as well. Especially feeling anxious, only to burp and realize it's GERD, then I feel much better.
 

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This was very informative thanks everyone. My irregular heartbeat/skipped beats so far have been happening everyday almost all day long. Sometimes I can go 8 to 12 hours without one then when I moving around or even just sitting it just happens. I do have Gerd and I'm taking dexilant 60mg and lexapro 10mg for anxiety. It's just weird that there coming everyday now.
 

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I actually found that soy products cause more PVCs for me as well as lack of sleep and the onset of a virus. A lot of things can trigger them depending on the person.
 

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I actually found that soy products cause more PVCs for me as well as lack of sleep and the onset of a virus. A lot of things can trigger them depending on the person.
Wow, soy products? Like what?
 

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So, I have been having skipped beats for two days now. No anxiety. Been taking my meds regular. I'm thinking it could be one of two things. I'm sure I will get flack for this but my husband has a primatene mist inhaler and when I feel like I can't breathe sometimes, I will use it. I have read it can cause irregular heartbeats and it actually has for me before. The other reason could be that when it started, I had woke up the night before realizing I had been using my arm as a pillow. Only more like it was shoved against my vagus nerve and into my neck. Enough to cause it to be sore and also enough for me to think I had cut off part of my oxygen because my heart was racing. Think that's what woke me up. Sure enough,, next morning I was having skipped beats after three days of feeling great!! I swear, it's like one step forward and three steps back. I want to believe in a reasonable explanation and not that I am dying. I'm trying really hard not to go there.
 

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We could blame such things on anything really. Only way to really know about the thing your husband uses it not to use again and see if the skipped heartbats stop. if they don't, we know it wasn't that. Is very hard to dictate how we sleep. Could fall asleep one way and wake up another way. We toss and turn that much as we sleep. I still think you are simply aware of it. If anything feels off, your mind will probably go straight to your heart. Even if your heart is not bothering you. Because it is so used to doing this. Any little twing at all. No matter what part of the body it happens on. the mind will think ' heart '. Once it does that, the normal skipped heartbeats kick into play. The answer is trying to undo something you are just so used to doing. Probably be doing it for a long time now. Everything leads back to the heart. That is just how your mind has been trained for how ever many years. It can be hard to undo such things. If somebody told you not think of your heart, you would probably think of it straight away. It is just how we are. The answer can be all about breaking that chain. To try and find anything else to focus on. Especially when the heartbeats are skipping. Imagine if you ignored them. Probably stop within minutes. The hard part is ignoring them. Doing something other than thinking about the heart. We focus inwardly a lot of the time. Making these things much bigger than they really are.
 

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You are probably right. I'm really trying not to focus on it. I know being reassured over and over is not healthy and won't fix anything. It would also probably help if I could get a decent night's sleep. Don't even know what that is anymore. But that's what I'm going to try to do now. Thank you for your reply. As always, I greatly appreciate it!
 

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Case of asking yourself is there anything you can do different? I know these things can be a right pain. Have seen the worst of things over the years. Including similar to this. What we do know is you are still here. Always a good thing. So has it ever really done you any harm? Besides making your anxiety that bit worse. What is the worst thing it has done to you in all the time you have had it? Few bad feelings here and there. Frightened you a little bit. In other words you have had it many times over the years. Yet here you still are. Still alive. What do you might happen if you simply ignored it? Let it come on. Might make you feel a little anxious. Uncomfortable. Would it do you are serious harm? Has it ever done you any serious harm? If you simply lay there and let it happen. Explore the feelings it brought with it. More to prove to yourself that they can't actually harm you.
 

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I went to sleep last night, the heart finally settling. Woke up and they have went on all day. Still going on. Makes me feel nauseous. I actually have spent a great deal of the day ignoring it. Then dinner rolled around and I thought about it because I was thinking they had gone. But they haven't. 4 days of them. Non stop except for an hour before I went to sleep last night. Really hard not to be scared.
 

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But here you still are. Alive and well. At most people with this condition could have tests done. See if anything is picked up. If nothing is picked up, what then? The holter monitor for a week would be a better idea. You are wearing it at home, away from the hospital. Then they could see what does happen over a period of a week. Honestly I can not think of any other answers. I do just ignore it when it happens to me. Like it is something that just happens. Bump it is gone. No idea if that is because I made it normal. Just something that happens. No big deal. I just get on with things. What works for me might not work for others.
 

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Yes. I'm still here. Alive and well. Irritating my kids lol. If I know that others have this for days at a time then I think I would handle it better. Who knows. They may give me a halter but that might cost a pretty penny so maybe not. Anxiety is a b#@/h. I really did well today. Even with them, I was actually functional. Laughing and having normal interactions. I need to keep smiling for my girls. I need to be ok for my girls. That's all I really want! I hope you are doing well.
 

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I am the early bird. Would say up with the sun. But we don't get much of that here. I simply takes things by the day. Today I work on getting through today. Yesterday is gone. No longer important. Tomorrow is not yet here yet. So not important right now. Too early to know how this day will shape up.
 

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I don't expect someone to get on here and reply. I know it gets annoying after a while when a person complains and whines over and over. So, to anyone reading this, don't feel the need to jump on and reassure me. I'm just very down tonight and I guess I just need to get my thoughts down and vent? Today was wonderdul. Lovely time with my kids. Wonderful, sweet gifts. Lot's of laughter. My heart was doing its thing still but not nearly as bad and I managed to ignore it most of the time. I knew I was eventually going to facetime my mom. Didn't really notice but after I got off with her, my heart was pounding and irregular like crazy. I know my mom can be a major trigger for my anxiety. Today I realized just how bad. It calmed down after a bit. I went on with my day. Now, it's almost bedtime and my mind is back to the what ifs and why's. Why has this gone on for 5 days now? How is this ok? Is there something seriously wrong the doctors just didn't catch? Is it serious if it stops for 4 days and starts again? My heart has done this before but never for this long and that is what is really scaring me, I guess. But I'm not dead so there's that. I have to reschedule my doc appointment because I don't have the money until Wednesday. I hope they aren't too angry. And, knowing my mom is such a major trigger, how do I avoid getting triggered? No way I would just not talk to her. She is getting older and time is precious and I would never forgive myself. Just feeling so damn lost.
 

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Lost and wanting to be found. The doctors did not miss anything at all. there can be times we can go all day long. Have a blast. Come the end of the day it can hit us hard again. Just its way of showing us that it still there. Can be frustrating. Not knowing what to do. During the day time you had your kids there. You had things to do. Always a great form of distraction for the mind. Now it is time for bed. Not exactly much distraction to be found at bedtime. Dark, quiet bedroom. The time the mind kicks in full time. probably the worst time for anybody with the type of symptoms you have. Because you can feel alone with them. No idea how to switch off from them. I know, with myself, I have a radio every night. Sleep with it on. That is what I focus on until I slip into dreamland. No idea how practical that is for a mother. As you would be sharing a bed. Can't keep the other person awake. Pair of earphones maybe? Does not have to be the radio. Could be you tube and some form of relaxation music or even a talking relaxation video. Or a good ASMR video. I have always said it is all about finding that one thing that works just for you. To do that we have to try different things out. Keep mental notes of when things are better and when things are worse. What we are doing each time. So we know what we are doing when things are actually good. What we are doing when things are worst. I know it can be hard. If it was too easy everybody would be doing it and nobody would have any problems at all. As for your mother? Limit the time you make calls to her. Tough love. But put yourself first. I know I always do with myself. Try a few different things out. See if anything works for you. Has to be something that will work.
 

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Thank you for dealing with me. I should start paying you :D it really is the silence and darkness. Nothing to distract knowing things will just be worse tomorrow the later I'm up. I usually have a fan going to help me sleep but I think I will try some calming music tonight, per your suggestion. I do need to limit my time with my mom. I love her but texting her isn't near as triggering so I guess it would be the wise choice. This is me analyzing all you said. Navigating. I suppose Enya and I have a date tonight lol did yesterday turn out well for you? I hope you have an excellent day today!
 
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