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palpitatons and insomnia - anxiety or something else

Postby endoftheworld » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:44 pm

I’m 35 and for the last year almost now I’ve had issues with middle of the night insomnia, as it’s called. So that is, I’m fine drifting off to sleep but then would wake up at random times in the early morning, anywhere between 1:30am to 3/4am with a standard bed time of around 11:30 – 12:30 (occasionally later than this). And when I wake up, I am wide awake and just cannot go back to sleep. However sometimes I can go back to sleep and do and so I do manage to still get around 5-6-7 hours of sleep in total despite the interruption. Other days though I can get at least 6.5 – 8. So maybe I don’t have true chronic, severe insomnia but it’s still disturbing enough to bother me.
So it’s been erratic. Infact I thought that this issue was over as for the last few months I’ve been sleeping a lot better and had far less moments where I’ve woken up.

Recently though, I have started to get some palpitations. I got a few bouts in July, August and last month but were very fleeting and didn’t really notice it a great deal as it was more of a fluttery feeling and the occasional loud beating heart at night time. However, the last 4 days I’ve been getting them more. Again this is intermittent but it’s sometimes accompanied by this very strange, jumpy, edgy, nervy feeling. It’s hard to describe. Sometimes I get it as I’m moving from one position, going up the stairs, it feels like a surge of nervous energy running through me. I guess you could call it a mini panic attack but I can feel this faint pulse/beating sometimes in my chest, other times elsewhere in the body but this never hurts or anything, it’s merely the sensation. I had something similar but possibly more severe when I was 17 years old after a close relative had died. I remember palpitations were at its worst here but eventually they calmed down. I had all the tests then at 17 – echo, ECG and heart monitor tape – all came back normal. So that was 17/18 years ago now.

I’ve had episodes of them since then but this is the most sustained period right now. I guess I’ve had a few things happen in the last month or so like a close friend getting married which I guess stressed me out because I’m stressed about my own singleness, having to cut ties for good with a long term friend and I suppose just worrying about this makes things even worse.

I don’t have any other real accompanying symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache etc. apart from of course this insomnia which has been on and off as I mentioned. Pulse rate is normal and regular – 72 at resting, 66 perhaps during night time before bed and in the morning and this is also during one of these moments where I feel I’m having slight palpitations…which doesn’t make sense as I thought palpitations are due to a racing heart but my PULSE RATE IS NORMAL…
I’m guessing that’s a good thing right? Also I have no issues when I exercise, like I’ve done a few jogs and sprints and I’m fine although yesterday when I played tennis I did feel the palpitations getting more pronounced but again no other symptoms.

Has anyone had something similar?
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Re: palpitatons and insomnia - anxiety or something else

Postby realityhere » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:28 pm

When was the last time you've had a checkup with a doctor? One possible cause of palpitations for a normal heart could be a malfunctioning thyroid. I had the same problem of palpitations, mostly at night, that sometimes kept me awake. Other tests proved normal results. My doctor ordered a thyroid test, taken from drawn blood, and found that I had a low functioning thyroid. The thyroid controls some functions of the body, and the heartbeat is one of them. Doctor prescribed medication and that took care of the palpitation problem.

So, if your doctor didn't order a thyroid test, ask for one. A lot of doctors overlook this possibility.

As for the insomnia problem, I found that an established habit of refraining from TV, computers, ebooks and smartphones about an hour before retiring (something to do with the blue light emanating from these electronic devices affect your brainwaves) and going to bed at a certain hour every night helped to reduce the insomnia. Just a suggestion.
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Re: palpitatons and insomnia - anxiety or something else

Postby Wally58 » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:33 pm

Symptoms may vary. Don't rely on the published 'common' symptoms or try to diagnose this yourself. I've dealt with anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and depression myself.
If you haven't already, I would make an appointment for blood chemistry/endocrine level tests and a complete physical with your primary physician.
Discussing this with your doctor would be a good place to start.
Best of luck to you. :D
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