jen what kind of heart things..
-Irregular heartbeat which so far never happens around a physician. Probably benign, since they say these things usually are. Comes and goes. But has spiraled upward in terms of frequency and duration of symptoms since I first experienced it 9 years ago my first pg. Not associated with other symptoms (ie no shortness of breath or lightheadedness or anything).
-The thing where you fall asleep and wake up shortly thereafter with your heart pounding, thoughts of death ("impending doom") and an urgent need to pee. (even though you just went to the bathroom before bed, and this is just a few minutes later).
-The thing where if you lay on your left side the sensation of your heart pounding into the bed is just plain annoying. (No problem if sleep on right side.)
-Chest pains w/ intense exercise (running) that are probably soft tissue. Normal EKG after that one happened. So I don't really count this one, but kind of have it in the back of my head just in case.
FYI I'm my healthy weight, moderately active (it varies, but I'm a housewife, so at a minimum, I'm moving around doing housework, gardening, etc.), eat respectably, cholesterol & triglycerides and blood sugar are normal to better-than-normal.
History of heart problems in the family mostly only among people with lifestyle issues. My dad has a benign heart murmur or something though, I don't know what. (He is early sixties, very fit). Hmn, though thinking of it, his uncle did drop dead of heart thing in his mid-60's-70's, and he was a healthy fit guy.
Anyway, there you go. I know my heart isn't quite right, but don't really know that it has a problem. (kind of like: I'm nearsighted. No big deal, corrects with glasses. It can be not quite right without being a problem.) I'm just kind of watching to see what happens.
And yeah, I'll take suggestions. I'm sure you've got something to tell me Wink.
hmm when you mention lifestyle issues, do you mean high stress? or bad diet?
i've heard that the heart doesn't have to work as hard when you lie on your right side... in your case it definitely sounds like your heart is having a time of it when it's "on the bottom"
i'm curious if you are on any special diet, ms or otherwise, whether you consume much caffeine in a day, and if you have a supplement regimen in place?
pregnancy, among other things, demands lots of nutrients, and with heart palpitations my magnesium alarm goes off... any possibility this is relevant in your case? my brother used to get palpitations and facial tics also, during his busy season at work (high stress from mega clients and drain from excess coffee). in the last year or two, cutting back on the coffee and taking magnesium (i think he takes a multimineral now actually) does the trick for his heart and tics. i have experienced them in the past, but not in a very long time.