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Hi. I have been experiencing these symptoms since mid-November 2007, does anyone have any idea what is the cause? Syptoms: irregular heartbeat, really fast, then slow and skipping beats, lightheadedness, couple of fainting spells, short of breath, extreme weakness (can't lift my one-year-old), hard to talk. I get expisodes of this, unrelated to anything I can identify. Additionally, I have had sharp, severe pelvic pains, odd food cravings, frequent urination, but I am not sure they are related...since they occur at different times. I had an EKG, TEE, and halter monitor. Monitor revealed extra beats, TEE was fine. Any help would be great. I care for a child by myself and need to solve this as soon as possible.

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don't worry my dear.................this is the symptom of bradycardia (low heart beat)...........measure your heartbeat and fix it up,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Holter test is a perfect test for detecting bradycardia
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Slow heartbeats can be caused by hypothyroidism. This is often caused by adrenal insufficiency or exhaustion because the thyroid needs chemicals produced by the adrenal glands. When this is the case the thyroid will show up normal in tests because the thyroxine level is normal but it can't do its job properly without progesterone and cortisol which are produced by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is also produced by the ovaries but progesterone is needed to manufacture cortisol and the progesterone produced by the ovaries alone will not be enough to meet the body's needs if the adrenals are not producing enough or if the body requires more cortisol than average on a chronic basis due to physical or mental stress or physical illness. The demands of childbirth can certainly take a lot out of the system and you will have experienced a drop in the high levels of progesterone created by the pregnancy. If you have had any infections or illnesses shortly after giving birth this could have affected the immune system causing further demands on the adrenals. Do you crave salt? Salt helps when the adrenals are low. So does licorice which boosts aldosterone. Feeling faint can be caused by the lack of oxygen from a irregular heartbeat but low blood pressure can also cause faintness. Low thyroid and/or low adrenal function are associated with low blood pressure and low heart rate. Low adrenal function and low blood pressure can also cause weakness. The thyroid gland and the adrenals are thought to be involved in the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. Re the pelvis CFS can cause trapped wind and diarrhoea. Drops in progesterone just before the period exacerbates this as progesterone is a natural anti-spasmodic. It can also occur at times of the month when the oestrogen levels are high relative to progesterone such as the 2nd week of the cycle approaching ovulation and again about a week after ovulation the progesterone ratio lowers slightly to allow implantation so you may notice more gut problems then or slight period-like aches. (In some people's cases, usually if they are older, chest pains may occur on the same days as there is more spasmodicity of the colon because when the arteries are narrower to begin with, the hormone-induced spasms will be enough to restrict blood flow.) Frequent urination is associated with low adrenal function. Also, trapped wind can put pressure on the bladder. Quite often the need will be urgent but there won't be that much urine when you go. Once the bowels move or you manage to pass a lot of wind it often relieves the need for frequent urination. If you have IBS that could also be linked to your other problems because two thirds of the immune system is in the gut and there is a link between the immune system and the adrenal glands. If your adrenals are exhausted either because of an existing chronic low-grade infection or the immune system's chronic reaction to a past infection it won't produce enough of the chemicals the body needs. This will also inhibit digestion, causing food that has not been broken down properly to pass into the digestive tract, causing more fermentation and gas. Lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach means that more bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi and even parasites can pass into the intestine overwhelming the gut's immune cells with the amount of work they have to do. Useful gut bacteria will diminish due to competition from the harmful bacteria causing further fermentation. More toxins will pass into the bloodstream causing fatigue and nutrients will be less well-absorbed from food that isn't broken down properly and nutritional deficiencies can also cause food cravings. Salt and acidic foods and fizzy drinks are often craved when there is a lack of hydrochloric acid. The craving of salt is also associated with low thyroid, low adrenal function and diabetes. Acting upon a salt craving is a form of unconscious self-medication when a sufferer of one of those conditions has not been diagnosed. Salt is also an electrolyte: it helps transport electrical signals and lack of can cause heart arrhythmias because the heart muscle needs the appropriate electrical signals. Taking salt can reduce spasmodicity of the gut too. Not to mention it also helps absorption of food as it draws the nutrients through the intestinal wall by a process of osmosis. But you should check your blood pressure before increasing the salt in your diet. You should get your adrenals and thyroid checked out. If nothing shows up and you don't have high blood pressure, taking more salt in your diet might help. Progestogenic herbs like agnus castus or dong quai can help stop cramps and give more energy. Taking licorice can help too, as long as you don't have high blood pressure.

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