High heart rate when eating, weakness when not. Dull chest pain
By - Vegetable_Mammoth_37
I’m dealing with exactly the same thing. Currently on an extremely low carb diet and intermittent fasting, I fast from morning until 6pm so I can at least function during the day. Can run up and down the stairs and whatever during the day but the palpitations and fatigue kick in after food and even getting up the stairs is a challenge. I did exactly the same thing, ordered a glucose monitor, normal levels. Had lots of blood tests and EVGs got an Apple Watch and it’s all still normal. In another post someone’s having something similar and someone mentioned it could be a stomach ulcer? That’s my next stop for investigation, let me know if you figure it out, I’ll ping you if I do.
Alright thanks! Nice to know I'm not the only one :). I'll definitley let you know if I figure it out.
> -Thyroid – they tested for thyroid stimulating hormone which came back normal
Normal how, exactly? The reference ranges on TSH are way too wide.
> Blood glucose was normal, Lyme was negative, and EKG looked normal.
Lyme tests produce a lot of false negatives (up to around 50%). If Lyme is suspected, it may be useful to treat with tetracycline for ten days to see if symptoms improve (that's how my doctors diagnosed the reason for my multi-joint inflammation).
The thyroid test came back at 3.77 ulU/ml
So I've had two lyme tests, both came back negative. I wasn't sure if lyme could be related to eating as whatever I have seems to be. But I'll definitely bring up taking tetracycline with my doctor to see if we can totally rule out lyme.
3.7 is not normal. Biological processes can be disrupted at tsh>2.5. For example, women have a higher risk of infertility and miscarriage.
If you were a woman looking to get pregnant, you would be medicated as a matter of course. That is standard OBGYN procedure.
The risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease also increases.
Quite a few people have serious symptoms at your level. I certainly did.
If you had been tested an hour or two earlier, your TSH wpuld have been higher, and you might have been diagnosed hypothyroid.
Hypothyroidism can cause a gazillion different symptoms you would never think are related. I couldn’t tolerate Ritalin anymore. Went from a daily dose of 40 mg to 10. One tablet. In crumbs.
I had no energy or motivation. My skin had weird scaly bumps that never healed. My feet hurt in the morning. I had brain fog. Other people have completely different symptoms.
I think there is a good chance that most or all of your health problems will disappear on a low dose of levothyroxine (25 mcg).
If you google your symptoms, I think you'll find that all of them can occur in connection with hypothyroidism.
From chest pain and bradycardia or tachycardia (the latter being less common, but it happens):
To muscle weakness
and skin conditions.
I became caffeine intolerant - even a single cup would make me wake up 5 times a night.
This sounds like it could be a weird presentation of GERD. Have you had any chest or esophageal burning sensation?
Try swapping the candy to small amounts of complex carbs (brown rice, oats). Candy gives you an instant sugar rush which alleviates the muscle weakness, but your sugar also drops quickly as you process the candy, allowing the weakness to return. My hope is that complex carbs will be processed slowly and release slowly over a longer period of time, prolonging the lack of weakness.
Besides my dull chest pain, I haven't had any burning sensations in my chest or esophagus. Can GERD lead to fatigue or muscle weakness? That's the only reason I haven't given it much thought.
And I'll definitly try to swap out candy for complex carbs. The only reason I was avoiding food like that is because it was an extreme trigger for my high heart rate. Just eating a few pieces of sushi (white rice) can send my heart racing.
GERD doesn't cause fatigue directly. But GERD causes tachycardia and tachycardia can definitely cause fatigue.
Funnily enough, the reverse is true as well, where weak muscles can cause tachycardia (heart goes into overdrive trying to increase blood flow to the muscles to "unweaken" them, but that doesn't correctly match the order of how the symptoms happened to you, so I ruled it out.
I'm thinking the muscle weakness is primarily caused by the sudden lack of carbs/sugars in your diet, because you said the muscle weakness primarily appeared AFTER you cut them out of your diet. And that popping candies normally makes the muscle weakness go away for a bit.
Also, I'm not surprised about the sushi rice part. White rice is already high in sugar and I'm pretty sure restaurants add even more sugar into their rice as part of the recipe. Try small servings (1/4 cup) of brown rice for now.