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  1. Quote Originally Posted by kenpoengineer View Post
    Electrolytes are the first thing doctor look at for heart issues -flutter. Several older family members had problems involving potassium and sodium imbalances due to medication.
    Gotcha. Apparently hyperkalemia can cause heart failure! And I’m on 2 potassium sparing drugs now. Just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    Any idea what problems specifically or symptoms they had?


  2. Heart palpitations and flutter. Weakness and brain fog.
    May I suggest using this app to track your bloodwork tests:
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by kenpoengineer View Post
    Heart palpitations and flutter. Weakness and brain fog.
    My brain is ok, but I’m a little tired physically and have lower body muscle cramps. Haven’t had the pins and needles in an hour or so, so I’m happy about that. I’m really stuck as to know what to do. Nervous about that “hard to breathe” thing happening again.

    I’m just sure I don’t want to be on this beta blocker and the ARB at the same time.

    On the positive side, the flutters and palpitations I’ve been dealing with for 10 months have not shown up at all today! Libido is coming back and vascularity as well. It’s crazy how sensitive to estrogen I am.

  4. Got some flutters and palpitations eventually. BP was up to 140/76, but during a fun anxiety attack. Easy explanation. And below explains why I’m still having them.
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    That was from 5 days ago. Now the question is what really prevented my e2 from climbing after 3 months no AI. My best guess is still apigenin since it was in the multi and it’s in lemon balm which I frequently used. But I don’t really know.

    The more pressing matter is why my doctor hasn’t gotten back to me regarding this potential electrolyte problem. I’m debating on heading to urgent care or the ER after work, especially if the difficulty breathing thing happens again.

  5. Newest labs.
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    Had it drawn 1 day later than I should’ve so that test number looks good, in my opinion. That’s using 140mg test per week, 15mg DHEA.

    Interesting to note, regular e2 test days 19 but sensitive e2 says 11 drawn within days of each other.
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  6. Pregnenolone is crashed - supplement with pregnenolone 25 mg every day.

    ALT/AST is high. Your liver is being stressed. No alcohol or pain relievers.

    Estradiol is a bit low still.

    Blood donation is recommended in a month or so. MCHC being high is probably from past blood donation.

    BUN is due to high protein diet.

    DHEA can be increased by supplementing with more DHEA.
    May I suggest using this app to track your bloodwork tests:
    myBloodTracker for IPhone and IPad
    https://appsto.re/us/vvMndb.i

  7. I’m throwing out another theory regarding what sent me to the ER and considered calling 911 tonight about.

    Too much magnesium. I’ve only been taking magnesium this past week and it just happened again. Started to get breathing difficulties, freezing hands and legs to the point of shivering, heart racing, and spaced out. I took 1/4 tsp sea salt and it’s calming down slowly.

    No more magnesium huh? I hope this theory is correct, because I’m really tired of this. What clued me into this was somehow ended up reading about hypocalcemia which I have several symptoms, including the pins and needles and lower body cramps that started this weekend. Should I consider supplementing a little calcium or just drink some milk to see if it balances out? Heart is still pounding and a bit out of it still, but warming back up and breathing is getting easier. Weird how salt stops it...

    But, I could be wrong as well. I just know I won’t be using magnesium anymore.

  8. Hope you get better man your going through a rough time. May I ask have you had a bad cut or a bite the past couple of months.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by patrick25 View Post
    Hope you get better man your going through a rough time. May I ask have you had a bad cut or a bite the past couple of months.
    Cut my thumb with my knife pretty deep but got a tentanus shot a few hours after about 4 months ago. Are you thinking tetanus or something else?

  10. Was the knife in your house

  11. Holy mackerel. I sure hope you figure this out.
    May I suggest using this app to track your bloodwork tests:
    myBloodTracker for IPhone and IPad
    https://appsto.re/us/vvMndb.i

  12. Quote Originally Posted by patrick25 View Post
    Was the knife in your house
    Work utility knife.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by kenpoengineer View Post
    Holy mackerel. I sure hope you figure this out.
    Me too. Getting tired of this!

  14. Your symptoms to me look like a possible bacterial infection. There are a number of bacteria that can cause these symptoms. Staph. Tetanus etc. I know they gave you a shot for that but maybe blood work checking for things like that.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by patrick25 View Post
    Your symptoms to me look like a possible bacterial infection. There are a number of bacteria that can cause these symptoms. Staph. Tetanus etc. I know they gave you a shot for that but maybe blood work checking for things like that.
    Maybe, but the symptoms do follow taking the magnesium and get better when taking sea salt. I’ll definitely keep it in mind and ask about it. If it was infection, I just don’t think I’d feel so normal around bed time and when I wake up, right? Then there’s definitely periods of the day without any symptoms and plenty of energy. Also, that dose of magnesium last night also made me feel totally out of it, like I had taken a drug.
    I was tested for Lyme on this last lab work which I’m waiting on.

  16. Ended up going to ER again with difficulty breathing but of course they found nothing wrong. This was after eating breakfast (no magnesium today), and after discharge ate dinner and again, “bronchospasm or Laryngospasm.” Those diagnoses I’m putting together after reading a bunch but it is definitely correlated with eating. Guess I should start the Prilosec and see if it helps that?

    Magnesium and electrolyte levels were normal, so I was wrong about that. GERD can cause Laryngospasm. But bisoprolol can cause bronchospasm so I really need to stop taking that. That could also be accounting for the pins and needles and leg cramps.

    I pick up my 30 day heart monitor tomorrow, and afterwards I’m going to donate. My hemoglobin is now 18.7! Hematocrit is still 50 though, oddly.

    Also starting to wonder if I just do not tolerate Dessicated thyroid meds and need to switch back to synthroid. My pulse and blood pressure go up about an hour after I take it (I think, still piecing together) and calms down 12 hours later. My doctor doesn’t think that’s the problem because I haven’t had issues since the switch that we’re different from before. But, I’m not taking any supplements for anxiety anymore, particularly lemon balm which can treat hyperthyroidism. Other symptoms that may pertain to this are sweaty hands, flushing of hands and face, and of course anxiety and nervousness.
  17. Confusing Symptoms/Side Effects


    Food allergy of some sort? Is someone in the house making food for you that might be trying some new ingredients? Ice tainted with bacteria?
    May I suggest using this app to track your bloodwork tests:
    myBloodTracker for IPhone and IPad
    https://appsto.re/us/vvMndb.i

  18. Have you ever done a DNA health test.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by patrick25 View Post
    Have you ever done a DNA health test.
    No, like a mthfr test or something?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenpoengineer View Post
    Food allergy of some sort? Is someone in the house making food for you that might be trying some new ingredients? Ice tainted with bacteria?
    Well, I make all the food in our home and our diets are pretty consistent. The bacteria thought is interesting though.

    I just asked my doctor about switching back to synthroid at least for now to see if that effects the blood pressure and flushing.

    Can’t donate today. Red Cross is closed again due to weather. Definitely will tomorrow.

  20. Update: Doctor agreed and said switch back to levothyroxine (Synthroid). She also gave me a script for Clonidine to switch to instead of bisoprolol. Thank God (seriously).

    My current palpitations situation is absolutely by the clock. Starts an hour or 2 after waking and I have it until about 6 pm and worsens when I eat. I’ve also noticed that my pulse and blood pressure are extremely “reactive” to activity, whether it just be standing up or walking around or whatever. Pulse will jump 30 points. When I’m walking on the treadmill for my warm up at the gym, my pulse will be 120. Has to be thyroid related right? Along with the flushing and randomly warm moist hands. Praying for a miracle here. I’m so tired of all this.

  21. Thats one thing that is frustrating with doctors they test for one thing at a time and now you have major bills that will come from that. I recently went to the gp all he did was talk about college football. Then says I'll send you to a specialist. Thanks

  22. Quote Originally Posted by patrick25 View Post
    Thats one thing that is frustrating with doctors they test for one thing at a time and now you have major bills that will come from that. I recently went to the gp all he did was talk about college football. Then says I'll send you to a specialist. Thanks
    With all the junk I have going on, I don’t mind seeing a bunch of specialists.

    I’m donating blood right now. Hemoglobin up to 19! I’m hoping this takes away the shortness of breath and dizziness and brings down my blood pressure.

    Today is day 1 on synthroid, and still took 1.25mg bisoprolol because I was told not to change 2 things at one time. I already feel a significant difference. I don’t feel all wound up and actually feel a little relaxed.

  23. Anyone know how much hemoglobin drops after blood donation?

  24. Quote Originally Posted by GreenMachineX View Post
    Anyone know how much hemoglobin drops after blood donation?
    Hematocrit drops about 3 % per donated unit of whole blood.
    May I suggest using this app to track your bloodwork tests:
    myBloodTracker for IPhone and IPad
    https://appsto.re/us/vvMndb.i

  25. Quote Originally Posted by kenpoengineer View Post
    Hematocrit drops about 3 % per donated unit of whole blood.
    With a hemoglobin of 19 and a hematocrit of 50, think I need to try to get a prescription phlebotomy ASAP?

    Obviously reducing my testosterone dose and even switching to levothyroxine because I know the dose that works, as I’ve read too much thyroid hormone can increase hemoglobin as well. Just don’t know if I should try to get more blood out before the balance takes effect.
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