After a couple of really great weeks of exercise I stalled out. I had parent/teacher conferences one week, so there was time prepping for that and then after 2 late nights I was exhausted, and then out of town on the weekend. So then it was a week without exercise. Then, just when I was ready to jump back in, I caught another cold that knocked me out for almost another whole week. So then I was ready to go back to exercise class last Monday, but ended up in the emergency room instead.
I was totally fine on Sunday, but woke up Monday morning with weird symptoms. My heart would race really fast and I would get light-headed and have to stop, bend over, breathe, and wait for it to pass. After working all day and going to an after school meeting (the whole time waiting for it "to go away") I tried to go to the late hours walk-in clinic and they were closed so I went to the ER. The doctor there said I have something called PSVT which I'd never heard of. Here's a link to an article instead of me trying to explain it www.hopkinsmedic
They gave me IV meds in the ER and then sent me home with a prescription. I saw my primary doc Tuesday and she basically just confirmed what the ER doctor said. The 25mg dose of Lopressor wasn't controlling the fluttering feeling very well. It was slower, and I wasn't getting light-headed anymore, but I could still really feel it so she doubled it. The EKG in the office showed nothing, but that just figures b/c my heart was on it's best "company behavior" while I was there. I am feeling better, but I can still feel when my heart-rate shoots up at random. Also it seems like even minimal exertion (walking from my car to a building, walking to the bathroom at yesterday's work training, etc) causes a disproportional spike. I have an appointment with a cardiologist on Wednesday, so until then no exercise and I'm trying to take it easy even with basic household stuff. I also have to avoid stimulants so I've had to give up caffeine (I love my coffee) and caffeine withdrawal is a real thing. I don't know how much is stress, how much is adjusting to the medication, and how much is straight up withdrawal but I feel crummy.
I've never had high blood pressure, so taking blood pressure medication bothers me for some reason I can't explain. Plus it doesn't seem like it's working particularly well, my primary doc said it should be completely controlled and it's not. Mostly likely the cardiologist will order a test where I wear a heart rate monitor for a period of time so he/she (I don't even know yet) can determine the best treatment option. I'm pretty scared, but until I have answers there's nothing more I can do.
One concern I have is that the cardiologist is going to take one look at me and tell me it's all my fault because I'm fat and then not take me seriously for the rest of the appointment. I've read horror stories like that and while I haven't experienced it I know that it's not uncommon for a doctor to blame weight for everything else.
If anyone has experience and/or knowledge of this I'd love to hear some advice in the comments.