Here is the situation: I started a job and had to get a TB test and drug test (blood work, etc.)
The blood test came back that I had low antibodies for MMR so they gave me an MMR booster in March 2012.
April 2012 prescribed Atenolol for Migraine preventative
Never really took it until May/June 2012
25MG at night
I will say that I took it kind of half-assed. I had no idea how serious this type of drug was.
July 4 2012 had upper respiratory infection. Took Z-Pak
July 20 2012 Stopped taking Atenolol because I was feeling weird and was expecting to travel. (nobody told me not to stop taking Atenolol cold turkey. And I obviously didn't read the paperwork that came with it).
July 27 2012 in ER due to massive dizziness/vertigo/heart palpitations/feeling like i was going to pass out/nausea
Ever since then I have been suffering with horrible off balance feeling, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, high heart rate and bouncing up and down blood pressure. I can not stand and talk to people without feeling off balance. I have weird visual *sparkles* like you get before you pass out.
It is all very strange. I am not sure if it was the TB test, MMR vaccine, or the half-assed Atelolol usage mixed with an abrupt stop.
I truly thing one of these or a combo of these messed my heart up and it is not going back to normal.
Please see the data and graph below for more info.
I should also add that drinking even the littlest bit of caffeine and standard housework type stuff causes my symptoms to worsen. Basically anything that elevates my heart rate causes me to feel unwell and extremely fatigued.
Have you mentioned your symptoms to your doctor? A number of things could cause your symptoms and seeing a dr who can run appropriate tests would be a good starting point. I dont see anything too worrisome w/ your BP measurement. What is your BP like when you see the "sparkles"?
The Zpack has been linked to some heart issues -- you might want to explore that. Also, is it contraindicated with the Atenolol? I am on Norpace and cannot take any antibiotic that ends in "mycin." (I believe Zpack is Erythomycin). There was a post on here of a woman who took Norpace and an antibiotic and ended up in ICU. I can't remember if she had continuing problems or not. I would definitely run this past your doctor and maybe your pharmacist. Good luck.
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