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Irregular Heart beat and Thyroid Pills

More my story then a Question:  Any Advise please give!
I have been on Synthoyoid for almost 10 years and I am only 33.   I never had any of the normal issues.  All I had was a feeling like I was on a boat and then I started having Panic attacks.  After 8 months of Doctors visits.  My thyroid problem finally got to a point that a doctor found it on a blood test.  With in just a week on the meds I was myself again!   Then this irregular heartbeat started.  It feels like a small rush of air in my chest or like a small wave of blood going the wrong way. Sometimes it's over and over for hours and hours!  I went to a heart doctor who told me I have a valve that leaks back, and that it is so tiny and no big deal.  He stated I am just so aware of my body and feel it.  He thinks my thyroid meds (Synthroid) would not cause it.  
I discovered when my thyroid pill is missed or my levels are off I get them all the time!   I explained my findings to the doctor and we discovered that if I take the pill every other day it stops the irregular heart beats.   It has been great for along time!   With in the last month I went on Vacation and forgot my pills.  Since I have been back I have not been able to stop the irregular heart beat yet!  I just had my blood test a few days ago.  So we will see if the levels are off and that is my current problem.  
It does seem like all Doctors feel like the thyroid pills don't cause this but the more I read about it.... I am not alone.
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I have irregular beats. The cardiologists diagnosed mine as supra ventricular premature beats. I had two diagnosis of the same thing. I was put on 75mg of metoprolol to control them. They are better but not gone. If the irregular beats really bother you maybe you could find out if you can take something to relieve that. It's about relief and peace of mind. Is my life better since i was diagnosed and treated? YES. I feel better. i also take levothyroxine for low thyroid levels. And two other meds for anxiety/depression. Talk about some medications your doctor could give you. Give it a try.
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From reading between the lines of your posts I couldn't help but wonder if you are being adequately tested and medicated.  A good thyroid doctor will treat a hypo patient clinically by testing and adjusting the biologically active thyroid hormones, which are Free T3 and Free T4, as necessary to relieve symptoms, without being constrained by resultant TSH levels.  symptom relief should be all important, not just getting test results anywhere within the ranges.  Have a look at this link.  It is a letter written by a good thyroid doctor who consults with patients from a distance.  The letter is then sent to the PCP of the patient to ehlp guide treatment.  How does the clinical approach compare to how your doctor is testing and treating you?

http://hormonerestoration.com/files/ThyroidPMD.pdf
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i have the same problem. it freaks me out to the point where i think i cause myself to have a panic attack. i have been on synthroid for over a year. starting at 25 then 50 and now 75. my levels just wont even out. i wore a holter monitor for two days to see if there was anything out of the ordinary but the cardiologist said its all good. but i still get the really fast heart beats about 30 times a day but for only about 20 seconds at a time. i don't know if its just me thinking too hard about it or what
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It would be very helpful if you would post your current thyroid levels, with reference ranges, so members can better assess your situation and comment more fully.  

I, too, have "issues" with heart beats.  I get pounding and what my cardiologist calls "flutters".  I do have leaky heart valves, but my cardiologist says they aren't a concern at this point.  I believe my issues are mostly due to anxiety (have a lot going on in my life recently).  
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i too have palps it scares me alot..but..it mostly happens at night..unfortunatley..i really hate it..i see my cardiologist tommorrow..and see whats going on..but i know it has to be menapausal too..because my endo said i have no antibodies..being that im hyperthyroid..and i had radiation almost 3 weeks now..but im hanging in there..it totally ***** to have panic attacks..i wouldnt wish this on my worse enemy..good luck to all..
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I got A Fib from being over medicated on Synthroid.  I am still on it, but now have A Fib as well...no one would listen when I spoke of palpitations, it eventually turned into A Fib in 2004.  It got worse and worse.  I had palpatations and arrythmias started...I went to three Caridiologist before I was able to talk one into giving me an event monitor.  I wore it just at night for about a month.  Where as the normal halter, ekg, treadmill, etc all came back normal, the event monitor showed them I was in A Fib....SO INSIST ON THAT IF IT CONTINUES.  I am still on synthroid and have so much trouble with new refills that are differnt lot numbers.  Everytime that happens my heart palps get worse...and by the way mine is mostly at night when I am asleep.....
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PS....I had RAI in 1989 for Graves disease (heart was fine then) and have been hypo for years...you will have to demand from your physicians tests that you need.  I did.....it made me not liked at first and now everyone is so nice because they were wrong and I knew something else was going on.  It was not panic attact....gosh, it was so physical and it didn't show up until I went on the event monitor.....
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i will ask for the event monitor..it ***** when you have all the doctors hearing you and no one is listening until you get bad off..it really *****..so yesterday i asked for a host of tests..and they listened finally..but i never knew about the event monitor..i will get that asap..
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Good, please let me know.... and for anyone else, if you feel these symptoms and no one can diagnose you, ask for the event monitor.  I found the monitor from Life Watch in Chicago the best for me as it had only two leads on it and was very tiny.  However, you control this yourself when you feel something not right.  I prefer that one, as the automatic ones sometimes will not pick up the irregular heart beats as they are preset at the facility.  This one you just press a button on it and it does the EKG right away.....gosh, mine showed A Fib, Atrial Flutters, pvc, ans svts.  Mostly A fib.  The one I like is called the explorer!!  You just call in every day, and the press the button on your monitor and it picks up the EKG and your events.  I asked the Doctor if they could give me a verbal as well as sending him the EKG...he OKd everything, so I knew every day and also was sent copies from them.  Remember to always get copies of all of your records and keep them in a file.  It helps so much, when you have to go to someone else for consult.  We all have rights as patients (they are getting paid) and most people need to be more aggressive and proactive with their health...
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i went to the cardiologist yesterday..as soon as i read this..and told her some bogus story about ..my endo tellin me to get an event monitor..and she was a little upset..just the fact that i know about this ..is mind bogiling to her..but she told me.. well thats why i prescribed the holtor monitor..and if i see all these palps your having everyday..then we will do the event monitor..just the fact that she knows that i know what im talking about is the best thing in the world..thats why i come here on the site..cause i find soooo much info that i can use and put to use..cause it definitely can help me..i mean just knowing is the best part..but yea she was real shocked when i knew about the event monitor..she said thats for a month..and the holtor is 24 hrs..she said if that picks up anything in which it will..she will get me the event monitor..so im on it..thank you zooe..ill keep you informed..or can i buy this on my own..
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pps..mines mostly happens at night too..
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No, you cannot buy it.  You tell her that those irregular beats do not always show up on the 24 hr halter, and that they do show up on the event monitor.  It will tell you exactly what is going on.  But ask her for the one from Life Watch  in Chicago...they have the Explorer which I think is the best.  It is older, but worked like a charm for me....easy to use at night and also in the day if you want to wear it.  Also, I am allergic to adheasive tape, So I cannot wear the regular leads.  They have other ones that they use if you ask for them.  They are called SOFTEE....and also you can ask of barrier wipes.  All of this keeps you from getting any ittitation from the adheasive....you can tell I have been through it all.....

Again, remember your halter may not pick it up on that particular night, and if it does not ask again for the envent monitor.

Remember, we have to be our own afvocates.....
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Didn't edit the above post for spelling, sorry!!!
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