I am an 19 year old female. Lately I've been feeling tired even when I get a lot of sleep. And more recently my heart has been acting strange. Sometimes I feel like my chest/heart is flutterly, and I feel like my hands are sort of shaking, but when I hold them out to see, they aren't. My heart will also sometimes beat really hard, like I just feel it in my chest beating hard, especially when I lay down. My left arm feels kind of funny, like numb or tingly--this doesn't happen that often though. My heart BPM throughout the day will be anywhere from 75-100. Three or four weeks ago the doctor gave me an albuterol sulfate inhaler to deal with chest tightness (most likely triggered by stress). She had me take it 2x/day for a week and now just whenever I feel I need it. I use it now maybe once a week.
Tonight my heart is beating really hard and my left arm feels that funny sensation. I can't sleep even though I'm tired.
Any ideas of what the problem could be? I don't want to go to a doctor if it's something silly, ya know?
Albuterol can cause your heart to speed up after your take it which can cause some of the symptoms you are feeling if this is happening after you have a treatment. If not associated with the albuterol, there is a couple possible causes. In most cases, palpitations in young people are due to extra heart beats like premature ventricular or atrial contractions which are generally benign and just variations of normal. Alternatively, some people can have episodes of arrhythmias where there heart races. If this was the case, it may be something that needs to be treated. If your heart rate is not fast during your symptoms, it is most likely benign, though I would recommend that you discuss this with your doctor. If you are concerned, they could fit you with a temporary monitor to ensure that there is no abnormality. I would also try to avoid stimulants like caffeine, etc as they can make symptoms worse. I hope this helps.
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