Hello to all!
First of all let me say Thanks to all of you. Reading this site really helped me a lot in coping with my condition. Thank you.
About my problems.
Last year in July i noticed some weird behavior in my heart. When i was sitting or lying in bed, everything was fine, however, just standing was unbearable, my pulse went up to 110-130 in mere seconds. Sitting will drop it to 65-75 under a minute.
I was scared with this, so, being hospitalized with my gastric problems (what a coincidence), i underwent ECG, Echo and Holter testing. Everything was fine, no problems were found. The doctors said that it was just an anxiety. I was prescribed with antidepressants and was left to myself.
The problem however still remained. I was convinced that my pulse problems were affected with my mind, so for some time it was actually fine, for other it was worse. I finished my antidepressant course, to no result.
During those times i started to feel PVCs (or PACs, can't really tell the difference by myself), and was quickly reassured that they are mostly harmless (as my heart was fine in Echo).
The real problem in my situation is a complete lack of knowledge of anything related to my problem in my country. I was lucky enough to hear from one doctor on a medical forum that my condition looks like POTS. I researched into it, tried drinking a lot of water, and i could say that for some time i was quite relaxed.
In November i tried a new cardiologist. He put me on Holter, and right after that i went to do blood check, were, in the first time in my life, i passed. On Holter there was a pause, 5sec, then another 5sec, then 3 sec. The doctors said that due to a provocative situation (lost consciousness when my blood was taken), those pauses are justified and can be considered harmless.
4 days ago my PVCs have returned. I get them all the day long, the most comes when i'm sitting. They can be just random, sometimes they form in "beat-beat-PVC-beat-beat-PVC" pattern (trigeminy?). One time, when i was lying on my right side, i felt an unusual fast heartbeat, for a few seconds, then it stopped, and after a few minutes again, fast heartbeat for a few seconds. Having read aboun Vtach and other dangerous forms of tachycardia, i'm now scared. Called emergency, they performed ECG, it was fine (to no surprise). In a 3 days i will do Echo again, and will insist on putting me on Holter again. Is it something that i should be worried about?
Another big concern for me is my low resting pulse. When i'm lying in bed, especially before going to sleep, my pulse drops to 45-50 bpm. I feel nothing that would worry me, found it by accident. (feeling tired is all i'm feeling during this). Should i be concerned about it?
Regarding my POTS, i have noticed that i get worst episodes during first half of the day, especially in the mornings. In evenings i could say that my heart is beating as it should have (80-90 when standing). The main problem is that here in Russia no one could diagnose me with this condition, everything i get is anxiety, nerves dysfunction etc.