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I was in Tesco with the family on Wednesday and almost fainted - no warning at all and all over in a few secs. Went to the doc, BP fine, blood tests booked next week. Didn't think it was anything sinister and gave me a number of possible reasons. There was no chest pain, just a sort of rushing feeling - very scary. To help any would be advisors:
I have just turned 50 Overweight - can't exercise as much as I'd like due to hip problem Don't smoke Drink at weekends Have irregular heartbeats (since 1998) - went for ablation but they didn't ablate as they found nothing wrong when pacing the heart Have an excellent job where I am very happy I am anxious however due to other reasons
Needless to say I am very worried - any pointers ( weight I understand) would be welcomed and I just wondered if any one else has suffered from similar?
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just a sort of rushing feeling - very scary.
*********** they found nothing wrong when pacing the heart
*********** I am anxious however due to other reasons
Reasons that make me think outside the box - but remember, I'm a retired pilot, not a doctor.
If all tests fail to find anything, and given your age, you might consider the possibility of having had 'a touch of migraine.'
So many people have a kind of late onset deal, where it's nowhere near as bad, but the symptoms do manifest themselves in strange ways.
Have irregular heartbeats (since 1998)
Well, this may well be a factor, but you're doing all the right things now, however, I swapped with my wife as the family arrhythmia oddity at about 55 years old. Really pronounced miss-firing sometimes.
They went away for more than a year after stress testing. So, what's the deal with your hip. Are you able to have it replaced, with the hope of regaining a level of fitness?
Are you having the 24 hour monitor fitted? I had a GP's test after the funny thing I reported on JB 18 months ago - it was fine, but I started miss-firing the moment he took it off. Has to be long term sample.
LR - many thanks for your response. Yes, due to go back to the OS in June to discuss next steps with my hip but a replacement is on the cards at some point.
I have done all the Halter tests and, like I said, they wanted to do an ablation but after a couple of hours of poking around, they couldn't find anything wrong so didn't ablate. They suggested that the top part of the heart is "sensitive" and various triggers could cause the problem. I have lived with this since 1998 and, although frightening at times, I am so used to it. I was taken OFF beta blockers after this procedure but now back on Propranolol 40mg, one a day - they make me feel pretty odd too!
Doc suggested I carry on as normal as possible but sometimes it is worrying
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I think the thing is not to mark your records too vividly - it may come back to bite you!
A one-off near fainting experience could be caused by a very varied mass of reasons: Infection (low level), iron deficiency, and certainly migraine related issues can all cause that feeling. Nasty, but it just fades into history.
Checking your main hydraulic pump is of course important, but even in the wildest excursions from a regular beat, I've never felt faint, so the arrhythmia in itself might not be an issue. I emphasize might not.
There are other reasons to try to normalize that arrhythmia. I don't know if pacemakers are ever fitted for this alone. I now have several friends who have them. Walk in, local anesthetic, and walk out. Unbelievable compared to the early ones. They feel so much better afterwards.
If you've enjoyed good health for a long while, such an episode will seem alarming, but some people live their whole lives with fainting spells, and they carry on regardless. Clearly, they are not doing a demanding job.
I too have had "problems" with palpitations. They started many(!) years ago in my 50s. More recently (after 65) they became more frequent; quite often everyday and lasting for at least half an hour, rather disturbing to say the least. Doctor said no problem, it happens. I did have a cardiac catheritization test for unrelated symptoms, chest pains after initiation of exercise that would disappear if I kept going. Turns out that some extremely small arteries are constricted, but the rest of the hydraulics are in good shape (thank goodness). So no problems there. So I let it go for a couple of years until it was beginning to get a bit worried by them; they can escalate into panic attacks and even sensations of fainting. Stress test fine. Doc says everything fine. BUT why the palpitations I ask; stress he says (didn't realize the wife was nagging that much). Anyway, quite by accident I noticed that the palpitations were always more frequent if I didn't drink enough water. In addition, if I drank water at the onset of palpitations they would usually (not always) subside within maybe 20 mins. Doc says, yes that is possible. I thought he would think I was nuts if I mentioned it so was a bit surprised by the response. He prescribed beta blockers which so far have completely cured the palpitations. Now, I didn't particularly like some of the side effects and so cut down on the prescribed dosage to half his recommendation. Still some side effects, so cut down to a quarter. The palpitations returned, although very much reduced, so I increased it to 1/3. Result, no side effects and no palpitations. I don't think he was overly impressed with my experimentation but did agree with my findings! All I have to do now is reduce the stress level that I apparently have (not that I've noticed). Maybe need a new wife (or maybe none)?
Ginger, I am not a pilot - I used to run the other side of the cockpit door - get what you mean but again just describing how I felt and what I felt.
LR = yeah you're right, if something happens that hasn't before it is very scary indeed.
Jim - if you do a search myself and several others had a thread going about the heartbeat issue. Beta blockers are weird things - had no issues previously but these are making me feel quite odd, so much so I am going to speak with the doc to ask for an alternative - they have never stopped my irregular beats but, as I mention previously, they have gone the whole hog with me and found nothing wrong "top part of the engine is sensitive"
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HR - it is possible that something etremely simple is at the bottom of this. Were you perhaps a little dehyrated and/or was it very hot in the supermarket? On the odd occasion when it has been freezing outside and I've been dressed for the weather, I have felt sick in the increased warmth inside but feel better once back outside in the cold. Look at all the simple things first and listen to Ginger, he knows what he is talking about and is more up to date with adult medicine and practice than I am.
As has been said, my layman opinion (now that's worth a lot - NOT!) is that it could be a number of things which could include a transient hypoglycemia or hyperglycemic event. E.g. if you'd been drinking alcohol the night before and hadn't yet eaten but you say it occurred on Wednesday and you only drink at the weekend. Who knows? Sounds like monitor and see doc if it happens again. I'd an inverted P wave on my ECG. That triggered off a whole series of tests which found yet another possible defect. In the end it was decided that there was nothing wrong and never had been
Basil, yes happened Wednesday - last alcoholic drink prior to this was Sunday. Yes, have been through so many tests over the years - could be any number of things. I guess as it was something totally unexpected it was even more scary.
Spoke with doc and explained how I was feeling nauseous since I started taking the pills so he suggested I can stop. Took half yesterday and a quarter today. Really weird light headiness going on - ears seem to be pulsating slightly I feel slightly "disconnected" - very odd.
It's difficult to say without knowing all the facts.
A repeat glucose is usually performed for one of several reasons: a) There is a sampling error-ie the nurse didn't label the sample correctly and the lab won't process it. b) You have a raised blood glucose level-in the absence of obvious symptoms (thirst, malaise etc), two readings are required for a diagnosis of diabetes. c) The sample was a "non-fasting" sample-(or rather the doc doesn't know whether the sample was non fasting.)-and is seeking clarification-repeating the test is usually the quickest way of doing this. d) Your result is borderline.
a&c are the usual culprits. b usually leads to a diagnosis of diabetes. More info to follow if this is the case. d is usually followed by a "glucose tolerance test" which invariably leads to the delightful label of "impaired fasting glycaemia/tolerance."-which roughly translates to "lose weight and do more or get diabetes in the future."
Either way, I wouldn't get to hung up, it doesn't sound like you're too ill, keep us posted