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Numbness in left arm, heavy feeling in legs, heart beat is irregular. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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29 year old ,F. Numbness / weakness in left arm. Heavy feeling in legs. Heart beat is irregular.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
User :   Hello
Doctor :   please describe your symptoms in detail
User :   Heart beats fast for a few minutes, then normal. Some beats about every minute or so feel Like they are coming out of my chest. Weak left arm, feet have been turning blue every now and again for the past month
Doctor :   please provide your location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness if any.
User :   I do drink more than I should ( binge) and take adderall because I go to school for MBA and work full time
Doctor :   since when are you having these symptoms?
User :   Florida, I'm 5'4, 118 lbs work in sales
User :   Feet blue : past 2 mo heart: irregular / rapid heart beats 1x a wk. Thought it was stress/ anxiety
Doctor :   when was your last health checkup?
User :   I went for a physical w/ full labs last mo. BP was 115/82
User :   Lab work normal
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what other symptoms do you have?
User :   I felt a little numbness on my left side ( back) but it could be because I'm laying down. Pulse rate is around 62
Doctor :   ok. is there any breathing difficulty?
Doctor :   is there any chest discomfort present?
User :   No but I am focused on it so sometimes I catch myself holding my breath
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   i would recommend you to get an examination done, along with an ECG
Doctor :   to see what abnormality is happening to the pattern of heartbeat
Doctor :   and if any underlying problem is there
User :   No chest pain but pressure in my left arm at various points
Doctor :   does this pressure sensation come in the chest also after getting the irregular heart beat?
User :   When I pit my hand on my chest I will feel one or two beats as if they were jumping out of my chest
Doctor :   does this pressure sensation radiate towards the jaw?
User :   Yes
User :   Yes
Doctor :   do you have fainting sensation or dizziness?
User :   Yes I thought I was fainting earlier
Doctor :   do you feel weak after the episodes?
User :   Yes and now I'm nervous so I'm sweating
Doctor :   the symptoms described by you suggest 'arrhythmia' in the heart
Doctor :   which could be made worse due to anxiety
Doctor :   report to your PCP at the earliset and discuss these symptoms in detail
User :   It's like under my chin on the left
Doctor :   you might require ECG and other special tests to arrive to the cause for your arrhythmias.
Doctor :   these special tests might include: Electrocardiogram, Holter monitor, Event Monitor, Stress Test, Echocardiogram, Cardiac catheterization, Electrophysiology study (EPS), Head-up tilt table test
User :   Do u think I'll be ok until tomorrow? I'm a cardiovascular sales rep and can prob get to a cardiologist first thing in the am
Doctor :   ok, if that is the case, then try and relax yourself
Doctor :   you should be fine til morning
Doctor :   but if teh chest pain/discomfort increases, or if you feel worse, then do not hesitate to go to ER
User :   Can anxiety make these symptoms worse? Also what about the alcohol and adderall?
Doctor :   get a thorough check done by the cardiologist
Doctor :   and discuss all your symptoms in detail with him
Doctor :   the causes for arrhythmia can be many: likeCoronary artery disease, Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium), Changes in your heart muscle, Injury from a heart attack, Healing process after heart surgery.
Doctor :   the further investigations will help in getting to the root cause
Doctor :   and start treatment early if any cause is found
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   Ok. Yes. I am going tomorrow. I was just worried I would be ok until then . Thanks
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   No. thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please chat with our doctors 24/7 for medical queries. Please refer your friends to our service.
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