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Dealing with higher pulse rate. Feeling headache, fatigue, dizzy, weakness and nausea. Any thoughts?

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I have always dealt with a higher than average pulse. As I get older I have notice additional symptoms. My resting heart rate is usually around 100 bmp. I have noticed more headaches, fatigue and dizziness lately. I also get nauseated and dizzy during any kind of exercise or physical work (I get dizzy just doing daily housework). I also seemed to have lower blood pressure. In addition I have noticed more issues with my digestion in the past year or so - lots of cramping, bloating. I have also discover that any type of activity requiring me to have my arms above my head lead to shortness of breath, weakness in my arms and fatigue (such things like blow drying my hair are very hard). I have tried getting help for these symptoms before and have been told I have anemia, Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia, depression, migraines and told I need less stress/more rest. The doctors don't seem to know or think it is all in my head or stress related. Nothing seems to help and my symptoms are getting worse. Any thoughts?
Posted Sun, 2 Sep 2012 in Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 7 hours later

Thanks for posting your query.

Your doctors may be right but still there are elements of doubt going through my head.

As I can clearly see from your description, you have proximal muscle weakness and easy fatigability. Your gut symptoms may not anything more than IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome). However, for your symptoms you should have neurological evaluation to rule out some neuro/myopathies. Also endocrine disorders like thyroid and diabetes need to be ruled out.

Have you done any tests? If so, please revert with reports. You have a feature to upload the reports / image by yourself at the right side of the query page, please utilize that so that I can answer your queries better.

Awaiting your response.

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