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Hi Barefut.....Gareth just got done wearing a heart monitor for 10 days to r/o arrythimia because he said his heart 'hurt' or his carotid artery would be 'thumping' really hard. Haven't heard anything back from the card, so I guess it wasn't anything severe. This really upsets him, but, as usual, I don't get any info from him except that it 'hurts' or it's 'thumping'. Is that how you feel? Someone mentioned awhile ago that esophageal spasms can hurt. Since G's has esoph. dismotility, I figured that is what he is feeling. I so appreciate the info you guys share.......it helps me so much with understanding Gareth.

Take care, Everyone.


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Hi Barefut,

It's my understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong!) that if it is a mild and fleeting thing, it may be nothing to worry about. If it is stronger or recurring, you will need to check with your doctor on it.

Many people have palpitations without any underlying heart disease. Major culprits for that are coffee and stress. See our section: Arrhythmias, Palpitations, and Conduction Disturbances.

Spasms in the esophagus (throat) can also give some interesting feelings, as can any fasciculations (tiny muscle spasms or tics or twitches). Fasciculations are usually harmless and often caused by things such as caffeine, stress, magnesium deficiency or even withdrawal from some medications.

You may want to read up on palpitations and such, and of course, consult your doctor over any new or worsening symptoms (because I'm not a doctor, I have no medical training at all, and I could be wrong, I often am!).

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

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I just had a heart roll five minutes ago or what feels like it. I asked my doctor about it this summer and he didn't seemed concerned. I still think you should ask your doctor. Mine doesn't do it all the time. I go in spurts. Sometimes it feels like my heart drops or even stops at some point. Take Care!


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