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    Hi all,

    I wanted to run this by everyone to see if anyone has had this experience. For the last 6 or so weeks, I have this fluttering feeling deep in my chest. It almost feels like it's my heart, but at times I've wondered if it's my lower esophagus. If I could describe it best, it almost feels like a muscle twitch but deep inside instead of near the skin. It doesn't hurt, and it doesn't really scare me although there are times that it gets more intense than other times and it definitely has my attention.

    Has anyone ever had anything like this? I'm trying to figure out if it is my heart or not, and something tells me that it probably has to do with gerd, or nerd -- whatever I am dealing with.

    Thanks,

    Kate

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    Hi Kate,

    I too get those flutters. Since I have had the fundo they seem to be there more often. (I don't know why) I seem to be getting more little ones now and more often. I do suffer from esophageal spasms. I have just put a post on about them myself. I am absolutely sick to death of them they make me anxious. I get a little lightheaded with them and they take my breathe away at times. I have had a thallium test and that came back positive for my heart. When I questioned what the problem was they told me it was a false positive result. (didn't do much for the anxiety). Sometimes when I get them they happen anywhere from my breast bone to my throat.


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    Hi Kate

    I just remembered something. My post was under Nissen procedures. It might pay to have a look at that about the flutters, cause I am wondering whether they maybe related to excess gas. Because I have had them so often after the procedure the only thing that has changed is the fact that I am still full of gas. I wonder is it them causing the flutters.


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    Hi Shelley,

    I haven't had the Nissen fundo, and I have the flutters. This past gerd episode started a little over 2 months ago and the flutters started soon thereafter. I've often thought it was my heart [which of course is scary] but at times I have thought it had something to do with the esohagus. In any event, at this point I guess I'm going to head off to my internist and have my heart checked. It's just one thing after another with this gerd stuff. I'm getting sick of doctors and tests.

    Hope we get to the bottom of this. By the way, has the fundo cured your gerd?

    Kate

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    Hello Kate,
    I posted a thread concerning flutters a while back. These sound similar to what you have, check out the link.

    [url]http://forums.heartburn-help.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1555[/url]

    Anyhow, the outcome of this is that I had stress tests on my heart and they were all negative. I am still awaiting an endoscopy, but it was more important to get the heart checked. From what you say it does not sound like a heart related problem, but it would need checking. It is not easy to describe the sensation, but similar to going over a dip in a car. It normally occurs in the centre of the chest , just slightly to the left, but can move. More classic symptoms of heart disorder are chest pains after exercise, which can radiate to a number of areas.
    Looking at some of your posts , you are obviously concerned about it, and I found myself lying in bed concerned about the slightest twitch or sensation at times, which of cause leads to anxiety, amd makes the situation worse. It wasn't that it caused any real pain, which the worry of what it is. Without knowing any of your details, I assume you have made adjustments to your diet and avoid the things that don't help the situation. A doctor should be able to quickly establish if it is heart related.
    Hope this helps

    Steve

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    Thank you, Steve.

    Your post was very helpful. I do find it to be in the center, a bit to the left - near the heart - which is why it was my first thought. I will have the stress test, etc. to check it out. But as time goes on, I feel it must be gerd-related somehow because of the timing of it. I am on a gerd-free diet, and take Nexium.

    Thank you.

    Kate

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    Hi Kate

    I went to my GP today and he seems to think it is the vagus nerve. I have to see my surgeon on Thursday so I will see what he has to say.


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    Shelley,

    If it is the vagus nerve, what can be done about it?

    Kate

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    Hi Kate,

    I don't really know if anything can be done for it at all. Today I was bending over and it happened on two occasions when bending. That sort of makes sense to me that it is the vagus nerve because it sounds like the acid comes up while bending and hits the nerve which causes the flutter. Bad posture also contributes to the flutters as well I think.


    Shelley

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    Shelley,

    I've been fluttering a lot today and I don't really notice that I'm doing any different when it happens. The only time today that I noticed was when I lied down on my left side. I realy felt it then, but then I feel it lots of other times, sitting, standing ... it doesn't seem to matter. It's a bit scary, especially since it "feels" like it's in my heart area.

    Well, having it checked tomorrow.

    Kate

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    Kate,

    Let me know what the Dr. says. I have really been taking notice of it lately and I think it is when a ball of gas is coming up the esophagus and it hits the vagus nerve. Sometimes I get the feeling it is near my heart then I feel it in my throat. Today it happened when I bent over which sort of explains the gas theory.

    I have to see my surgeon on Thursday and I am booked in for a holter monitor on Monday.

    Let me know what your Dr. says.

    P.S. try to see if they happen not long after eating.

    Shelley.

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    I've had this happen also. It is not a predominant feature of my GERD but it definitely happens. For a long time I thought it was heart-related (skipped beats, etc)., but I can really pinpoint it down to probably having air or some irritation in the esophagus
    Christine

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    Hi Kate,

    Seen my surgeon today and he wants me to continue with the holter monitor to rule out arrythmia first. He then said that if that is ok he will then take time to look at my esophagus. So I am booked in for the monitor on Monday so I will see what the results of that is.


    Shelley

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    Hi,

    Good luck with the halter monitor. I wore that once and it was cumbersome, but no big deal.

    My doc wants to do a nuclear stress test, but he basically thinks I'm just having flutters and it's no big deal. I had an echo done yesterday and everything looked okay. Lucky for me, my internist just happens to be a cardiologist, so he has all of the equipment right there in his office.

    Now that I'm thinking about it, I haven't had a flutter in a couple of days. Interesting ...

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    Kate

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    Flutters of the heart and what it can and might be .

    I as well have flutters of the heart . I read all your threads. May i suggest a few things for you all. Or get you all some advice. I know my name has shown up on alot of these threads. with advice and what it can be and what to do , and what it can be. That is only becase . How can i make this short and sweet . hmm. ok well . I just know alot about the medical field and have degrees in rn , lpn, cna, nursing. and as well . I been threw all the doctors runarounds and all that wonderful we love to hear from them . Only if some doctors or even specilasts had some compassion it would be nice. Don't you all agree? Nothing is ever big. or traumatic for them.Because it is not happening to them . So it is not as serious to them. what we are feeling, and experiencing. I Am not by far bad mouthing doctors, or specialists , but some out there we all know. we have spent money, and got no answers , or had our insurance companies pay them for no answer or reason . Or we got nowhere and still suffer . There are doctors out there who are heartfelt and compassinate , same as specialists. anyways. It can either be anxiety causing fluttering of the heart it can do that . I am know that for a fact. Anxiety is no joke and it can make you feel like your dying . Especially when you feel you heart race , or flutter , or skip beats , or stop for a few secs. Pretty scary stuff i know . I have experienced it and go threw it as well. 5 reasons . why fluttering can occur. been there and have it for 2 yrs now. . on your threads like this can happen . 1. GERD . 2 . SINUS TACHYARDIA. which you should have a stress test done and and a haltertest where you where it on your body and you press the button when it flutters or skips, or races, or when you feel u should. they hook u up to it . It goes on your all over your chest those wires with teh white tabs and they stay there . it stays on you for 24 hrs. Then you take it to your cardo (heart dr) or primary and they see the recordings. have an ultrasound of the heart .. 3 . ANXIETY. ask your dr or therapist or get one or pysch to give you meds , to calm you down . 4. THYROID ( Hyperthyrodism. which can cause it to act up and do it . which u will need a endocrine dr for. or reg primary to see and run tests, blood tests that is for your TSH , T3, T4 Levels . so my advice is call up your gastro , endocrine , cardo, or pysch. best way to find out . There is hope!!! there are pills called inderal for fast irregaular heart rhythem or beats , or flutters.. hope i was some use .. get well all .. take care .. feel free to e-mail me if you just want a person to pen pal with or talk to , or to ask me questions. I will do my best to help you I Promise

    - Serenity

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