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I just used Milk of Magnesia again for the 3rd time in 2 weeks. I have been having extreme, horrific constipation lately... despite more exercise than usual, replacing wheat cereals with quinoa, and reducing caffeine consumption. These are all things that supposedly should help relieve constipation.. however I can honestly say, I've rarely had such a hard time with bowel movements. I've had easier times going when I was not exercising and when I was eating wheat at every meal. I just don't get it.So tonight, thinking that the Milk of Magnesia would work, I was disappointed to see it only help about half as usual. I knew I had much more to come out, and decided to slowly flex the muscles down there, over and over again--like I've done before in the past--and help it come out slowly. This is different from straining in that I just push for 1-2 seconds, stop, and then repeat again. But usually Milk of Magnesia works so well, I don't have to do this. However, MOM isn't working well with me nowadays.. as mentioned in prior posts, I get this feeling of cloggage in my left abdomen, and when I push, that whole area just spasms and quivers.. like there's something there preventing further movement. It's a brick wall.Here's where it begins for those who can't read the backstory: Eventually after so many "light pushes" but still no more bowel movements, I felt a dull pain in the heart area (left side of my chest.) I then realized I was feeling an alarming lightheaded/numbing sensation all over my body. Then I realized I had mild shortness of breath. It was at that point I put my hand to my chest and felt my heart pumping WELL OVER 100 BPM. My typical resting pulse rate is usually 90 BPM, which some people think is too high, and I do too, but there you have it. Anyhow this was tachychardia... I know, I've had it before. But getting it from a bowel movement? Never had that before!I'm 28/male with no diagnosed health problems. I just went to the doctor 3 months ago about tachychardia I developed sometimes late at night or early in the morning. He took my EKG and it looked fine to him, checked my pulse and BP, all was normal... except pulse rate was 105 when he checked it. But the same day I saw his nurse who found my pulse rate to be 89. So maybe the 105 was White Coat Syndrome. Anyway then he ordered a battery of blood tests.. result? All normal.What do you guys think? Is tachychardia normal when one is trying too long for a bowel movement (I must have spent a total of 2 hours on the toilet tonight, on 2 different occasions, waiting for the damn MOM to work.) ?Should I report this to my doctor? I've been to him for tachychardia before, like I said. He felt it was anxiety-related, which has some truth to it as I do have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. however I would think getting tachychardia during a bowel movement is physiological. But does tachychardia happen to normal people when they "try" too hard to defecate?
 

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I think pretty much any and all things can trigger tachycardia.My main trigger is "fixin' to do something". Doesn't happen after I start doing something, but during that moment when I decide I am going to do something and the body prepares for me to stand up, but I haven't actually stood up yet.Having a BM (no straining at all) or straining for awhile, or abdominal pain/discomfort all can trigger the vagus nerve which is part of what controls heart rate and blood pressure. Since what the gut is doing can effect the nerve that controls a lot of other things it isn't unbelievable it can be a trigger. People with vasovagal syncope (fainting) often find BM's of any kind can be a trigger.Now if you start getting any anxiety after you strain for awhile, that by itself can trigger tachycardia.Over 100 is pretty mild tachycardia. Mine always rockets to about 240 or higher (they can't really count it accurately when it is like that).
 

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I agree with Kathleen.
I've had easier times going when I was not exercising and when I was eating wheat at every meal. I just don't get it.
Then I would go back to eating wheat as not eating it seems to make your symptoms worse. We are all different and what is reported to work for some people simple doesn't work for other people or can (as you have seen) make other people feel worse.Do what works for you. Hope you feel better real soon.
 

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Thanks for the responses, Kathleen and DQ.I probably sound like a featherweight, being freaked out by all these things. But I must admit anytime I get that rapid heartbeat, numbness, and some shortness of breath, it's a scary feeling. Or at least it is, for me...
 

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No! You don't sound like a "featherweight" (Not that I even know what one sounds like...
). But no worries...Any time my heart does it's weird rythm thing.. my inner engine rev can get tweaked a bit too. But like you have had your ticker checked out and all is good I know mine is good too and it just flips out once in awhile and that's just the way my heart beats.But I would venture a guess that anyone's heart might beat a bit faster when they are straining for a BM or lifting something or whathaveyou. Kinda a normal thing to happen with exertion.So I would try to relax a bit cuz ya know what else can raise the heart rate and give feelings of shortness of breath and numbness??? Yup.. you guessed it: Anxiety. So try to relax a bit. Look up some relaxation techniques that can help you when you feel that way.Actually this article is pretty straight forward.. here:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/relaxatio...chnique/SR00007Hope this helps
 

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Oh yeah, heart rate issues really can get the anxiety going, in anyone, which then makes the tachycardia harder to deal with.Just stressing out can get your heart rate up 10-15 minutes beats per minute (just like exercise can) so every elevation of heart rate is not necessarily tachycardia (and it can be hard to tell the weird chest thing from the heart rate from anxiety compared to the chest sensations from tachycardia). I just barely avoided a potentially fatal car wreck on the way to the doctor's office once. Even though it didn't trigger my tachycardia (because I never was fixin' to have severe accident it happened without my intent) my heart rate was over 100 (usually closer to 70 at rest) and my blood pressure was up 20-30 points over where it usually is. Anxiety does the same thing to your body, whether death is actually barreling down on you or not. Excessive anxiety is a real bear to deal with and if it is causing problems (or adding to ones you already have) you should seek some treatment. Even if the only thing you will do is self care by starting a regular mediation practice. Once the anxiety kicks in it is much harder to control the tachycardia as the stress hormones you release then keep the tachycardia going which make the anxiety worse, so it can be a vicious cycle.
 
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