Since August 2016I have been having episodes which I'll try to describe. If all symptoms present it is as follows: dizziness/vertigo and blurred vision. This becomes nausea. Intense thirst starts. I become aware heart is pounding and slightly faster than usual. Very intense chest pressure and intense sensation down both arms (occasionally just left arm). Feel very unwell. Feel as if something very serious is happening (not fear, it feels like a knowledge this is serious illness - I'm not prone to anxiety). Each attack lasts 2 or 3 minutes then subsides. They have come in clusters over the course of several days - the worst ones have always started at night just when relaxing into sleep. Sometimes have episodes for two or three hours during the night leaving me totally fatigued and unwell the next day. Milder versions can come any time and though I think there are always triggers, I can't always work out the triggers (could be extreme cold; stress). Seems to be associated with GERD too - I never had even indigestion until this started but each episode seems to leave me with belching - eventually got a very raw esophagus and swallowing problems all the time independently of these episodes, had an endoscopy and I do have a lax esophageal-gastric junction and gastritis.
Had a couple of ecgs, always a day or two after the events (one at a and e, one at a nurse-led angina clinic) which find no abnormalities but I haven't had an ambulatory monitor and could not get a referral to a cardiologist as GP seems convinced that everything is GERD. I think she also thinks I have anxiety and panic though I'm actually quite calm and resigned throughout these attacks though feel very ill! It is so difficult to describe that though GERD is happening, the worst episodes though related to the GERD, involve my whole body in a way that I simply can't believe is GERD. I came across a video by Dr Sanjay Gupta on this forum on AF and GERD which I thought might describe some of my symptoms. Anyway, I'd love to know if AF can feel as described as I would probably just make a private appt to see Dr Gupta if it sounds likely or even possible.
I'm having very mild episodes today which include a little dizziness, pounding heart and thirst though they are resolving in less than a minute.