Hi guys and gals,
Thought I'd just post a bit on here - for information purposes - following on various recent conversations on food/triggers and AF.
Yesterday I had a bad day following some food I'd eaten. Can't be sure but I think both food stuffs were to blame. On Wednesday I'd eaten a reputable brand of what I think are called Yum Yums, a very doughy, sugar coated cake .
Jane Rainey in the Telegraph describes it as follows - "Drenched in sugary icing, its sponge filling twisted into a long plait, the yum yum is a glorified doughnut. It’s lip-smackingly sweet, gooey enough to stick your fingers together and possibly the most heart attack-inducing snack on the high street. But I bet your mouth is watering at the very thought of one. That heavenly sensation of sinking your teeth into the fluffy centre, the crack of the syrupy glaze, the wonderful stodginess of every mouthful. Yum yums may be nothing more than fancy sticks of fried dough, but they’re devilishly delicious. "
Then went to neighbours on Saturday night for fish and chips with mushy peas. Not wanting to offend I did have a sampling of mushy peas, but left more than I consumed - with embarrassed apologies to my host ! I knew peas were likely to give me a digestive problem but - my neighbour forgot about my diet.
Sunday, about 10.30 I began to feel unwell, went very cold, ice cold, and heart rate dropped suddenly and rapidly from its pretty normal 70 ish beats per minute down to 49 which is where it bottomed out. Blood pressure remained normal. Just the HR took a dive. I went to bed with a mug of hot, strong and sweet coffee and nursed a hot water bottle to my chest and fell into a weird sleep. Up to the point of falling asleep I kept checking my pulse, absolutely no sign of any malfunction with heart rate, all nice and regular. Woke up close to 3 pm - feeling so crap it was unbelievable. By early evening back to normal, well pretty much normal. Just washed out.
Immediately after having the Yum Yums I developed loud gurgling in my lower abdomen - sounded more like a drain gurgling (well I suppose it was in a sense). A lot of discomfort bordering pain with the gurgling. This lasted through to Saturday morning.
On Sunday, after my Saturday night of fish/chips and mushy peas, gurgling started in upper abdomen, on left, roughly around the area of the Spleen - again much gurgling but no pain/discomfort. This continued until I fell asleep. Checked blood pressure when I woke up mainly to see if there was any sign of AF - no thank goodness, but my blood pressure at this time had jumped and my heart rate had returned to normal.
This is a new take on food aggravating the vagal nerve. In the past my heart rate has stayed the same and my BP seriously gone through the roof.
No more Yum Yums, and no more mushy peas - even at the risk of offending any host who dishes them up.