Breathless and fast heartbeat

Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with fibro two and a bit years ago and I also have other chronic pain issues. I have basically spent most of the last two years in bed and end up in a lot of pain when I try to do things but I also have a lot of fatigue.

I am noticing lately that even a walk up the stairs means I am out of breath and my heart is racing, is this normal or should I go to the GP??


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  • Hi there

    Definitely go and see your GP.

    Any symptoms that are new to you, especially anything chest or heart related should ALWAYS be checked out by your GP.

    Some medications can cause shortness of breath but I still think you should see your GP.

    I had really bad chest pain and had to call an ambulance as it was out of hours. The paramedic said to me that they would much rather come out and everything be ok than leave it to chance.

    Please let us know how you get on.

    Lu xx

  • Sorry to hear you are feeling so unwell. You MUST GO to the doctors to check out your heart and could be many different problems relating to them, but only a doctor can decide after examining you. Best wishes, take care, Jan

  • Hi the last time I had a really big flare up my blood pressure went through the roof, heart racing, had rapid fatitgue ( even worse than normal) plus irregular pulse despite checks they could not find any reason. My gp is in agreement with me that the flare up had a great deal to with it .

    But please get yourself checked over for peace of mind.

  • Hi

    I feel for you. I spent basically a yr in bed as my fibro flares are highlighted by virtually constant migrains. Puking and muscles ceasing up till Im a cold ball.

    I would recommend a doc visiting you.

    It could be a variety of things but it's best to get checked out.

    It took me 3 years to be able to walk 100 yards . Had to take this very slowly.

    Get checked out first. then you can find out what works best for you. Christina Craig books highlight a very very slow exercise build up, actually stoping before getting tired. Frustrating yes but we'll worth it.

    Fibro symptoms are varied but it's possible to have 2 problems at the same time. So get checked please.

    Take good care of yourself Lydiah


  • Hi, like all of the other answers I do suggest going to your doctors.

    It could mean just general unfitness after spending so long in bed. It could be your weight if you are heavier than you used to be.

    If you are concerned if it happens in the night, without exercise, then ring 999

    Please let us know how you get on.


  • Hi I would expect to be breathless, fatigued and in pain if i'd spent the last two years in bed. Sorry if that came out wrong. But logic dictates if you don't move your muscles will become weak and out of condition.

    I would recomend you speak to your doctor about it. But I think you really need to get out of bed more if its only to sit in a chair.

  • Hi Eggcustard

    I am so genuinely sorry to read this and as the others have said it would be best to talk to your doctor about this just to have other medical conditions ruled out of the equation my friend. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • have you checked your iron ferritin serum...mine was low normal when I was having a breathless feeling and fatigue etc.......I never connected the two.....and was so breathless singing out loud was not even easy....

  • I would definitely see GP. On of the reasons for increased fatigue and elevated heart rate is due to the body losing fitness. Prolonged periods in bed mean the body acclimatises to new activity levels quickly. I had this after a prolonged hospital stay.

    In addition if you are on certain types of pain medication, some also have side effects that include palpitations etc. GP can help you work out which combination of factors are affecting you.

    All the best

  • As the other posts are saying it would be best to see your GP as soon as possible. I have also had bad chest pain and a feeling of not being able to get enough air unless I breath through my mouth. Was sent to Cardioligy dept who think it may well be associated to Fibro but am now having various test to rule out any heart problems and I will be glad to know for my peace of mind. Do let us know how you get on I am just waiting for some sunshine to warm my bones and the metalwork which holds me together. Keep warm and try and gently excercise when you feel up to it. Regards

    Mav G

  • Thanks for the replies everyone. I will see the GP soon, I have an appointment book in a few weeks. I am thinking it may be because of pain medication (tramadol, codeine) but also maybe because I stopped my HRT so menopause symptoms are a problem at the moment. I don't have chest pain, for that I would be really worried, and although I am not very fit any more it doesn't feel the same as being out of breath because of running for a bus etc, there is more dizziness with it.

    I'm hoping its not connected to medication because I will be in so much pain if I have to stop them.

    I will see the GP soon though so thanks again everyone,


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