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Are Your Heart Palpitations and Stomach Bloating Connected?

Deb Maselli is the founder of The Sad Stomach as well as the author of two books on digestive health, both available on Amazon.

Does this describe you? You have visited various medical professionals for your heart palpitations and stomach bloating and received a clean bill of health. While you should be delighted that you don't have a disease, you still have the problems you came in with. Your stomach still bloats, and as if that weren't enough, as soon as it begins your heart starts pounding. You sometimes feel lightheaded. What is going on?

Please note that any unexplained stomach bloating should be evaluated by a medical professional to rule out serious diseases such as ovarian cancer.

How are stomach bloating, heart palpitations and the vagus nerve connected? To know the answer to this, we need to look closer at the vagus nerve.

What Is the Vagus Nerve?

Sometimes called "the wandering nerve," the vagus is a long cranial nerve that goes from the brain through the throat and into the abdomen, touching many important organs along the way (like the heart), and sending signals from the body to the brain.1 It is what's known as a "mixed" nerve, meaning it contains both sensory and motor fibers, and transmits information both from the brain to the body and vice versa.

The vagus nerve plays an important role in a wide variety of unconscious body processes, like regulating the heart rate and digestion. Modern biology has linked problems with the vagus nerve to many different kinds of disorders, from depression to digestion issues.2

The vagus nerve touches many organs in the body, including the heart and the stomach.

The vagus nerve touches many organs in the body, including the heart and the stomach.

The Irritated Vagus Nerve: How the Heart and the Stomach Are Connected

Heart palpitations have been tied to digestive disorders like IBS as well as simple cases of indigestion.3, 4 And since the vagus nerve is connected both with the digestive system and heart regulation, it is possible that excessive gas and bloating as well as an increased heart rate may both be affected by, or connected by, the vagus nerve. Some have termed this "vagus nerve irritation," though it is not entirely clear what causes this set of reactions — be it nerve irritation or some other signal the nerve is interpreting.

Do you notice you tend to bloat in the afternoon? Do you notice that symptoms subside when you burp? Is it worse in stressful situations or when you're sleep-deprived? If so, your digestive system may be what's causing your heart to flutter.

Home Remedies for Digestive Problem-Induced Heart Palpitations

The goal of all of these is to improve your digestive health and reduce bloating and inflammation, which hopefully will also improve your heart palpitations or racing heart. Everyone's body is different, so you may need to try a few different strategies to find the one that works for you. Always ask your doctor before taking any new supplement or making radical changes to your diet.

  • Ginger capsules: Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat disorders relating to digestion, especially to nausea stomach upset, and diarrhea.5 Though not well studied, 550 milligrams of ginger root taken three times a day with meals may calm your bloating. If the vagus nerve itself has become inflamed, ginger may help since it has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Burping: Reducing the swelling of the abdomen may provide some comfort. Over-the-counter products like Simethicone will break up gas bubbles and prompt burping them out. This is a handy short-term fix.
  • Change positions: Take the pressure off your stomach by shifting your position or walking around and bending if possible. Trapped gas can escape if you move around. Again, experiment. You will find the positions that work best for you.
  • Deep breathing: Depression and anxiety can be associated with vagus nerve disorder,6 so try to relax (easier said than done, I'm well aware). Try deep breathing or meditation.
  • Diet: This is a big one: very effective but hard to gauge. The bloating that likely caused the irritation in the first place could be caused by a food sensitivity. Removing the offender could resolve the problem entirely. Common digestive irritants are gluten and dairy. Eating habits like gulping your food or overeating can also cause gas.7
  • Chew your food: Chewing food thoroughly releases enzymes in saliva that will travel with the food into the digestive system, assisting with its breakdown. Food arriving with insufficient enzymes will not be properly digested, resulting in bloating.7
  • Digestive enzymes: As you age, enzyme production decreases. If your enzyme levels are too low, supplementation will assist the digestive process. If that is the cause of the problem, taking an enzyme supplement will make it immediately apparent.8
  • Probiotics: Support your digestion by taking probiotic supplements daily. You can also replenish your gut flora with a diet rich in cultured and fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kombucha. If you are lactose intolerant, try kefir.7
  • Keep your bowels moving: If you tend toward constipation, taking a high quality magnesium supplement can help. It is important that you spend some money on this one and not buy the cheapest brand in the grocery store. There are many different types of magnesium and some are more bio-available than others. Here's a link that explains the differences. I use Triple Mag 250. Also eat plenty of fiber and drink a lot of water throughout the day.9

Wishing You Good Health

Scientists are still trying to understand exactly how the vagus nerve affects our health — it's possible that you're experiencing something that has yet to be understood or explained fully. Research into the vagus nerve and its affects on our day-to-day life and the potential to use it has just begun.

That said, hopefully this has helped you understand a little bit more about what's happening in your body. Always remember that any on-going medical condition should be evaluated by a medical professional.

Best of health to you!

Sources

  1. Tewfik, Ted L. "Vagus Nerve Anatomy." August 17, 2015. Medscape. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  2. "The Importance of the Vagus Nerve for Health and Weight Loss." (n.d.) Paleo Leap. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  3. "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — Symptoms." (n.d.) WebMD. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  4. "Heart Palpitations." (n.d.) Kaiser Permanente. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  5. Ehrlich, Steven D, NMD. "Ginger." June 22, 2015. University of Maryland Medical Center. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  6. O'Reardon, John P, MD. "Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and Treatment of Depression: To the Brainstem and Beyond." May 2016. Psychiatry (Edgmont). Accessed August 17, 2017.
  7. Zelman, Kathleen M, MPH, RD, LD. "10 Flat Belly Tips." 2017. WebMD. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  8. Laugier R, Bernard J, Berthezene P, Dupuy P. "Changes in pancreatic exocrine secretion with age: pancreatic exocrine secretion does decrease in the elderly." 1991. Digestion. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  9. Marcin, Ashley. Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, PharmD. How to Use Magnesium Citrate for Constipation. April 7, 2016. Healthline. Accessed August 17, 2017.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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Rich L on June 18, 2019:

Hi Debs and all. I can see that things have gone a little quiet on the site, but i hope what i am going to post now finds an audience and helps some fellow sufferers.

What has cured this for me is the anti-candida diet. Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush, exists in our bodies naturally. Where it causes a problem is when there is an overgrowth. Many professionals in Mainstream medicine do not believe in digestive system overgrowth of candida. I understand this, as there is scepticism about the scientific validity of many of the studies surrounding candida, all i can say is that by following the diet, a small adaptation to the FODMAP diet, my stomach bloating and palpitations are a thing of the past.

There are many good sites that explain the diet fully, so i won't explain it here, but the key is to cut out sugars and carbs, the food for candida, and to use some anti-fungal foods such as apple cider vinegar, garlic and olive oil and guess what? Ginger! High fibre foods and supplements such as psyllium (you were right again Debs) also help.

As the candida dies off, so the bloating subsides, as does the pressure on the vagus nerve and thus the palps and other associated symptoms (for me the neck and diaphragm pain).

You need to run with the diet for a few months before gradually reintroducing foods.

I cannot begin to tell you how much this has transformed my health. I have started to function normally during the day, am able to work without feeling exhausted, there is no more brain fog and i have started to excercise again.

I really hope this helps at least one other fellow Roemhelds sufferer in the way it has helped me.

All the very best people. This can be beaten.

chayenne1219 on March 26, 2018:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU....IM NOT CRAZY!!! This has been happening for a few months now..but I also suffer from Hashimotos disease and need to adjust meds due to numbers constantly changing...as of today I am hyper not hypo which will add to the palpitations, which Ive had for years after dealing with many emotional and stressful situations that have finally resolved themselves but still am symptomatic to this and now know the truth...

Rich L on March 19, 2018:

Hi, Debs,it's been a while since I last gave an update. I'm now 18 months in to these symptoms and by switching to a FODMAP diet with additional Ginger and magnesium supplements I've largely been able to bring the bloating and stomach issues under control, However I do still have some issues plus the odd palpitation and even more infrequently a full event, where I get the chest pulse followed by the heart racing. Needless to say this leaves me feeling pretty lousy for a couple of days.

Following the last attack, I decided to look further into the associated neck and shoulder pain that i experience. I have underlying stiffness / pain in these areas all of the time and it increases during an attack. I have always believed that this is linked through the vagus nerve. What I have been uncertain of is whether the neck issues cause the stomach problems and heart palpitations, or whether the stomach problems create the neck pain.

I gained some insight into this when during my last attack I lay on my bed with my head and neck hanging over the edge. The symptoms immediately improved and after 30 seconds or so completely subsided. I went back and listened to the Roemheld syndrome podcast, during which the host talks about having a similar experience and going on to purchase an inversion table. I've not got the room for one of these, but this insight has led me to dig deeper. A few internet searches later and I wound up on YouTube looking into "Nerd Neck". This is basically poor posture, which is exacerbated by modern living, and in particular use of smartphones and laptops. I, as I am sure are many of our fellow symptom sufferers, am on mine for a large part of the day, both for work and leisure.

A guy named Dr. Mandell explains the symptoms and effects pretty well in one of his videos. Poor posture leading to pressure on the discs in the thoracic vertebrae, which in turn puts pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissues. He has some great videos on the subject of Nerd Neck and shoulder alignment and has some good tips on corrective exercises and stretches. There are many other videos covering the subject too. Some mention the effect on the parasympathetic nerves including the vagus nerve.

I've been using a few of the recommended exercises for five days now and the difference is amazing. My stomach is far more settled, I am able to breathe more easily and more deeply. All of the symptoms have improved. I guess this all makes sense as what we know with Roemheld is that it is activation of the vagus nerve. It seems reasonable to me that at whichever point the nerve is irritated (the cause) we can expect the effects to be the same. That is palpitations, stomach problems, effect on the voice, shoulder / neck pain, shortness of breath etc...

I'll give another update soon, but for those of you struggling as I have been with neck and shoulder issues, I'd recommend looking into Nerd Neck, like me you may just find that it helps out.

linda on October 29, 2017:

prilosec after long use will cause kidney damage! be careful what you put in your body! i too have palps and stomach bloat! heart dr says im great. going to have a ultrasound on my tummy soon. drs probaly know whats wrong, but they cant make any money off you if they told you the real cure! they want you to come back several times! its all about the money and not the sick people!

Ossie on October 19, 2017:

WOW thank you for this article. I have checked my palpitations at the cardiologist and doctors but im all healthy. every time I get them I burp straight after. I went to my natural path and he said he told me that it was stomach related but I was sceptical. thanks for the article.

Sandra on September 08, 2017:

Thank you so much for this article. It describes my problem. I will try ginger and enzymes. All my heart and stomach test were negative.

Ray Rad on July 12, 2017:

Hi Deb. Thank you for your comments and creation of this blog which is very interesting for people like me.

I am 50 years old and have suffered from Ulceritive Colitis (14 years), GERD (8 year more or less), and sliding Hiatus Hernia (since 3 years ago). I have been on Pantoprazole for 6 years. Every 3 years I do a thorough examination of my stomach and colon by endoscopy and colonoscopy. I smoke and drink about 4 half a liters cans of beer every Friday and Saturday. Up until 3 months ago I had almost no problems in the sense that everything seemed to be under control. I started going to gym and do some light exercise. So 3 months ago on a Saturday the day after I had been drinking, I felt that my heart is beating very fast and irregularly.

The sensation is like this: First I feel like some kind of air (Its not actually air) coming up from my belly towards my throat, then the palpitation starts. It goes in intervals of let’s say 8 seconds of rapid and irregular heart bit, then 5 seconds of normal heart bit and so again with 8 seconds of palpitation. Also when the palpitation is on, I get lightheaded. This happened to me for 2 weekends, and then I did my routine examination which was due then. My specialist GI doctor told me that I have to stop Pantoprazole since that has given me 2 very small polyps in my stomach so he prescribed Ranitidine for me. I did a complete blood test and several heart checkups with ECHO and stress test. Everything was fine with my heart. The only concern was that my D vitamin levels was low (D vitamin inefficiency), which I believe was due to consuming Pantoprazole.

Later on I took my doctor’s advice and started with Ranitidine. Actually my doctor prescribed Famotidine for me but the pharmacist said that ranitidine is the same. It is difficult to find Famotidine where I live and Ranttidine is cheaper. Basically now every weekend when I drink alcoholic beverages I get palpitations the day after. The episode can last between 1 to 3 hours. The palpitations used to come when I did a physical activity such as going up the stairs in my house or doing gardening in my back yard the day after I had been drinking. I thought that may be due to Pantoprazole side effects at first. But recently during the past weekend, my palpitation started right after I had my 3 half a liter glass of beer on Friday evening, and on Saturday I just had one half a glass of vodka mixed with coke, then I got palpitations which lasted for about 2 hours. I am very concerned because of 2 reasons. Firstly because this is scary as I am 50 years old and things may get worse with my aging. Secondly, just the thought of not being able to drink anymore is really bothering me, as I love my weekend beers.

I believe the nerve that you have talked about here is the cause of my palpitations, and some how this nerve got out of balance! But what I have figured out is that my palpitations are related to my stomach somehow, because I used to get them when I bend over to pick up something for example, and I suspect that the gas in my stomach due to acid moves when I do physical moves. I have been reading about GERD on the internet and know that alcohol creates gas. Then again I know that if I eat food containing tomato paste, then I get severe heart burn. Perhaps my palpitations last weekend at the same time that I was drinking was due to this since my lunch was a type of food made with tomato paste both days.

So can someone develop these palpitations with alcohol out of the blue at the age of 50? I still do light exercise these days and have no problems. Basically my palpitations come with alcoholic beverages. I have stopped eating sweets and red in some articles about “Centarium drops” so I have been taking Centaurium drops for the past 7 days and feel less acid and heart burn. I can say 20% improvement. I make my own Ginger tea with fresh ginger and hot water. I have also stopped regular tea and coffee. Do you have any suggestions for me on what I should do? Should I stop drinking completely? I know that smoke is bad for me so no doubt about that.

Fulvia Prundeanu on July 10, 2017:

Thank you so much for the info. I had this for years and no doctor was able to explain it to me. It helps to know what I really have.

Malcolm on June 11, 2017:

When I was 56 I ended up in an emergency ward with atrial fibulation and flutter. I have always been very fit and had no heart problems.

I had episodes of aff over the next 9 years until I discovered this article.

I have had bloating problems since I experienced these aff episodes. I solved the bloating problem by eliminating nuts from my diet. I have eaten a large quantity of nuts each day for the past 30 years. By doing this I have not had one heart flutter in 18 months.

I discovered that I had a hiatial hernia about 2 years ago and I have been taking 20 mg of Somac each day. This did not stop the episodes of aff.

My cardio was of no help in solving my problem. Sometimes you have to investigate your own health pathway. I would think that solving my stomach bloating and being treated for my hiatial hernia has solved my problem.

I am now back to a high exercise regime and my quality of life is fantastic. 18 months without a heart flutter!!!

Debrah on June 10, 2017:

This is happening to me too!

My heart is forever racing and I belch a lot. I have problems with digestion because my stomach has been bloated for the past week...am freeking out only because all these symptoms are similar to pregnancy. I had intercouse Two months ago but I got my periods even though they were both two days late, I even had several pregnancy tests and they were all negative... but I just don't feel normal. after reading this I feel less paranoid because I can't afford to be pregnant. But can spicy food trigger it even more? and should I still be concerned that it may be pregnancy?

Noelia Lorenzo on April 02, 2017:

This article is so right on, thanks Deb for writing it. I wish so many people who are scared they might be having a heart condition read and understood this info. I keep seeing people with some digestive symptoms go to the doctor scared, been told they are perfectly healthy , its insane.

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StomatchPalpitationAndIncreaseInHeartBeat on March 30, 2017:

I experience palpitation in stomach, followed by increase in heart beats every now and then. Often after meals. I found out the cure after 3 months, surprisingly simple!

When you wake up in the morning, before coming out of bed, take your fingers and try to locate the palpitation on the stomach area where you usually feel it by pressing your fingers little deep. Once you locate it, firmly pressing the fingers, slowly move that palpitation over the navel and keep your fingers pressed there for couple of minutes. Then slowly get up and start your day!

Keep doing this for few days and everything will be all set!

Do not lift heavy weights!

Deb on March 07, 2017:

Hope - yes I do think it could be triggered by the stress of pregnancy. I think high stress of any kind can bring it on, which is probably why so many doctors associate it with anxiety

Hope on March 01, 2017:

Oh my goodness this is me!!!!! I have been dealing with all of these symptoms on and off since my daughter was born. It's as if something happened after I gave birth, 7 years ago by the way. Had all tests done, cardiologist, MRIs, bloodwork. No one could figure it out. I am so unbelievably happy that I am not alone and that I am not crazy, which is how I feel. My symptoms are palpations, bloated, gas, acid taste in mouth, lightheaded, tingly/electric feeling at all times, worse when I am leaning on the sink doing dishes, or pants are right around waste. The doctors just couldn't figure it out and I felt so hopeless like this is how it will be for the rest of my life. I can not wait to start the ginger and If I need to, enzymes and magnesium and I pray it works. THANK YOU FOR WRITING ABOUT THIS! My question is, do you think the labor and delivery could have started all of this?

Flora Chigozie on February 25, 2017:

I am 32 years.My symptoms are mild bloating, rumbling noise in my stomach, belching, flatus, palpitations, light headedness and weakness. Initially, the light headed and palpitations weren't there. The palpitation is as if it is beating in the epigastric region of my stomach. It makes me very nervous and it also shoots up my blood pressure.When i eat, d feelings reduce until after some hours. I feel it more in d afternoon. I tried eating raw ginger 3 times a day and it was very helpful until I started having chest and epigastric pain. I was advised to stop eating d ginger bcos it is not good for people with ulcer symptoms since it is acidic. My doctor placed me on t ripple therapy and I felt better. After I stopped d medications d symptoms started again. I keep hearing it is anxiety dat is giving me d symptoms i'm having but i know it is d other way round.

Akshay on February 09, 2017:

hello thankyo for your post i am 27 year boy and facing this problem since i was 23 and i have visited so many clinics and got the result as nothing serious i am facing the problem of heart pulpitation as well as gas bloating in my stomach this is the problem of vaata dosh. acording to ayurveda vaata dosha create this symptoms you should read about the vaata dosha as well. I am looking for some ayurveda treatment such as panchkarma or yoga or some ayurvedic medicine which can help me to come come out of this

Noella on February 07, 2017:

I have afib and take tambocore and minex. However I still have pvcs, palpitations etc. at these times I often have a extended stomach, tight and sometimes it rumbles. I feel very anxious. Each time I request advice I am told there is no association or that the stomach is part of the afib. Recently I had surgery on a muscle and the whole system has again failed . Any advice.

Liu yz on January 31, 2017:

I have this problem, many tests and medicine have been tied, but it's still there. Recently I find the herb medicine called" fu fang danshen di wan" is very effective.

Buzahra on January 30, 2017:

OMG.these symptoms i have it more than 20 years ago palpitation ,breath difficulty and anxiety after eating especially at morning . i did all tests about gastric function and bowel all normal and some doctor gave me anti anxiety or depression med but nothing changed at all also these symptoms sometime cause to me panic attack only after having food some of doctor told me maybe i have IBS but does irritable bowel causing palpitation or anxiety after food?

dee on January 28, 2017:

Roemheld Syndrome is another sydrome where bloating and heart are linked, explained a lot for me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roemheld_syndrome

Jennyfwr on January 25, 2017:

Hi, Just wanted to reiterate what others have said, that what a comfort it was to find this site.

I have been suffering the gas, heart palpitations and light headiness for 6 years now.

At first I thought I had something terrible wrong with me, but then docs gave me the all clear, but the symptoms didn't go away. I still worried, but then you begin to try and work it out yourself.

What you write makes complete sense, how come the doctors don't know this, don't they study for years?

I realised the connection when I noted that burping relieved the palpitations and the light headiness ....doing what I can to help myself now, especially since I am not so alarmed by it any more.

Thanks for your article and best of luck to everyone, when we all thought we were going mad...and we're not!

Deb on January 12, 2017:

Natalie - get cleared by a doctor and then experiment. Start with ginger and digestive enzymes at every meal. My book, Beat the Bloat, talks about doing a reset. I am sure they're are other books as well.

Natalie on January 12, 2017:

I seriously nearly cried with excitement when I come across this page!

So happy I'm not going crazy and as awful as it sounds there are others out there like me!

I used to suffer here and there with palpitations after my first born in 2002. Since then things got a little worse. So I started realising dairy, caffeine and chocolate were a problem so stopped them. And things went away and I was able to eat pretty much everything except dairy.

But last year things got a whole lot worse.

I'm trying to pinpoint when but I'm pretty sure it was after having a bad tooth on my jaw line and needed a high dose of antibiotics plus ending up having the tooth out I then had an adrenaline injection.. my god it was awful! And ever since my stomach with gas, bloating and palpations have been bad.

Then just before our family holiday in August last year me and the kids were rushing about walking fast to a late hair appointment and once inside my heart was still pounding 10 minutes after. I got up to speak to my son and felt a usual palpitation coming on so done what I usually done and held my breath.. bad move! I nearly fainted! I felt dreadful for the rest of the day and had to lay down. While on holiday in Rhodes I then ate a burger and it made me so sick. That along with intense heat I stayed in the hotel room miserable for the last week and have been the same ever since. I have bad Indigestion, heavy chest and stomach feeling, lightheaded, skipped heartbeats daily etc.. every time I eat. Especially sugar! It makes me feel terrible and never ever used to! It's getting me down so much.

I don't know weather to try mag, ginger, probiotics or what? I get a little heartburn and burping so would ginger cause a problem?

I have told so many doctors I need to repair my gut and I know it!.. but they take no notice and apparently I have anxiety/depression.. not the case at all!

When I have a headache, palaptations, lethargic I am always bloated so it's definitely connected. Even slightly bloated and I have triggers. My monthly cycle is million times worse than what that was too. I'm only 36 and can't even exercise as that brings on palps too.

Hope someone can shed some Light on what to take x

Beverly on December 31, 2016:

Hi,

My dad for about 4 years now has had a bloating stomach, gas, tightness in chest (most recently), some neck pain, lightheaded at times, and sometimes weakness that almost causes him to pass out. He's seen doctors, GI's , had a load of tests done... And nothing. Said he's full of poop (literally), and told him to eat more fibre. He's actually pretty healthy and not over weight.

He doesn't usually get the heart palpitations with it but we are so tired of the docs telling us what it isn't... We want to know how to fix it. The poor man is to the point of just dealing with it, and not going to the doc anymore.

So you think ginger, and enzymes would help him even though he's not experiencing the palps?

Concerned daughter!

Winnie cooper on December 15, 2016:

NIKKI, I have the same exact symptoms, the pain under ribs, stomach problems, heart racing, heat sensation. After trying sooooo many things this is what really helped. D-limonene(incredible)! Did the most for me! (Zhu fu zhu yu wan) I know weird !easy enough though ,to get on line, helps with removal of stagnation in liver and bile staying in stomach moves it along and Dr. axe's leaky gut repair probiotics! These three things especially d limonene has helped ,where all else has failed! Hope this helps ,also watch acidic foods and boxed snacks sugar, eat lite, get rid of bad bacteria overgrowth with antifungal!

Deb on December 14, 2016:

No surgery that I am aware of, other than maybe fecal transplant. I would call it a condition rather than a disease though everyone should always confirm with a doctor that it is not a symptom of an underlying disease.

Desmond on December 14, 2016:

is there any surgery can be done, to get rid of this ailment,. Or is it a chronic disease.

Deb Maselli on December 10, 2016:

Nikki - try enzymes too. They can be very helpful

Nikki on December 10, 2016:

Thank you for this article! I have been dealing with this issue for years now. I am gluten and dairy intolerant and do my best in staying away from both. On the occasion I don't, (especially during the holidays) I tend to get bad flare ups like the one I am currently having. I have been to the ER multiple times and have also seen a Gastroenterologist. I was diagnosed with the intolerances, IBS and acid reflux. I also have dealt with anxiety and know that I hold my stress in my stomach. I am a believer in the holistic approach and take probiotics, enzymes, drink kombucha and green tea, take a plant based Magnesium similar to Calm and have also been taking Glutathione. Turmeric has also seemed to give me good relief. Like you said, it's all about playing around and finding the things that work best! This current flare up now has me seeking additional help. It is scary, regardless of the fact that doctors have told me my heart is totally healthy. When I have palpitations I pay attention to my stomach and every time it is bothering me. It is also extremely painful when you push on my stomach just below my rib cage - this to me is a definite indicator of inflammation. Excercising also becomes difficult as it seems to make the flare up worse. I will definitely try some ginger today! While I am exhausted by this, especially because I eat very well, am in my early 30's and sincerely miss eating a donut every once in a while, I still have hope and will keep trying!

erinedlin on December 02, 2016:

Hello everyone, I just wanted to share some of my experience with you but first and foremost thank every single one of you for your comments. Like most of you I have been dealing with this issue for going on 7 years now. It comes and goes but lately just comes. I understand your feelings of fear, frustration and depression. I have seen this site and others like it before, but sometimes you get wrapped up in your life and then wrapped up in the crazy heart belly fiasco and it becomes all you can think about. It is truly horrific. But coming back and reading these posts is so comforting and I am so grateful for all of you. I woke up this morning feeling happy and encouraged for the first time in many weeks, all because of your openness and willingness to share your story, Thank you from the the bottom of my wobbly heart.

On a different note, here is my experience. I first experienced my heart irregularity as a racing heart. It started in my early 20's and would come and go. Usually with food or alcohol. I also smoked for many years. In my late 20's I experimented with crystal meth, literally for one night, at a party. The day after that I had my first experience with AFib. It would happen a handful of times a day and lasted a few days. Never messed with that again. Had the skipped beat feeling on a handful of occasions after that but nothing remarkable. In my mid 30's I had a major AFib attack, the kind that stops you in your tracks and sends you flying to the emergency room. At Kaiser they gave me some sort of tranquilizer and put me on a beta blocker that I took for a few weeks until it made me so depressed I had to quit...came to find out that was a possible side effect. AFib was gone by the time I left the hospital that night and didn't return. Had an echo shortly after and all was fine. About 6 years ago I was poisoned by black mold in my apartment, chaetomium, a mold that causes nerve damage to specifically the myelin sheath. Before I realized the mold was poisoning us I had all sorts of heart symptoms on a daily basis, AFib, skipped beats, racing, pounding, PVC's, heart spasms. It was so terrifying and when I found the mold and did enough research to know that it was affecting my heart we literally ran from that place. The problem is that I have had pretty serious heart irregularity since then. I have had a few breaks, once for a year and then 3 to 6 month breaks. As of the last 6 months, it is every day and as I said so depressing and scary, every day you wonder if you are going to die. The heart symptoms change constantly in the type of regularity and are sometime shuttle and sometimes dramatic, but as of late they always come with severe bloating and burping, constant burping that does little to alleviate. Ok sheesh that's a lot I know but my hope it someone out there will go Oh my God me to and find some comfort that they are not alone.

With all that said, here are some of my thoughts and some things that I have noticed and or researched. I am not a doctor, take this with a grain of salt, or a grain of ginger as it were.

1-Like many of you the stomach and heart are usually worsened by grains, of any kind but white flour is deadly.

2-Alcohol though providing temporary stress relief in the moment always makes you pay later, especially if you become dehydrated on top of it.

3-heart/stomach deal is always worse when I am heavier

4-heart/stomach thing is always worse with stress and then more stress comes as a result of the heart thing

5-If my lung are irritated, which they often are post mold, it will bring on heart/stomach symptoms/ vagus nerve association I'm guessing, very polluted cities, like LA the one I live in always exacerbate the issue.

6-Weird but interesting fact, the last two times I went to Europe, I was there for a month each time, the heart/stomach thing is almost non-existant. When I get there I have a few days of sort of racing heart but no AFib/or palps....so weird but it literally stops as soon as I get there, even though Im usually exhausted the first day or two. Perhaps and air quality issue, perhaps a gluten issue. They did not manipulate their wheat as we did in this country many years back. Have heard of many people who could eat grains in France and the UK but not here...curious

7-Read on a forum similar to this, can't find it again, a post from someone who said they were a doctor. They said that the heart irregularity and stomach were absolutely related and that it was a Vagus nerve issue that could only be treated by extreme diet change...no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no chemical additives, etc. Like others, claimed gut bacteria had to be re-balanced and was likely going to need to be a life change.

8-If I am sedentary or sitting a lot the problem is much worse.

9-I do believe in my case there is some nerve damage to the vagus nerve/myelin sheath

Honestly I could go on forever but I will say this, it is absolutely tied to the stomach, and imbalanced gut flora is in my opinion absolutely a factor as is an overgrowth of bacteria and or fungus/candida.( Probably worsened for me by the black mold/fungus). I believe this happens as a result of some kind of assault on your system, and more likely multiple assaults, be it intense stress, emotional trauma, mold exposure, unhealthy eating habits, toxic overload from environmental pollution and plastic use, heavy metal poisoning from mercury fillings or other dental procedures, unchecked viruses and anaerobic bacteria from gum disease and root canals.....or some combination of these and other assaults on the body, mind and spirit. This is true for me and probably for many of you, food is an issue with me. I have a lot of good ideas but when it comes to truly being disciplined about what I eat on a daily basis, I rarely maintain my proposed healthy diet for long. Part of this is our bodies trying to get us to practice extreme self care, this is a shot in the dark but my guess is that many of you, like me, could say you haven't properly loved yourself and your body for much of your life. I know there are many of you on here that do take good physical care of your body, but some other assault has or is happening. Either way your body is telling you that something in your life has to change, your body has chosen to declare a state of emergency and you job now is to figure out why. Even though it feels terrible it is trying to help you. Now is the time for deep reflection and extreme self care. I know this is a mouthful, but I hope it helps...I am starting the ginger, last pm and am, will try to be consistent but I have enlisted the help of a functional medicine practitioner to help me maneuver mental, physical and emotional self care and healing. I haven't developed those muscles so she will help me stay focussed and on track to take the best care of myself ever. I love you all and I want you to love yourselves, good luck to all of you and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Mwah!

wildtexspirit on November 30, 2016:

ohhh I never realized that. I even grow it in a container outback. Which I have forgotten about. ^.^

Deb on November 30, 2016:

Any kind of ginger, as long as it's real, will work. They are very inexpensive- less than 5 dollars for Nature Made brand. Ginger might be benefit like but check with your doctor since it does have blood thinning qualities and you have had bleeding problems

wildtexspirit on November 30, 2016:

I also forgot I started using Magnesium Oil about a year ago and had good things from it but now it doesn't seem to help with my tummy. Also can I just make a