high heart rate and scared!

By alexiskim Latest Reply 2012-04-23 01:34:52 -0500
Started 2012-04-21 00:04:42 -0500

I was diagnosed as diabetic about a month ago. About a week ago my endo started me on metformin at 1000mg twice a day. My blood sugars were in the low 200s but went up to the high 200s the past couple days. I have been feeling worse too. All today I felt very tired with very little energy to do anything. I could barely pull myself together to get my son ready for preschool. I called my endo and she had me come in today to teach me how to give myself insulin. But while I was there she noticed my heart rate was at 110 but no fever. She told ne to watch it and check myself later. I took 4 units of lantus around 7 oclock. I just checked my pulse again and I'm at 105 still. I'm laying down to go to bed now. What could be wrong? How concerned should I be? Please help I am a bit scared!

17 replies

pixsidust 2012-04-22 12:26:56 -0500 Report

Your pulse is high but only slightly elevated.
I deal with a fast heart rate myself…always have pre diabetes
Is this totally new for you?
When you exercise you can get around 140-150.
Wait a while until your body is used to the Metformin.
105…110 is high but not in a dangerous zone
I have 7 years of prior work experience in cardiology at a top 10 medical center

Now I am not saying to not get further checked out
but things like anxiety, stress, caffeine, high blood pressure, salt, potassium levels can be off. I take oral potassium. Do you drink soda?
Are you stressed in particular?

Take you rate when you get up to the bathroom at night
Make sure you are taking your pulse correctly.
I could never count accurately
I use a blood pressure cuff that has a pulse feature
If this continues ask about a Holter Moniter
You wear it all day for a day and it records the patterns of your heart
You keep an activity diary then they can see if things correlate

I would not be afraid at this point
Give the medicine time
Watch your diet for both caffeine and glucose.
Be watchful but unafraid.
I believe you will be alright
My prayers are with you

Caroltoo 2012-04-22 14:05:04 -0500 Report

Interesting, Pixsi, yet another experience (high pulse and holter monitor) that we share. Thankfully, mine now stays around 80 and I'm having no other symptoms any longer!!

pixsidust 2012-04-23 01:09:27 -0500 Report

I go to 105 just walking down the hall.
I did this when I was young and thin
I hover at 95-110.
Thanks for spelling holter right.
I was on the code team, gave EKG"s or ECG's and hooked up Holters.
I could read them as well.
We were all over the hospital floating.
I had 27 nursing divisions per day that I was responsible
for all pre-op testing, codes, stats, post op for heart surgery and emergencies for my shift. All heart surgeries came out on 2nd shift.
Its when we got to see if the heart was going to work again.
Learned allot in 7 years but left when my kid hit school age
You can't work second shift and be a parent

Caroltoo 2012-04-23 01:34:52 -0500 Report

This is so true; they do need you home during the afternoon/evening. You made quite a transition going to Human Resources.

watson4042 2012-04-21 15:51:48 -0500 Report

if your heart rate is that high, i would go to the ER to be checked out. I have atrial-fibrulation and am on at rate stablizer. i'm not trying to scare you, but have it checked out asap. talk to your primary doctor. you need to have this looked into. i'm not on insulin, just metformin, so i don't know if the lantus has any part in play here but iit would seem 4 units wouldn't be that bad. does anyone in the dc family know for sure??? i'd realy hate to steer you wrong. better safew than sorry.

alexiskim 2012-04-21 16:27:03 -0500 Report

thank you for the advice…it is still high today…i just tried to take a nap and couldnt fully sleep because my heart rate was bothering me but i at least rested…i am going to give it until monday…i have to talk with my doctor and let her know what my numbers are after taking 4 units over the weekend so ill have a chance to talk about it then…

Caroltoo 2012-04-22 11:51:37 -0500 Report

Alexis: 80-100 beats is considered normal. Over 100 is tachycardia and it does need to be dealt with, however 105 is not a crisis. That's why your doc was ok with sending you home.

The post below speaks of a-fib which is an irregular (not just fast) beat that occurs in the atrium (upper) chambers of the heart. It is a more serious condition, but it is not true that any rate over 80 is a-fib, so please don't let that frighten you today. Most women are in the 80-90 range; men tend to be a little lower.

Here's a link to the Mayo Clinic which give the information about what is considered normal. I thought it might be reassuring to you as you are not that far out of the range. Remember: worry and anxiety raise your pulse. Be calm.

watson4042 2012-04-22 11:14:15 -0500 Report

any heart rate over 80 beats per minute is considered a-fib. so rest and take it easy until your doctor visit…but please, please, do not let the doctor be sidetracked into other issues - this must be taken seriously! i so take it easy and tomorrow you can get some answers. good luck, please keep me posted, ok? :)

alexiskim 2012-04-21 09:53:21 -0500 Report

Took me a while to go to sleep. I have fortunately never been a soda drinker. I abbhor the stuff. I dis have some tea last night but the box dis say caffeine free. I did wake up with a blood sugar of 232 so I believe the lantus did do something but I doubt 4 units will be enough. Although i feel a little better this morning my heart rate is still high. I am not sure what to do about it. Thank you all so much. I am not online here often theoughout the day especially while I have multiple doctor appointments and trying to figure all of this new life out but I am so glad I found diabetic connect!

Caroltoo 2012-04-21 11:03:33 -0500 Report

We're glad you found DC also, Alexis. Keep us updated when you can since you obviously have a number of us concerned about your situation. Try to stay calm and as relaxed as possible.

alexiskim 2012-04-21 16:24:37 -0500 Report

thank you Carol! i try to get on here when i can. having a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 year old doesnt allow me that freedom all the time! lol i am trying to stay calm and relaxed but am naturally a Type A personality so that is hard work for me!

Caroltoo 2012-04-21 17:30:44 -0500 Report

Yes, I've sensed that in some of your comments which is why I shared my story with you (a little further down the chain here).

My docs never found out why mine was high. I connected it to an allergic response to some environmental toxins because of the changes that seemed to help me and reduced stress on my body.

I'm glad you are checking on Monday with your doctor cause you do want to be safe. If you hadn't seen her on Friday, I would have suggested something more like Watson did, but she did feel you were OK to go home Friday.

alexiskim 2012-04-21 17:53:20 -0500 Report

yes i did read that story. it made me feel like i am not crazy about this situation. i think a lot of my high numbers have been caused by stress. but of course most doctors i dont think will say that. i will let you all know how Monday goes!

diabetesfree 2012-04-21 07:41:57 -0500 Report

Have you been drinking any diet or regular soda? Most sodas contain caffeine, which some individuals are more sensitive to than others. Some other common drinks that you can find surprisingly large amounts of caffeine in are tea (especially black or green teas), coffee, "energy" drinks, most carbonated beverages, etc. Caffeine and other stimulants are also the main ingredients in just about every type of weight loss treatment. While some people can go through a case of Red Bull a day and not seem to feel the effects at all, others have rather drastic reactions to even small doses. Symptoms include high heart rate, shortness of breath, anxiety, light-headedness, confusion, insomnia and severe dehydration. Dehydration itself often comes with a high heart rate, so be sure you are taking-in plenty of fluids that are free of sugar and stimulants. Hope this helps!

Caroltoo 2012-04-21 01:05:30 -0500 Report

It's called tachycardia … when the pulse goes over 100. I had it for yearrs. My pulse would be 150 simply from vacuuming the floor. It's frequently caused by stress or anxiety. It is part of the symptoms of an anxiety attack. If you doc let you come home today with instructions to "watch it", she must not have felt it was anything that was urgent. It's still scary, I'm not denying how you feel. I would have a glass of iced water, then take a calming warm bath, do some deep breathing, and maybe a little meditation. As you calm your fears, your pulse will slow down.

Mine first went up when I was pregnant; then was up and down over 20 years or so. Eventually, I found I was allergic to the chemicals in processed and canned foods. When I stopped eating chemicals and reduced my stress, my problem resolved. Doesn't mean that is what yours is, just saying that there are a lot of odd but not serious reasons why this is happening to you. If it's still up on Monday, go see your doc again.

I've had mine so high my doctor couldn't count it. He would give me an intravenous injection of something to slow it down when it got that high.

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red flower lady 2012-04-21 00:40:44 -0500 Report

Do you take other medication besides the diabetic ones? If yes, you might want to check them for their side affects. Is your blood pressure good? I'm assuming they checked it at the drs. I have high BP and my heart rate races all the time. My drs say he has to work out at the gym like crazy to get his rate to what I wake up with. They haven't figured out the reason for it and it has been a couple of yrs now.

It is a possibility that you are getting sick and the fever just hasn't kicked in. Drink fluids and keep taking the meds on time and eat, even if you don't feel like it so you can keep the bg down. Keep checking it and if still fast and you are worried, call the dr as they'll have an answering service even if closed. Try to relax and get some sleep. Let dad take care of your son, it'll be good for them:)