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I am a 26 year-old female.

I have had this 'fluttery', sometimes 'thumping' feeling in my chest for a little over 2 weeks now. It started off as very occasional - every couple of hours or so - and mainly happened during my working hours (not when I first woke up or anything), but it now seems to have got worse with every day that has passed. So far, I have had only 2 evenings when it hasn't happened but, in general, it is almost constant throughout the day. I feel it when I wake up, while I am at work, when I rest and when I go to bed. There have been some moments when I feel this sudden need to take in a deep breath as though I am not getting enough air - almost breathless, if you like?! Today, I have felt a little light headed.

I must admit, I am very doctor-shy and I have put off going through hope that this feeling will go away, but do you think this is something I should be worrying about? I have never had this before and it seems to be dragging out a while.
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replied November 30th, 2006
I have had that for quite a few years now I too was afraid to go to the doctor but I finally did. I was told it could be caffeine related or anxiety related.. Also hormone changes can do it also. Don't be afraid to go to the doctor you need to go for your own piece of mind
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replied December 1st, 2006
Experienced User
Sounds like what they told me was palpitations... And yeah, I can't have caffeine either. I'm supposed to sleep a lot and not go for long periods of time without eating, too.
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replied August 14th, 2009
i have had this problem for almost a year now, been to see a specialist but nothing showed up, it happens most days feels like a thumping in my chest, worse when i lie in bed as feel like im squashing something in my chest so have to lie on my back..sometimes get palpatations were heart rate speeds and i feel wheezy and sometimes pass out...all been checked out??? i now get really painful throbbing numb viens in my hands and viens look huge...anyone else get this???
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replied December 2nd, 2009
Thumping in chest
I have the thumping in my chest as well and I also have the heart rate that speeds up, I have recently been diagnosed with LUPUS so I'm not sure if this is related to that or not, I get dizzy and every now and then sharp headaches, In my chest it feels like I need to take a deep breath as well, almost like thumps or gallops , I'm scared.....
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replied December 6th, 2009
PALPITATION, FLUTTER, ARRYTHMIC
I have also had the thumping in my chest, also in my abdomen as of 3 weeks now. i had an abnormal ekg about 6 weeks ago and nothing was done about it...i am quite worried because 3 days ago i vomited and i rarely do that. now the flutter in my chest is almost constant. anyone who could help me with this is very appreciated. thanks
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replied January 19th, 2010
whats wrong with me?fluttering etc and hot/cold extremeties
i have it too! I am 26 and have suffered anxiety that could have possibly bought it all on, now when I get stressed it happens too. Also at night and I cant sleep because of teh fluttering thumping and sometimes crshing breathlessness. I have been toild I also have vertigo but I do not know the cause. I have painful red and veiny and hot feet and hands that really burn and swell and my nose goes red and hot too, when it is cold I have white/purple extremeties and have been gradually getting worse for 2 years this month. I am also feeling quite impatient recently as I am constantly feeling like this.
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replied March 2nd, 2010
Fluttering in chest
I'm 53 years old and have had palpitations since I was about 12. As an adult I've made doctor appointments at the onset but the palpitations are gone when my doctors visit occurs. Two nights ago this fluttering began began in my chest. This feels different than palpitations. Since I don't have health coverage and can't afford a doctor visit I will try being calm and pray.
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replied June 17th, 2012
Try your county and see if they have health coverage based on income. I applied and was amazingly approved for FREE health coverage. Try and all they can say is NO! It's worth the try! Good luck!
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replied March 17th, 2010
Me Too!
I too have a fluttering feeling in my chest. I keep telling myself that it couldn't be anything serious because I had a complete stress test at the local hospital 2 months ago. Nothing showed up. In fact, they said my heart was in great shape. ( I just turned 50)

I also have a panic/anxiety disorder I've been battling for years. It's my assumption that the fluttering is anxiety related since my heart is in good shape. I also notice that the fluttering often gets worse the more I concentrate on it.

For those who get the weird heart pounding, I found that coughing often helps clear it up (at least for me) If that doesn't help, I bend at the waist with my head lowered, and cough again. That will usually stop my palpitations, at least for the time being.

Hope this information gives some peace of mind to those who worry.
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replied August 6th, 2012
I am so glad to read this and I also agree its stress related. With me it only happens for a few seconds and then passes. If I don't think about it, it happens less and a cough helps instantly to remove it completely. I have no other symptoms like dizziness or nausea and feel great all round but this has caused my anxiety levels to raise increasing the occurrence. thank you for this post
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replied December 10th, 2012
I agree also that it is stress related. my experience is that the more the stress th more palpitations or flutters that I have as well as increase in heart rate during the episode. I find that taking slow and deliberate breaths (woosah) helps calm everything down.
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replied August 6th, 2012
I am so glad to read this and I also agree its stress related. With me it only happens for a few seconds and then passes. If I don't think about it, it happens less and a cough helps instantly to remove it completely. I have no other symptoms like dizziness or nausea and feel great all round but this has caused my anxiety levels to raise increasing the occurrence. thank you for this post
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replied December 8th, 2012
yes it was thanks.....
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replied March 19th, 2010
Fluttering in Chest
yesterday I had fluttering in my chest along with a tightness, tiredness, nausea and light-headedness. I sat still for a while and it went away. Could this be something other than anxiety?
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replied April 11th, 2010
fluttering in chest
I''ve had a felling in my chest for the past week...can''t sleep or even function through out the day...its an awful feeling...I didn''t know how to describe it til I tried looking it up...fluttering is perfect...I am 12 weeks pregnant & have not had this feeling with any other pregnancys...does anyone know if it is even related to me being pregnant...I have to go back to work tomorrow and I''m a bit scared...if anyone knows what it is & how to get rid of it please let me know...thank you...
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replied April 12th, 2010
Fluttering in chest
Might want to get your Thyroid checked as well as your iron level. I''ve had this on and off for years and have found when my iron level is lower is when it happens.
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replied July 10th, 2012
Heart Fluttering
I second that. I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and every now and then my heart flutters. I am also anemic and was told by my physician that this also cause palpitation.
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replied April 28th, 2010
i also have the fluttering is being for a month now ad i also went to the ER but they said its just anxiaty,this last week kind o slow the times but i still have then and i get really worry i can''t help it.
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replied May 2nd, 2010
heart flutters
iam experiencing the same thing im a wile worrier and im getting abdominal pain along with soar head soo wat could this be please help
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replied May 5th, 2010
heart flutter?
I''ve had this problem ever since I can remember. I have a fluttery feeling in my chest that could be tightness. It DOES make it hard to breath. Since I have to THINK to breath normally. I really want to know what is going on. I have nurses as parents, but well. I don''t know if I should tell them AGAIN. I think I have told them I feel my heart skip. It does that too. Though not often. Recently the tightness or fluttering in my chest has been nearly every day.
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replied June 5th, 2010
The last two months i have had chest flutters. I think maybe my heart is raceing out of my chest then I do get short of breathe and a definite pounding its weird, I don't have insurance or i would have went to the doctor. It comes and goes, I guess if i were having a heart attack i would already know it is such a odd feeling. Seems that all other responses seem to think this might be anxiety. Thanks to all who have the same problem this really helps...I am 56 years old.
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replied June 15th, 2010
I have also been having a fluttering sensation in my chest and when it comes I have to remind myself to take a deep breath. However, I'm only 16 so now I'm really wondering. Please help, thank you so much!

Love in Christ,
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replied June 19th, 2010
chest flutter
anyone know what to do or what it is? Ive been having the same problem. (i feel like i'm not getting enough oxygen, i keep coughing, +dizziness,+ the fluttering (more often lately) and fast or arrhythmic heart beats (once in a while). if anyone knows, please reply!
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replied June 2nd, 2012
fluttering in chest!
I am 50 i too have the same feelins i am just so scareed when it happens i cry because i am not sure! I have had my thyroid checked it was good they checked my urin for infections but that also was good ,they did an ekg that was good now i have a heart monitor on me i have to press a button everytime it flutters , weird thing is when i got sent home with it i was fine for almost a week now the fluttering started again , i only have a cell phone so i have some recorded i see my dr next week i will have her use her landline phone to call thpose recordings in for me to see if they are normal or not! I suspect itb is anxiety i have been thru a lot in my life! I have a trach i almost deid a few times about 13 years ago and i have not smoked since then! So until i heat how the recordings come back good or bad so far i have not been able to find outr anything! I had my BP checked last week my palse was 76 my BP was 126/72 so i have no idea! I do albuterol treatments for my lungs i use a nebulizer for that i try to only do them every 6 to 8 hours! I am in active menopause so maybe that has something to do with it too! All i know if i am afraid to sleep at night because thats when it happens mostly!
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replied June 27th, 2010
Fluttering
I have had the fluttering, heart skipping etc. a nurse friend says it sometimes is caused by lack of sleep, caffeinne etc. The heart sometimes she explained "is misfiring" because of the electric current in your body not producing the right charge for your heart. The more I think about the problem, the more it happens. Then i get stressed thinking about whether im going to have a heart attack, then it happens more.

Certain things will trigger it. I find keeping myself busy makes it go away. Sometimes it goes away for a few weeks and then comes back with a little lack of sleep.

I found the best thing possible for this is exercise. When I do a 20 -30 minute cardio in the morning, and then again at night, it seems to be non existent. Try excersizing, eating a little healthier, will make you body and mind better.
Best of luck
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replied July 13th, 2010
fluttering chest
I have also had these symptoms, the fluttering, feeling like i can't get a deep breath, and the strange feeling that i am squashing my chest if i lay on my side. It is all usually accompanied by a feeling of heat raging through my body, not my arms and legs or head just the body. I was also wondering if it could be phsycosymatic as i sometimes feel i bring it on if i get anxious or think about things that upset me. I am glad i found this link as i was thinking i was going crazy.
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