My "exciting" Weekend

by Gkam84   May 14, 2012  

Good day people.

As i mentioned in another post, I've spent most of the weekend in hospital and hooked up to an ECG machine. So i thought i'd let you know that i'm fine and what happened.

A bit about me first, I just turned 28 on Friday, I'm normally healthy and fit. I do have asthma. Smoke occasionally. Don't drink alcohol. I suffer from depression, anxiety and migraines for which i'm on medication.

So Saturday morning. 6am. Got ready to go out on my normal cycle, get home in time to sit and watch the football i thought. Got dressed, checked the bike over, then found a slightly weird thing when i hooked up my heart rate monitor. It was abnormally high. My resting heart rate is around 52-58, But i was away up at 93bpm. So i thought, ok, something strange. I reset it, but still away up. Thinking nothing of it being that high, I set out for my 60 odd miles knowing that I'm going to hit well above that level of bpm at times in my route.

Around 15 miles in, the steep stuff happens. THE LECHT. Climbing that, my heart rate rockets anyway. Highest I'd ever seen was 204 and that was in the middle of winter climbing another hill. So back to the cycling. I was watching my heart rate because of it being higher than normal before I started out. Was getting to a steeper section, was quite breathless and feeling a bit dizzy, thought I was going to fall off the bike. I took a look at my monitor.....BOOM my BPM was sitting at 221. What the hell was going on? I thought I'd better jump off and have a sit down. Found a passing place and had a seat. Sitting there for 25 minutes. My rate had only dropped to 194. Something was seriously wrong.

What to do? I was in the middle of no where. I had mobile phone signal. Should I call an ambulance out? I thought it was not a wise idea to try and cycle home. Just when I was getting to the stage of calling 999, a G-Doc's medic car appeared on the rise of the hill......FATE?? I managed to flag it down. Explained the situation and he phoned straight away for an ambulance because he thought it was quite serious.

Now the medical bit. Which i don't know all the facts. I got an injection of Betaloc from the medic and was told to keep my heart monitor on as it saved me getting undressed and fitted with another one as it would be a while before the ambulance arrived and I was frozen. It had snowed overnight up the Lecht and the temperature was only 3 degrees. So the injection brought my rate down to 166. Still WAY above what my normal resting heart rate is, even after massive amount of exercise. It normally settles down quite quickly.

Ambulance arrived around 20 minutes later. Switched to thier monitors. I was more concerned about my bike. What was I going to do with it? Thankfully the medic took the wheels off and popped it in his back seat and took it home for me. Which was fantastic of him.

Sitting in the back of the ambulance. My rate hadn't gone below 137. What was going on? Blues and Twos all the way (45 miles) to the hospital. Straight into A&E, put on an ECG, had a drip attached and my heart rate started to drop. So most of Saturday I spend lying wondering what the hell was going wrong with my body?

Off I travelled in my chauffeur driven wheelchair to have an MRI scan to see that my heart was working as it should, everything was fine......Doctors were puzzled. I was going to be kept on a monitor over night and see how I was the next day. Time to get some kip. Restless night, but in the morning my heart rate was sitting at a steady 61. Doctors were even more puzzled. The took blood a few times over the course of the weekend and nothing was showing up.

They have put it down to a panic attack. I'm going to be seeing my doctor ever second day for two weeks to get everything checked out. But nothing serious they say. No need for any medication to be taken. It was just a "one off" and "these things happen". I've heard that about a dozen times over the last days.

Not sure i'm happy with their stance on it being a panic attack as it was at an elevated level before i set out and why was i having a panic attack on one of my favourite routes that i've cycled hundreds of times and even with it being a "killer" on the legs, I still enjoy it. So I'll wait to see my own doctor and see whats said.

All in all. A shock to the system and quite a scare. But I'm fine, no lasting damage done and everything should be fine. I've been advised over the next two weeks while going back and forth to the doctor to take it easy and no strenuous exercise. So the cleats are hung up for a bit and my main source of exercise shall be reaching for the TV remote and watching some of my riders winning stages in the Giro and ToC. Devil

Peace out and take it easy

Kam Big Grin

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I guess that pales my weekend into significance being stuck in work for 10 hours each day when I should have been on my bike.

Still I was able to stream the Giro so I was happy on that score.

Gkam Sounds like it was fate that the medical car came by and sorted you out.
Take it easy for the next few weeks and as you say get the remote in hand as you have a great excuse to watch the Giro.

posted by Marauder [284 posts]
14th May 2012 - 15:12

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The important thing is you are "alright" ka you live to tell the tail and have no permanent damage.

posted by nickobec [261 posts]
14th May 2012 - 16:02

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Good to hear you're ok, definitely sounds like it could have been worse.

Wonder if it might be an idea to wear your HRM day-to-day for a couple of weeks to keep an eye on it? Or at least take your pulse every morning in consistent circumstances to build a baseline? Might give you a little more peace of mind before getting on the bike again.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
14th May 2012 - 16:12

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Thats not a bad should notfastenough. I think i'll just do that and wear my HRM daily to keep an eye on anything strange. But since Sunday morning its been back to normal.

I'm seeing my own doctor tomorrow.

I know this is going to sound really fecked up, but i'm kind of hoping they find something. Not anything serious, but just something to explain it, as a panic attack just doesn't cut it with me. I've had them before though my anxiety and it was nothing like that Thinking

Then again, I do not have initials after my name or a Dr as a title. So i'll leave it to them Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
14th May 2012 - 16:17

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Really glad your ok gkam, defo not a coincidence that the medic was on the Lecht. Rest up mate. Here's hoping the gp finds something concrete.

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posted by giff77 [1187 posts]
14th May 2012 - 19:27

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I thought you'd been a bit quiet… I'm really glad you met that medic, though obviously not as glad as you

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
14th May 2012 - 19:51


Agree, doesn't seem like a panic attack - usually you'd cop all the emotional stuff as well (helplessness, crying, etc) - so unless it was a 'silent' panic attack it seems really odd. And that's one long panic attack!

Hope you get some answers and glad you are well after what must have been a scary day.

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posted by alotronic [418 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:13

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Glad you're ok. Does sound very odd though. If it happened to me I'm not sure I'd buy their explanation either. Definitely needs some research. Best of luck in sorting it out.

posted by Alan Tullett [1581 posts]
15th May 2012 - 11:03

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Ok, I may have an answer, waiting for the blood results back. I forgot to tell the hospital I had a Cortisone injection on Friday afternoon. Surprise

So anyway. The doctor thinks that could have caused something to go haywire in conjunction with my beta-blockers for my migraines. That sounds more logical.

I get a Cortisone injection every year around my birthday. This year it was on my birthday 11th May. It seems to combat my hay fever. So i continue you with, even though it not recommended anymore. Its the only thing i've found since i was 7 years old that works.

At least i might have an explanation now Nerd

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
18th May 2012 - 3:52

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Blimey, you not sleeping or something?! Big Grin Glad it looks like you have a reason - that's the problem when all this stuff starts working against each other.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
18th May 2012 - 8:38

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I'm not a great sleeper, Normally just get a couple of hours here and there.

Just back from the doctors.

It seems the combination of the injection, my pills and the exercise the day after the injection conspired against me.

I've got the all clear now though, so if this heavy rain would go away and i can get out and about.

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
18th May 2012 - 15:00

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Don't do it - the wind today was winding me right up!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
18th May 2012 - 17:55

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Geez GKam, you know i've been there, but you gave me a real fright. Just thinking about climbing the lecht puts my heart rate above my maximum allowed. Glad you are ok, how is you phsycological state, as to getting back on the bike, that is what got to me.

posted by thefatcyclist [584 posts]
18th May 2012 - 19:46

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Yeah it gave me a fright aswell. My mind state is fine now that i know it was a one off because of the combination of medication, so i'm fine about going out and up the Lecht again, just not this weekend as i'm treating myself to a lazy one, feet up watching the Giro/Scottish cup final and then the champions league tonight Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
19th May 2012 - 13:07

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You say you smoke and you have asthma?

Could I suggest that you *immediately* stop smoking to eliminate that possible cause.

Throw in the fact that cycling is a cardiovascular exercise, god knows why you would want to smoke a cigarette.


posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 2:20

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I do smoke "occasionally" like a cigar here and there at celebrations or an odd cigarette if i'm on a night out.

I used to be a 20 a day guy until a few years ago and i was still putting in the same miles at the same rate i do now. I'm being honest when i say, I see no difference in my health and fitness levels from being a none smoker up until i was 19, then smoking 19-24 and now from 24-28. The smoking never effected my health or fitness.

My asthma has never been a huge factor either. It used to play up when i was young and into my early teens, that was mainly through the summer when my hayfever was that bad it stopped me from going out side for weeks. I started getting cortisone injections when i was around 15 for my hayfever and since then my asthma only bothers me in very cold conditions, like riding in -12 though the winter.

You can list me all the health benefits of not smoking.....blah blah blah, I was dead against it, I started, then quit, but still enjoy having one now and again. Since New Year, I've smoked 9 cigarettes and 3 cigars Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 2:53

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