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Im in the middle of adjusting my thyroid med. Two hours ago

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Im in the middle of adjusting my thyroid med. Two hours ago my heart started pounding hard and fast. I chewed up 3 81mg's of aspirin and took 1mg of lorazepam. It slowed down but now Im really weak. I've long history of lung problems. Lost .04 of my left lung 3 1/2 yrs ago. Im wearing oxygen cuz Im having a little trouble breathing. What does this mean? Its after hours so I can't call my clinic.

Hello Janice ,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

The causes of hard and fast pounding of heart can be;

1) Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
2) An abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
3) Caffeine
4) Medications
5) Stress or anxiety.

With your past medical history and concomitant medical issues, it is recommended that you should go to an urgent care clinic or emergency room to get an EKG for the cautionary purpose and to rule out abnormal heart rhythm.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
what does the weakness mean?
Hello Janice,

Weakness may not point to any specific issue or diagnostic to the previous episode of heart pounding; as it can occur secondary to all the issues including stress, anxiety, medications, arrhythmia etc. If the weakness is profound, again it is a pointer and emphasizing for getting an evaluation by the doctor.

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