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Palpitation after Bowel Movement

The various unpleasant manifestations of Helicobacter can be described here. Remember however that the great majority of persons with Hp have no symptoms that they are aware of and consider themselves normal.

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Palpitation after Bowel Movement

Post by ak343 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:49 pm


I've been having palpitation after bowel movement (90 - 135 BPM) on daily basis. This has happened to me after the H Pylori eradication back in June 2015. I have checked my heart 3 times and have done 3 holter monitoring, 2 Eko and 2 Stress test. The DR said I have sinus arrythmia and told me that this will go away with age. But recently the palpitation have been increasing and the feeling of heavy breathing and a press on the right nerve on the neck is occuring. I have never had this issue before the eradication of H Pylori. I also have nasty palpitation when I used to have clarythromicin and the doctor told me to keep having it and fight the feeling until I complete the course that I have. I also suffer from Hiatus Hernia (4 CM) but the doctor told me its not major and no need for a laperscopic surgery. I've been losing loads of weight since the eradication of H Pylori. I was 68 KG and now I sit on 58 KG. My stomach has been sensative to food and I cant eat big portions unless my heart palpitates and it get's too annoying. I also have signs of hair loss. I have been checked in Germany and also done a colonoscopy and endoscopy twice. Nothing came out but the hiatus hernia. I'm fed up with bowel movement palpitations and It's getting scary and worse. I don't suffer from Heartburn at all and if I take PPI i get constipation for 4 days and once there is a bowel movement after that it feels like my heart is going to explode. I cannot eat meat much due to the sensative stomach. I quit coffee and tea after having coffee for 15 years. I substituted the habit by having honey with warm water in the evening. This issue with bowel movement palpitation has been increasing and it's making me late to work as I have to lie down for 15 to 30 minutes sometimes to an hour after it until it calms down. Depending on the severity of the palpitation my stomach gets tensed and I end up having pain in the middle abs and the bones beneath the chest. I'm used to having a warm cup of hot chocolate every morning to get the bowel movement running.

Anyone having simular issues or has solved it please advise me.

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Re: Palpitation after Bowel Movement

Post by Helico_expert » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:17 pm

palpitation is not a common symptom of H. pylori, especially you have stopped all antibiotics. So when did you stop the treatment? since June? Perhaps you need to balance your guts flora a bit. I am not sure if probiotics will help. I guess there is no harm trying.

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Re: Palpitation after Bowel Movement

Post by bertol » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:03 am

I'm pretty sure that palpitations you are experiencing after bowel movements are a symptom of "defecation syncope" which is a form of vasovagal syncope. It can occur in perfectly healthy people and it can be aggravated by some underlying condition, in your case maybe by sinus arrhythmia. Some people also experience fainting, nausea, "fever" or flushing.

You can experience a bowel movement as a stress, and your body react with increased tone of the nervus vagus, which results in dilation of the arteries and temporary fall of blood pressure.

It may help if you take care to have not too hard or too soft stools, you drink enough water (I'm not saying a lot, just enough), especially if you can drink a glass or 2 of water like 30 minutes before the bowel movements.

Side effects of medications and maybe some neurological condition could contribute to the symptoms...

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