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    Allergy or Nicotine Withdrawal or Anxiety?
    An_250895 posted:
    Dear All
    First of all please pardon me for the bad English. I am a 29 year old male, 80 kgs (176 lbs), 5 feet 11" height. I was a heavy smoker for an year of my life i.e. 2012-13 almost a pack of 20 a day but quit a month ago.

    I had an acute allergic attack in the month of December after eating a combination of non veg food, though i was a regular eater of chicken. The attack as guessed by the doctor might be because of the prawns i ate along with its shells which i had after atleast 3 years. I had chicken, mutton, fish and prawns at the same time and probably the prawns got me the attack after which i had to be rushed to emergency. I went home after the symptoms subsided.

    After this episode i stopped having non veg food. On a few occasions i.e. twice or thrice i had to be rushed to the doctor for having shortness of breath and heart palpitations along with some tightness in the chest. On 25th of January i had the same symptoms and this time really frustrated and frightened i got myself admitted to hospital. They did all the heart related tests, i.e. twice ECG, 2D Echo, stress test, blood and urine tests, ultrasound of the abdomen, glucose tolerance tests, etc. which all came out to be absolutely normal after which they discharged me.

    The final conclusion the doctor gave me that i was allergic to all forms of animal protein as coincidentally the episodes happened when i had either chicken or egg. But there were occasions when i did have chicken and nothing happened.

    After this diagnosis i completely quit dairy products, non veg food etc.
    I am the kind of person who is generally very concerned about my health. One more thing i forgot to mention was that i had completely quit smoking and alcohol i.e. cold turkey. After this episode i visited my parent's place and got an allergy test done. The IGE count came out to be around 325 and i was found allergic to tomato and mildly allergic to ground nut, cucumber and garlic.

    In the span of two months i have consulted almost six doctors, majority of which suggest i have anxiety.

    i have been having heart palpitations, bouts of tightness in chest and occasionally shortness of breath and they just dont seem to go despite the fact that the heart tests have come out to be normal.
    I will be getting married, joining a new job and shifting to a new city all in a months time. Is it related to this.

    Another thing i have noticed that my stomach has got a heart beat kind of an action while lying down. I remember i had an abdomen ultrasound done while i was hospitalized and it came out to be normal. Is this anxiety or something with the aorta after reading all those dreadful posts in different forums!

    I am confused. Are the symptoms related to my anxiety, nicotine withdrawal, gastro-intestinal problems, or allergies? Can you please help me out.
    An_250895 responded:
    forgot to mention a normal chest xray! Thanks
    cardiostarusa1 replied to An_250895's response:

    Kudos for qutting the cigs.

    As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes anxiety and stress) or triggers.

    PVCs are typically harmless (benign), be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

    As applicable, some individuals have reported, palpitations being triggered off by GERD/acid reflux/heartburn, swallowing (food or drink), gas, bloating, belching, burping, or coughing, or after a heavy meal/on a full stomach.

    These are known as indirect causes or an "reactive-arrhythmia". This may/can also be a side effect of some foods (which includes additives and preservatives), drinks, or drugs. On the flip side, in some cases, belching, burping, or coughing may/can terminate/relieve an irregular heartbeat.

    Noteworthy, in some individuals, as applicable, more so if there is a bounding, firm, or strong pulse (for whatever reason, constant or briefly), they can see a rhythmic pulsing or throbbing (in-sync with the heartbeat) in a vein, such as in the hand, arm, or neck, simply because of their body habitus, e.g., thin or thin 'n tall build (or so-called being "thin-skinned") and physique. A pulsing in the chest, and sometimes in the abdomen/stomach, may/can be felt and noticed as well, especially when lying down.

    Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

    Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

    Take care,


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    An_250895 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thank you for the reply. If these are nicotine withdrawal symptoms, how long are they expected to last? Is this the reason of anxiety? Can allergies also cause the same type of symptoms?
    Is anxiety is a byproduct of nicotine withdrawal or allergies? It would be great if you could shed some light on this!
    cardiostarusa1 replied to An_250895's response:
    You're welcome.

    "If these are nicotine withdrawal symptoms, how long are they expected to last?"

    This is a variable.

    Understanding Nicotine Withdrawal

    What Are the Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal

    "Can allergies also cause the same type of symptoms?"

    Anything medical is seemgingly possible today.

    Allergies - Symptoms
    "Is anxiety is a byproduct of nicotine withdrawal or allergies?"

    In some cases, it may/could be.

    Anxiety - Symptoms
    Take good care,


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