Fast heart beat/pulse. [Bear with the story here.]

I went to my pain management doc about a week ago. I was there for my refill and I was completely out of my pain medication.

I also have a lumbar spine injury, which is what I believe [after a lot of research] is what the fibromyalgia stemmed from. They wanted me to do a procedure - I think it’s some kind of nerve block or some such thing, I forget the exact name of it.

Just as I was about to go in, they took my pulse. If I remember right, it was somewhere around the vicinity of 125/90. They were worried about how high it was, I remember that much.

The procedure they wanted to do on me was unexpected. I had eaten that day and had no ride home [unless you count a taxi cab], so they insisted on doing it with no sedation - I would be wide awake during the whole thing.

I tried to convince them not to do it, seeing as I was not only in pain as it was, but also because I had a high pulse and therefore a fast heart beat. I was thinking it was most likely from pain, so obviously I wanted to leave, get my prescription filled and go home to rest.

They re-assured me they would numb it and I wouldn’t feel the pain. So I co-operated, going in there with an open mind - I mean hey, maybe it would actually help the back pain. Why not?

About an hour later [and a whole lot of screaming and crying - you’re damn right I felt what they did to me and then some], I came out and they checked my pulse again.

From what I could hear, the top number went up to 130. I heard the doctor on duty say he was worried I might go into a-fib, which if I remember my medical terminology, means he was worried I’d have a heart attack.