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Old 03-22-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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Please offer advice. Things aren't getter better.

I am a 39 year old male with constant pressure in my chest. I have frequent "spells" that begin with tightness in my chest, turning to heavy painful pressure on the left side. It is often very painful and lasts approx' 20-30 minutes before it eases off with the help of 2 to 3 nitro sprays. These attacks wipe out any energy I had prior to the attack, leaving me exhausted and nauseous.



My health dropped very suddenly almost 2 full months ago when severe chest pain dropped me to the floor an my blood pressure spiked to 210/136. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and underwent several blood tests as well as a cardiac cath test, several ECG's and x-rays. Since that time, my symptoms have been treated with Morphene, nitro spray, Ativan and several forms of blood thinners and blood pressure medications. Although I'm not as frail as I was 2 months ago, I am not able to live a "normal" life as walking up the stairs in my home bring on the attacks. Cold air brings on attacks, eating too much brings on attacks, removing a nitro patch brings them on sometimes, laying on the couch watching tv causes them...mild exercise brings them on...there seems to be no rhyme or reason to what causes them. I feel bad most of the time and relief from these symptoms are a rare treat.



I have been told that there is some dammage to an area of micro vains in my heart and that I likely have a sleep apnea. I've also been told that I may have a form of artery desiese but my blood pressure is still eratic and no tests have confirmed what anyone has said. My wife swears that I'm not getting better, I'm simply getting used to this illness.



There's speculation that I may have eusophageal spasm disorder and an upper GI is scheduled for next week. I'm currently taking;

-2 panteloc a day. 1 in the am , and 1 at bedtime.
-a daily aspirin.
-8mg hydro pill
-360mg tiazac xc at bedtime.


If anyone has any thoughts I would really appreciate it.
Thanks,
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Im really sorry that youre going through all that. It must be really hard to deal with. I really dont have any ideas, just wanted to let ya know I feel for you.
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Dan,

I was in a similar position you are in and also stayed in the hospital for two weeks. I have severe, drug resistant hypertension and related organ damage. Is your cardiac damage from hypertension? I am sorry you're going through all this.
You could be describing me last year. I could not make it up the stairs without stopping. I could not do anything. Felt sick all the time. I remember going into the garden to weed one day, sitting down to be more comfortable, only to find that moving my arm required too much of an effort and I could not handle it. I just sat there and cried and cried. It is moments like those that make us question whether our lives will ever be normal again.
Our bodies are very resilient. Internal mechanisms work very hard at restoration of all functions. Most existing damage can be lessened or completely reversed. Whenever that isn't possible, our bodies find a way to compensate. Basically, we just need time to heal. Do not give up hope. I never did though came very close to it many times. Things will get better. You have to help make them happen by remaining positive. Do what you can towards that goal - one little thing every day that you can feel good about.
I was able to return to work after a ten month absence late last year.

Your sleep apnea can be treated. Your blood pressure MUST be brought under control. The longer it stays out of control, the worse the consequences. I am sure you've been counselled about your diet and stress management, which are also very important. Anyway, I just wanted to say that things will get better in time. You'll lead a normal life again - well, slightly different normal than before. You are still getting used to your medication and its side effects. That's another reason you feel the way you do. That will also get better.

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Let me first say sorry for posting in two groups.
I had one doctor while I was in the hospital saying a big part of my problem is in my esophagus. I go for testing on the 31st. Barrium swallow.
The heart specialist in this hospital pulled my records from the heart center I had the cath test in after I signed a waiver. The heart specialist said the artery damage was in fact from high blood pressure and irreversible.
So his advice is to learn to live with it. He tells me once my medications are sorted out I will at least feel better? I want more that that. I'm fighting and holding on for things to go back to the way they were, or better.

Some days I feel pretty good at times. Never for long. But when I do, I try to do the normal things I used to. Shop for easter for my kids...grocery store. etc. Each time I do feel good I think ah.... here we go...about time I feel normal. Only to fall flat on my face in the form of severe chest pain, or just plain exaustion.

As much as I try to keep my cool it's not easy. My family doctor has me using a nitro patch all day. Then off at night.
Last night I woke up suddenly with this huge crushing feeling in my chest. I could hardly walk. Not from the pain in my chest, but more from my body just being exausted. I took three nitro sprays and a adivan (as much as I hate taking those) to get to sleep. This happened three times last night.

My blood pressure is getting better. My new normal is in the 150 ..160/high 80s to high 90s. But the chest pressure and pain is still there.
Currently I am 170/89. While wearing a nitro patch.

Thanks for your kind words Kellir.

And Flowergirl, I think you and I are having very similar experiences.
At one point I was getting three times the medication I am currently on alomg with the blood thinner needles and chewing platelette declumpers? What they are called I forgot. My diet is 100% changed. I'm trying.
Coffee is gone for good. Alcohol is gone. And salt is gone.
I bet we all have that in common here.


Flowergirl I would like to hear more about you. Tests...results.. etc.
I am more than willing to share with anyone here. Who knows. Maybe I can help someone?

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Hi Danny,

I hope you are doing OK. You've given me a lot to think about by taking me back in time to the kind of days you're having right now. I will never forget them. That would be impossible. Learning how to manage from day to day and trying to live a "normal" life can be very challenging for someone with these types of problems and on a bunch of medication. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout is a MUST and the only way to get through all of the setbacks.

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I had one doctor while I was in the hospital saying a big part of my problem is in my esophagus. I go for testing on the 31st. Barrium swallow
I wonder how that might be possible and what the connection is? Maybe I shouldn't though. Guess what? I also had the barrium swallow with a resulting diagnosis of a hiatal hernia and GERD. Now also LPR symptoms. So they can now say it plays a huge role in having the chest pain, without really explaining anything. Got chest pain? -It's from GERD and hernia..... If you are like me, you get several different types of chest pain. So I know better. Some of mine is ischemic and coincides with my breathing.

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The heart specialist said the artery damage was in fact from high blood pressure and irreversible. So his advice is to learn to live with it. He tells me once my medications are sorted out I will at least feel better? I want more that that. I'm fighting and holding on for things to go back to the way they were, or better.
I have the same type of damage to my arteries and veins. In my eyes and elsewhere. Mine had happened over a long period of time during which the hypertension raged through my body uncontrolled and undetected. My opthalmologist said it had taken years of high blood pressure for my blood vessels to become like this. Contrary to what your doctor says, I believe we can help make things a lot better by doing all the things we are told we must do - lifestyle changes and exercise. I also take supplements because I believe in them. They have helped reduce the inflammation. Even though you were told the damage is irreversible, don't bet on it.

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Some days I feel pretty good at times. Never for long. But when I do, I try to do the normal things I used to. Shop for easter for my kids...grocery store. etc. Each time I do feel good I think ah.... here we go...about time I feel normal. Only to fall flat on my face in the form of severe chest pain, or just plain exaustion
I know this feeling so well!!! There were times I had to LEAVE my partly filled grocery cart at the store and go home because I was too sick to continue with the shopping. The good moments are fleeting, few and far between.

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My blood pressure is getting better. My new normal is in the 150 ..160/high 80s to high 90s. But the chest pressure and pain is still there.
Currently I am 170/89. While wearing a nitro patch
Your blood pressure control is inadequate. It needs to get better. You need more medication - even if the side effects will make you sick. You will get used to it. I am surprised your doctors are OK with your blood pressure levels. Remember, our blood vessels are damaged already. You don't want them to get any worse. Gotta bring that blood pressure down by any means necessary. I hope this helps a little somehow - I wish I had someone with my type of problems to talk to back then. Nice to be able to now. How is your breathing? Has it remained normal? Has there been any improvement, as far as you can tell, so far? I didn't notice any consistent patterns of improving. It just sort of happened once my breathing got better - after an addition of another medication.

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Hi flowergirl2day,

The more we talk, the more we have in common. It is almost refreshing to hear similar problems. I'm sorry to hear what you have been going through.
It's easy to relate to what you are saying.
The setbacks are rough. I struggled all day at work. I went through about 10 nitro sprays. My face was bright red, and burning all day?
Something new happened today while I was eating my lunch. I swallowed warm, almost hot mashed potatoes. I felt the warmth going down. And before I could take a drink of water I felt a instant searing pain. It must have made my eyes bulge out of my head. It was like an explosion of pain in my chest. The rest of the afternoon was bad. I left work early and went home and went to bed for the night. I left the nitro patch on this time. I woke up at 3am with heavy pressure in my chest. My bp was better than it has been in a while 147/93 . Ever since I started the nitro patches the inbetween attacks have felt better.

The doctor who is suspecting esophagus issues just had a hunch that I have trouble there. He has seen it before he told me. I have had reflux for a few years so I agreed to the testing in hopes of at least part relief? I'm still wondering if he is right? After today I have my hopes up again.

I went for an eye exam when I was 25. My Optometrist noted artery damage in my eyes from high blood pressure. That was 14 years ago. I wish I would have listened then! I almost forgot about that.

I know what you mean about different kinds of chest pain. I have told my family doctor that recently. It's from the same general area. Upper chest area. One feels deeper than the other. Just different kinds of pain. He was a little confused by that. He assumes it is merely different stages of pain.
I still disagree with him.

LOL. The ability to shop at the grocery store has become my benchmark. LOL
It involves a period of time, and lifting and tons of walking. I felt good going in last weekend shopping with my wife. I insisted on carrying the basket that day. We split up to make it a fast trip. She went one way I went the other. I discovered that unless I take it easy during the times that I feel good, they will be short lived. Before I made it to the other end of the superstore I was switching arms with the half empty basket and using the nitro spray. When the chest pain starts, the faster I walk the worse it gets. If I slow right down it will ease up??

Every once and a while it hurts my chest a little when I take a deep breath. It is so rare that I dismissed it. During painful moments my wife tells me to breath slower and not so shallow. LOL easy for her to say. It feels like I'm having a heart attack sometimes.

The biggest improvement I have had to date is the addition of the nitro patch last week. That helped. The sick feeings I get with the chest pressure and pain have lightened up allot. I still get them, not as often or severe.
Before that when I got them all I could do was lay there in agony. I could hardly even talk. It's not often that happens now. Maybe one, two times a night. The occasional one during the day. They really knock the energy right out of you. It felt like they drug you down so far that you became an easy target for chest pain.

chest pain starting again.. 4:00am. 159/98. Maybe I should have left the patch on? I think I'll use the spray and go back to bed.
I meet with my family doctor tomorrow night. Hopefully I get news back on the sleep study etc...

flowergirl2day talking with you has been very helpful. Hopefully this thread can help someone else too.
Has anyone explained to you why you have so many things going on? Are they related to a central problem? I have been wondering that myself?


Thanks,
Dan

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Another update.
I just got home from my doctors appointment tonight.
While I was in the waiting room I was having chest pain and the usual pressure. I waited patiently. This is my new normal.
The nurse took my bp at 184/94. I was still having chest pain and pressure so I had an ecg while I was there. During the ecg I had artery spasms according to my doctor. I saw the print out. I had huge spikes.... Now I wear 2 nitro patches and back to the heart doctor. And I still go for the upper GI Monday morning.

 
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Hi Danny,

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I went through about 10 nitro sprays. My face was bright red, and burning all day?
Something new happened today while I was eating my lunch. I swallowed warm, almost hot mashed potatoes. I felt the warmth going down. And before I could take a drink of water I felt a instant searing pain.
As you are finding out, some days are a little bit better than others. After I started my therapy I developed constant nausea. I have nausea to this day though it now usually subsides after mid-morning. Sometimes I get nauseous after going to bed. I suspect the medications might be causing it but cannot be sure. I am used to it now and it's not nearly as bad as it was last year. I have no prior history of any stomach problems.

It's strange how similar some of our symtoms are. I'd get the tightness in the chest, pain and then breathing problems when out walking (trying to lose weight). Cold air only made it worse. Walking and exercising was often a struggle because I could not breathe properly and would develop lung and chest pain. The chest pain I sometimes got while doing intense 1/2 hour cardio exercises was really scary. In my mind, there was no way to be sure it wouldn't evolve into an MI. My doctor's only comment in that regard was that I should not "overdo it" and should keep going when the pain happens because the heart needs the exercise. Because I don't feel comfortable with that I haven't been doing these exercises. I walk, not nearly as often as I used to and as I should. I still have some shortness of breath but can live with that. (Not that I have a choice).

I have the same thing happen to me sometimes with the food going down and it can be extremely painful. It does not last long but it sure hurts! Were I to ask my doctor, he'd say it's from acid reflux, I could bet.

If you ever decide to discontinue your calcium channel blocker for whatever reason, you should do it over a period of several weeks. I stopped mine abruptly after I had become fed up with its side effects. Several very scary days followed with my heart out of control and plenty of chest pain. I had to go back on it when my doctor returned from holidays.

Just wondering what type of a diuretic you're on. I am on Spironolactone and Hctz. Glad to hear you're not having any problems with your breathing.
Your flushing (being red in the face and sometimes body, feeling on fire) is a side effect of the CCB and perhaps also the Hctz (or whatever water pill you're on). Unpleasant but nothing to be concerned about.

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Has anyone explained to you why you have so many things going on? Are they related to a central problem? I have been wondering that myself?
My doctor didn't offer any explanations or advice. As a matter of fact, some information was withheld. With the exception of my nephrologist, no one really sat down with me for a heart to heart talk. I had the usual counselling in the hospital and a few meetings with the dietitian over the last year.
The central problem is the damage to the cardiovascular system (including the kidneys) caused by the uncontrolled hypertension. I am just grateful I can work and live a nearly normal life.


P.S. Just read your update...thanks for that. Your BP spikes are worrisome. They are most likely hormonal and I am glad you're still being tested in that regard. Glad you had that ECG right there and available. Think two nitro patches are better than one? (just kidding - they'd better be!)

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Hi flowergirl2day,

I'm on Apo-Hyrdo 25mg Hydrochlorothiazide.
The cold effects my chest as well. It tightens up very fast , then the pain starts. I wonder if in the long run they actually do find that I have esophagus issues. I used to dismiss it? The truth is I am so confused that I have given up trying to understand this. It's enough to drive you over the edge.
Today at work I was feeling my chest getter tighter and tighter. I ignored it the best I could for as long as I could. Trying to pretend it isn't real.
Bad idea. I ended up sitting at my desk with my head down waiting for the nitro to work. A very bad idea indeed! I eventually checked my bp again and it was over 180 again?
I have gone through urine tests,5HIA..VMA.. and blood tests. Everything is normal?
I would have thought with two nitro patches on I would have been pain free today. Guess not?

I am guessing your high bp was much worse than mine? The highest number recorded from me was 263/136.

It must be driving you crazy that you can't be "repaired". I am the kind of guy who repaires what is broken. So this is extra frustrating. LOL

11:00 seems to be when it gets worse. The heavy chest and chest pain. Almost every night? This is bizarre...

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Danny,

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Today at work I was feeling my chest getter tighter and tighter. I ignored it the best I could for as long as I could. Trying to pretend it isn't real.
Bad idea. I ended up sitting at my desk with my head down waiting for the nitro to work.
I am surprised that others do the same thing I do - try to convince themselves that the pain, tightness or chest discomfort isn't real. When it happens at work, my first reaction is to freeze and make sure that I am not imagining it. Assured it is real, I wonder if it is going to get worse and how I'd know when to ask for help, should need it. I am unwilling to share my medical history with others. So I just wait these episodes out. They usually don't last very long and do not get too bad. I don't get them very often, thank goodness.

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I am guessing your high bp was much worse than mine? The highest number recorded from me was 263/136.
I am glad your labs don't show any abnormalities. That's great!
The actual values of blood pressure elevations do not always determine the extent or presence of end-organ damage. Damage from from high blood pressure can occur at much lower levels than ours. My highest documented blood pressure reading was from one of my ER visits - 250/160. It might have been even higher at times prior to diagnosis. I used to get horrible pains in the carotid arteries in the neck. When starting therapy, my blood pressure was in the 240's/150's range for a while until the drugs brought it under control. It took several days. The reduction in blood pressure put an end to the "neck" pains. I'd had them for about two and a half years. I was treated for "muscle inflammation" twice during that time-unsuccessfully-without the benefit of a single test or a blood pressure reading. No amount of heat, cold or medication ever relieved those pains. They were horrendous. I should have known better than to believe I had muscle inflammation.

I hope you've had a good day today. You might not be able to "fix" yourself completely but can make things much better!
How long have you been dealing with this? I was diagnosed about 15 months ago and have been on medication since.

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It's hard to imagine that your doctor or any nurses didn't check your bp. That is the first thing they do to me. Even before any of this started.

This is new to me. A year ago I went to see my doctor on account of headaches, knowing I was going to have to go back on some kind of BP pill again. I knew my bp was a little high then. It has been for years. But only in the 140 range. A year ago it was in the 160 range. I started Diovan, which worked well but the side effects were bad. :0 lol
So I stopped on my own. Bad move on my part.
But it wasn't until this past Jan. that I went back on a Wednesday. My bp was in the 180's/100s. I started the bp pills then. Then on Saturday night, (Feb. 2nd) I had massive chest pain and fell on the floor at home. My bp was over 200 then. Off to the emergency room. I was admitted and went on to another hospital for the cath test on Feb. 14th. Valentines day. LOL.
I was cleares that day and went home. Still with chest pains.
On Feb. 17th I was admitted again to the hospital. My bp was 236/136 that night. Severe chest pain again. I had many more tests done. Including a sleep test. My O2 levels were in the fifities. The following night I had a sleep study done with the electrodes on my head, chest, legs, and arms. I still didn't get the results back on that. I don't really know if the fifties is that bad?? I was released on Feb. 21st. I couldn't even walk up stairs at home without stopping. It was really bad then. I went back to work on March 4th armed with nitro spray and the pills I am taking.
So this is all new to me. I can only imagine the levels of frustration you are going through! When I feel good I wonder if it's all in my head. Once it starts I try to ignore it. I think we all go through the "make sure it's real" thing.
Now when I tell my wife I think they are wrong, she gets mad at me.

I want answers that I may never get.
This is a very tough thing. I can handle the pain and feeling bad. But not knowing and wondering if dwelling on this is making everything worse.

I hope Monday gives me some more anwers. I hope they find something during the upper GI. It should be much easier to repair than my heart?

Have you ever worn nitro patches to help you with your symptoms?

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Danny,

I can see why you, like so many others, stopped taking the blood pressure medication. People would be more compliant if there weren't so many detrimental side effects.
I have never been given nitro patches as the initial issue was not angina. I'd had an anteroseptal infarction. Months after the fact, another doctor reviewed all test results and determined that my heart was perfectly fine. He had also told me that the other doctors (including ER physicians and those who treated me in the hospital) had been wrong and misdiagnosed me. I don't ever want to go back to him again. Anyway, my pain didn't start until sometime after I was put on the medications. I grew sick and weak and could not breathe properly. That got better through time. The worst part was not being able to breathe. When you can't breathe, you can't move or do anything. My pulmonary function tests showed a 20% decline in the FEV1. I can do almost anything now as long as I don't go overboard. When bringing in the groceries, I can do 2 1/2 trips up & down the stairs before becoming breathless. I am happy with that. I plan to be really active this spring and summer and hope to improve that even further.
I have not had the sleep study done but since I was monitored at the hospital 24/7 they would have picked up any stops in breathing I think. I had oxygen given to me there and in the ER so maybe my levels were also low. I really don't know.

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When I feel good I wonder if it's all in my head. Once it starts I try to ignore it. I think we all go through the "make sure it's real" thing.
Now when I tell my wife I think they are wrong, she gets mad at me.
When I feel good I also think it's all a mistake and I am not sick at all. Of course, I am proven wrong with the next bout of nausea or pain or a choking attack, tingling hands or whatever else comes along.

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I want answers that I may never get.
We all want them. I didn't get any from my doctors. I would strongly recommend doing a lot of research. It has helped me so much! I use many sources and have a nice collection of medical books. The ones written for professionals are the ones I mean. Very detailed and informative. The uncertainity is very difficult to accept and is always there.
I hope your test goes well and you're happy with the results. Good luck!

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Hi,

I worked late last night. I was on my feet until 9pm. LOL That sounds pretty pathetic. LOL But that is much more than I have done for months.
I had chest pain, dizzy spells and pressure from 7:00 until 9. I would rest for a few minutes and use the nitro spray in between the heavy pressure and pain.
Anyhow I arrived at home by 10:00. Watched tv for a while and went to bed.
Tired and worn out but at least the pressure and pain wasn't so bad anymore. I felt ok.
I woke up at 2:00am in agony. severe chest pressure. I took a few sprays of nitro and it relaxed in about 20 minutes. I laid back down and I noticed the longer I laid flat the worse it felt. My ankles were very swolen. Even my feet seemed to be. I couldn't lay flat or I had a hard time breathing. That is the first time that ever happened. I wonder if that could be esophagus issues? Or does it look more like heart?
Eventually I fell back asleep only to wake up to the same thing at 3:something. This time I used three pillows to prop myself up.
The chest pressure was really bad. I had hard pinching feelings right in the center of my chest.
I woke up at 8:00 this morning and the swelling was gone and I could again lay flat on my bed without any breathing issues.

I'm really glad that I have the Barrium dye test tomorrow morning. Maybe I will know more about what is going on.

I have done so much research since I have been home and am confused as much as ever. It seems that the symptoms I have could be anything? Esophagus or heart? I really thought I was out of the woods with my heart when I had a clear catheter test?
Tomorrow I will know more.

flowergirl2day you are the only one replying. I wonder if I should let this thread die, or continue with updates in case someone else has similar problems?
Chatting with you is helpful. Thanks you!
The breathing problem has to be very scary. More than chest pressure I'm certain.
Take care,
Danny

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Re: Please offer advice. Things aren't getter better.

Hi,

I am not sure if I should be replying then. Just briefly: I also use several pillows and sleep best when almost sitting up. It's easier on the lungs & stomach. We really seem to have very similar issues going on. My swelling is from the calcium channel blockers - you should see me on some days in summertime! Ankles are affected most frequently. It can get a lot worse. I had to be treated for really bad edemas - the swelling stopped at the lung level. It can happen while at rest or active. This is why I tried twice to stop taking this drug. It would appear that I cannot be without it, so will have to learn to tolerate the edema. I am sorry about your frequent painful bouts of angina. You should try and get more testing done - which tests have they done, I wonder (besides the catherization). In my opinion, the doctors let too much time elapse between cardiac tests, especially the expensive ones, at our expense.

I hope your appointment went fine and wish you the best of luck.
flowergirl

 
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Re: Please offer advice. Things aren't getter better.

Hi flowergirl,

It's always good to hear from you.
We do have VERY similar things going on. I'm wondering why? We seem to have very different problems.
My oxygen levels go low while I sleep. I'm looking at the crazy machines now.
Other than the cath. test. It has been only blood and Urine tests.
I'll be going back to the heart specialist soon I'm told.
After having the chest pain right in my family doctors waiting area, and during an ecg he seems to have become even more serious about this than before. He didn't appear to want me to see the ecg printout. I got a quick glimpse of elevated st's. In patches of I think five or so at a time? Then I would be normal, then more spikes? No idea what that could indicate? LOL Or even though I lay perfectly still during the test, could it be that I breathed deeper for a moment?

I had an upper GI this morning. The doctor who did it told me that I had minor acid reflux happening. He said it may feel a little like a heart attack. And I may feel a little pressure and a little pain. I'm not a doctor. And as much as I was really hoping they would find A great deal of acid reflux..... I don't think this is going to change anything as far as my family doctor is concerned. I see him this Wednesday night.

I have been taking two Panteloc a day for 6-7 weeks. A couple times I had to stop taking it for a few days in a row for tests. The only change from taking it or not is when I don't for a few days I feel the odd acid burn in my throat. Nothing compared to the pressure, or pain I get from a bad day. That remains unchanged by the Panteloc. But how likely would it be that the "minor reflux" I was told after the Barrium xray today could be causing the chest pressure and pain?
But the fact that with rest it will slowly go away during the day after it makes me stop everything and sit down clutching my chest? But sometimes be very painful at night makes me think it's only playing a very minor part?
But I won't give up hope yet anyway.

I wonder if two Panteloc a day would keep any pain from occuring from what he called "minor reflux"?

I'm really trying hard not to self diagnose. But so little imformation with very little feedback makes it difficult!
And the worse part is that only two nights ago I was in so much pain that I was seriously wondering if I was having a heart attack? Ankles swolen and having difficulty breathing.
I woudl be so happy just to forget the whole thing if only my energy would increase. And the pain and pressure would just go away.

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