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Old 10-26-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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Tightness in upper abdominal area

Looking for clarity - For decades I have experienced tightness in my upper abdominal area following a full meal. When advised I had Trunkal Obesity (?'sp) that made for the discomfort (2005), I proceeded to lose 30+ lbs. & appreciate the change (currently 217#); however, the tightness continues after several years ... exercise, diet change, & ample fluids have made it easier to navigate. Still, I get this swelling in my upper chest ... much like my sinuses when I am emotional. Gradually they subside & I can breathe well... especially at night with a CPAP machine (sleep apnea). I am off salt, minimal sugar; portions are now regulated when eating. My heart rate may reach the 30's when idle or sleeping - with minimal plaque buildup in one artery over the years. I experience lightheadedness, occasional dizziness requiring moments to “recalibrate” before proceeding with normal functioning.
I have had the spectrum of tests from body scan, MRI's, blood tests, X-rays, diaphragm X-ray standing, Event monitor (infrequent irregularity, low beat when idle) & now facing the Pacemaker. I do not smoke or drink alcohol, my meds consist of Pravastatin 20mg'h & 81mg Aspirin (4'yrs) ... yet swelling continues as before.
I am of the belief that a thorough MRI should be completed of the upper chest cavity before I accept the Pacemaker...
At 71, I am yet full-time as a social worker, mostly sedentary, ample stress with occasional moments of affirmation in the profession. My work is generally autonomous regarding my office as "Our Agency's Social Work Department."
My unrest is that once a Pacemaker is implanted, the possibility of future MRI's may not find the irregularity of swelling in my chest that defies changes being done to address the discomfort. I have lived with this irregularity for 20+ years & have followed Dr's advice, "if it is not painful or inhibiting your work, you will have to adjust to it!"
I wish to be rid of this swelling - perhaps finding a name for it would be helpful.

 
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