Reality check needed!
I'm new to the board, and need to get a bit of perspective on my situation - you all seem very knowledgable here and less likely to be emotional about it than my family!
I'm a 38 yr old female with a complex medical history - rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Type 2 diabetes. At the moment all the conditions are well managed with a molatov cocktail of medications! I have been prone to gastric pain, and now take Prosilec / Omeprazole to tackle that. A couple of weeks ago, I had pain in my chest, an ache just to the left side of centre, below my collar bone and some pain going into my shoulder and arm. I suspected it was gastric and asked my GP to put up the dosage of Prosilec. He felt it would be prudent to do an ECG which he faxed to a cardiologist. They felt there was some indication of T Wave inversions and so I had an appointment to go and see them last week where the did a 12 lead ECG and it showed the same.
As my mobility is poor, I can't do a stress test. They suggested a thallium scan instead and will do that in the next 6 weeks. The consultant said that I was what they would class as "intermediate risk", particularly in light of the diabetes, and that of course, if was better to know than not know. She said that if the scan indicated a problem they would then go on to do an angiogram.
Daft thought it may seem, I feel terribly shocked by it all - I really had thought my GP was just being over cautious! I'm plagued by gastro pain so much that it seemed an obvious conclusion... I'm sitting here now with the discomfort again, and I just feel frightened. Am I likely to keel over? I'm trying to tell myself that they wouldn't have let me go if they were really concerned. Is this just a precautionary process of eliminating it or is there a real chance that this is a heart issue...
I'm usually very stoical about these things, but it's been a tough year health-wise and this has really caught me a bit left field!