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Old 07-27-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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Saw Endo and scared!!!

Hi all. I saw the new endo today. Paid 200 again cash b/c gp doesn't think I even have thyroid issues.
Doc was great. Spent a lot of time. Told him all of awful symptoms. And he confirmed Hashi's with last labs. But took me off all meds. Took an ekg which was abnormal. Then set me up to see a cardilogist. Wants me to see neuro (already going on Wed) for ms. Mad that old endo didn't do ultrasound for nodules, need mri of back. I tried to tell gp this a couple of weeks ago due to back pain. I said maybe there is a tumor or something. He smiled and said x-ray would have shown this. New doc says stupid!!! Wants me to see a rhuemy to confirm fibro and an osteo something for walking probs!
The only problem is I can't go to any of them until Aug 1st when ppo kicks in. What if I have a heart attack before I see him? I am going on vacation before then August 17th!!! I am so scared. Who would have thought heart probs? I know it's not the synthroid causing b/c had an ekg in Feb before a biopsy and that was abnormal too. Only the doc wrote ok to operate over the abnormal dx!!!!! COuld have had a friggin' heart attack onthe table.
Has anyone else had abnormal ekg's??????????
Pls help
Deena

 
Old 07-28-2006, 01:37 AM   #2
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Re: Saw Endo and scared!!!

Funny you should mention it.... I just had an EKG yesterday, b/c I'm scheduled to have a TT on August 21st. I was anxious about the EKG because last year, when I needed to have a hysterectomy, since my EKG was abnormal, I ended up having to have a heart cath before I could get approval for the hysterectomy surgery.

The EKG last year showed a possible enlargement in the left atrium. So, they scheduled me for a stress test. But, b/c I can barely walk due to leg and feet pain, they did the stress test with me lying down and receiving an injection. The results were abnormal, but the person reading the results said it could have been "artifact" - large breasted women can sometimes throw off the EKG, and it is considered artifact. But, my GYN insisted on a heart cath anyway, since both EKG and stress test were abnormal. The heart cath was just fine, and I was cleared for the hysterectomy.

Fast forward to yesterday. I had the EKG, new doc this time, and she came in all concerned (not knowing much about my history) saying the EKG showed that I had had a heart attack at some time in the past. I explained about the stuff I went through last year, and promised to fax her the EKG and results of the stress test, which I did this morning. Now, I'm just waiting to see if what she saw is identical to what was on the EKG last year.

I have learned not to trust docs. 20 years ago, I was told that the swelling in my thyroid was nothing to worry about, but it was clearly the beginning of a LONG, LONG, via dolorosa (way of suffering). That was the beginning of the Hashi's that has destroyed my thryoid, and my health. So, I don't know if this abnormal EKG is really showing the beginning of something, or if it is, in fact, just "artifact" from my large breasts (have to laugh about that - I used to be so flat-chested, until I gained over 100 pounds in 2 years b/c I quit smoking).

I don't want to discourage you AT ALL, but since I went untreated for over 17 years with DISABLING symptoms of severe Hashi's, it is possible that my heart has suffered some damage. My mother died of heart failure, after suffering several small attacks, which I believe were the result of undiagnosed and untreated Hashi's (she was dx'd just 2 years before she died, but by that time, the damage was done).

I hope your EKG was just "artifact" too - and I am praying that I don't have to go through all that crap AGAIN, just to have my thyroid out. (The stress test, and heart cath). But, if I have to, I have to - don't want to have a heart attack on the table! I am so afraid the doc will refuse to do the TT bc of heart problems. I am often very short of breath, but just put it off to the Hashi's, and my sudden weight gain. What about you? Any signs of heart trouble?

Blessings,

Ora

 
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Old 07-28-2006, 01:41 AM   #3
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Re: Saw Endo and scared!!!

One more thing. The Cardiologist INSISTED that the untreated thyroid disease would NOT have caused heart problems. I have read that it can. So, maybe the truth lies somewhere in the middle!

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Old 07-28-2006, 05:18 AM   #4
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all of my symptoms started at the same time. had horrible heart palpitaions one night so i went to see my PCP (wasn't sure if my diabetes was out of whack) but i felt horrible. they did an EKG in the office and said it showed an irregular heartbeat. sent me to a cardiologist the next morning for an ECHO . that also showed an irregular heartbeat. did a stress test that day and cardiologist said i have the heart of a 20 year old. i am 52. through this time i started waking up sweating, shaky and just feeling weird. took my sugar thing this has to be my diabetes. but it was normal. within months i had a tingling in my face that i thought was from a recent neck injury. Ortho told me no and sent me to a neurologist. did a carotid artery ultrasound and MRI of brain. everything was normal but they found a cyst on my thyroid. nuclear scan showed multi-nodular cold cyst on thyroid. next step was the ENT. He found that the top of my esophagus is swollen so i am heading for a brium swallow this morning. I blamed everything on menopause.Well now with all of this going on I am blaming everything on the enlarged thyroid with the cold nodule. I have been from dr. to dr. all sorts of specialist for 3 months now and still don't have any definite answers or treatment. even the ortho tells me my neck is a mess. had none of these problems until i hurt my neck. Coincidental?

 
Old 07-28-2006, 06:13 PM   #5
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Re: Saw Endo and scared!!!

Hi guys, thanks for your quick responses!
Ora, I amso sorry for your probs with the hysterectomy! What is the procedure for a heart cath? Sounds invasive!!! It's funny you mention it b/c I have very large breast as well. Hope that's not the cause! Just kidding though b/c 2 came out abnormal.
I can't believe the swollen or enlarged thyroid meant nothing to your former doc! Well, I can believe it. I have seen so many quacks!!! I hope you get the ok to have the surgery. It is so stressfull!! I am out of breath too. This started with the breath a couple of yrs ago and the first doc put me on Xanax. The current just asked me about the heart pain if it hurts to touch my chest!!!! Good luck to you. I'll keep you in my prayers.

ICC I am glad your doc sent you the next day to have the echo!!!!! In all fairness my cardiologist only does echo's on certain dates. The next date I am on vacation. Can't let down the family.
Oh my gosh I thought you were gonna say it was ms! At least that part was normal! I am sorry for the nodule though!
I am sorry you have been through h--- for three months. Maybe they will fix that nodule and you can live a better life!
Thanks ladies!!!!
Prayers to you both,
Deena

 
Old 07-28-2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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Thanks, Deena, for your prayers! I will keep you in mine, as I do eveyone on the board. I spoke with my doc today, and she said the abnormal "Q waves" on my EKG yesterday were the same as the ones from last year - the ones that caused me to have to have a stress test and heart cath before my hysterectomy. So, I am off again to the cardiologist, to get poked and prodded before the TT. Yes, the heart cath is invasive. They insert a catheter in an artery, in my case the groin, and thread it up to the heart, where they inject some contrast dye so they can see the heart on a screen. It was neat to watch, but since I'm allergice to the iodine in contrast dye, I got really nauseous and they had to give me more benedryl. After that, I had to lie on my back for 6 hours with a heavy weight pressing on the area of the artery where they entered with the catheter. Since I have a very painful nodule right in that area, I had to lie there with that weight right on top of the very painful nodule! For 6 hours. I PRAY I don't have to go through that again.

I noticed in your post that you may be seeing a rheumy for possible fibro. Since muscle/joint/soft tissue pain can be a symptom of thyroid disease (and sometimes resolves with adequate dosage), you might want to consider that the fibro pains may be thyroid related. That was what they dx'd me with (FIBRO) during my pregnancy 17 years ago, when they didn't bother to check my thryoid. That is why and how I ended up being misdiagnosed for so long - since they could label me "Fibro," then they didn't have to check for anything else. They could, and DID, pass all my symptoms off as typical of fibromyalgia.

I am anxious to see if the pain goes away when the inflammed thyroid goes, on August 21st. But please, for your own sake, DO NOT let them label you with firbro, and not try to find the source of your symptoms!

Blessings and Good luck!

Ora

 
Old 07-29-2006, 07:25 AM   #7
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W--W Deena !!! *hugs*

For one, I'm SHOCKED that pc-Dr didn't order ULTRASOUND of your nodule. [I](it was my pc-Doc who noticed my slightly swollen nodule, got u/s then nuclear scan! So to that DR - have you changed primecare Dr?)

I'm glad that Damani was on his toes -- keep us posted

thoughts & prayers,
Sue

 
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