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Hi All,
I am at a loss - and at square one again - I really thought this cardiologist would help me find an answer to my ill health - I've had SOB since Oct 2005 and Jan 17 had a "attack" that had all the symptoms of a heart attack - but could have been an anxiety attack (lasted for 4 hrs - didn't go to the ER)....I've had constant chest pain and shortness of breath for the last 2 weeks or so....it's worse at night - sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, nausea with chest pain and SOB....the pain radiates to the left of center at times and even into my upper back.....I had an echo in Nov that was "basically normal" and a stress test last week that I was told today was "normal" and that the cardioloist does not think it's my heart....he said to go back to the PCP and look into GI causes (yes I have acid reflux but it is well treated with aciphex) or pulmonary causes - had a PFT showing slight asthma in Nov....I am at my wits end....I'm tired of the chest pain and I cannot even walk around the block without getting dizzy and having chest pain...therefore I cannot exercise and have gained lots of weight (I used to exercise regularly up to last October when the SOB started - I also was not overweight when it started). He doesn't recommend a heart cath at this time until other possible causes are ruled out. My PCP is a family practice doc and while I have great respect for him - he put me on 80 mg of lasix a day last nov and I almost had a heart attack from that because my potassium got so low!! So I feel like I need a specialist....My life is no way to live -I sit in this chair and have SOB and chest pain just sitting here - I don't feel up to doing anything including chores or shopping or helping my Dad....I feel like I'm going to fade away and die in this chair.....and no one will ever know what was wrong with me....I am a shell of what I was....sorry for going on and on - I am just so discouraged - I've had everything - colonscopy, upper and lower GIs, EGD, CT and MRI scans of chest and neck, ultrasounds of neck, blood tests of all kinds, PFT, Echocardiogram, dysphagiogram etc...etc...I am just tired....do you guys know what I mean? I used to be a person who hiked 17 miles at a time, weighed 117 lbs my whole life and was active and productive at a full-time research job....now I cannot hardly move from this chair - I weigh 175 lbs and it's all I can do to try to do some work from the laptop in this chair (my boss has been more than understanding). This all started about 3 years ago....I've had high cholesterol for 10 years....I have a reasonably well treated thyroid condition....have thyroid nodules - that are currently quite small and not making problems.....I take BCP and 150 mcgs of synthroid - could either of these be causing the SOB? I also take 50 mg of atenolol and was on that when I had the event of Jan 17.....If you've read this far, I thank you!! I don't know where to turn - I feel like giving up and just dying in this chair.....I'm sick of no answers....I've been sick for three years and tried to keep my chin up - but I am so tired of it all now...

Thank you for listening - thank you for telling me if you have felt the same and thank you for any expertise you might be able to share with me on my condition.....I am sorry this is so long and full of self-pity! I am just so discouraged....

Best wishes to you all,
Kathy