Questions on heart problems after chemo

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Brnadebt
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   Posted 12/17/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, sorry I have not been posting much lately. I have been busy working lots of hours and just getting ready for Christmas.
 
I have a couple questions for those of you who have had chemo and now have heart problems. I had severe chest and upper abdominal pain on Saturday followed by an upset stomach and diarrhea. I felt terrible all day yesterday and still have tightness in my chest, sick stomach and pain in my left arm. The pain started just above my elbow and now is in my shoulder. It feels like a tooth ache. I have never had any problems with my heart but wonder if maybe that is what is causing all of this. I know that the chemo can cause some heart problems too. Should I call my Dr or just wait it out? I looked up my symptoms and I have alot of the ones they show for women who have a heart attack.
 
Any help will be appreciated, Love to all
Bernadette

Tavish
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   Posted 12/17/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Bern, I'd call the doc right away. May be nothing, but you never know. Please be safe and let us know when you feel better.
Lori


kmonke
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   Posted 12/17/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   

I agree with Lori, call the Dr asap.  It may be nothing, but better safe than sorry.

I'm plaqued with heart problems due to chemo, but have no symptoms other than shortness of breath when I exhert, and that is much better since I've been on Coreg for 2 years. 

Please keep us posted on what you learn.  Keeping you in thoughts and prayers,

God Bless,

Kitty


postal2
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Another in agreement, call the DR ASAP. We did have one of our friends who had heart problems from Chemo and it eventually is why she passed. I am not trying to scare you, but you really need to get it checked out.
Take care.
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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gma
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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I was going to mention Susan's problem, too. The biggest problem with her was her first doctor treated her exactly the opposite of how the second doctor diagnosis indicated. He was just about to get her on the right track when she passed away. Another lesson in life illnesses, if problems don't get better maybe a second opinion might be in order. She originally was living in OK and moved to GA, and the dr in Atlanta, GA was the one who said she had been treated contrary to indications. What a terrible loss that could have been prevented so easily. So Bern, please get to a doctor and find the best one you can. Hugs MK


Brnadebt
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   Posted 12/20/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone

I finally went to see the Dr and she sent me to have a CT scan done, well I dont have heart problems the CT showed that I have an enlarged Gall Bladder so Iam scheduled for an ultra sound tomarrow. I guess the CT does not show the stones but the ultra sound will. I have been in so much pain and been so sick to my stomach that I hope this is what it is. I feel sick if I dont eat and even more sick if I do. The Dr said that Im to go on a special diet No dairy, meat or fried foods. Well I have been dieting for ove a month now (Ive lost 25 lbs) and I have been eating alot of yougurt and apples. I love any dairy product so that will be tough. I dont eat red meat and only eat chicken so that wont be hard to give meat up.

Have many of you had your gall bladders out? Im not even sure that this is the problem but if it is I just want it out. Thanks everyoe for your concern and answers to my questions.
I will keep all of you posted

Merry Christmas!!
Bernadette
 
 


Jazzy1
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   Posted 12/21/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Bernadette,  I am so sorry to hear about all of this! I have not had my gallbladder out, but my sister did years ago. They even asked her if she wanted to keep some stones (um, she declined). She does not have bc, but healed real nice. She was off her feet for awhile, though. She had hers the "old fashioned" way, but now I think they do a lot of that w/ lasers. Let us know how you are, and try to enjoy the holidays. My prayers are with you!

Jen  smurf


postal2
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   Posted 12/22/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bernadette, yes I had my gallbladder out. I had it done with about 5 small incisions, laproscopically. I thought that something was wrong with my right kidney. I was having horrible pain at night and would get up and lay on the floor and stretch thinking it was maybe muscles too. NOPE, it was gall stones. Small ones but boy it hurt! The doctor said it can caused flank pain which is what made me think kidney. It was not a bad surgery other than I got so sick from the anitistetic (sp) that I had to stay overnight. That did hurt, so from then on I always had the patch behind the ear. That helps with the sickness.
Hang in there, and I am glad you are getting some answers and it is not you heart!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


possitive
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   Posted 12/24/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bernadette,I had my gallbladder out a few months ago.The ultrasound didnt show problems with my gallbladder but i kept having pain so they did a Hiatus scan and that showed my Gallbladder not working .It turned out that i had 15 gallstones.So if the ultrasound shows nothing and your still having pain,ask for a Hiatus scan. Merry Christmas, Tammy

 GOD WILL NOT GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE!!!!!

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