hospital stay / nuclear stress test / 4 week heart monitor

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jhmom
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   Posted 3/16/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I haven't been around much, too much going on. Here is a (short) summary of what has happened: Thursday night I started having chest pains, different from any I've had in the past, the pain radiated down my left arm and up my neck. So off we went to the ER, they immediately ran an EKG, took blood, x-rays,etc. At that point everything looked ok except a high pulse and sometimes the enzymes in the blood won't show up for hours and since I have Lupus they felt I should be admitted for observation.

Friday afternoon the cardiologist made her way to my room, she ordered an electrocardiogram to check for fluid around my heart (which I think was normal), a nuclear stress test and to wear heart monitor for 4 weeks. She also started me on a new medicine (beta blocker) to try to slow my heart rate down so it's not always racing and pounding. She seemed very interested in finding out what is causing the pain and fast heart rate, more than other doctors have in the past.

Saturday morning I was released, the hospital doctor said that all the tests they ran nothing was pointing to my heart (thank you Lord) and it could all be caused by lupus, I guess right now it's a wait and see.

I was back at the hospital (outpatient) this morning at 6:30 for the nuclear stress test....... boy I hope I don't have to do that again, very uncomfortable with pain! I am hoping to get the results from the cardiologist tomorrow when I go pick up the heart monitor. Today I have felt very puny, not sure if it's because of the "stuff" they injected me with or lupus or whatever?????

Anyone had to wear a heart monitor for 4 weeks, what should I expect?


I pray you are all having pain free days.
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 3/17/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Stacie!!! Deffinalty been praying for you! Let us know what your results show up. What exactly is a nuclear stress test? I dunno but anything with nuclear would stress me out. LOL! How did they do it? Hope you have a better day today.

Love you!

mom46
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   Posted 3/17/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Stacie))),
Bless your heart! I'm sure the chest pain was very scary. I hope the doctor finds the source of the pain and you feel better soon. I have worn a monitor for 48hrs and it was annoying. I can't imagine wearing one 4 weeks. I hope it goes well for you.

Please take care and rest. Keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love ya, Babs

sunshinesyl
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope your having a better day today. I had a Holter Moniter in 2001, for a week. I couldnt stand it..it itched, at night I couldn't sleep comfortably, while at work, I tried to hide the little box, the sticky things, made me red in those area, I think I was allergic to it, My test were normal, thank goodness.
I don't wanna wear a Holter Moniter again. I hope you have a better experience, I hope they may have made them better and easier to use, four weeks seems like a long time.

Good Luck
Syl


AmyTx
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   Posted 3/17/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i wore one for 4 weeks and i did ok with it... the tabs started making me break out so i had to use the cloth ones...sooo much better
Female: 38 yrs/old DX: Lupus (dx:'03) MCTD, Raynaud's, Antithyroid antibodies, Lupus Cebritis, Lupus CNS, Lupus Pneumonitis and Stage 3 & 5 Lupus Nephritis. PRES ,Seizures, Photosensitivity since childhood, vasculitis, left thumb and toe amputated from raynauds, Sjogren's
Meds: cellcept, Plaquenil,Prednisone 30 Mg/Day,Miracle mouthwash,Xanax, Darvocet, Xopenex inhaler, Xopenex Nebulizer, Spiriva, prevacid, aspirin 325mg


AmyTx
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   Posted 3/17/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
it will be over before you know it...
Female: 38 yrs/old DX: Lupus (dx:'03) MCTD, Raynaud's, Antithyroid antibodies, Lupus Cebritis, Lupus CNS, Lupus Pneumonitis and Stage 3 & 5 Lupus Nephritis. PRES ,Seizures, Photosensitivity since childhood, vasculitis, left thumb and toe amputated from raynauds, Sjogren's
Meds: cellcept, Plaquenil,Prednisone 30 Mg/Day,Miracle mouthwash,Xanax, Darvocet, Xopenex inhaler, Xopenex Nebulizer, Spiriva, prevacid, aspirin 325mg


jhmom
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   Posted 3/17/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!

Amy, thank you for your prayers, I've felt them. The nuclear test went something like this........... they put an IV in, inject you with radiation and put you in a machine similar to an MRI and it scans your heart. You have to keep your arms above your head during the scan which takes about 20 minutes. Then I went into another room for another injection of something that sped up my heart instead of getting on the treadmill (which I did NOT like at all) and then another scan.

Babs, thank you for your prayers too, I really appreciate them! I've worn the halter monitor for 24 hours and it bugged me too! I am hoping this monitor is smaller and less aggravating.

Syl & Amy, yeah I thought 4 weeks was a long time to wear a monitor too, I am sure it will pass quickly!

Thanks again everyone!
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/17/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Stacie,

I just hate to hear that you're going through this and I pray that all will turn out well and that you don't jump off a building after 4 weeks on a heart monitor. (What would I know, I've never had to wear one.) But you sailed through the nuclear stress test better than I did when I had one years ago. For a minute or so it felt as though I were seriously going to die. So scary. The regular treadmill stress test doesn't bother me, and I'm glad you have the nuclear one behind you.

Other than these worries, how are you feeling? I'm with Amy -- hope the four weeks will be over before you know it.

Many (((Hugs)))

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

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okie
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   Posted 3/17/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi stacie, I'm sorry you have to wear that thing. I'd be a wreck after 1 day. The only time i had to wear one was for 10 days in the hospital. but I wasn't worried being in the hospital. As for the nuclear test been there done that. I was in the hospital and the RT gave me a breathing treatment and forgot to hook my o2 back up. My BP went up to 220/200. so they were concerned I might have had a heart attack and gave me that little pill under the tongue. Then they took me down stairs and did the iv and had my heart pounding. I actually didn't mind it but then with my lungs I would never be able to do a treadmill to get my heart pumping that fast.
Oh I am on a beta blocker too. My heart beat about 120 BPM until she put me on that. Are you on Propanalol? the first pill I took droped it down to 60 BPM. I take 30ml. twice a day. Barb is on it too.
Well I'll check in tomorrow and see how things are going with your new heart throb
Love ya
carolturn
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jhmom
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   Posted 3/18/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Pat and Carol,

Oh Pat, when they injected me with the stuff to speed up my heart (in lieu of the treadmill) I thought I would die, seriously.... if a heart attack feels anything like that I would definitely know it was happening! I picked up the heart monitor today, seems pretty easy to work, so hopefully it won't drive me crazy!

Carol, yes I think I am on the generic for Propanalol, it's Atenalol 12.5 mg. My stupid BP machine can't seem to pick up my BP because it's so low so I have no idea if the med is working or not.

The cardiologist just called and said my stress test came back abnormal, I go see them in the morning at 11... please pray.
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


mom46
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   Posted 3/18/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Stacie,
((((Stacie)))),

I will be praying for you sweetie. I know you are probably scared right now not knowing what the stress revealed. Hang in there and please let us know as soon as you find out what is going on. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Love ya, Babs

Ginny
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   Posted 3/18/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Stacie, I'll be praying for you tomorrow. Let us know how you make out okay?

(((blessings)))

PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/19/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Darn it Stacie. I'm so sorry your stress test came back abnormal. I pray that your appointment goes well today and know that I''m thinking about you. Do let us know what your cardio says.

(((hugs)))

Paty
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

plaquenil, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lunesta, cymbalta, vitamin D, Calcium, Multi Vit.


redrose77
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   Posted 3/19/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to come to this so late. I have been under the weather for some time now. I did a nuclear stress test the hard way a few years ago and almost couldn't do the treadmill long enough to get my heart rate high enough I know I couldn't do it today. I wish they had just injected me with something to speed my heart up. I am so sorry your test was abnormal and hope it is nothing serious. I got lucky and found out that the damage they thought the pericarditis had done to my heart either healed or hadn't happened. That was the last test I needed before I got cleared for another pregnancy and is the whole reason my son was even born. I also worn a heart monitor for 48 hours once but cannot imagine what 4 weeks will be like. I hope the time flies and the leeds don't irritate your skin.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
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jhmom
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   Posted 3/20/2010 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw the cardiologist yesterday morning and my head is still spinning trying to process all of this. The top left part of my heart does not have proper blood flow before and after my heart was stressed during the stress test. He wants to do a heart cath, which is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 am. If he finds a blockage they will transfer me to another hospital, most likely St. Joseph's in Atlanta to have a stint put in. It could be that the artery is inflamed (from lupus) and the cholesterol / plaque could be built up on top of it. I am blessed to have a doctor that is not looking at my age and dismissing me and who is also very aggressive!

I will keep you posted, thank you all for your support and prayers!
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


nasalady
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   Posted 3/20/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Stacie!!!

Sending lots of prayers and (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) in your direction!! I have my mom and my husband praying hard too!

Love ya!
JoAnn
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jhmom
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you JoAnn, I really appreciate it!
Stacie
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid and Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash ( as needed for mouth sores)


redrose77
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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that the doctor is being so aggressive. It would be a real shame to miss something just because of your age, especially with what lupus can do to the heart.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence

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