Wearing a Holter Monitor for the next 2 Days

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

P-Fit
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 4/17/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
SO, I'm a bit aggitated at my primary Dr. I called her at 9am yesterday because my ear/jaw pain was getting annoying. My pain mgmt Doc said TMJ but I wanted her to check for sinus issues, as my ear feels like there could be fluid in it and I've got drainage. Well I also have the pain on the left side under my armpits (rib area) that comes and goes for a month or so. After a few back and forth calls they made me go to the ER to rule out cardiac. Everything was fine (I've had 100 heart tests) and the ER Doc said TMJ for the jaw and probably fibro or something for the side pain...not heart related.
 
They made me do this last year too (same symptoms) and it just frustrates me. I know they have to rule everything out, but just when I'm comfortable with the fact that my heart is OK, they make me go for a bunch of tests that scare the crap out of me again!!!
 
I have a low heart rate (upper 40s-low 50s at rest) because I used to be a runner and he thought that was a bit low, so I'm hooked up to this thing for 2 days. I'm trying to hide it so people at work dont ask me a bunch of questions about it!! I'm also concerned about the ER bill. My insurance is not as good as it was last year and I'm sure even the 20% of the ER bill I'm responsible for is going to be a nice chunk of change sad
 
I'm pretty sure that the dizziness and upset stomach I'm feeling now is due to the reduction in my clonazepam and the TMJ is just part of the whole cronic pain thing. I clench my teeth terribly due to stress...trying to stop that. Dr said avoid chewy, sticky candy and hard foods.
 
Thanks for letting me vent!
 
 


Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


Allestaria
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 341
   Posted 4/17/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi P-Fit

I have the same symptoms you do. I deal with it all time. Same pains. They seem to come on about a week before my "visitor" and last for a week after. Whoot 3 weeks of freaking out. lol Not always either. Its annoying too. I do went to the doc for it. He said the same thing. TMJ and to buy a mouth guard to help. And muscle relaxers. I also told my mom about it and she said my bra's were to tight. She was right i loosened them up and that pain went away.

Now I need something that simple to fix my jaw/ear pain :)

FitzyK23
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 4219
   Posted 4/17/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've worn a holter before. It's not so bad. They are very common so if people see it, it is easy to just say "holter." I was having palps and wore it but they found nothing. I've have an unusually high at rest heart rate (around 85+ and when I am working out it gets up to about 190 even if I'm not "hitting the wall.") I also used to be a runner so I find this really unusual. My doctors don't seem to care. I am going to see a doc at school soon just to ask one more time. I hate being on the treadmill and holding the handles and having the heart rate thing warning me I'm maxing out and to slow down. Grrrr.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


P-Fit
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 4/17/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea, I can understand that would freak you out. I'm going to get re-fitted for bras. I did put on some weight and that could be what's causing the pain. I'm wearing a sports bra today and the pain isn't as bad. I'm just trying not to freak myself out. I keep reminding myself that all my number are very good (BP/cholesterol/trygliscerides). The tape they have over these electrodes is making me itch. I'll be glad to take this thing off.

Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


Green Grove
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 2424
   Posted 4/17/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish the best of luck with the halter monitor and tests. Hopefully it will all turn out good and the expense won't be too much. You take care now!

Your Bro Sam :)
Anxiety-Panic Forum Co-Moderator


Korissa
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 337
   Posted 4/17/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I had holter monitor test last week and found out everything was ok.

The reason for it was I had done a belly flop onto the floor and couldn't remember falling. I wasn't experiencing anxiety the day of the fall. Just fatigue from chopping ice two days before. I told my MD about the belly flop only because I thought it was a funny story. I was there for other reasons.

I think  he said that 70% of the time results are ok, but there can still be a problem.

Anyone else hear that?

I was having terrible anxiety the day of the holter test, but evidently I handle stress ok since none of the flutters, off balance feeling, shortness of breath showed up as anything on the results.
 
Also had treadmill stress test and echocardiogram and all were ok.
 
 

P-Fit
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 4/18/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been reading so much stuff and it seems to me the only way to know 100% is to open someone up. I've had a regular stress test and a thalium test with an image of my heart and a bunch of other tests. All were fine. They all tell me besides the family history, all my other risk factors are low. I'm just going to try and do the best I can. I dont have the high blood pressure or high cholesterol that my brothers and mom have. I also dont smoke or drink. I do need to lose about 12lbs though and I'm working on that. I dont eat a BAD diet, but the Lexapro has made me crave more carbs. This is just one of those things I cant control so I'm trying hard not to obsess over it. I can take this monitor off at 5:36pm today and will drop it off on Monday. We'll see what they say.
Korissa said...

I had holter monitor test last week and found out everything was ok.

The reason for it was I had done a belly flop onto the floor and couldn't remember falling. I wasn't experiencing anxiety the day of the fall. Just fatigue from chopping ice two days before. I told my MD about the belly flop only because I thought it was a funny story. I was there for other reasons.

I think  he said that 70% of the time results are ok, but there can still be a problem.

Anyone else hear that?

I was having terrible anxiety the day of the holter test, but evidently I handle stress ok since none of the flutters, off balance feeling, shortness of breath showed up as anything on the results.
 
Also had treadmill stress test and echocardiogram and all were ok.
 
 


Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


percycat
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 4/18/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there, Dee! It's almost time to take it off.

I hope they give you good results, and that you can let go and trust them. Unfortunately, I'm not the best heatlh anxiety cheerleader right now, but I'm strating to think that I need to say to myself, over and over, "I have a healthy body. I do not have a serious illness. My body is doing what it should. I am healthy." Too bad I can't believe it...*sigh*

You sound like evertyhing's going really well, though, at least as far as your heart is concerned. I wish you peace and relief from your test results.

percycat

Percy/Percycat

Co-Moderator, Anxiety and Panic Forum

 

DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)

Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac


alwaysanxious
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 4/19/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Korissa ,
I also did a belly flop last saturday, I went lighted after bending down to look in the oven ,stood up ,still lighted ,and fell I was aware of falling ,I was thinking i am havig a stroke ,and i have 15 coming for easter dinner ,i called my daughter ,she insisted i go to the ER ,i had been pretty stressed before that ,[the story of my life] after doing a lot of tests the doc said i had vasovagal,I have very bruised knees and legs from falling ,i came home and carried on with preperations for dinner the next day ,everything went well . i also had 5 people overnight, I started getting anxious about it the next day [monday]now i am worrying about it

alwaysanxious
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 4/19/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I meant lightheaded.

stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 4/19/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

P-Fit,

I am sure by now your monitor is off and it is just going to be a case of waiting for the report.  Using a Holter Monitor is very common and I am sure your report will be normal.  A low heart rate does cause concern for some but as you stated you are very atheletic so that is the most likely cause for a low resting heart rate.

Because endurance athletes have strong hearts, they generally have low heart rates. As an analogy, consider a bricklayer lifting bricks. If his arm muscles are strong from lifting lots of bricks, he can move 10 bricks with each lift rather than just two or three. Similarly, if your heart muscle is strong thanks to running, it has a higher stroke volume, which means that it can pump more blood with each beat than an untrained heart. It can also pump the same amount of blood in a minute using fewer beats. The average resting heart rate of endurance athletes is around 50-60 beats per minute. I've seen reports, though, of a healthy athletes whose resting pulses were only in the mid 30's.

Doctors who are familiar with athletes only get worried - and follow up accordingly - when a resting heart rate is lower than 30. I am not sure how active you are but this is a quick explanation for others re the relevance of a slow resting heart rate for a very atheletic person.
 
Please keep us posted on your outcome and know that we care.
 
Hugs
Kitt 
 

Kitt, Co-Moderator:
Anxiety/Panic 
Co-Moderator Depression
  Forums
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
*~*
http://www.healingwell.com/donate *~*
Not a mental health professional of any kind
Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul
Clickable Link: Anxiety-Panic Resources


Korissa
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 337
   Posted 4/19/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
always anxious, no wonder you were so stressed with all you were doing especially if it was on top of other anxiety you experience! I hope you're doing ok still.

Thanks, I looked up vasovagal fainting and am wondering why my MD wouldn't think of that first and skip the expensive tests! I almost didn't go through with them when I arrived at the heart clinic, because I thought it was excessive, but they said it's good to have a baseline for the future--just in case.

I'm still mystified why I had no clue beforehand that anything was wrong and no memory of going down, but guess vasovagal fainting can happen that way.

Aries8
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 4/19/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Dee, I wore a 24-hour heart monitor recently. I was supposed to have the results back in two weeks. It's been longer. Still waiting. Anyway, the tape they use on the skin always leave sores on me. Ouch, not good.
Did they happen to check your potassium level?

Geez, I hope all of you are feeling better soon! I can totally relate and anytime you need to compare notes or experiences, let me know! Feel better, take care and I'll keep you in my thoughts.
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
 
50 mg. Lopressor, 60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.


Aries8
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 4/19/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Dee, I forgot. I've been having pains all over my body. They come and go. They're sharp. I know what you're feeling.
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
 
50 mg. Lopressor, 60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.


Nanners
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 4/20/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to wear a holter monitor a few years ago. I was kinda frustrated with it too, I felt like the unibomber:) I had mine because I suffer on occasion with Atrial Fibrillation. It only happens when I throw up and then it triggers the AFib. I knew the test wouldn't show anything because as I said it only happens with I throw up, which is not often. I just did the test to humor them and all turned out as I expected, okay. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

P-Fit
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 419
   Posted 4/20/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Yea, I took the monitor off Saturday evening. The tape and sand paper they used to remove hair (of which I had NONE on my chest) and the tape has left me blistered, with scars and very sore. I've been using neosporin w/pain relief for the last couple of days mad

I've also gone without my normal bras and that left side pain hasn't come back. I guess I'm going to have to get some new ones or just use sports bras until I reach my goal weight.

I dropped the monitor off this morning and they told me 3-4 days for results. I see my primary Dr on Wednesday. I'm glad too becasue my PMS symptoms are getting worse as I get older. I get extremely anxious, fatigued, irritated and ache all over. I live in a house full of males and they run for cover for a few days wink

I'm not sure they checked my potassium. I know they did all the cardic blood tests in the ER and my GI doc recently did CBC and CRP. All was normal. I've added a banana a day to my diet. My mom swears by them.

Aries8 said...
Dee, I wore a 24-hour heart monitor recently. I was supposed to have the results back in two weeks. It's been longer. Still waiting. Anyway, the tape they use on the skin always leave sores on me. Ouch, not good.
Did they happen to check your potassium level?

Geez, I hope all of you are feeling better soon! I can totally relate and anytime you need to compare notes or experiences, let me know! Feel better, take care and I'll keep you in my thoughts.



Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 

Post Edited (P-Fit) : 4/20/2009 1:34:02 PM (GMT-6)


Aries8
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 4/20/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Low or high potassium levels can negatively impact your body. I hope you're feeling better. I know the results will come back fine. Ask the doc on Wednesday what tests were done. Feel better soon!
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
 
50 mg. Lopressor, 60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.


nellebutter
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 4/20/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I also had to wear a holter for 24 hrs about 2 weeks ago for my palpitations. Priore to this I got a ultrasound( 2d echo) and blood tests everything came back fine. I just don't get it the palpitations are there even when I'm calm and relaxed. I've had doctors tell me everything is fine its my anxiety but the feeling frustrates me I just don't like it.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, December 08, 2016 11:20 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,734,778 posts in 301,246 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151352 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, dillon91750.
329 Guest(s), 12 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
ShutterGy, TOOTY, Dc28, tickcheckguy, 1000Daisies, Girlie, reminder, blksteeda, Old Mike, goldengoose, sam12, bdavis


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer