I have not had any heart attacks but I routinely showed up at the doc's in tachycardia and w/my blood pressure through the roof. I attributed most of this to being on a Fentanyl patch (100mcgs; up to 200mcgs at one point) that would start to wear off after 36 hours and would wear off completely after 48 hours but I was stuck wearing them for a full 72 hours. So I was in huge amounts of pain and in withdrawal almost half the time.
This showed whenever I had a doc or a nurse check my vitals. I was told that I was at imminent risk of a heart attack and/or stroke. I remember that the doc that told me this was looking at me almost like he expected me to keel over right there in the exam room in front of him. So I was put on the Atenolol to try and combat the heart/blood pressure issues. It seems to have worked but I was taken off the patch and put on Oxycontin shortly after starting the Atenolol so it could just be that I am not in withdrawal and unmedicated pain all the time anymore. It might be good to mention that I am only about
30 years old. I hear all the time that I am soooo young and it is such a shame that I have all these problems already.
I am on the Crestor and Trilipix for high cholesterol. High cholesterol runs in the family and I have been told about
my numbers being wickedly high for most of my life. When getting glasses when I was 18, I was told that I had cholesterol deposits in my retinas. This is something the doc told me they had never seen in anyone who could not be considered elderly. A lot of the time, my good cholesterol is very, very low as well and I have registered a nine (9) on my HDL before. So I am trying to get the cholesterol numbers under control and they seem to be happy that my vitals are looking good every time I go into the doc. I now usually register textbook blood pressure (I think something like 80 over 100) and my pulse is usually anywhere from 70 to 100 depending on how much pain I am in. This pales in comparison to the +140 beats per minute I usually came in with while on the patch.
It may be good for me to mention that I was finally able to get them to switch me from those wretched patches because I had suffered constant migraines for almost a year because of the side effects. I was switched to Oxy (which I have absolutely no side effects with) and have not had a single migraine since. I am delighted. I used to take 8 Excedrin a day (in truth I probably went over that just trying to get the darned headaches to let up) because not even the heaviest pain meds I have ever had would help my head at all. Excedrin is the ONLY thing that will touch my headaches and they usually wipe it out completely unless it is a severe migraine. I had wound up in the ER a few times because I had constant migraines and when they got bad, I would vomit for days on end and not be able to hold anything down.
I did tell you that I was only 30 years old but I should also mention that I am not obese in any way. I am about
5'6" and I weight about
140 or 145 depending on the day. I used to not be able to break 115 or 120 until I hurt my back. Since then I have been quite sedentary and have gained some weight but could not be considered overweight in any real sense of the word. So I have all these heart/blood/pain problems but it is not really because I have abused my body too badly, etc. I do smoke (nasty habit and I really need to quit all together) but that is about
it. No drinking, street drugs, etc., etc. I did try to update my signature but it doesn't seem to be taking the changes. I just had my Oxycontin upped to 80mg today since I was still in so much pain.
Oxycontin - 80mg x 8 hours
Vicodin - 5/500mg x 1 every 6 hours (as needed)
Amitriptyline (Elavil) - 25mg x 1 to 2 at bedtime
Zolpidem Tartrate (Ambien) - 10mg x 1 at bedtime
Atenolol - 50mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Crestor - 10mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Niaspan - 500mg x 1 every 12 hours
Trilipix DR - 135mg x 1 a day (lunchtime)
Post Edited (skrape) : 11/2/2009 12:18:10 PM (GMT-7)