Well, I spent the bulk of the day in the ER with chest pains. I've had the same type of pains before, but since I also had increased blood pressure and pulse that didn't seem to respond to a double dose of my antihypertensive, and since my mom died at 47 of heart disease, I decided to err on the side of safety, and have it checked out.
The verdict? "Atypical chest pain", just like the other three or four times I've done this over the last fifteen or so years. So, I get home, rather embarrassed, and do a little net-surfing. Any of your folk ever experience something called "costeochondritis"? Seems it's a relatively common symptom of fibro, and consists of pain where the ribs meet the sternum, usually on the left side, and often convincingly mimics a heart attack, sometimed including referred pain to the arm, jaw and back (just like I experienced this morning!)
I only wish I'd done the research BEFORE racking up another big med bill!!! I expect the B/P and pulse elevations might be due to the Savella I started on just last n ght, or perhaps as a withdrawal effect from the Pristiq, but I'm taking no chances-I'm taking my B/P med religiously every day, and checking the heck out of my vitals, until I see if the effect stabilizes. Yep, I'm going to stay on the Sevella-at least for now.
Hey, I'd rather be safe, and wrong, than sorry, and right, where cardiac issues are concerned. (I do have a cardiac stress test, and a cardiologist consult, scheduled now. Should have done those years ago....)
Gentle fibro hugs to all!
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