Wisco woman said...
I'm starting to get more and more concerned about my heart issues related to lyme. I started antibiotic treatment in January of 2017 so it's been almost a year. Most days I feel pretty decent(way better than I did a year ago) so I know I'm making progress. But the one symptom I deal with on a daily basis is irregular heartbeat/rapid heartbeats. Along with that difficulty breathing. I have told my LLMD this and she assures me I'm on the right path. But my concern is possible permanent damage to my heart. Is there anyone who has had these same issues and made a full recovery? I need feedback. I use to be an avid runner now I struggle with walking at times.
Look up costochondritis. Does that seem to fit?
A few months ago I ended up in the ER on a Saturday night because I had all the "go to the ER right now for a heart attack" signs. I got two EKG's done, but they didn't see any problems in either of them.
Pain in chest, tightness when inhaling, etc. can all be costochondritis, which makes sense to me since all my problems seem to stem from the infection settling in my tendons and cartilage.
Of course, when I mention "costochondritis" to doctors they just shrug. "There's no direct treatment for that." Yeah, okay, what else is new? But at least then I'm not constantly afraid I'm dying from a heart attack, and that helps, ya'know?
I found a tip on a costo forum that rubbing vicks vapo-rub on the chest, the one with real menthol and eucalyptus, can be helpful. I've been doing that and it seems to help a little.
But no, I can't run or even walk very fast. Hurts to breathe.