angiogram---finally!

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enufworry
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   Posted 9/24/2008 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Wll, I finally got sick and tired of ER visits and just being scared all of the time by a vast array of scary symptoms.  I just had to know the truth about what was going on in my chest.  So, thanks to a few of you who encouraged me I DID IT!  It was not that bad at all---as you all told me---and I finally know the truth.  There was no blockage and my heart is in pretty good shape.  The only thing that the doc found was arotic valve stenosis (?)---mild.  She did not seem too concerned and I go back for a post op visit in a week. 
 
Does anyone know about the stenosis?
 
Thank you all for being there and supporting me.  I will still have the annoying, creepy symptoms---but I think now I can stop scaring myself to death and rushing to the ER!!!! yeah yeah yeah

shopnmomof7and5
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
enufworry, what symptoms were you having?  I'm new to the board and am having some trouble myself.  Anything you can tell me would be most appreciated!  I'm glad your mind is at ease now! God Bless!

enufworry
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
The sympotm that always scared me the MOST was chest pain. Left side, right side, in the middle, "heartburn" type pain----just pain from under my bra to my throat,right arm pain, left arm pain and just pain!!!!  Burning pain, heavy pain, sometimes sharp pain pressure pain---you name it!  And all of the reports were that women's "heart attack" pain could mimic all of it.  So I was either anxious or at the ER.  And all of the tests were normal and I was going crazy.  I also had fast heart beats (scary but evidently usually benign), or just a weird FLOP of my heart and then I would just feel wooozy and out of sorts and then sleepy.  Dizzy , anxiety, faint, insomnia, depression, hot, cold ---really the list of "symptoms"  goes on and on.  I was told like everyone else that it was anxiety or just nothing---I did do lots of test and they all said that I was ok----but the chest pain was what really sent me over the edge most of the time.  The rest was just annoying, uncomfortable, nervre wracking and and made my life unpleasant sometimes.  I finally got a doc who encouraged me to have an angiogram once and for all to find out----no kidding---what was going on in there.  I was really scared but I just DID it because I was completely driving myself to distraction and I was worried about my kids and the affect that my anxiety was having on them and all of my trips to the ER---just to get checked.  I am glad to say that the angio came out fine and now when I get chest pain I take some Motrin or Tylenol and just forget it.  Now it's only been a week (angio on 9/19) but I feel a lot of relief and I hope it stays.  I hope that helps some.  It's just my way of dealing with it and I know you will find yours.  Hang in there--- it's a difficult kind of challange--- get as much support from this board as you need---there is always someone to listen.  Somewhere else I mentioned a book that was a life saver for me By James and Cheryl Duarte called The Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome/Dysautonomia Survival Guide.  It was a REALLY BIG help.  God bless :-)

Pinks
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   Posted 10/27/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been having your symptoms and have had an echo stress test done(everything was normal), but not yet an angiogram, which my cardiologist told me to do since there's nothing else we can do to FIND OUT what is actually causing my symptoms.

I have a question; were there any side effects after the angiogram?(bruising/pain/bleeding/etc?)
I am very concerned because I cannot be off work for very long for things like this(if I ever decide to have it done) and I also need to take care of a very active 2yr old at home.

Thanks!

::Pinks::

enufworry
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   Posted 10/27/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pinks,  I am so sorry that you are having the same symptoms---it can be so scary and disconcerting.  I put off the angio FOREVER because it sounded so invasive and scary.  It was actually quite simple and NOT scary at all.  They gave me a little mild relaxing drug and I was awake and watching the whole thing.  The recovery was about 2-3 days though.  Because they insert a cathater in an artery in your groin and then sew you back up (I think), they want you to stay still and in bed for 24 hours so they can be sure than nothing comes apart.  The next day they wanted me to just stay quiet and stay at home.  I did it on a Friday so that I could take the weekend to recover.  There was slight pain when they stuck me with the shot of novacaine so that they could put in the tiny tube----but really after that it was nothing.  No real pain ---maybe a little soreness for a few days in the same location.

I could not have done it for those 48 hours without help though---if I had a 2 year old.  Mine were pretty active and also they didn't want me to pick up anything over 10 lbs. for a few days---I hope you can get someone to just be there with you---also take you and pick you up after the procedure.  No driving for a few days either.

I so hope you can find a way to get it done and not wait like I did.  I know that there are never any guarantees in life about anything----but it has been such a relief to really know FINALLY what is and is NOT going on inside there.

My best to you and let me know what you decide and how things are going.

L

 

Pinks
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi enufworry

Thanks for your response.

I would like to have it done once I have made some arrangements, especially with my work, child and everything.
I know a few days of rest is nothing compared to the knowledge of whether there is really anything wrong with me, but it's easier said than done.
I'll update you.

Once again, thank you :)

::Pinks::
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