Posted 10/30/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -6)
I have forward this forum and the replies to my mom. She isnt a member here but has asked me to post something for her. Its her own words. I will set up an account here for her that she may post on her own. But in the meantime, I will post foe her and share with her the replies.
First of all, given what several have said, I would like to know what
they think about the results I've gotten and whether I should be
satisfied or not with what I've been told. My experience is this.......
At the beginning of October, while reading before going to bed, I
started having moderate chest pain that began in the center of my chest,
and soon included the middle of my back, radiated to the undersides of
both arms, and into my lower jaws. This pain lasted about 1 1/2 hours.
At first I thought it must be heartburn, although I've never had a
problem with that. Antacids did not help so after 1/2 hour, I took an
aspirin which didn't really seem to help either - that I know of - I
ended up falling asleep as it was early morning. The pain increased
during that 1 1/2 hours, but I didn't have any palpitations, sweating,
flushing, or any trouble breathing. I've had similar chest pains in the
past, but not as severe.
I've had an EKG done which was normal. I had an Echo Doppler done which
was normal. Then I had an Adenosine Stress test - the nuc med part of
the test showed that I probably had had a myocardial infarction. The
doctors prescribed nitro to be taken if needed, and an aspirin daily,
then prescribed metroprolol, one daily. I just underwent a cardiac cath
the beginning of this week. The cardiologist told me my heart is in
great shape, and that my arteries look really good, my cholesterol
counts are good also. So I no longer have to take the metroprolol, but
was told to continue taking one aspirin daily.
I am wondering a couple things - should I let it go at that? Because I
still have no idea what caused the chest pain. I still feel like there
is something not quite right, and am extremely tired all the time. And
I'm concerned every time I start feeling even a small amount of pain in
my chest. I wonder if I should take a nitro tablet, or if I'll know
when to take one....although I shouldn't need them --- right? On the
other hand, though, I've read where several have had similar chest
pains, and have gone thru test after test and still not found what
caused it. I don't have the time, money or energy to do that to only be
told "we can't find anything wrong". I would like others' opinions as
to what they think. Thank you.