After 2 bubble eco's my large PFO is still not fully sealed

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s2k
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   Posted 11/10/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, in May 2008 I had a large PFO closure, 22mm....The PFO was discovered because I am a scuba diver and noticed that I was getting some chest pain and blue lips, also very clumsy.  When I had the operation I could not believe how painful it was, it took about a month before I felt okay again....Then 2 months after I started to get chest pains again, sharp pain.  The doctor put me on beta blockers as well as the plavex and aspirin I am already on.  I had my 1st eco bubble test in July and was told the procedure had not been 100% successful; it closes at rest but not under exercise.  I have just been to my second eco bubble test and same problem, still not 100% successful....I now have pains in my legs and still get some chest pains, not as bad since being on the beta blockers.  I am seeing my surgeon next week to find out more and what’s next for me.....Has anyone else been through a similar experience?

 

Good points, no more migraines and not so clumsy....plus my complexion is much better....

 
KP

cogal
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   Posted 11/11/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi KP,

I had a closure several months ago and experienced a good deal of chest pain which seemed to surprise the nurse documenting my case. My PFO was not nearly as large as yours. I still have some chest discomfort when I work out and my heart rate can get surprisingly high. I could hardly bend over the first eight weeks, but it is now better. I have not had any pain in my legs at all. My lips are no longer blue and I haven't had a single migraine since the procedure. Your description of pain is concerning. Have you had a normal ECG? I have noticed some arrhythmia, but I am hoping this clears up in a matter of time. I have heard they can place a second device to seal the first if it won't erode any structures. What kind of device was used the first time?

Liz

s2k
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   Posted 11/12/2008 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Liz
Thanks for the reply.
I thought i would be ok by now. and its interesting they think chest pain strange.
I now have a appontment to see cardiolagist again next week so will see what he say's. I am very disaponted it has not fully worked as yet will keep you posted on what he says
cheers
kp

CatMom5
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi s2k,
 
I had my PFO closure done on April 28th. It was a large one as well. I just had my 6 month echo with bubble study done 2 weeks ago and my hole is still open although significantly less than what it used to be. I had a great echo technician and she warned me upfront that I probably would still have some leakage. She said that it is very rare that she sees a totally closed PFO after only 6 months and that it usually takes a good year for enough scar tissue to form to totally close the hole. Sure enough I still had bubbles going through even at rest. My cardiologist confirmed what the technician said, that it can take a good year for complete closure. So I'm still on the Plavix and will be retested again in a few months.
 
I have to say that my closure procedure was very painful as well. My veins are very small and they had a rough and painful time getting the camera and device up my veins. Then when they were seating the device I had pain the entire time. They even had to stop the procedure because I was having vasal vagal problems. It was not fun. Three weeks after the procedure I devloped non stop PACs which landed me back in the hospital. It took 5 months before those finally went away. It took me a good 6 months before I finally felt really good. The good news is that I haven't had a migraine since the procedure, I used to be icy cold even at 75 - 80 degrees outside. My feet, hands and nose would be icicles. Now I am warm all the time. It's so unusual to feel that way.

cogal
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Catmom,

I think I had a similar experience with the small veins, but I was heavily sedated so I don't remember anything. The procedure took twice as long as it was supposed to so I know there was some issue. I had a bruise from my mid-thigh up to my belly button and was extremely sore on the top of my abdominal muscles for the first two months. I still have the remnants of the thigh bruise five months later. I haven't had a follow-up bubble study yet, but I am amazed at how the color returned to my fingers and toes. I am much warmer and have had no migraines at all. I think I am having SVTs when my heart rate suddenly jumps up above 250 bpm, but it stops quickly and I have no desire to take more drugs so I am hopeful this will resolve with time. It was all worth it to end the migraines.

Liz

s2k
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya
Migrains Mine stoped although i still get some headaches due to medication im on.
I still now bruise very easy. still on plavix will be interested to see what they say next week .
But i must say no migrains rule
kp

cogal
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you been diving since? I am an avid diver and haven't been since the procedure. I used to dive well under table limits and would still get a little loopy at the end of dives so I am hoping this has improved. I , too, had many bruises from Plavix and then discovered my liver enzymes were 33x the normal range. I was diagnosed with hepatitis presumably due to Plavix and taken off it six weeks after the procedure. I am now off all drugs and feeling much, much better. As for your chest pain, can you tell if your heart is also racing? I found that my pulse was 150 or higher every time my chest hurt. I had never really noticed until a trainer at my gym suggested wearing a heart rate monitor for a while. When the pain is th worst you can't even find a pulse in my wrists, but the veins in my neck visibly pulsate. Very strange. The pain in the legs is a mystery.

s2k
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya
I have dived but only in warm water dr limeted me to 30 meters on nitrox only for now
I have been diving in swim pool
I must say my fitness is well down now.
my pulse did race for long time after but seems to have setteld
i do seem to be on loads medication still
leg pain not nice
KP

s2k
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   Posted 11/13/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Liz, other point aboout the diving, this is my vocation so no diving isn't an option. My surgeon advised no cold water for at least 1 year to 18 months, warm water only. In all my years of divings and I have done many dives in South Africa, head first dives in strong currents. I was also at one point training for the deep air diving record for woman (max depth 90m on 21% mix, deepest dive on tri mix 128 m), unreal when you think about that bloody massive hole in my heart. In all the years I have been diving (20 plus) I have only ever had mild skin bends.....

So really I am sure you'll be diving again soon, I have already as i said earlier, I felt great getting back in.

If you need more info just ask..

KP

s2k
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Well got to now have camera down throat and looks like another op on way.
but will be good to get sorted once and for all
kp

cogal
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Bummer about the TEE. Hoping you can avoid open heart ...

s2k
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   Posted 11/18/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank Cogal
yes bit of a bummer will know soon
kp
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