Dear Barb T. On your bruises. I had exactly the same questions from my doctors--Where did all the bruises come from? If your dog is as enegetic as my three, they all seem to have come from them. Thank God it I wasn't taking Plavix the day I got Gemma. She jumped up on the bed and gave me the biggest black eye I ever had--and that was without Plavix. Hannah and Mollie (80lbs and 30 lbs respectively) merely leave claw marks and pin pont bruises from their nails. --Tough but wonderful love--
On the sore spot--It was not hot, but it lasted about 2 weeks and was a very hard knot. It was too deep, as I recal to be hot.
On your foot--hard to say here. My toes got really hot and really sore. Most doctors thought they were infected, but they were not.
Jerks for Doctors--Seems to be an epidemic that is not being cured by med schools. I have some very fine doctors, but I have also run into some really bad ones. Most of the surgeons only answer questions up to the time the operate. After that you are on your own. Many doctors form an opinion and then challenge you if you disagree. One almost killed my mother-in-law last year. He completely misdiagnosed her and challenged us when we thought he was wrong. It took a day with the hospital patient advocate and calls to Mayo clinic and other cardiologists to get the doctors to look at her again. When they did, they realized she wasn't just dehydrated (like the admitting doctor swore to) she had congestive heart failure and kidney failure. All of us have to continue to battle to get good medical attention. When we can't, our families or friends have to. Since that incident, my family keeps extensive records on everything medical so that we or our family members can force a clear understanding of our medical conditions on the attending physicians. I carry all of mine on a stick memory in my wallet that any computer can read. Most doctors are fine and hard working, but when you meet one who won't spend time listening, you need to do your best to get their attention or get someone else.
On your chest pains--Were you doing anything strenuous just before they came on (walking up stairs, shoveling non-existent snow, etc?) When you took the nitro, did it IMMEDIATELY stop the pain, or did it just slowly subside? Did the pain feel like you might have felt at the instant they inflated the balloon during your stent placement? Did you feel dizzy when this happened? To this day, I continue to have some pains in my chest, but they are not like the ones during stent placement. I also do not feel dizzy durring these pains. I asked my cardiologist about them and he tells me not to worry, they are not heart related ( I hope he is correct, but I will continue to bring them up to him). If you have some of the symptoms I mentioned above (on-set of chest pains during exercise, immediate relief with nitro, similar pain to that felt during angioplasty, or dizzyness with the pains) it would probably be best to visit the doctor again. You should probably so so just to ease your mind. All of us are extra sensitive during this healing process and will probably be so the rest of our lives. It's okay. You're paying the doctor and he isn't doing you a favor by listening and examining you. If visiting the doctor eases your mind, then by all means do so. If during your visit they find a cause, you might have just saved your life. Hang in there, I know visiting a doctor is hard for you, but if it helps do it. Good luck and know our thoughts are with you. John D