New Here..looking for support, I have Bradycardia

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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed symptoms for quite a while, about a year and a half. In January I developed insomnia and palpitations at night. I felt like I was going to pass out, my chest was tight, heart thudding-slowly but hard..then I'd fall asleep. It's come and gone over the last 8 months. In the last few weeks I became lethargic, dizzy all day long, nauseous, fainting in the shower, wearing out just by walking to my kitchen...for the last two weeks I've been in my bed, only getting up to shower, potty, eat..etc. I have a two year old--this does not work well. My grandmother lives with us and helps SO MUCH! Friday I had to go turn in paperwork for insurance and child mom was driving me around..I felt like I was going to die, I just couldn't handle the excertion. We went to the ER and they did the usual tests..ekg, chest x-ray, blood and urine tests, IV pain and nausea meds.. My EKGs have been the same every time= Right Bundle Branch Block, Hypertrophy.. low heart rate-usually in the 60's.. low blood pressure-usually around 100/70.. The cardiologist I saw last year told me I likely had a birth defect and it wasn't a concern unless I developed an arrythmia. That started in January, but I didn't have insurance..told myself it was just anxiety. This EKG showed my heart rate at 45, so they put me on a monitor and it dropped to 43. They ordered more blood work, checked my electrolytes, clotting, etc etc.. the doctor told me if it dropped to 40 or below they would admit me, but it didn't.. I'll be going back to my caridologist and will get another echocardiogram-? the heart ultrasound.. and a heart monitor to take home.. I'm going to ask for a sleep study too. I have several other medical problems I'm still struggling to have diagnosed and treated. I'm just completely depleted and quality of life isn't so great right now. I have every single bradycardia symptom listed, fibromyalgia-still not convinced on this one though!, arthritis, IBS, reynauds, insomnia..I can go on! uhg! I'm 30..I shouldn't be stuck in my bed wondering if I'm going to die today, tomorrow, next year.. Anyone else with bradycardia? This is my first forum and I'm still coming to terms with all the info on bradycardia.. I could tell by the reaction in the ER and how awful I feel, it's not looking good for me and I'm scared. Reading the mortality and sudden death info really shook me up.. in general and as a mother of a two year old.. I just 'love' talking a two year old into bringing me a diaper AND crawling onto my bed to change their diaper==fun times.

Fibromyalgia. Bradycardia. Arthritis. IBS. Reynauds. & sadly, Sarcasm-it's a terrible condition. =P

Post Edited (peteysue) : 8/16/2010 3:36:47 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
also..I'm afraid to take anything to help me sleep! I have insomnia and am prescribed AMBIEN 10 mg. If I take it I'm afraid I won't wake up. I am so tired though, it's 7am!! I'm not suicidal but I am weighing pros and cons here.

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   Posted 8/16/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
What you described alarms me and I am surprised the ER did not admit you to the hospital for studies and tests for your sx.
I would advise you to see your cardiologist ASAP if you have bradycardia with all of these sx. The goal of bradycardia treatment is to restore the heart to normal rhythm. In many cases, bradycardia treatment for patients involves a pacemaker.
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   Posted 8/16/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt- I was pushing them at the ER to let us leave, my mom has cataracs and it was getting dark.. the diabetic cat at home was waiting for it's shot.. No one else could come be with me at the hospital and I felt like a burden, I know that's silly. The doctor wanted to do another IV to see if my blood pressure would go up a little more.. I promised I'd come back if it got worse and see my doc (today).. My mom was worried about possible rain today and asked me to make my appt for tomorrow, so I did. I know people reading this are going to be a little put off by it. My mom does mean well, but she doesn't always get it. If I trusted myself to drive I'd drive myself. I would have gone back in yesterday.. today.. I feel even worse, I assume the costochodritis is back in my chest from stressing out, that terrible bruised and burning feeling is SO BAD today.

I know it's serious. I've read article and study after article and after study.. I'm almost bored with researching. =P I know enough about the conditions I have and those I think I have to explain them to people.. My mom even has heart problems and knows what I'm describing; I don't know why she doesn't get more involved. I've asked her several times to advocate for me, when I'm this sick it's very hard to be a good historian and speak up. Luckily this last trip to the er I had a doc and his PA..they were both telling me how sick I was and not hiding their concern. This is the doctor I always have in the ER and he's a real jerk, has always treated me like a hypochondriac. This time he acted like a worried big brother. That just terrifies me.

Anyhow, Thank you.. I'll update tomorrow night. I know I'm going downhill fast here and I'm rightfully scared.. We'll see what my doc says tomorrow, my guess is to go back to the ER. Ahgck. I'll take a backpack with me.

I'm so glad I found this site. It's really lonely right now, this definitely helps. Thank you.
Fibromyalgia. Bradycardia/RBBB/Hypertrophy. Arthritis. IBS. Reynauds. Insomnia. Oh & sadly, Sarcasm-it's a terrible condition. =P
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