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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/18/2010 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
To recap, I spent this past Friday in the ER. My heart rate was in the low 40's and there was concern of Bradycardia. My heart rate is normally below 70, usually in the 50's.. it has never dropped into the 40's that I know of. I was not admitted, but it was strongly considered. I saw my doctor today and had a follow up EKG. I have had several EKGs since this began in June of 2009. My doctor showed me my initial EKG from June 09 and the EKG from today, and explained what it showed. Last years showed borderline Right Bundle Branch Block and Hypertrophy. Todays showed definite RBBB. He gave me a 24 hour holter monitor and I will see him again Monday to follow up with those results and get my referral to go back to the Cardiologist. He said they will repeat the echocardiagram and go from there..
shakehead  I lost my job because of my recent decline and am very nervous that I'm going to continue to hear bad news. I've been so depleted, dizzy, nauseous, weak, and this constant chest pressure.. I've also hard sharp burning sensations the past few days, I dont' know if that's my heart or heartburn or inflammation. I have to tell myself to get up and move, talk myself into it..I'm just exhausted. I told my doctor this is NOT fatigue from the Fibromyalgia, I know what that feels like... I'm feel as though I am wasting away inside, this is lethargy. I made him listen today, he had to listen and help me..
I'm sure many of you have had this holter monitor.. It's been interesting already, my two year old wants to pick the adhesive tabs off. She told me, Ew Mommy! ha. I don't know how sleeping will go..I normally toss and turn. Hopefully nothing disconnects! These tabs are very itchy..I'm not suppose to have adhesive on my skin, but the rash will be worthwhile.
What experiences have any of you had with the holter monitor? Has anyone else declined this rapidly? -my sudden lethargy and constant chest pain and nausea and dizziness happened over a couple of weeks.. I've had these symptoms before on a smaller scale.. only lasting a day or two.. or happening at night..
Is there anyone else with Bradycardia and RBBB here that I can talk to? I realize we are all unique, but it would be comforting to know someone else with the same problem. I've read some very scary facts online and it makes me cry.. will I need a pacemaker? will I see my daughter on her first day of school in a few years? am I going to get better or is this 'thing' going to change everything? I've already lost my job. The guy I was dating emailed this morning and told me, very respectfully, very sweetly really..that he only wants to be friends. I don't have the energy to be anyone's gf, but it was still nice. So, that's sad. I'm glad we'll still be friends though and i'm not upset with him at all..I've never had a more honest and compassionate rejection in my life. Haha. It showed great character. Anyhow, that's my update, and I'm really sorry for rambling. Thank you for listening and being here!
"Sometimes it's better to burn out than just fade away."
Fibromyalgia. Bradycardia/RBBB/Hypertrophy. Arthritis. IBS. Reynauds. Insomnia. Oh & sadly, Sarcasm-it's a terrible condition. =P

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   Posted 8/18/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey,  you are allowed to ramble away here.  :-) We are here to support you and please know you are going to be OK.  People with symptomatic bradycardia that have pacemakers placed usually feel much better when their heartrate is back up in the 60-70 range.
I would suspect that many of your sx have to do with the slow heartrate. 
Please do not hesitate to call your Dr. or  go to the ER if you feel something is changing.  The Holter monitor should provided your Dr. with some good info but I am glad to hear you are having a repeat of your echocardiagram. 
I hope another member who has this same rhythm as you is available to talk with you.
Gentle Hugs,
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/19/2010 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
The nurse who gave me the holter didn't put 'good' batteries in all my hard work making myself walk through Wal-Mart, wasn't recorded! Geesh. I have to go in again tomorrow and get the holter monitor again.. Oh well, whatever gets me to the next step.
I did finally have a pretty good day though! I felt a little better today and went to see a movie with my sister and some friends, it was such a nice break. =)
Fibromyalgia. Bradycardia/RBBB/Hypertrophy. Arthritis. IBS. Reynauds. Insomnia. Oh & sadly, Sarcasm-it's a terrible condition. =P
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