feel horrible, but cardiologist says I'm fine

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sayyadina
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   Posted 9/18/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness & fatigue for about 2 years now, but its been getting worse recently. Hot weather, hot baths, too much physical exertion & lying on my left side makes things worse. I'm a 26 year old female, 123lbs, 5'1", as active as I feel I can be, vegetarian, don't do drugs, rarely drink & cannot have caffeine in any form. I remember having chest pain when I was a kid & playing in the yard, and I've had similar pain recently. One day, I was sitting doing work on my computer & I got this squeezing chest pain that made it impossible to take a deep breath. Once I sat up straight it went away, but it was a little scary. I also have these strange rashes on my left shoulder & left side of my neck & left side of my stomach that haven't responded to anything but seem to come & go on their own. Plus, I've been having a lot of problems with oily skin & pimples that haven't responded to anything I've tried. I've also been constipated recently & experienced strong vitamin C cravings. The only way I can have a bowel movement is if I consume a lot of vitamin C.

I've also had several menstrual irregularities. I skipped a month, which has never happened before. Never had sex so I can't be pregnant. Then my period lasted 9 days, when 6 is my normal. I've also had spotting between periods, which I've never, ever had before this year. And this past month, I got my period again 2 weeks after my last one ended.

After that episode, my ND wanted me to have an echocardiogram. It showed PVCs, PACs & regurgitation from my mitral, tricuspid & pulmonic valves. She wanted me to see a cardiologist, however the tests that the cardiologist did showed that I have PVCs more than normal, but the cardiologist said that was fine & that was the end of it. Cardiologist did stress test & Holter monitor. The treadmill made me dizzy & aggravated an old knee injury, so I don't think it was an accurate test. My ND has tried a variety of herbs & supplements, including CoQ10 & magnesium, and neither have any effect.

I told myself that I wasn't going to get too upset by the results, but I'm quite depressed & feel like I'm doomed to suffer. I know that the only way I'm going to find out what's wrong with me is to see more drs, but I don't trust any of them right now. I do like my ND & OB/GYN. I do have an appointment with my ND next month, so I guess we'll talk more then.

I forgot to add a couple of things. While I do get some symptoms while I'm active, some of the worst symptoms I experience are while I'm relaxing or completely relaxed (ie in the process of waking up). Sometimes, the palpitations feel like my heart is made of quivering jello. Usually when I start to feel really bad palpitations when I'm active I get this instinctual feeling that I need to stop NOW. I also fainted last year, and my blood pressure has always been low, sometimes too low (systolic <90). I make sure that I consume plenty of electrolytes & eating more salt doesn't help.

Post Edited (sayyadina) : 9/18/2010 6:48:20 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 9/19/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and I am sorry to read of your current issues.  I know you posted back in 2009 in the anxiety and depression forum and I am wondering if some of your problems are related to anxiety. 
 
IMHO I would trust the cardiologist on the evaluation of your heart.  Wondering if you have any access to therapy to help you with coping with all of your physical sx. as I feel that would be helpful for you ?
 
If you feel your BP is to low I am wodering if you are dehydrated and perhaps you could increase your intake of water ?  You said the weather is hot.   If  hot weather, hot baths, too much physical exertion & lying on your  left side makes things worse stop them............these are all things you have control over. Stay out of the hot weather and drink fluids to keep you body cool.
 
I wish you peace.
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avaross09
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   Posted 10/26/2010 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
The best way is to get yourself thoroughly checked by a team of experts. Take an expert opinion and get the necessary tests done for cardiac issues. It also could be a case of acute stress syndrome or such. Also, sometimes a family history matters. Check your cholesterol levels to be more certain about any heart ailments. I would recommend cardiovascular program in New Jersey at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. They are well equipped with a chest pain center, services for women’s heart connection, a diagnostic center and many more facilities. The panels of doctors are industry experts. It’s better to get detected than follow rehabilitation later on. Go to the best.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/26/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Your post feels a bit like a endorsement for your medical center in New Jersey. I would just like to add that there are many wonderful facilities and I am glad you found one that you have faith in.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/27/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
May I suggest you make an appointment with the Dr. you trust  and bring your test results.  Ask to go over each result to explain to you in layman's terms what the result indicate.
 
Also do let this Dr.  know you are not feeling better.
 
I know how concerned you are and I hope that your Dr. help you find the cause of your sx.
 
Kindly,
 
Kitt
 
 
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