A month ago I noticed that my left arm would turn a very red color while it was down by my side. My left arm has been tingly on and off for over a year now and lately the veins in my hand and along my wrist protrude quite a bit. I also get a lot of pain in my very upper stomach and a lot of pain and tightness in my neck to where I was trying to stretch my neck out one day to loosen it I ended up blacking out but did not lose consciencousness. After that everything was extrememly dizzy.
I went to my pcp and she watched my left arm change colors right in front of her and my heart rate upon standing is always in the 140's which is not normal for me at all.. all of that really freaked her out. She told me to go to er right away because she was convinced that I had a blood clot in my cartoid artery.Well after going to 2 hospitals (1 had over a 4 hour wait unless you were dying right then and there) and the other one just looked me over once and said that didn't have an ultrasound tech on hand to scan the cartoid artery. The er dr also infromed me that I didn't show any symptoms of a stroke so there was no pressing need to get one. He told me it would be better to just have my pcp order an ultrasound.
Well the next day I called my pcp and told them so she ordered an ultrasound stat. While I was laying there having the ultrasound I started to almost black out again. It was while she was scanning my right cartoid artery so it was putting pressure on the left side of my neck. When she was done I had to sit up for almost 15 min just to get my bearings. I later heard back saying that my ultrasound was normal and to go back to my cardiologist.
Well all of this was going on I had seen my cardiologist because of the tachacardia symptoms and getting a lot of shortness of breath going up and down stairs and extreme dizziness. My cardiologist hooked me up to a heart halter for 24 hours but I developed an allergic reaction to the glue on the pads so I had to take it off 7 hours into recording. I also had an echo done. I feel that I really need to push for an angiogram or something.. I see my cardiologist tomorrow for the results of the echo and heart halter. I don't know anything else except a blood clot somewhere that would cause all the left arm issues/color changes/ weakness, coldness and the debilitating neck pain/stiffness.
Also I keep myself really hyydrated and everytime they run blood work and check my elctrolytes they are always well in range so I know I am not dehydrated. It seems that a lot of people posting on the heart forum have gi problems as well.. I have a ton of gi problems and am convinced it's not just one or the other and perhaps they go hand in hand.