Thank you for your wonderfully thorough and concise answer, Kitt.
I guess it's just the pairing of the cirumstances--between the 'loudness' and the symptoms--that makes me worry. She's doing some blood work, too, so I guess we'll see if that offers any other helpful (or panic-inducing) answers. My last bloodwork results showed no problems with anemia or thyroid problems, but I sometimes wonder about
my thyroid. A lot of these symptoms are ambiguous, I'll admit, but I seem to share in a lot of them, like the hair shedding, extremely brittle nails, as well as the palps and such, just to name a few.
I get that the murmur is really just the sound, not so much a problem in itself (from what I understand, anyway), but gah... I've felt over the course of the past year like something in my chest just didn't feel normal anymore. I think I'm willing to accept that something might be wrong, but I'm dreading the prognosis of 'hey, no hope for you, buddy. You've got a few months, live 'em well." Or... you know.. something like that.
I do remember that she also said that it sounded like some kind of regurgitation and that it didn't sound like aortic stenosis or something, but she wants me to get it checked out. Perfectly reasonable, of course, but my brain zoomed in on 'loud heart murmur', naturally.
My husband and I have been waiting a long time to have kids, wanting circumstances with our physical and mental health to be right, and I'm very worried, on top of just dealing with treatment, that this won't be a possibility, as we've been hoping to do this in the next two years at the most.
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