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daneinter
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/18/2005 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello to all,
I'm new here and came across the site by accident and seemed to find an answer to some problems I have been suffering since my triple bypass 10 years ago in the CFS forum. Now realising the site covers other things including heart problems I have a question to ask. has anyone had a bypass and suffered strange symptoms ever since then?
My problems are that since the op 10 years ago I have suffered from chronic insommnia, muscle pain and lots of other related symptoms which seem to point towards CFS and to be honest even though there does not seem to be a cure it exites me to see that mabye I'm not so crazy after all as my doctors all seem to put it down to depression.this is unfortunate as I seem to have a violent reaction to all drugs and especially anti depressants.
What I now find is that it seems that there has been lots of talk in the cardio surgeons locker room about strange mental impairment probs suffered by some of their patients which they did not follow up on. They call it pump head or similar
Can anyone relate to this , do you have personal exprience because after 10 years of thinking I was crazy I am desperate for knowledge
David

Teri16
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   Posted 8/18/2005 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi and Welcome to HealingWell, David!! tongue

I will be celebrating 1 year post op triple bypass on Aug. 24th! 

I do know what you speak of as I am plagued by a few things as well, though I have to tell you, that I'm so happy that I had my bypass, yeah cuz it gave me 6 months of pain free time from Angina!

It's no secret that there has been a term given to the after effects of 'on pump surgery patients being called Pumpheads'.  I've read that 85% of all post op patients regain most if not all their memory by a year.  The other 15%??? confused   

Recently, though, there have been studies reputing this info??  I'll see if I can find something on that.

I have a pain on my left rib and it continues to cause minor pain when I cough or sometimes just because -- I had pleurisy after the surgery, though fortunately no Pleural Effusion (PE).  The Dr. told me that is still from the surgery and I really don't worry much about it, as during this type of surgery, you have trauma to muscles, bone, nerves, etc.

I'm so sorry to hear that after 10 yrs. you seem to have these problems!!  Write back and I'll see what info I can find, David!

Hugs, Teri tongue


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heartangel
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   Posted 8/18/2005 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   

david

welcome to this forum feel free to post anytime and please come to our chat tonight at 8pm CST. I have heard of patients haveing different symptoms after their bypass but 10 years later I have not, are your meds all the right dosages and are you takeing any OTC  herbs, supplements , vitamins that could be interfereing with your meds or any caffine  4 hours before bedtime. I myself do not have caffine after 7 pm or I am up all night long  and tossing and turning. I would expect sleep insomina with  Chronic fatigue too  and that tends to make you ache all over including your hair, but please join us tonight and  others might be able to answer your question more than I can too.Teriis greatand hopefully she can find good links for you.

Best of luck and please come back and post

Heidi

 

P.S. OUr chats are 8 pm CST on Thursday's. Feell free to join us.

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daneinter
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/19/2005 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou so much for replying, I cannot tell you how much it means to me that I have found this site as I have found the last 10 years so isolating. people expect you to get well after an operation and blieve me I wanted to as the angina was crippling in the final months and so debilitating. i agree 10 years is a long time, it feels like a lifetime to me sometimes. I feel that what we have here is a classic chicken and egg situation. I have read in in last few days that the shock and trauma of the op can cause problems such as CFS and also that pump head can cause severe probs. My opinion is mixed I guess. and i am so confused but gratified that suddendly after 10 years of beating my head against a wall with weird symptoms, being called a hypocondriac, crazy, etc information seems to be flooding in and its difficult to cope with the flow. Suddenly I feel that even though there maybe no cure as such for CFS or pumphead a diagnosis as such is a relief. i cant tell you how lonely it has been even with a supportive family. Its almost as if the way I am is accepted as who I am and I have never felt that. I always did want a solution, a confirmation, a way back to the life I used to have. i feel that I have made a start.
I can honestly say that prior to my op I could sleep on a clothsline as we say here in GB and since then in these last ten years I normally only get 2 hours of light unrefreshed sleep, sometimes days will go by. in all this time i have struggled to work in a tough industry (haulage, i am a small haulage co.) and not to give in even though i was exausted most of the time but since christmas I have slowed right down and my body seems to be packing in. i guess the price must be paid at some time and none of us get a ride for free. i guess my abiding fear is that i will need another bypass soon as my surgeon told me he was sure he would see me again in 10/15 years. he was not as bad as he sounds, he sat by my bed the night before the op and tryed to reassure me but he was an honest man and said that 10/15 years is often the limit of the grafts. Mabye things have changed. I was only 43 when I had my first and i followed a genetical path forged by all the male members of my fathers family
sorry if this is a bit rambling, I am tired and my eyes ache. thanks once again for your support and i will log in for the chat. I guess that will make it 01.30 or so in england. I look forward to speaking to you all then
david

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   Posted 8/19/2005 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
David what an industry to work in and in GB too.  I donot know the time differabnce between  England and the USa for chat for yuo maybe if you se some of us on yuo can post hey anyone wants to caht  come join me just be sure to check heart and cardio vascular disease and enter yuor name and user id too then you get in ok thechat room is open anytime any day 24/7/365 ok. HOpe to see yuo posting more too in more sections in this heart and cardio vascular section.
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Teri16
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   Posted 8/19/2005 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi David! tongue I'm glad to hear you feel better today!

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Hugs, Teri tongue


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