Sorry for being so late in replying to you, Dgirl :( I have been in a grand funk....I hated to hear that you are feeling bad.
That pain in your back gets my attention. I know for a fact that you can feel angina in the back. I have read references to this many times, and experience it occasionally, still. It may be associated with the area of your heart that is not receiving enough blood flow. I need to google that...
A good EKG is a good thing, but with all the trouble that I have had and hearing of others that have had even more, nothing has ever shown up bad on any of our EKG's, except the computer diagnostic readout, that was always explained away by a doc.
My understanding is that you can have an MRI, after 3 months of having a stent implanted. I had an MRI of the brain around 4 months post stents. Now, I have not read about this at all, as far as having the latest and greatest "SUPER MRI Coronary Artery Imaging" technology, that should have minimum radiation (maybe due to some type of radioactive contrast agent or dye) but maximo electromagnetic and magnetic radiation. This type of radiation is totally different from ionizing radiation produced by radioactive isotopes, like you get with a 64 Slice CT Scan.
I do not know if these super MRIs can even see "through" an existing stent, as you have. I'll bet that DocER does :)
I could google this. I may need it myself.
The latest MRI coronary imaging technology is competing with the Computed Tomography (CT) coronary imaging technology. The government has funded this research heavily. The University of Pennsylvania and Baylor School of Medicine was really involved with the MRI part of this research. They have all attempted to create a more powerful (super) magnet to improve the quality of the images.
You may have one of these latest MRIs in your area. Ask your doctor about it. One thing is for sure; if you rely on doctors to tell you when you are sick, at least in pertaining to coronary artery blockages, you probably won't make it too long, lol. As Deltacece says "LISTEN TO YOUR BODY". Doctors rely on YOU to know when you are having angina, that is, after you have already had a stent, ie, you have already been diagnosed with heart disease/cad. Hey I have had 6 cardiac caths. 3 of them saved my life and the other 3 did not kill me, ha ha ha.
Hey, I just turned 53! Don't add a year to me :) I feel 153....My triglycerides have been >400 for 8 years. When they are that high, your ldl can only be accurately calculated using direct ldl testing. I had a cholesterol test, with direct ldl testing for the first time about a month ago. I have called me doc's office 2 times, Thursday and Friday and the nurse has not returned my call, with my test values. I had to temporarily stop my trial with Lipitor. My one day of feeling well and having some stamina, just reminded me of how I could be feeling. I just can't figure out why I can't remain healthy. It may have something to do with the medicine and/or the polymer that contains the medicine in my two latest stents.
The pain pill remark was a joke, lol.