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debimum
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   Posted 5/3/2006 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have been on the lupus site only because I have had a positive ANA and they the docs think I have an autoimmune disease. No diagnosis yet. But I have read up on symptoms women have. I am 49 and my sister and mother have a history of a heart attack and strokes. I have been strugglin with feeling sick in my stomach, but mostly having an ache from behind my left breast into my back.  I have asthma but that is under control. I have a small nodule on my right lung and now they have found a small cyst on the right side of my thyroid. I have had an achy pain from my neck down through my esophogus into my stomach for a few months now. My voice gets raspy. My gastro doc said it's not because of acid reflux, the barium swollow showed some, but it's not causing this. I have a sick ache across my back most all the time. I get fluttering in my chest at night when I lay down or even during the day and it doesn't have to be a stressful situation.  I get short of breath, but I am using my asthma meds like I am supposed to. I had felt good for a month around Christmas and was breathing great. but still short of breath when going up a slight up grade or stairs. Or even just playing with my dog or great nieces and nephew. I was to the family doc this week, I am seeing the gastro doc on monday to see if he will do a colonoscopy and endoscope.  But the family doctor said and this is the funny part. If they don't find anything on there, then he will talk to the heart doc and see about getting me a catherization.   He even told me he had a 47 yr.old man who had a stress test and last week he had a heart attack. So why wait to check this out then. HMMMMM  could it be that I am a woman? 
I thought, well if you suspect heart problems why are you letting it go. I even told him what ever needs to be done to find out what is going on, I will do it. I have been off work going on three weeks now and no progress.
 I am sorry, I am not a hyperchondriac, but I am tired of being sick. But I would appreciate testimonies from other women around my age. I know woman are so very different from men when it comes to heart symptoms. And my mother was sick in her stomach and had sweats when she had her heart attack.  I would greatly appreciate what ever you share.
Deb
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els
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   Posted 5/3/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi deb,  It is very nice to meet you and welcome to the heart forum.  I am sure that some of our other members will be along to post to you.  The board has been a little slow the last week or so I guess since it is spring and everyone is out and about.

My history is I am 32 yrs old, female.  I have a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis since 2001.  I just recently was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder called Multiple System Atrophy which is in the Parkinson's family.  But it causes me to have extremely low blood pressures to the point where I pass out some days.  I do take two different medications for this but sometimes it doesn't help.  Also, I have a heart condition called Sick Sinus Syndrome and Bradycardia (low heart rate) which I have a pace maker for.  My HR was in the 20's before I got the pacemaker.

I understand how frustrating it is going through all the tests to find out what is wrong and what you may or may not have.  Hang in there, your answers will come.  Take care..


Post Edited (els) : 5/6/2006 10:11:01 AM (GMT-6)


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/3/2006 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi mum, i am58, and have always been healthy, although my cholesteral has been rising since about the age of 45. well, i do not want to bore you with the deatails, what i would say is you have nothing to loose by getting an angiogram, i swear to you i practically had to beg for one, they did not think there was a problem, but i noticed i felt a little short of breath,, well they had to put two stents in and i have coronary artery disease, so if i were you with your history, i would not drag my heels, and like i said you will know for sure and can get on with your life one way or the other.  forget those waste of time stress tests, they said i was in better condidtion than 60% of women in my age group. so go figure     also i want to add that what i originally insisted on was a test that shows if you have calcium build up, well most insurance doesn't pay for that, at least they did not two years ago when this happend, but i got it anyway and it said i was at 90% risk of having a coronary event, so thats when i insisted on an angiogram,, go get one.  i also have the back ache you describe, and several of your other issues, i would say 50% is caused by anxiety.well that is my 10 cents.

debimum
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   Posted 5/3/2006 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you DREAMGIRL.  I am not sure what an angiogram is, I know the family doc said to do a catherization. Is there a difference?

And you could have bored me with your story.  Anything right now helps. I have been known to bore some people too. But I have learned from the lupus ladies, how much people care for each other on these forums.  It has been so helpful but the best part is, it's a great support team too.  Unlike my church and sibings.


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Gin
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   Posted 5/4/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
nono  I had a heart attack when I was 58 I had most of the things you are talking about my back and breast and left shoulder hurt so bad I just thought it ras just part of getting old  I wish I would have gone to the Dr when this all started it left me with some serious problems I now have a valve leaking thy did put a ring on it but it still leaks a little then I had to have a 5 bypass and 2 stints so anyway I would not wait around if I were you Thank God I have good Drs and the prayers of many people and I am still able to drive my car and work part time
  God bless you and go get help befor it is too late   Gin

els
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   Posted 5/4/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gin,  Welcome to Healing Well forum.  We are glad to have you.  I am sorry to hear about your health problems.  I hope you continue to visit us here and lend your input and support.  Take care

debimum
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   Posted 5/4/2006 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Gin, the sad part is the doctor isn't checking the heart out. He is waiting till the gastro doc asses me.   I am seriously thinking about trying another ER. I tried last week and didn't get anywhere.  I have gone through that so many times with doctors over the years. That if I was a man, they would have done something right away.

Thank you


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DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/4/2006 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  HI MUM,  I AM NOT 100% SURE BUT I THINK AND ANGIOGRAM IS THE SAME.  but make sure they go through the leg, because if they go under your armpit and they find any blockages they cannot repair on the spot.  this procedure is pretty safe, they go in through the groin area and run a catheter up to your heart, you won't feel anything but you will nedd to be in the hospital overnite. go dear mum, it will give you peace of mind

 


debimum
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   Posted 5/4/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Not trying to be sarcastic and please don't take it that way. But how am I to go for the test if the doctor doesn't set it up. I was told he will wait till the gastro doc acesses me and then go from there.  I already did go to an ER to get some help and I was told that if I didn't have a stroke or a heart attack or was in an accident, the doctor there could not help me. I was told that doctor is only on one day a month.  But I can't waste any more money to try going to the ER and get sent home without feeling like I am a depressed woman.  I had told that doctor what was going on and he didn't want to treat me for anything. I even told him I would like some relief of the pain throughout my torso.

 So DREAMGIRL I don't know what to do. I could try another ER maybe.  I was so sick last night I had pain and burning across my chest into my arm and then in the forearm too. I just felt so sick.  I am only on previcid right now becasue of getting severe diarrea from plaquenil or the lexapro.  I tried the donatol yesterday and the aciphex and that didn't help.

So I guess I wait till something happens or see what the gastro doc says on Monday.  I do go for a pelvic ultrasound on Monday to rule out any gyno problems.  Or maybe a heart attack will take me to the ER or then again maybe it will take me somewhere else.  Sad to say.

Thank you for the encouragement though. I do appreciate it. 


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hope3
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   Posted 5/4/2006 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi debimum, I just saw your post and had to respond. I was 44 yrs old when I had my heart attack. My symptoms were nausea first then couldnt breath, and I had a crushing sensation in my chest. I thought I was just having a bad anxiety attack. I never had any health problems before this. I had to have quadrupal bypass surgery right away. I just had an angioplasty done tuesday because I was having so much chest pain. I had a 90% blockage. I also have a blockage at the back of my heart that they cant do anything about, so I will have to live with angina for the rest of my life. And be limited as to what I can do. I do think that women have different symptoms than men do. I think that it is harder for women to get diagnosed with heart disease too. Just wanted to tell my story, and to let you know that if you think it is your heart then dont let the Doctors give you the runaround. Get the answers you need to ease your mind. I hope everything goes well for you, you will be in my prayers.
 


debimum
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   Posted 5/5/2006 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you hope.  I am up at 3 am and hurt from my chest into my stomach.   I haven't had problems with swelling in my feet and hands for quite some time now for I was alway on the cold side and even yesterday being in the 80's here, I was content with a long sleeve tee shirt. But now I have some swelling in my feet and hands, not a great deal but I had this before when I had discomfort in my chest. I had taken an herbal formula before for it and it helped, but now with my stomach feeling so bad and sick I should take it.  It had some pretty interesting things in it.  Stuff from my fridge. Like horseradish, garlic, applecider vinegar, ginger,  white onion, cayenne pepper. But cayenne helps the heart. But can't chance it with my stomach.  My legs were swollen back in the summer, and I also had this pain in my chest and arm, but stomach was ok.  So the next morning the swelling was gone and I didn't have as much pain in my chest.  I also have a hawthorneberry syrup that I used to take under my tongue like nitro.  I used some yesterday and it helpe take away the hard pain in my chest.  I told my husband and he is thinking too it's heart related now.

 I will be very frank with the gastro on Monday, he is very nice and listens.  He is the one who ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid when no one else would do it.  He felt my throat symptoms were not due to acid reflux.  yeah, I have problems with my throat not knowing to swollow saliva sometimes.  I do have a cyst on my thyroid and lung.  And the rheumy said about me having an abnormal chest x-ray.  I was able to have one of those done yesterday afte I insisted getting one.

  OH, I have been told this pain from the left side of my chest into my back is muscle related. And the achey pain in my bicept  is from that. Muscles can do that they said. 

So hope,  I will have to wait till Monday after seeing the gastro doc. Then I am ancipating waiting to have a colonoscopy and endoscope for about a month or two, that's if he orders them.  Then if it doesn't show anything, the family doctor may talk to the heart specialist about doing a cath. ( his exact words were, try to talk him into doing it.)  After him saying he really isn't sure it's not heart. 

Why do women have to suffer so and fight so to try to get the care they need.  They do certain tests and then if nothing shows up, it's all in our heads. Woman go to the doctor to try to feel better so we can get on with our lives. And I read an article in a doctors office that women are so in tune with their bodies, doctors need to listen to them and take them seriously, we know when there is something wrong.  yeah it was in my family doctors waiting room.  This article said we are so in tune with our bodies, we know when something is out of sync

  I have been doing a little shopping on line just to do something fun. I know I shouldn't be doing it since I am not working and paying out all these doctors co pay and meds and then the tests co pay will come rolling in. Plus we have a deductible since the company started a new insurance April 1.  But one of my hobbies was to stop at the junk stores, my word for stores who have all kinds of things to look at just for fun). But I can't even do that right now.

   And in the spring I am at a greenhouses everday after work on the way home. ( i work 1/2 days) And we have so many mennonite greenhouses in my area and they have so many wonderful things to choose from.  My hobby is my gardens and planting. My neighbor and good friend called and asked what is wrong. She saw that I haven't been out working in the beds and hasn't seen boxes of plants sitting out waiting to be planted.   I can't do that do that right now. I have weeds higher then my waist. So the thing that helps me theraputically, I can't do.   So I shopped on line a little. Not much. but need to do something.   I read a little. But cooking and baking is also my hobby too.  'When I am sick though and bake, it never turns out very good.  I need to make some woopie pies for my daughter in laws college graduation (gobs for those not in PA) and I am afraid to because of them not turning out right.  My adult kids say, if your hearts not in it, it doesn't taste good.  Interesting analagy huh?

Well I should try to eat something to take a pain pill. and try to get back to sleep.  PLus my husband is snoring and he needs to get up at 4:30 to go to work.

Thanks again.


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


debimum
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   Posted 5/5/2006 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I did forget to say that it feels like I am carrying a weight around in my chest and stomach.

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toriax
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   Posted 5/5/2006 3:59 AM (GMT -7)   
hi debimum,i do know how u r feeling as regards doctors dissmissing u,my doc is the same wen i told him my symptoms he straight away wanted to give me antideppresents,now i may suffer anxiety,tho even this hasent been diagnosed.....but i insisted on him refering me to a therapist,i think he was just trying to get me out.....so today igo for a ECG....ur symptoms do sound like anxiety tho im not a doctor and with ur family history i would definitly push for heart works....i do hope u get some help as worry is not a good thing....feel free to email me....let us know how u go x

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/5/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  hi mum,  well it all sounds very overwhelming just reading it.  i think the most unusual thing is with your family history i would have thought they would be afraid of a lawsuit if they did not check you out good.  your gp can refer you to a cardiologist, but that is the only way you will get an angiogram, it is just much to serious of a check up to 'just do it', so i suggest you take a few more deep breathes, i think if all your problems were heart related  yow would be in heaven by now, hope that does't come acrosswrong, but honestly mum, this has been going on a long while, i am not saying to back off of things, i am just saying some of it is probably muscsles. it is good you have a nice gi tract dr. i have a darling too. last time i went in to see him i was so distressed he said  ,'just tell me what you want me to do that would make you feel better' i asked for an ultrasound on my chest area by the stomach, and they could not find anything so that helped. my gp  two years ago .  oh mum, i just thought of something,  the way i got my gp to get me to a cardiologist was to tell him i was short of breath when i excersized, and since he knew i di that regularly he knew i would notice a difference and that is what it took for me to get to a cardiologist.  so maybe that could be a thought for you.  hope that was too confusing.  keep us posted.

debimum
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   Posted 5/6/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

I have told the doctors I am short of breath. I have asthma and it's not anything like asthma  I take my meds faithfully and I started with shortness of breath a year ago.  Where i work I have to walk a 1/4 mile to get the entrance of the building. When I started I was glad because I would get more excersize. After a year and a half of working there, I noticed I was out of breath when I got to the door of the bulding. I was more short of breath going up stairs and playing with my dog and my litte great nieces and newphew. I couldn't carry my nephew who is 2 and weighs 15-20 poungs.  I my chest and back would hurt and was so out of breath.  My thighs would ache till I got up stairs or into my building.  So thing started going down hill and I didn't do anything different then the year before.  I even saw the lung doctor and he didn't do anything but a lung function test which I knew what it said before and it was the same this time.  I had a stress test done and the cardio doc said it was fine after flipping two pages of many  very quickly. I saw the family doc after for the same pain in the chest under ther breast into my back and arm and he said he isn't convinced that it's not heart related because he had a 70 year old man who had a stress test done one day and was told everything looks fine and that night he died. There was another patient of the GP a lady who did live. And just last week when I spoke to the GP he said he isn't convinced it isnt' heart and that if gastro orders colon testing and things if nothing shows up then , THEN, he will talk to the heart doc. 

     I am very surprised the GP isn't on top of this, only because he is working with my daugther who had negligence from an orthopedic doc who the GP wouldn't not allow him to see my daughter in the hospital. She was bitten by a dog and had a bone infection that the doctor wouldn't order an MRI after I had asked and my daughter had asked the same visit.  He just said it needs to take it's course.  a week later, the therapist said something isn't right and the GP ordered an MRI, hmmmm she was seeing another doctor for this and he ordered it.)  But anyway the same day the family doc called and said she needs to be in the hospital, she saw the ortho doc and he said everything was fine.

After a year now and all the problems she has and she won't be able to work or use her arm normally, she only has 15 % strength in it. They are going after that doctor. She has RSD from this all and other problems. 

So yeah, I don't know why the GP isn't on top of my problems.  So if there would be heart problems I know what to say to him now. 

And can only someone have heart problems if they have a heart attack?  I thought symptoms build up over time and then it can lead to a heart attack.  Isn't shortness of breath and fatigue and dizziness part of those symptoms?  Sounds like you have to have a heart attack before they check things out from some of the things I have read on here.

 


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


LindaH
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   Posted 5/6/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Deb,

I was admitted to the hospital last Oct with chest pains.  AFTER being put on medication to lower my heart rate, I was given a stress test--guess what, my heart rate didn't increase!  I was subsequently discharge, but scheduled for another stress test--this time in conjunction with an echocardiogram (echo).  The echo showed pericarditis (inflamation of the pericardium) and pericardial effusion (fluid in the pericardium).  The tech wasn't sure if they should continue with the stress test, but they did and it DID NOT indicate any problem.  However, my GP, being very thorough, scheduled multiple tests and an appointment with the cardiologist.  This was quite frightening since I'm in my early 40's and my father had recently passed away due to complications from heart surgery.  Also, I have a brother that suffered a heart attack in his early 40's.  Breast cancer was ruled out, I didn't recall having a virus, so Lupus was suspected.  A positive ANA increased the suspicion of Lupus.  They still have not ruled out the posibility of early Lupus.

To make a long story short, get an echo.  They are painless and can find things other tests miss.  I ended up having a pericardiectomy.  Nothing was preventing the fluid from accumulating.  I even had it drained twice, just to have it reappear within 1 to 2 weeks.

Good luck.  I keep a phrase from a commercial in my head, something to the affect that YOU are in charge of your healthcare team.

Linda


debimum
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   Posted 5/6/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Linda

thank you. I am not looking for attention or want anything wrong with me. This time of year is very special to me.  I anticipate working in my flower beds and my pond every year.  I always had trouble staying away from the greenhouses even if there was hardly anything left in them.  I could always find something to plant and someplace to dig up to put it there.  It's kind of theraputic for me.  And this is the time of year, that usually gets me going and having more energy.  I do not like house work, but when I can work out in my flower beds it's just so enjoyable. 

 I have not the energy nor the desire this year.  I see all the weeds growing up around my perienals that most of them I got at the mountains with my sister in law and the ones from friends who needed to thin theirs out. It's kind of like a friendship garden. Nothing very special when you look at it only I know the history behind it.  I could go on but will stop whinning about not being able to go do that right now. 

    The pain in the chest is still there, the ache in my bicept is still there, I did not throw up today and kept some food down.  So I will ask the doctor about an echocardiogram, since the gastrologist is such a caring person I will ask him monday when I go I am sure he will help with that one.   I have lost hope in my family doctor. I know he has been a bit frustrated too, but I feel he could have ordered some things to rule them out or made an appt. with the heart doc so we could rule that out.  I am thinking he feels I am just depressed. While I know how I can feel when I am down emotionally, I never stop working or not be able to work around my house.  They don't understand women know their bodies. I know when I am sick and when I feel down. I am down because of the medical field not pursuing things.   It's just so sad when your a woman after 40, doctors feel it's all hormonal and that it will go away.  But if your a man and going though things, they are on top of things right away.   Or if your an older person or a child. 

You said about commercials, how many ones do we hear of that we are to talk to our doctors when something is wrong, they stress woman to tell their doctors about chest pain or other things they think could be heart.  If doctors won't listen what then. ...........  

I am 49, years ago they used to be able to put someone in the hospital when they are as sick as I have been and work on finding out what is wrong. Sadly the insurances are in control now and people suffer.  So many loose their jobs because of doctors dragging things out.  Then it's like dominos for a family, the husband /wife looses their job, they are still sick, they have medical bills, then it starts coming between them, divorce is sometimes the answer to the one who isn't sick.  Just not right.. 

I am going to be more adement(?) monday.  If I don't get help I will go to the other ER in the City. 


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/8/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  yes mum, those are all signs of a heart prblems. i just do not get it. please keep us posted.

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   Posted 5/12/2006 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I know how you feel. I had been going to the doctor for chest pains for a few years. I have COPD now but it started out with asthma, infections things like that so they always chalked it up to chest wall pain. I started having the palputations over a year ago I mean daily. Finally they did a 30 day event monitor on me and one night i went into ventricular fibluation for 8 seconds. I was admitted into the hospital that night and was there 10 days. They were going to do a pacemaker but couldn't recreate it by shocking me. They did a EP study. I have ventricular tachycardia and my medical insurance was taken away so I didn't get to follow up with my cardiologist and now I go to the local health dept for meds but they are so limited on what they can do. It felt like a long palputation so every time I feel that now I think I'm going to die. I have anxiety, fibro and other things so I can't tell when it's my heart or something else. I'm always scared. I used to think sometimes things would be better off if I did die but now that almost happened I found out I want to live more than anything eventhough I don't know how I'll survive with all this pain and suffering. Please if you feel like something is going wrong with your heart go to the hospital even if they won't listen to you. There is always the day when they do find out what is wrong and you don't want to wait at home to long.

debimum
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   Posted 5/16/2006 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for sharing.  Our computer crashed last week and I haven't been on her at all. 

I am sorry you have the trouble you do with getting the medical care you need.  funny, how the hospital I work for, says that they just want to make sure people get the care they need, and not worry about the financial part, but oh the stress it puts on the people after they've had the medical care.  But in your case, I would just go if you need to be in the hospital for tests and things to get better.

As for the heart thing, the ladies in the lupus forum have really helped me as far as educating me in some things.  I am going to try to find a cardio doc who deals with fibromyalgia and lupus. I had a very bad experience with the gastro doc last week and after thursday, I will not be seeing him again or anyone in his practice.  I will be writing a letter to him and letting him know what I think of a doctor who says there is nothing wrong and wont' check into things and makes you feel like because of your fibro and lupus it's all from that.   I do know that women have intestinal symptoms too if there are heart problems. My mother did.  I remember back in the fall for a few months, I would sweat so very much, I thought it could have been hormones, which it still can be.  but I don't know.  I just know I am not going to let doctors intimidate me anymore.  I am just tired of dealing with doctors who think womens symptoms are all in their heads. 

well thanks again


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DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/16/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  I AM SORRY TO HEAR YOUR APPT WITH THE GASTRO WAS A BUST. BUT I AM NOT SURPRISED AS THEY REALLY DO NOT KNOW about HEART HEALTH THAT MUCH.  MUM, JUST TELL YOUR GP YOU WANT TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST. YOU MUST HAVE SO SO INSURANCE, OR YOU COULD JUST MAKE YOUR OWN APPOINTMENT, YOU WOULD THINK WITH ALL THE DOUGH IT COSTS FOR MEDICAL INSURANCE YOU COULD JUST GO WHERE YOU NEED TO. HOPE TO SEE YOU TONITE ON THE CHAT, I WILL BE THERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. BYE FOR NOW.

debimum
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   Posted 5/16/2006 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I can just go where I want. I don't need a referal as far as I know.  Yes I could go get checked out, but somehow I have a feeling with the way things are going lately with doctors, they would make me have a referal.  But I can try.  But I will ask for someone who deals with auto immune diseases and make sure its a woman who is caring.  

Thanks.  I really am not ruling out heart. with still feeling so bad, I know how my mom and sister felt when they had heart problems.  At least my sister said her arms ached and never knew it was a symptom of women having heart problems. along with nausea and sweating. But my stomach is killing me. I can't seem to get that pain under control even taking two vicacin at 500 mg each.

just have a heaviness in my chest all the time like I am weighted down.  And am tired all the time.  I will be glad to see the rheumetologist on thursday and see what she says.  the prednisone isn't taking the discomfort away. That makes me think there is something else going on and maybe; heart related.  And I have my endo on Thursday afternoon.  So we'll see what happens.  a male friend at church has only 19 % of his heart working and they are making him wait till july to get a defribulator in.  don't know why they make people wait like that when they know they have such weak hearts. 


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/17/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  geez mum, if your chest pain is that bad that sounds really frightening, all i can offer is a prayer up for you tonite.  please post after your dr. visit on thursday. i will be out of town til sunday evening we are goiong on a harley road trip.  i missed you at the chat room last evening, sorry you did not make it . bye for now

debimum
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   Posted 5/17/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I am going to get the heart thing checked out. I am tired of them playing with my life. I was wondering if a heavy feeling in the left side of the chest is a symptom of anyone else. I know heart problems aren't alway cut and dry. There can be some other things other then a clogged artery to give pain and discomfort. some of these doctors make it sound like if the symptom isn't what is in the book for a normal problem then you don't have a problem

And I was just thinking the other day about talking to my husband about getting a cycle. I know he would enjoy it and I just think we need to do some fun things. Our 4x4 is almost paid, 4 more months. Although we did get a sleep number bed to see if that would help some of our problems with aches and things. didn't me. but after that is paid for, we could get a bike. He used to use his brothers when we were young. we know of some people who have them, might be fun.

have a great time on your trip. it's time for us to get away again too. hope it doesn't rain for you. And yes I will post on the heart forum and the gastro and the lupus.
back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


els
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   Posted 5/18/2006 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi deb,  I am so sorry your having such a hard time finding answers...Hang in there

(((hugs)))

Elisha



 

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