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SarahP
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   Posted 5/31/2006 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I just went to my first rheumatology appt., and they proceded to tell me I have an irregular heartbeat. Three people listened and heard it. After all the heart tests and docs telling me not to worry, my heart rate is fine.. now I have an irregular beat. I'm really trying not to stress. I went straight over to my PCP office, which is in same med park, and tried to get him to see me, but he was full. The receptionist gave me an appt. for tommorrow afternoon, and there was a nurse standing there who said if it was anything serious, the doc and nurses who heard it would have told me to go to the doc or ER immediately and that I should just relax and not get upset.
Easy to say, hard to do. I'm in the throes of my first panic attack in seven months, just from hearing those words out of their mouths. The only thing they would say is that it sounded like a late beat. But my pulse rate was 92 once and 88 the second time. And my b/p was good... 112/77. So I don't know what to think, or to do. I half want to go to the ER having screaming hissies, and half want to just chill and realize that an irregular beat is okay. I just took a klonopin, so maybe this will calm down.
I just wanted ya'lls opinion on it.
Thanks
Sarah
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.


hope3
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   Posted 5/31/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sarah, just wanted to say that I don't think you have anything to worry about. If there was anything wrong they would have done further tests on you. I'm saying this from experience of having heart problems. Trust me they don't make you wait if there is a real concern about your heart. I know it is very scary to hear that anything is wrong,but try to concentrate on something else until you know anything for sure. I wish you all the best and I hope everything goes well for you. Take Care!

 

  ~Wanda~


 


els
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   Posted 5/31/2006 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarah,  I understand your panic...It may just be best to wait for your doctor appointment tomorrow, as you know well.  You dealt with all your dads heart problems and saw him suffer through that, then to think you may have something going on there also is so frightening.  We are always here for you to scream to or vent whenever you need it.  Hugs to you


 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/31/2006 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  KOLONPIN SHOULD CALM YOU DOWN!!!!i agree with all the following, i think amny times they over react to things at the drs. office so, by tomorrow you will know more . will be waiting to see the post.

SarahP
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   Posted 5/31/2006 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm calm now. Relatively. I rationalized a few things after the klono kicked in.. 1. I had NOT eaten all day, 2. I had two cups of coffee, then a soda, 3. I had smoked. All guaranteed to throw off your heart rhythms, right? Plus, I was nervous. I had no symptoms of anything, no dizziness, no chest pain, nothing. Until they said that..lol. Then I had every symptom in the book. Now I'm just kinda chilled out. I figure I'll go in tommorrow, my PCP will take a listen and say I'm normal. Since that happens every time. He told me once some peoples normal heart rhythyms are irregular their entire lives, and it never causes a problem.. it's just their norm. Don't know how true that is, but it helps calm me down.
I'll try to remember to post after my appt. tommorrow... if the fibro fog doesn't get me.
Thanks everyone!!!
Sarah
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.


SarahP
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   Posted 6/1/2006 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, just got back from PCP. He listened for three solid minutes to my heart, the pulse in my neck, and arms. Nothing. Said I'm right on target. He just rolled his eyes when I first said that the rheumy told me this. My heart rate was 80, b/p was 106/59. So everything is excellent. He said next time, go straight to ER, just to try and catch it and get it documented. But since I didn't "feel" anything, I didn't know I was even having any..lol. He blamed it on the caffiene I had drank, and said I could go have a soda with lunch if I wanted and no harm would come, but maybe an extra beat or two, which is not dangerous.
He did say I HAVE to quit smoking. My lung capacity is two liters under where it should be. I don't have COPD, but he said if I continue to smoke as much as I am, I will soon. Sooo.. anyone with creative ideas for that, please post. I've tried traditional methods and nothing works.
Thanks for listening!!!!!
Sarah
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.


els
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   Posted 6/2/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Sarah,  I am so happy that your doc has a least set your mind at ease...I quit smoking 5 yrs ago (for the first time..lol!) and ate those wintergreen lifesavers like mad.  I started again when I was going through my divorce 2 yrs ago.  Then last summer, actually it was in June I didnt realize it has been a year!! I quit again.  But that time I felt sick all the time and didnt know why until august and found out I had a heart problem...The Lifesavers are strong and give you something to chew on and for me was a good substitute for a cigarette.  I hope you can quit..my thoughts are with you


 

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