I had about
given up on determining what is currently wrong with me. My head is still reeling from a very, very strong tratment with steroids (dexamethasone). (Had some psychosis as a reaction to the steroids)
I had a heart attack and stroke 3 years ago. I have had 8 cardiac caths since then and 4 stents. 2 were placed this March.
My latest problems began in May, when I suddenly developed a severe reaction to an ACE inhibitor, that I had been taking for 3 years. I had severe respiratory difficulties and the notorious dry cough. I stopped this medicine for 4 days and got better.
I started having angina, and believe you me, I thought I knew what it was but, I went for another cardiac cath about
a month ago. All looked good to my surprise.
3 weeks ago, I started having severe muscle and joint pains, in addition to extreme chest muscle/lung pain. Fatigue....
The doc suggested rheumatoid arthritis. Gave me steroids and antibiotics. Said RA could invade the heart and lungs or any other organ.
I just read where radiation to the heart can cause pericarditis. I have had so much radiation due to all of the caths and coronary ct scans, within this past year.
I will see my cardio next week. My BP is not under control. It was medically controlled (beta blockers and ACE) at around 125/75. It has averaged 150/96 for a week or so. I am going to increase the beta blocker today.
I am having bouts of agonizing, spasming chest muscle pain with so much pressure inside of my chest that it feels like it could explode. My lung capacity is reduced greatly at times.
My question; do the muscle aches and joint pain sound familiar to any of you?
I have seen a Rheumatoligist and he has diagnosed me with arthritis of unknown origin, until he looks at new bloodwork. My wbc count was high 2 weeks ago.
I would really appreciate any information that could shed some light on what all this means :) Sorry to be so long.
P.S. Funny thing is, with all of this chest pain, I am not worried about another heart attack at all since I was "clear as a bell" on my last cath 1 month ago.
Post Edited (Aldo) : 7/8/2006 8:58:18 AM (GMT-6)