Pain Between Shoulder Blades

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pegleg
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   Posted 12/5/2006 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I may have said something about pain between the shoulder blades on another thread, so please excuse me is I repeat myself, but I think it's important.
 
I've been diagnosed w/electrical problems for years (PVCs, PSVTs, Cardiac Syndrome X ...small arteries of the heart sporatically contract) and have a medical background, so I should have known better.  Before pain, I underwent 2 caths resulting in completely clear coronary artery (just arrythmias) and an attempted ablation (didn't work, horrible experience, won't do it again), my cholesterol was okay in April 2006 from physical.  Pain started around Nov 13, thought I had worked out too much during physical therapy, gave up & went to ER.  Long story short, hospital admission, positive stress test, high cholesterol, plaque in right coronary artery found in cath.
 
My lesson learned:  yeah Angina can take on many forms.  I was used to chest pressure and pain down left arm.  This was different so I didn't think it was my heart.  Most women present w/unusual symptoms.  Even if you had clearance from cardiologist & you start having pains between shoulder blades, go to ER at once.  Symptoms & conditions can change.  I am fixing to undergo another cath for angio/stent which they couldn't do on the 13th because of arrythmias.

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 12/8/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peglwg, i answered this in another post however i would like to respond here.  peg, i have severe pains between my shoulderblades, right this minute it is so bad it is about a level nine in pain, hurts so bad and has for a loooong time.. i think it is stress related, not heart related, at least for me. or i have had a two year heart attack.  it is sort of scarry because if it ever did be heart related i would not know the difference. i have always heard that it takes years of high cholesteral to build up blockages, so i find it rather curious that at first your dr. found nothing  hummmm very odd indeed.  later bye for now

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 12/8/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  peg what kind of caths did you get?  was it the kind where they inject dye and put you on a rotating scanner.  i did that one and then a treadmill then back on the dye and scanner

 


pegleg
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   Posted 12/9/2006 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Dreamgirl: Because of PVL (periventricular leukomalacia ... brain affected ... symptoms mimic MS),I wasn't able to do a stress test on the treadmill ... had to go the chemical way where I was scanned before, given chemical stress test (ischemic hit HARD), and then back for more scanning (also showed CAD). 2 cardiologists said it was the first time they ever had someone to show that much on both test & scanning. Lucky me! Boooo! I had my first cath about 6 yrs ago due to chest pain but it showed completely clear coronary arteries (pain was due to spasms of the small arterioles in the heart); had another cath 2 yrs ago ... coronary arteries again clear w/no sign of plaque ... only arteriole spasms; had an attempted ablation 6 yrs ago also, but MD had to back off as my arrythmias were going haywire and almost knocked out SA & AV nodes w/o having pacemaker ready ... horrible experience & would NEVER do that again. I work out, eat right, normal cholesterol (last cked in April 06 during physical),etc. But according to MD & research, if you have a fm hx of CAD, BEWARE, it hits faster than the usual slowly buildup of plaque. At least when I have the artherectomy & stent on 12/13/06, I won't have to worry about having a ht attack ... both coronary arteries will be clear and they said the rest of ht is good shape. Just have to put up w/A fib, PSVTs (mostly controlled) and Cardiac Syndrome X (also rare). Keep me in your prayers on the 13th (my arrythmias seem to act up like a child having temper tantrum and they are easily induced). I have to control ht and BP as this is the only was I can keep the PVL from becoming worse and mushing up my brain.

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 12/14/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   

:-)  hi peg, i hope all went well for you.  did you have the stents put in your left anterior descending? where was the blockage if not,  they call that the lad. hope you are doing well, it will take a few days i suspect to feel the difference. keep us posted

 


pegleg
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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone! I had my cath w/stent placed in rt coronary artery. No more pain between shoulder blades! No more chest squeezing! No more sweating or shortness of breath! Except soreness in my left femoral area, no problems! I even went Christmas shopping by myself last night. I was placed on Plavex & 325 mg of aspirin, I also take coumadin for intermittent A-fib. By doing this, I've bypassed a future heart attack. Still have electrical problems, but clear flow all around ... they gave me the before & after pictures and after ones are sure pretty! Thanks for your thoughts & prayers!

hope3
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   Posted 12/17/2006 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi pegleg, Im glad everything is going well for you. I dont know if you remember me responding to your post or not. But after reading the good news i just wanted to say good luck in the future and Im so glad all went well for you. Take Care and GodBless!
 

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