Going for adenosine test tomorrow and am so anxious

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PALMY
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   Posted 12/7/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I a menber of the board but new to your group. Has anyone ever had this test done? If so could you tell me your experience.

I searched the net, bad idea, and now am so afraid I feel like calling tomorrow morning and saying I am sick.

I read of horrible experiences from the adenosine and during the test, also people having heart attacks that were fatal during the test. Also that the test is often false negatives or positives.

I get chest upper pain both sides but have Fibromyalgia and gerd also thought to have Costochrondritis. My chest gets so sore that I cannot touch myself, even the weight of hot gel pack hurts, but does help in the long run.

I have a echo done yearly for mitral reguratation and my Dr. wants this test done just as a baseline due to age,(65). She said the pain I have is not cardiac because I can reproduce the pain by presssing on the area.

Any help would be appreciated.

My anxiety is awful.

Thanks, Palmy
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   Posted 12/8/2006 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Palmy, I am so sorry for what your going through.  I dont know anything about this test.  Hopefully someone will come along who does.  Please do let us know how it goes...my thoughts are with you.  :-)

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pegleg
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   Posted 12/8/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello PALMY: Are you talking about the adenosine stress test? I usually have the stress test where I run on the treadmill, but because of periventricular leukomalacia (brain ... my left side doesn't keep you w/right side), I wasn't able to do it. I had the chemical stress test. It was worse than the usual stress test because you can't tell them you want off the treadmill when you can't take it anymore. You go until the end of the test. As bad as it was, I was thankful. Mine showed ischemic activity resulting in cath on 11/16/06. The plaque is only 50%-60% so they didn't do the angio/stent. I was placed on meds which controlled my HR & BP. We are now going back in Wednesday (13th) to do the stent. It won't be the angioplasty because of the location of the plaque. It will be what I call the "rotorutter" as it shaves off the plaque. I'm scared, but more scared of what will happen (heart attack, stroke, embolism, death) if I don't have it. Once it's done, I'll be fine. I've kept from exposing myself to more problems. I'm not going to lie & say it's not bad, but what is worse is what can happen if you don't have it. Good luck and keep me posted.

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 12/8/2006 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Let's hope that Palmy's test go well today.   Hoping to hear some good news and we can go from there.   Since I know she has Fibro, life can be deceiving for us.   I am new on this board, but not new as you can see by the posts.  
 
I wanted to say 'hello" to the others here.  I had a triple bypass surgery in 2005.  I then had a life-threatening reaction to "protomine" which resulted in a stroke.  Two episodes of ventricular fibrillation and a defibrillator was installed.  Stroke affected eye sight, and more.   That's enought to get you acquainted with the "different" Annie.     I carry this message with me since I lost speech with stroke.    My speech is back to a degree.  It's like writing here...it's there and everywhere.  
 
I recall everything about Fibro, Arth, and other disorders.   I didn't lose that with the stroke.   The heart/stroke things I have discovered by healing and working out at cardio.  It's been a very long journey mostly because I am/was very verbal and connected to people.   I understand I was writing on a chalkboard all the time.   My daughters likely weren't surprised.  So, now I can ask you all about "pacers', etc."     I have looked at your posts some and all of it looks complex.  Since I was 62 when I had the heart attack, I was aware of the drugs I had used for fibro, etc. could be a problem.  The rest of it is not new.    I was aware of my high choel, etc. in my 40's.   Let's say that genetics kicked in. 
 
Anyone had a really reaction to "protimine" that you are aware of?   I figure it that to be a "fibro" thing.   The heart surgery went well until I went into the reaction.   I should mention I was in rehab for six weeks and a nursing home another month.
 
Annie 

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 12/8/2006 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
oh annie, that sounds terrible. what is protomine given for? heart problems?  i have such a serious problem with side effects on all meds..................... when i went in for my angioplasty they gave me morphine to pull out the tube and the reaction ii had was horrible very frightening what these drugs can do to a person.

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 12/9/2006 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dreamgirl.......I hope you don't have the reaction.  It's used for blood thinner? during heart surgery?  That's the best I can to explain it.   It's a very common thing and that's why I won the "lottery" backwards.   Meaning I should have gotten $$$ for the odds.   You can imagine how many people were running on this one....Bless Their Hearts.  A fluke.  And since I seem to be a "fibro" who reacts...why wouldn't I after the heart surgery.  Thought perhaps someone might pop in that might be interested.     I can say that I have been pretty level since March 2005 with meds.   With the pacer, etc.    I am taking a antibiotic this week (Cipro) and that's the first time I have used it for years.  I am nervous with it.  I wasn't expecting that...or the flu shot I got Tuesday.   I can list my meds so you have an idea of what I do take.  I don't understand heart meds since I didn't have a BP problem before.
 
I use a cheap Lopressor 25 mg. per day, Plavix 75 mg., Zocor 80 mg., Comandin 1 mg., and my normal 25 mg. Amtrip and Zanax .25 mg.    I take a tylenol when needed.     I don't see my Dr. again until March.   
 
Yes the Lipotor was beating me up and I switched to Zocor.   I can't say it's better since I have fibro.   It's not like I am down in bed.   Unless this flu shot makes me nuts.   Last year was the first flu shot I never had in my life.   Let's say I wasn't expecting heart surgery, can't remember it expect I was talking to friends in the fibro section. :)  In fairness, I know when my heart was hurting and I was running in cold night air after being back and forth up and down stairs on three floors of a club.....niece got married I was seeing other people because it was St. Pat's Day.  What can I tell, ya!   Unfortunately for me, I have that type of pain alot.  I still do...not chest pain, arm, shoulder, neck, and into shoulder blade.   From a accident in 1990.   
 
Now I have to figure out how to deal with "pacer, with wires".  Glad for it, but I think fibro makes many things more difficult.  Since I have my own BP thing now, I can see what I am "feeling".   You are more aware.   All of this is frighting, but I wasn't that scared before.     Is anxiety more common after a heart attack?   Or, stroke....it's not pleasant, but coming back to yourself is very interesting.   One doesn't really have a choice.    Like I said, I had some good rehap.   More then the norm.  Nursing home was alright, but I had to do it for myself. 
 
I don't know what I was on.  Lots and lots of drugs.  My family certainly got educated (they are smart kids) about what machines you use, etc.  They don't talk about it much.  I didn't know people, no language, etc.  You need to sleep alot from the stroke.   And the drugs keep you alive.   My skin is getti
 
Hope that's not too much....Annie

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 12/9/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My computer messed me up.    Maybe we will know about Palmy next week.  

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 12/14/2006 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi Annie,  you are on a boat load of meds right now.  keep an eye on the statin you are on, i have fibro too and it truly gets unbearable at times with all the different meds.. is there a med out there for fibro? i have never taken anything for the pain in my back, i just live with it.  hey Annie, surely you realize that anxiety is sooo prevalent once a person gets this diagnosis.  i have never been on any tyope of anti anxiety drug, but after a year of fear and anxiety i finally succumbed. glad i did. i take a low dose antidepressant, Zoloft, and Annie here is a thought.. i only take 25mg of the zoloft because at the higheer dose of 50mg i gained 6 pounds in a 10 day period,i felt like a million bucks though,  my back pain was reduced to zilch, wow [pain free,  but unfortunately my vanity weighed in a little heavier, i knew i would gain at least 20 pounds and i just could not bear it, then i WOULD be depressed, but if you are not as paranoid as i am about a few pounds, it would be a good shot to test it out.  i had to try prozac and celexa, before i found one i colud stay with. i was on plavis and lopressor when i first got the stents and i was exhausted  felt like i was 80 years old, now i just take 81 mg aspirin and an ace inhibitor called lisinopril for the bp , however, i also do not have high bp, this is just a precaution for the arteries, it keeps them dialated. bye for now

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 12/14/2006 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice of you to post.   Palmy wont' have the tests until Jan. now so guess we will wait for those results.   Palmy was on this site in the fibro section when I had the heart attack/stroke.  I recently scan through some old posts to bump up my brain functions and I am amazed by the people I recall. You are much more aware of meds for heart problems then I am.   I certainly started having more leg pain about last March with Lipitor.  I switched to the 80 mg. of Zocor.  I am using names I can say rather then the generic verions.   I will certainly check the Plavix, etc. when I see my heart dr. in March.    I do have many years of experience with fibro and it's cousins.   Another name for my long list of letters.   I think it's a plus since I know fibro because I had experienced Anxiety/Panic, TMJ, IBS early in life with add ons coming every decade.   Injuries, car wreck and couple of surgeries and blahs.   I am feeling older these days, but my spirit surprises me now and then.  Someone mentioned Bon Jovie on the arthritis section last night and I thought, "Yeah".....he's my daughters age, but I like newer album.  
 
Lots of people are terried of anti depressants.  I have used them responsiblity for many years.  Amtripl was the newest drug on the market when that was given me.   I had a major depression after my third child.   The amtripl was my life saver with fibro all these years.   Doesn't work for others, but that's the way of drugs.   I am always leary of drugs.   I haven't researched the meds and procedures you all deal with.
I read your posts and sometimes baffled by the language.  Didn't think I could offer much, but certainly will have questions about whatever happens with my pacer, the wires...ouch (they hurt) and me. 
 
I was going to mention to doc tomorrow about the steriod shot he gave me a couple of weeks ago.  I am not pleased.  Didn't want it.   First one I have had for close to two years.  I have been strange ever since.  Wired.  I am used to the ups/downs of my sleep disorder so something is different.  Unless the flu shot I got last week is the problem?  Like I said, for a fibro being wired is good, but not like this.   Flu shot?  Steriod? 
We won't do this again.  I need to sleep.    Annie

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