PFO complications?

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mamanuss
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   Posted 9/27/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
First of all, I want to say that I am just so thankful that there are message boards out there like this!! Thank you for letting there be an outlet and a place to go for peace-of-mind!
 
I had a stroke at the age of 29 in October of last year. They found a 1" PFO and they closed it with ease the first of November. A couple of weeks after the closure, a started having issues with radiating chest and left shoulder aching/pain, pressure and weakness down my left arm. Another TEE relieved my cardiologist of my patch being moved and he just chalks everything up to agitation with the patch. I've not had any other test ran.
I am on beta-blockers for all the hoopla, but I still feel yucky- knowing when the peak of the pains hit- 
Anyone else out there dealing with the same thing or have any insight into what might be going on? Is this fairly normal?
It doesn't keep me from keeping up with my four kids and wonderful hubby, but I sure would like to feel back to my old-self again.
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!
 
 

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   Posted 9/29/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi mamanuss, I wanted to pop in and welcome you to our forum here.  I am very sorry that you havent had any responses your post.  Sometimes the cardio forum gets slow.  I dont have this sort of issues so I dont have any input for you eyes   but I do hope that someone will come along shortly to give you some insight, support or just a hang in there.

Please do keep posting and know that you are always welcome here.  Take care


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mamanuss
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much!!! I understand that will take time... and believe me... I am willing to wait. I appreciate your kindness! It is warmly welcomed!!

tyler's granny
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   Posted 9/30/2007 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   

mamauss

i had a pfo done in 2005 i am just sure just what you would like to know.but if you have any questions i will be glad to try and help you the best i can.please feel free to ask any questions.while i do not come here that often i will try my best and check the board .so if i can be of any help just let me know ok

tyler's granny


mamanuss
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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, praise the Lord!! Thank you so much for responding! I really appreciate it! Basically, I have been having chest pain/discomfort and weakness down my left arm since about 4 months after I had the patch placed. I wondered if anyone out there had/or did experience the same thing. I basically don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill, but it's not going away and the beta-blockers are just taking the edge off. I am naturally an energetic person (not the best in-shape **wink*wink**), so to feel worn down and yucky most the time is really taking a toll on me now. I guess I just wondered if there were other pfo people out there who could relate or give advise.
So, what is your story? How did they find yours??
Thank you so much, Tyler's Granny!!

tyler's granny
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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
hi mamanuss
 
They found my pro after doing a bubble study.I had been having pvc's and fast heart beats and also was getting some wicked headaches,the way my cardio dr explained it to me.he said that the hole was probably something i had since birth and he told me the reason to have the pfo was to prevent a stroke and he said it would make a big difference in the headaches and the pvc's.
 
I will say i was very scared and had never heard of this pfo.my dr had given me a dvd to watch at home and it explained all about pfo.usually they do not put you to sleep for this they usually give you a seditive and go through your groin,but i was so nervous that he did but me to sleep for it .[[which i am very glad don't know if i could had gone through it without being put to sleep]]
 
the procdure went well and i was in the hospital for three or five days dont remember i had it done in june of 2005.i had to take plavix 75mg for 6 months and i think it took about 2 months to get to the point where i started to feel better.i will say that the headaches did ease up a lot and the chest pain and dizziness i was having  seem to go away.I have other issuses like chronic pain/fibro and i have had neck surgery and back surgery.i  go to the cardio every sixs months and i have a echo done to keep a check on things. so far so good i do have my days when i get some arm pain and chest pain but nothng like i use to get.i no longer have to take the plavix and i only take a baby asprin a day.
 
have you talked to your cardio about what is going on with you as far as the chest and arm pain.have you had a ekg or echo done since your pfo.i know that having chest ppain is scarey and i will say this to you dont ever feel like you are making a moutainout of a mole hill when it comes to your health.if you feel the beta-blocker is not working right you should call your dr and tell him whats going on might just be a simple thing as adjusting your med.only you know what your body is telling you and if you think something is not right please   go get checked if not for no other reason but for peace of mind.
 
i hope this has helped you and please know my thoughts and prayer's are with you and please if you have nay questions or just need to talk i will answer any time.
 
hugs
tyler's granny
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