Wish me luck at the cardiologist today.

Wish me luck at the cardiologist today.

Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I recently had to be rushed to the ER with chest pains and difficulty breathing. It was not a heart attack. They're pretty sure it's something called pericarditis. Anyway, I'm going to the cardiologist this afternoon for further testing. I would really appreciate any positive thoughts you could send my way.

My chest still hurts, and I still have trouble breathing, so finding out exactly what's causing this and figuring out a way to make it stop would be a great relief. If it really is pericarditis, there may be nothing that can be done.

Sigh... I just want to feel better.

Thanks!
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Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I recently had to be rushed to the ER with chest pains and difficulty breathing. It was not a heart attack. They're pretty sure it's something called pericarditis. Anyway, I'm going to the cardiologist this afternoon for further ...
Best of luck at the doctors today.

And fyi, pericarditis is literally inflammation of the pericardium which is a membrane that surrounds the heart. There are many potential causes so obviously treatment depends on the particular cause. I hope you are well soon.
09/20/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Good luck darling. Hoping for the best. Drs arent fun.
09/20/2011
Illumin8 Illumin8
Sorry to hear that! Hope all goes well.
09/20/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
Hope everything turns out okay. Best wishes.
09/20/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm sending all my positive energy your way for this, best of luck!
09/20/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)


have all those hearts!
09/20/2011
JessCee JessCee
Still sending healthy, positive thoughts and prayers your way, Ivy. Good luck!!
09/20/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Thanks everyone!

I'm leaving for my appt in five minutes. I'm a bit nervous. But having all of your well wishes helps.
09/20/2011
Beck Beck
Good luck!
09/20/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Hope all goes well for you Ivy [[[HUGS]]]
09/21/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Hello everyone,

My cardiologist determined that it was not pericarditis, and he was afraid that it might be blood clots in either my heart or lungs so he sent me to hospital again. I had to stay in the hospital overnight while they did all sorts of tests on me. They determined through cat scans and stress tests and various other tests that it was not blood clots. Most of my tests came back within the normal range, however, there are some really weird things going on with my blood sugar apparently.

Anyway, after determining that as far as they could tell, my life was not in immediate danger, they sent me home this evening. The current theory is that the problem is caused by a viral infection in my pleural cavity (basically the area around my lungs and heart).

I'm feeling better tonight, still in a bit of pain, but I'm breathing easier. I am supposed to see my regular doctor about the blood sugar issues and return to my cardiologist in two weeks for follow-up tests. So... that's what's going on.

Thanks for all of your support.
09/21/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I'm glad you are feeling better hun. I will be praying that your blood sugar will be alright.
09/21/2011
Noira Celestia Noira Celestia
Ivy it seems like we have a lot of similarities in life, even health problems. I have chest pain from time to time and have had tests done to check it out that have never found anything.

Where they respectful to you? I always feel so stupid when I leave and they can't find anything and tell me it's just anxiety. (I know the difference between an anxiety attack and something not normal for me) .

I hope they figure out that's wrong and you get better. <3
09/21/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
Hello everyone,

My cardiologist determined that it was not pericarditis, and he was afraid that it might be blood clots in either my heart or lungs so he sent me to hospital again. I had to stay in the hospital overnight while they did all ...
Oh Ivy, I hope your pain is lessening, and I really hope you're going to be healing soon. All kind of positive thoughts! Hopefully your blood sugar won't be indicative of anything else worrisome and will be settled easily.
09/21/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
Hello everyone,

My cardiologist determined that it was not pericarditis, and he was afraid that it might be blood clots in either my heart or lungs so he sent me to hospital again. I had to stay in the hospital overnight while they did all ...
It's good to hear that wasn't blood clots, a heart attack, or pericarditis. I hope the doctors figure out the problem for you, and you fully recover very soon. I was wondering where you had been lately.
09/21/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
Hello everyone,

My cardiologist determined that it was not pericarditis, and he was afraid that it might be blood clots in either my heart or lungs so he sent me to hospital again. I had to stay in the hospital overnight while they did all ...
*HUGS* I hope they get to the bottom of this fast for you. I am glad that it is nothing too serious.
09/22/2011
indiglo indiglo
Sorry to hear you had to spend the night in the hospital - that is awful. I really hope they'll be able to find *something* somewhere. It's really scary to deal with such health issues, and not finding a reason why is even more frustrating. Sending good thoughts your way!
09/22/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I hope it turns out to be nothing serious, Ivy!
09/22/2011
Rossie Rossie
Glad to know it's nothing serious, and hope it'll stay that way! Drinking lots of tea daily (black tea, oolong tea or green tea) can help lower your blood sugar level.
09/22/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I recently had to be rushed to the ER with chest pains and difficulty breathing. It was not a heart attack. They're pretty sure it's something called pericarditis. Anyway, I'm going to the cardiologist this afternoon for further ...
Illness is sure no fun. May you be healthy again, SOON. Listen to your doctors and do what they say, and know our wishes are with you.
09/22/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm happy it doesn't appear to be anything serious. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by Noira Celestia
Ivy it seems like we have a lot of similarities in life, even health problems. I have chest pain from time to time and have had tests done to check it out that have never found anything.

Where they respectful to you? I always feel so ...
I did tell them that I had a history of anxiety and panic attacks. They asked if what I was feeling felt like a panic attack and when I said that no, it felt completely different, they took me at my word. I was frankly surprised at how nice everyone was to me. Of course, I'd been having chest pains and difficulty breathing for over a week at that point, and panic attacks just don't last that long.

This experience has somewhat changed my mind about hospitals. I think I'll be more likely to seek help in the future than I have been in the past.
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Oh Ivy, I hope your pain is lessening, and I really hope you're going to be healing soon. All kind of positive thoughts! Hopefully your blood sugar won't be indicative of anything else worrisome and will be settled easily.
Thanks Antipova! It may take a little while before I get your toy storage pouch done. Sorry. As soon as I'm feeling better, I'll get to work on it.

The blood sugar thing has everyone confused because they are consistently getting contradictory results. At first, they thought it was a fluke, but the results have been too consistent. Ah well... hopefully, they will figure it out.
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
Sorry to hear you had to spend the night in the hospital - that is awful. I really hope they'll be able to find *something* somewhere. It's really scary to deal with such health issues, and not finding a reason why is even more frustrating. ...
It is very frustrating not knowing what is causing the pain. But at least we now know that it's not one of the most likely life-threatening conditions. Though there is a part of me that just wishes that I had a name for what it is, even if that name was something scary. Sometimes not knowing is scarier than knowing.

But thanks for your support!
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Thank you so much everyone!

It really does help to know that y'all care about me and want me to get better. I'll try to keep y'all updated with whatever the doctors figure out. Right now, I'm just sort of in a holding pattern. I'll see my regular doctor next week to try and figure out what is going on with my blood sugar. I've never had blood sugar problems before, so hopefully, it will just go away.

As for the chest pains and difficulty breathing... We're just going to assume that it's a viral infection of the pleural cavity for now. We'll see if it gets better on its own over time. ::fingers crossed::

Thanks again, everyone! Y'all are great!
09/22/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
So glad they didnt just dismiss you and tell you it was anxiety. I get that every time I go to the doctor and hospital. Its frustrating, Im like Ive had anxiety attacks for 10 plus years I know the difference.

Glad youre doing ok. Hope you have an even quicker recovery, I was hoping youd post an update and was worried when you didnt.
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
So glad they didnt just dismiss you and tell you it was anxiety. I get that every time I go to the doctor and hospital. Its frustrating, Im like Ive had anxiety attacks for 10 plus years I know the difference.

Glad youre doing ok. Hope you ...
Thanks! They did ask me how what I was feeling was different than a panic attack, but when I described how it was different, they actually accepted that I knew what I was talking about. Perhaps the fact that I'm pretty good with medical terminology helped to convince them. I also had my husband there who was saying that it was different than the panic attacks he's seen me have.

I'm sorry that you've had doctors dismiss you before. I've had that problem with general practitioners, and I had to go to a lot of different doctors before I finally found a GP that really listens to me. He was the one who recommended the cardiologist I went to, and the cardiologist actually called the emergency room to tell them that he was sending me to them. So I'm sure that helped as well.

Of course, my first visit to the ER, they also listened to me, though they did send me home with a somewhat incorrect diagnosis of pericarditis. But at least they didn't dismiss my symptoms out of hand.

I appreciate your concern! Thanks.
09/22/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
I hope that you feel better soon and that you can get a definitive diagnosis. I agree: It is definitely less scary when your condition has a name! That which is nameless and unidentified cannot be properly addressed and treated. Also, the imagination tends to go to the scariest places to provide answers to what is unknown.

I perfectly understand how it is to have something wrong yet have medical professionals stumped for a while in determining the source of my symptoms. I had always thought that an MRI would reveal just about anything, but I was once sent home from the ER after an MRI didn't reveal anything. I knew that I was not crazy and that my pain was real, yet I felt abandoned by the medical community. I returned to the ER suffering from the same horrible pain three days later, and the doctor ordered a nuclear imaging test that time--and they then located the source of the trouble, and I had surgery to remove it. Part of the diagnostic process is knowing which test to order. If the wrong test is ordered, you can get a false negative. And even if the right test is ordered, you can still get a false negative (as I got with the MRI, which should have revealed my problem).

I realize your case is different, but I just wanted to share to give you hope. I also wanted to encourage you to not be afraid to get the opinion of a second cardiologist (and perhaps even a third--even if you have to travel somewhere else to see one). A fresh set of eyes and a slightly different approach, perspective, and thought process from another professional could be very beneficial. You may very well have an excellent doctor, but s/he cannot be all-knowing and perfect in diagnostic skills--no one is! Therefore, your doctor should not be offended if you seek a second opinion. I highly encourage you to do so.

You may also seriously consider getting the opinion of a pulmonologist. Pulmonary problems can present as chest pain (as can gastrointestinal problems, so if you rule out heart and lung problems, you might want to visit a gastroenterologist). I hope this is resolved soon, though, so you don't have to go through so many doctors just to get a diagnosis.

Good luck, hon.
09/22/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
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Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
I hope that you feel better soon and that you can get a definitive diagnosis. I agree: It is definitely less scary when your condition has a name! That which is nameless and unidentified cannot be properly addressed and treated. Also, the ...
Thanks SS! One of the doctors I saw while I was at the hospital (I saw two different ER doctor's in addition to having my cardiologist see me while I was there) suggested that I see a neurologist. One of the things that came up while talking about my medical history was the various headaches that I am subject to. They don't think that it's related to the chest pain and breathing problems, but he did think I should get them checked out.

Oh and they did have me swallow some vile tasting liquid that completely numbed my upper gastrointestinal tract to make sure I wasn't feeling pain from that area. I wasn't. They also did a CT scan to check for pulmonary embolism. No clots showed up, thankfully. So they were pretty thorough. Though there are undoubtedly more things that they could test for.

I am actually breathing better today. I can say a complete sentence without running out of breath... as long as it's a short sentence. But that's better than running out of breath every few words. My chest still hurts rather a lot though. I will definitely be following up with my current cardiologist and will see another one if he runs out of ideas.

I had to see three different gynecologists a few years ago when I had a cyst in my abdomen that was pressing against my vaginal wall and causing pain. The first two ob/gyn's kept saying I was just frigid when I knew I wasn't. (Though living with that pain for several years did leave me with some sexual hang-ups.) The third ob/gyn found the cyst, which was the size of a large walnut, and also found, once they opened me up, that I had endometriosis and an abdominal hernia as well. I am all about getting second and third diagnoses if I don't believe the doctor is listening to me.

However, I believe that these doctors are listening to me, my problems just have them stumped. We'll just have to see how the latest diagnosis of viral pleuritis holds up. And try to figure out what the hell is going on with my blood sugar.

But thanks for all your support and suggestions. I really appreciate it!

09/22/2011
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