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Another Mystery........

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  • Posted By: jomomma430
  • March 17, 2008
  • 08:26 PM

From reading these boards this is somewhat common but here it is.

My hubby is a 38 yr old active white male. Ht- 6ft 7in Wt- 195. Non smoker. He is a self employed carpet installer for almost 20 years. Doesn't take daily meds. Treated for Lymes about 10 years ago other then that he is healthy.

On Wednesday Feb 20th while reading his emails he suddenly had intense/crushing pain in his chest and down left arm and shortness of breath. He said his heart felt like it expanded to its limits and it suddenly collapsed causing the pain. This is what he said he felt. He layed down for a while and he felt "ok". They next day after work he had chest pain/ burning and arm pain with labored breathing. To the ER we went and here are the tests and results....EKG-normal Echocardiogram-normal Chest x-rays-normal Troponin Levels-normal D-Dimer Level-normal Stress test-normal and he was discharged and to return if he had same symptoms. 3 hours later when we returned to the ER a CAT scan was done. The ER doc said they saw "something to look into" on the CAT scan and admitted him again. While in Cardiac ICU his heart rate went up to 160-180 standing. EKG again normal. They pumped him with Toridol. Cardiologist said that the CAT scan was an "over reading". A Cardio Cath / angiogram was done to r/o everything. That was also normal and he was discharged again with instructions to follow-up with family doc and to take Motrin. :mad:

It's almost a month later and he is still in bad shape. We did see a Pulmonary Specialist and he ordered a pulmonary function test for the 25th. He gets winded when he talks, walks etc. He still has the chest pain/burning. He still cant work.

I hope I provided enough info. I will be happy to reply to and questions.

Thanks

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  • I failed to mention the constant headache he has.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did they check his oxygen saturates when he was in hospital ? they do this by putting a wee clip on his finger & it give sats level. Low oxygen levels would cause a headache & could match other smyptoms. This could possibly be caused by problem with his lungs & as he's going for tests it should show up. U could look up Hypoxia & it will tell u more about lung diseases. As he doesn't smoke has he ever worked with other irritants that could damage lungs ? I dont know if fibers from carpets would do damage. Hope he feels better soon. Good luck :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • Was he taking any meds or supplements prior to this episode?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the quick responses. To answer the first question, yes his pulse ox was checked many many times and that was all normal. To answer the second question, no he was not taking any meds or supplements prior to this. To answer the third question, The docs r/o lymes.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • I suggest another cardiologist and get a second opinion. This sounds like he had a heart attack and it is odd that all tests are completely normal. Does he have any digestion trouble? Reflux, bloating? Constipation or diarrhea or loose stools? How is his sleep? Any troubles? I also suggest seeing an acupuncturist at the least it will help his chest pain symptoms and calm his mind. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I suggest another cardiologist and get a second opinion. This sounds like he had a heart attack and it is odd that all tests are completely normal. Does he have any digestion trouble? Reflux, bloating? Constipation or diarrhea or loose stools? How is his sleep? Any troubles? I also suggest seeing an acupuncturist at the least it will help his chest pain symptoms and calm his mind. Best wishesDOM No GI problems. Has low appitite and no energy, which isn't like him at all.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • No GI problems. Has low appitite and no energy, which isn't like him at all. 6'7" and only 195? That is very skinny. Is he taking any supplements? How much caffeinated drinks does he drink daily? How much water? How frequent is his urination? A good heart supplement is coEnzyme Q-10, and hawthorne is helpful as well. How is his blood pressure, and cholesterol?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • 6'7" and only 195? That is very skinny. Is he taking any supplements? How much caffeinated drinks does he drink daily? How much water? How frequent is his urination? A good heart supplement is coEnzyme Q-10, and hawthorne is helpful as well. How is his blood pressure, and cholesterol?DOM He got his 6'7" 195 lb build from his maternal grandfather. He didnt drink much caffeine before this and has since stopped. He has normal urination and never really took any supplements. While hospitalized and at home his BP was always good at 115/80. His LDL "bad" cholesterol is great at 128. He was given a script for Lopressor and when he took it, it dropped his pulse to 50 bpm and made him feel weird. So he stopped taking it after the initial dose. I was speaking to a neighbor about this and she said that she has heard from an ER doc of a few people in the area (philly burbs) coming down with a virus that is causing these symptoms. She can't remember the name of it but it starts with an M.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • Check into Marfan's syndrome and the possibility of a dissecting aortic aneurysm. Stat.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Check into Marfan's syndrome and the possibility of a dissecting aortic aneurysm. Stat. Thanks...I will check into it ASAP!
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do know that during his 6 day stay in cardiac ICU that a "dissecting aortic aneurysm" was ruled out with such tests as the echo-cardiograms, CAT scans and the cardiac catherization/angiogram. I did quick research of "Marfan Syndrome" and this is something for us to look into further. If anyone has further information regarding "Marfan Syndrome" please post here or PM me. Thanks.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Probably needs to have the heart rechecked as well as pulmonary.... Had he any illnesses (virus,bacteria) recently (say even months) before this chest pain/sob stuff started?tdwi
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • Probably needs to have the heart rechecked as well as pulmonary.... Had he any illnesses (virus,bacteria) recently (say even months) before this chest pain/sob stuff started?tdwi He was healthy before all of this started in Feb. Not even a runny nose.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've seen something on tv about the artery linking the lungs and the heart. See if you can find a place to get this test:Electron beam tomography angiography (ebta)
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I thught this was something like the electrosmogthingy blaze was talkin about... lol it's a for real diagnostic machine. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/438077_2 This is the next generation of diagnostic equipment...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn1rqVdFU0I tdwi I've seen something on tv about the artery linking the lungs and the heart. See if you can find a place to get this test:Electron beam tomography angiography (ebta)
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • no it's not; it will pick up what all the other heart tests don't find...you usually have to pay out of your pocket..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • ;) Fly down to Mexico then? no it's not; it will pick up what all the other heart tests don't find...you usually have to pay out of your pocket..
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • Here is another symptom..... He has been intolerant to the cold since the onset of this illness. He always kept the house at 68F now its at a constant 75F and he is still cold!!!
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • Needs to get the thyroid checked out.... Go to a endocrinologist.... maybe you will get an answer there. Here is another symptom..... He has been intolerant to the cold since the onset of this illness. He always kept the house at 68F now its at a constant 75F and he is still cold!!!
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thyroid was checked during his hospital stay.
    jomomma430 21 Replies Flag this Response
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