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Mis-diagnosed twice now...

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  • Posted By: kaysea
  • November 21, 2006
  • 10:42 PM

1 month ago I was sitting down and started to feel my heart kind of speed up. Then a couple hours later I felt serious pressure in my chest. I thought nothing of it since I figured it was a virus since it had been going around. It didn't go away for two days straight. I thought maybe it was anxiety or stress so I had rested for the entire weekend, but with the pressure only getting worse in my chest. I decided to go to the walk in clinic (everyone said go to the ER but I figured it was some sort of anxiety attack) When I got to the walk in ..just standing was exhausting for me. I was getting very tired fast. They took me right in and in my left arm they checked for a pulse but couldn't get a regular heart rate and in my right arm was 89. They hurried up and gave me an EKG thinking something was seriously wrong, but that came out normal. The doctor ordered blood test and said that it was "probably anemia or thyroid problem" so I settled on that and waited for the results. 5 days later I called to get the results and they said I was fine and there was nothing more they could do. At this point I was getting sharp stabbing pains in my heart (or what felt like my heart) and the pressure was very intesnse. Talking was making me want to pass out. I went to the ER that night and they took an EKG that came out fine (like I figured because the other one did) and they said it was heartburn (although I showed no symptoms of it being heartburn) I took Protonix at the highest dosage for over a week. When that didn't help and I was waking up in the night with chest pains and very fast heart rate (Felt like it was jumping out of my chest) I made an appointment with my regular doctor-it took a week to get in. Finally get in and he ran an EKG again...and it was fine, then he listened and noticed my heart rate at resting was 96 and when I stood up it jump to 110 and stayed there. He said he heard a heart murmur that was loud and a "click" and said that it was MVP but had to have it confirmed through an Echo. I had the Echo yesterday and the guy that did it said I was fine..the report saw nothing. He said I might as well not even see the Cardiologist because they will tell me the same thing...he informed me to cut out caffiene, change my diet, and take heart burn pills (everything I had done a month ago) He said he didn't know what to tell me...I have kept my appt for a week from now, but it is to the point where I think I am going crazy.I still get the fast heart rate...I want to sleep literally all the time...I feel weak, I am on anxiety pills which takes most of the chest pressure away. I still have sharp pain in my heart area that extends up into my left shoulder and a constant feeling that my heart is racing..I am at my wits end...am I loosing my mind???? Am I the only one who thinks that these stabbing pains and constant fast heart rate is a sign of SOMETHING? :confused: I don't care if it is minor or serious, I am just dying for a diagnosis..

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  • Your symptoms of a racing heart and pressure in your chest are classic symptoms of a panic attack. Panic attacks can be the result of MVP (which I have) or depression. With that being said, the person who performed your echo is not a doctor ... and in fact, most hospitals and doctor's offices prohibit the individual that performs the echo from discussing the results. Conducting echos does not require a bachelors level education. He may be right, but wait until you speak with the cardiologist before jumping to conclusions. I went through a very similar process before being diagnosed with MVP. Mine did show on the echo, however, it doesn't show on any other test. Wait to see the cardiologist. If he says you don't have MVP, then I would recommend seeing your primary or a psychiatrist for depression medication.
    Akumal 5 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
    • 00:16 AM
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  • it could be Costochondritis along with some anxiety happening due to it as well.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
    • 02:01 AM
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  • several years ago my mother had the same thing happen to her.also the blood pressure was different in each arm.she ended up having bylateral rib resections done.they removed the top ribs on both sides.i cant remember what they called the condition but i do know that she had arteries being blocked due to bone spurs on her ribs.the spurs were growing and shutting off the arteries to her heart.please ask a dr about the possibility of this.before the dr figured it out she really got bad with fainting,fatigue,almost no blood plreasure in i think the right arm.all the things you are saying.apparently this is very unusual.but its worth a try.good luck and god bless.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 11:30 AM
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  • my friend had the same thing happen to him and every test came out normal, but eventually he saw an old doctor and he listened to his heart and immediatly said " it is peri carditus" This is inflammationof the sack around the heart and gives every symtom of a genuine heart problem, but it isnt the heart itself so nothing shows up on the regular heart tests. Offer that as an option if you go through the rest!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2006
    • 01:16 PM
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  • you may sugest an event monitor.....I just had one for a month and it showed tacchycardia.....Those ekg are usless unlest u have an episode at the time of the test.......good luck:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 00:26 PM
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  • Check out my thread please.This is very similar to me.When I was tired, I HAD to lie down after sitting up for 10 minutes!I also had a heart that raced, then slowed right down etc......1 private doctor told me it was a viral infection of the muscle around the heart, rather than the heart and that if a doctor diagnoses stress, he probably just doesn't know whats wrong! My own problem is that as well as the chest pain (which they tried to claim was acid reflux!), I have arm pain/weakness But they are adamant its not stroke or anything sinister, just plain old stress, pffffffffft!
    questionforanyone 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 07:22 PM
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