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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2008
  • 01:07 AM

I was seeing a physician for constant headaches and shortness of breath. He first tried putting me on Lisinopril ( a very common blood pressure med) and gave me medications for what he said to be bronchitis!! The headaches persisted and grew in intensity. After two weeks of seeing this doctor about every two or three days, my patience grew weary when I woke up one morning and could not see out of my right eye. All I could see was what I could describe as a shadowy figure when I covered my left eye. I went to the emergency room and was seen and admitted for possible meningitus. Then the Neurology consults came into play. After a full neuro exam I was told I had Multiple Sclerosis. Not very comforting but finally an answer to my 'problems'. They sent out further lab work out to confirm MS and then they said I had a rare viral form of Mononucleosis. ??? After three days into being admitted and being severely medicated for my pain I had a sudden drop in blood pressure which sent me into cardiac insufficiency. THEN cardiology consults came into play and after an echocardigram was done I was told I had a severe Atrial Septal Defect in my heart. Which would explain alllll of my symptoms. I had to find a child heart surgeon to do my surgery, since this is a condition in which is mainly seen in children and after having my heart defect repaired I felt better than new. All my life I had gone undiagnosed and I always felt very tired, short of breath if I did anything strenuous, constant headaches and migranes, and needless to say I always though it was in my head!

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