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Coronary spasm not being treated

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  • Posted By: Sherry12
  • March 27, 2007
  • 02:05 PM

I am 32 years old and I have had several episodes of chest pain that feel like someone crushing my chest. I have had pain on left of body from the neck down to my leg. I have had numbness of the mouth. Just recently I have had a bad episode of vertigo. It seems like every month I exprienced somthing new. I am so fustrated because I have no insurance dut to a layoff of a job I had for 8 years. Im scared Im going to one day have a heart attack and I have a 4 year old at home! In November 2006 I had very bad chest pain and went to the hospital I was there for 5 days. My heart rate was 100-150 bpm so they gave me Nitrate and that help bring down to 90's the dr. did not know what was going on due to my ekg was
fine. I took a stress test and that was positive but they couldnt see anything on the echo so they let me go home. Then in January this year I
passed out at a bus terminal and was rushed to a diffrent hospital. My Heart rate was very high then dipped too low. I took a ekg it was normal with slight arythmia problems. I was given a lot of medication I was in the hospital for 5 days again I took a stress test this time it came back negative due to nothing on echo cardio gram; but I did have trouble climbing down from a heart rate of 160 bpm it took me almost an hr just to get in the high 80's. Then I took a tilt table test and that came back positive I was given 2 nitro just so I can climb down from 180 bpm. The cardioalogist with a closer look at my ekg at that time and saw small indication of problems no one notice My heart paused beating for a shot period and changed a completely different rythim he diagnosed me with coronary spasms and I was put on a 30day lupe monitor but nothing came of it due to no insurance all I have is nitro RX. Now Im getting severe vertigo. I went to the doctor and they did no blood work with my history or MRI. At this point I do not know what to do I tried to get medicaid but was denied. I know I am in trouble what can I do?

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  • I am a 36 year old female. I have experienced the same symptoms you describe. I went through a bunch of tests. ECG's which looked normal. Echo which showed results that were not perfect but not alarming. A Thallium Stress Test which was abnormal and finally a cardiac cathertization. I was diagosed with coronary artery spasms and told I have a low Ejection Fraction (45%). I have been on medicine to help control the spasms and to reduce my blood pressure. 120mg of Nifedipine; 50mgToprol 2xday; and 30mg Isosorbide Mononitrate;and, sublingual nitro as needed.Meds worked for a while but I am again having problems. My blood pressure has been running between 165/95 up to 188/107. I have chest pain that wakes me up in the middle of the night. A couple of nights ago my husband had to take me to ER. The gave me more Nitro, aspirin, adavan, torodol and morphine to get the spasms to stop. My blood pressure after taking 3 nitros was 164/105 and heart rate was 115.These episodes are scarry. My cardiologist has told me that this condition causes angina and can be very dangerous. If after taking 3 nitro the pain has not stopped get to ER right away. It is very frustrating though. I have had ER doc run ECG and say there is nothing wrong with my heart...go home and relax. I told him there was and he blew it off until i pulled out the report from my cardiologist. Good Luck
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  • Thank you for responding I tought I was alone. I been in out of the hospital latley I am having vertigo on top of everything else. I not going to give up trying to get treated.
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  • I am going through the same problems. I am 41 years old amd started getting severe chest pain about two months ago after heart pulpertations I was admitted to hospital and spent a week in ICU on a GTN infusion and morphine to contol the pain. I passed the stress test and was told to go home. Less than a week later I was agin admitted to ICU with even more severe chest pain. I had a CT angiogram which showed a 85% narrowing of the LADand spect a further 3 weeks in ICU before being airlifted to a specialist hospital where I had a conventional angiogram. This had to be done under a full general anesthetic as I am allergic to the local anasthetic.It showed normal coronary arteries with a slight narrowing of the LAD. I was sent home. Since then I have been admitted twice to hospital and have needed GTN infusions and morphine to control the pain. The doctors don't seem too interested in finding a treatment and are putting it in the two hard basket even though the paramedics have described me at ED as very ill when they picked me up . I am trying to get in to see a cariologist but don't like my chances. Until then it will be just more trips in the ambulance in severe pain.....
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    • September 21, 2009
    • 03:23 AM
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  • Husband had fast heart beat for years, he would pound his chest or run , just a natural instinct. after years of this one day a doctor in another state found he had nodes trigering more then one heart beat they severed the nerves and so far he is doing great. I have problems similar to yours, high blood pressure chest pain , arm pain, trouble breathing, fainting, leg cramps, entire body cramps, I go to the ER and they can't find any thing abnormal, once they found slightly low potassium, and a heart murmur I never had before, they didn't do anything. just sent me home. No ins. so no testing can be done. previous testing came up with nothing.
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    • November 17, 2009
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  • I am a 28 yr old female, with coranary spasms other wise known as vaso spasms. I lost my sister when she was 26 yrs old of SADS. Sudden adult death syndrome. I experience sudden excruciating chest pain, have done for over 5 yrs, I have ischeamia on ecg, T wave inversion. Yet no thickening on arteries. Its all due to coronary spasms. I have had many trips to A and E, in fact now its almost first name terms. I have not been admitted for a year. Its extremely scary and very debilatating. I have been fitted with a recording device. I take regular codeine and would love to know of anyone who has a cure. I am scared of dieing. I have three young children and every time it gets worse. I just get told I am a high risk of an MI.. Anyone with any advice please I need it.. I am under London heart hospital, but need to hear from anyone who can cure me or tell me of anything to help.
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  • I have never had a angio, to confirm I have no thickening.. I take regular GTN spray. I have been suffering greatly recently and am desperate to hear from any one who has an answer..
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