Greetings and Salutations to all my Fight Like a Girl members!! I hope you are all feeling well. I have been a bit under the weather (yes I know you are stunned by this shocking revelation! LOL!).
Last week I decided to go to a cardiologist because my blood pressure was a bit high, for me anyway… I gauge it by my monthly visits to my pain management doctor and noticed that my systolic is always between 106 and 117 and then it suddenly jumped to 143 two months ago and 187 this month! I was a bit wigged and even though the pain management nurse and PA told me it was nothing to worry about I just felt my body saying “Something’s not right… AGAIN!”
My body and I have lots of conversations and I trust my body more then I trust people with fancy degrees! If there is one thing I have learned since I’ve been sick, it is that YOU MUST BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR HEALTH!
Well sure enough, my body was right! As the doctor looked at the results of my EKG he suddenly turned and said “You need to be admitted NOW.” I thought he was kidding and told him it was not nice to scare new patients that way but as it turned out he was not kidding. I found myself rushed to the hospital and admitted into the Cardiac Care Unit. I was in awe at the fact that something like this was happening to me. They were concerned because my resting heart rate was 139 BPM and my systolic BP was nearing 200. (A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 80 and BP should be no higher then 125-130).
I wound up having a heart catheterization and while there was mention of putting in stents he decided against it at this time due to potential complications from my having vascular EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) and will try to treat me medicinally first. The blockages were not clear and the doctor was going to review the procedure films. The bonus to all this drama is that for the past few months have had some “pin pricks” in my chest that I assumed was gas so I would open a can of soda, chug a few times and burp it away, what was discovered by my cardiologist is that it is not gas but in fact my heart muscle is having muscle spasms that cause this chest pain, can you believe it?
I went for my follow up this week to discuss test results and course of action and address the numerous meds I am on. It turns out that my arteries were so inflamed they swelled and in some placed swelled shut making it appear that I have blockages. I am on meds to control that and to slow my heart rate down and with that my chest pain should subside. I am hoping and praying that we can fix me with just these meds and without any other surgical procedures.
I am home on bedrest and with all my sweet furbabies who are so loving. They missed me while I was in the hospital, almost as much as I missed them!
So this weeks lesson, is that YOU know your body best. Even if a medical professional is telling you not to worry, if your body is insisting otherwise then you need to take matters into your own hands and go seek medical attention elsewhere immediately!
As previously warned, I want to end each entry with a close out question. My question for this entry is “Have you had an experience where your body told you something was wrong when a medical professional told you otherwise? If yes, what did you do about it and what was the outcome?”
I hope everyone remains in good health!
Peace and Paw Prints!
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.