Meds are making me unwell

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Hi and thanks for reading this. I had a nonstem1 heart attack 4 weeks ago. I am 47 slightly overweight but always active. The hospital has put me on a fairly massive medication regime but I feel worse than when I actually had my heart attack. I feel sick and dizzy all the time. I can’t focus my eyes and they are blood shot. I feel depressed. Should I cut down my meds myself as I don’t feel like I am getting any real advice from the professional people. Ps was really quite fit and active before my “event” 

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    Donna,

    It is clear to me that your body is talking to you.

    Have you researched alternative healers?

    There are some pretty good one out their on you tube.

    What was the cause of your heart attack? 

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      Thanks good luck man. No idea if cause. Stress and overwork I think. I had high blood pressure but this was a new thing too. I haven’t looked at any alternative stuff as even typing this is a problem with my dizzy ness. 

      Sorry for any typos but really can’t see too well or concentrate x

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    Sounds like your meds do not suit you, they need to be adjusted, you need to talk to your Dr, even your regular GP he should be able to advise you, write down all of your symptoms, including the depression, although not unusual when you have had a life changing episode like you have. 

    Husband when he was diagnosed with a major heart issue ended up very depressed, and was helped by a counsellor attached to our heart hospital rehab team, they were very good at taking us through the whys and the adjustments we had to make, to our lives, again ask your regular Dr if he can get you enrolled in a rehab program, even meeting other heart patients was a big help, as you discover you are not alone, and their are others worse than you are.

    I don't think it would be a good idea for you to try adjusting your meds by yourself, take a friend with you to the appts, and do not take any bulls**t from the Dr's, I have a list of questions most times we visit, make sure I write them down in the couple of weeks in the run up to appts, and I demand answers.

    Also I have educated myself, started at the local library reading about heart conditions, there are lots of books available, once I had read the books availbale at the library, I moved onto asking the local GP for his cardiology books, which he was willing to lend me, then after that I read papers available on the internet, Dr to Dr papers, usually on university websites, until I got to the point of being able to use the medical terms when speaking to Dr and nurses, and unless they directly ask me am I a nurse I let them think what they will, even his consultant, lovely man, but watch out he does not suffer fools, asked me if I was a trained nurse, as I shouted down junior Dr, and told him he did not know as much as I did, consultant agreed with me about husbands diagnoses and told me I had the diagnoses down pat.

    Consultant also asked me where I gained my knowledge, not afraid about sharing with him my study, and the fact that my dad died of the same condition my husband has, and had it since I was born, so even though I did not consciously recognise it I knew the symptoms of heart failure when it occurred to my husband, even when the local GP said there was nothing wrong with him, I disagreed with him, and demanded an appt with a cardiologist, which we had to pay for, as we were never going to get into public hospital without GP's letter of introduction, and or like you did, with full on heart attack through ER, which happened acouple of days after husbands private cardio's appt anyway, but by then no quesswork, they knew what was wrong, was able to give them the cardio's name and where the clinic was, they accessed his records and echo's, and told us we had just saved the public system thousands of dollars for diagnostic tests, doesn't mean they didn't repeat all of the tests all over again, and then went on and did a angiogram, which in his case was clear of any issues, his was an infection or virus and some kind.

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      Lyn1951,

      I commend you for all the perseverance and knowledge you have gained. I am sure your probably know more than most doctors.  I like the fact that you were strong and demanded answers and not being intimidated by their arrogance.  I am sort of like you with learning and researching (which just started).  My main question is it possible to remove a 95% blockage naturally with no bypass or stint?  The common theme on you tube is a plant based diet and special supplements done properly could work over time. But I do not know how reliable this information is?  I am at a disadvantage as I can see how hospitals and  doctors work and I just don't trust them.  So where  do I go to get healed?

      I sure like to hear from you AND GET YOUR OPINION.

      Thanks

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      No at 95% you need a stent ASAP, naturally although I believe it would work long term, you haven't got the time for that now. 

      And or you may be one of these unlucky people who picked the wrong parents, and grandparents, I have even heard about marathon runners, fit as buck rats having high percentage blocks in their arteries, and needing stents, amazing as it is, husband was a 40 year smoker, and a cookie monster, he would come home from work with a packet of half eaten cream biscuits, and then eat a full dinner, and then go back afterwards for a sandwich at 9pm at night, and he had no blockages in his arteries when they did the angiogram.

      You put yourself in the cardio specialist who has done lots of angiograms and stents, ask how many, it is not an insult, it is knowledge you are entitled to know, that is your best bet at this stage of recovery.

      I might also explain why you felt the Dr was hostile, they hate patients that are on a suicide mission, when they know that they can save them, please don't take offence at this statement, but you do just need to put your trust in the system, they are there to help if they can, they did with my husband even though I had to fight with them to get them to take notice of what I had to say, but once we got into the care of the consultants/ specialists, everything changed post haste, and now I only have to name drop in the heart hospital, and people have a tendency of jumping, but I do not abuse it.

      husband has been very compliant about all the advice we were given, no more smokes, no more cookies or biscuits, walking every day without fail, rain or shine, keeping his weight down, at the moment he is a little heavy, but we have put ourselves in the care of a dietian and are slowly decreasing his and both my weight, have lost about 5 kilos since feb this year.

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    Do not cut down meds without consulting ur doc...somtimes its trial & error til u find meds that suit you....good luck

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      Thanks Pauline

      Professional service are really not being helpful. I have removed the BP med ramperil. I am considering stopping all but aspirin and statin as I didn’t have a blockage causing heart attack. I can’t bare feeling this disoriented. Xx

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    Be careful who you listen to. Most people do not know what they are talking about.  Pauline's advice is stupid. 

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      Thanks again

      Really I wanted to see if other people were having such a bad reaction to the meds and if anyone’s just stopped taking them. 

      I think my decision is made after the problem replying to all you helpful and kind commenters xx

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      Sorry, forgot to mention that my face and lips are also swollen. Told the docs this over the telephone yesterday and they just reduced the dose of rampril. I am a professional person with a great job, but no way I can drive but am due back to work in a week or so. This is really why I am looking for advice from someone who has suffered as I am with the meds xx thanks so much for reading this xx
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    Dropped the ramipril fully today and only took have of the statin. Also haven’t taken the ticagrelor tonight. Will update how I feel tomorrow x
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    I do hope you get your meds sorted Donna. Tricagrelor can cause the dizziness you spoke of. I haven't experience of taking this med but would definitely think your meds are causing you these problems. I hope you find you have an improvement tom.

    With regards....

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