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Hi all 😊
I am 37, female, 4 children. Generally fit and well and always active due to not driving.
Bit of a back story...
I was a smoker. About 2 weeks before I quit I started to feel these weird pressure like pains in my chest, it was my heart and would happen on exertion such as fast walking. This spurred me on to quit. Which I did successfully since 7th August 2015! Going strong 💪🏻.
Anyway, numerous GP visits, diagnosed with acid reflux given lansoprazole, had an ECG-all clear, then depression given mirtazepine, another ECG-all clear and then anxiety given propranolol (all these were wrong diagnosis!)
This 'sensation' that was quite frankly terrifying, debilitating and concerning enough to make me hold my chest pushed me to continue on at the GP but because I was getting into an emotional state they were positive it was anxiety!
Reluctantly I got sent for a stress test. I get to my appointment Friday 2nd October. All initial SATS were good, ECG-good, O2-good etc. So on the treadmill I go. All slow walking-so slow I had to slow my normal pace or I'd have walked off the front of the treadmill. The idea was to gently increase speed and alter the incline every 3 minutes. I did 3mins walking flat, then 2mins into the first slight elevation my heart did the funky chicken!! Decided to reset it's rhythm. After that everything was utter chaos and terrifying. There was cardiologists, consultants, extra nurses and other bodies..6 in total. They were watching me asking 'do you feel ok?'...'normally people with this condition would be feeling really poorly at this point'. I can confirm I. Felt. Awful.
They were making me worse than ever. I got dropped into a wheelchair, my already attached monitors got put on some kind of mobile transmitter while they moved me to a ward because they wanted to 'catch her when she terminates' (seriously, what a poor terminology to use considering the situation?!). I got plugged into the main machines, canulars in.
They did vagal manoeuvre-no avail.
They administered Adenosin-no avail (very awful drug,made me feel like I died a little).
Then they administered Amioderone through IV drip for 30 minutes. This was successful after 1hr.
I got admitted.
I have an appointment with the cardiologist in November and have also been referred to EP studies to discuss Cather Ablation if I'm a good candidate. I'm being treated with 2.5mg bisoprolol once daily.
That's my story. Can anyone relate???
I'm very scared for my future and what kind of danger I'm in? I'm too scared to walk fast etc.
Much love to all xx
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