I know you've heard all this before, but I'm scared.....

  1. I need the help of my Allnurses sibs. My chest pains have been getiing more and more frequent and more painful. I've got a follow up appt. on the 23rd. I also have palpitations, SOB, and pressure almost every day now. The tests that were done on me when I was hospitalized in September showed no heart attack, and no blockage. The pumping action of the heart was also found to be OK. So that leaves me with one guess, and that is that my Mitral Valve Prolapse has gotten a lot worse. The way I figure it, I may need a valve repair if not a replacement altogether. Please let me know what you think is causing me this terrible pain. I'm scared. I have no control over this. I can't predict when or where this is going to happen. When I was at Duckie's for her birthday, I had another episode of SOB with chest pain. I had to take a nitro to ease the pain back. That's the only thing that will help me. I honestly don't know what to do about this anymore. I only know that I'm scared. Please help me. I love you my friends. Warrior Woman.
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  3. by   warrior woman
    I've decided to retreat for a while and try to deal with this the best way that I can. You probably won't hear from me for a while. But I'll be back soon enough. Love you guys, WW.
  4. by   Stargazer
    I'm sorry, WW. That must be really scary. 2 things occur to me in light of your symptoms: symptomatic dysrythmias (but I think I remember you saying you wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours; what were the results of that?) or intermittent vasospasm, which would give you the same symptoms as a blockage but would not necessarily show up on labs or an EKG. The fact that your symptoms improve or resolve with NTG makes me lean towards the second possibility.

    The fact that they haven't identified the problem yet doesn't mean that there isn't one, or that it's all in your head. Keep going back to your cardiologist, or find a new one, and don't leave him/her alone until you get an answer. Please take care and keep us posted.
  5. by   nursegoodguy
    Don't stay away too long...
    I hope you start to feeling better soon!
  6. by   emily_mom
    Come back soon! We are all thinking about you and praying for you!

  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    take good care....get medical help/advice......be good to yourself. butDO LET US KNOW HOW YOU ARE FROM TIME TO TIME!
  8. by   kittyw
    Please get some rest and take care.... and please let us know every now and then that you're okay!
  9. by   duckie
    She ain't gonna stay away long cause I won't let her. One thing I have found since I came to the family here, when you need support and backup, you are all the greatest. Theresa is my bestest pal and a sister to my heart and I have this BB to thank for that. If this doc don't help her I might ask Vegas to bring that kick azz purse and come with me to Luckey so we can whoop butt on these docs. I only wear a 6 1/2 shoe and it may not hurt much but I bet I could shove it pretty far up. In all seriousness here, please keep my girl in your prayers, she is frightened and who wouldn't be, not knowing what is going on. Please help me start a circle of love around her so she will know we're all with her here. Love ya all! Duckie
  10. by   PennyLane
    Warrior Woman, I hope the docs get to the bottom of this. They thought I had a mitral valve prolapse, too, but it turns out I don't. So that brings me back to square one. I'm not a nurse yet and don't know that much, but I saw a program last night where a woman had her valve repaired. The doctor did a small incision, not full open heart surgery, and she ended up doing great!!! If that's what has to happen, I wish you the best.

    Take care of yourself and stay on top of this with your doctors!
  11. by   RN always
    Warrior woman, the human heart is an amazing organ, and so complicated. I wish I understood it more. I just want you to know that I am saying some prayers for you!
  12. by   nurs4kids
    WW, where are you???

    Have no answers for you, only hugs and prayers. I hope you're feeling better!
  13. by   cactus wren
    How absolutely horrid, WW.
    Duckie, please,please keep us updated of she doesn`t !!...I know some of these heart things takes just forever to figure out.....if WOULD help if some of the research had been done on us gals, as our symptoms are So very different from the guys....
    And Holters sometimes give good info, and other times, just a waste of time....Had a friend who wore one 5 different times...didn`t show a thing, but then was in hospital, and on monitor for completely noncardic thing, and went into SVT.....and she saud...YUP, that`s what has been going om for 3 yeras....now on appropriate meds, and feels so much better.... so HANG in there WW, and I`m ready to pack up purse, and help with the doctor WHOMPIN ,if necessary.
  14. by   warrior woman
    Hello my friends. I want to thank you for standing by me through my recent health problems. I have some good news on the personal front. First of all Next Monday my mom is coming home from Harborside!!! This is just so emotional for me, I can't begin to tell you. And the best part is that she's coming home on my parent's anniversary!!! On the advice of a VERY persistant friend(YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!) My friend and I bought my mom a very special ring. It's a diamond anniversary band. But my best sisterfriend and I decided to let my dad to present the ring to my mom as a Christmas present on their special day!! My dad couldn't afford to give her a ring when they got married, but this more than makes up for it. I'll be sneaking around the corner to see her reaction!!! I can't wait!!! I'm excited about this so much. As for my health, there are still challenges for me. It's so strange, because when I'm at work and active I'm fine. It's when I'm resting and relaxed at home that the pain and the shortness of breath and the pressure hits hard. Isn't that perverse? Well, my appt. with my cardiologist is on the 23rd. So we'll see what he's going to want to do. I'm still worried, but I'm also leaning on my faith in God to help me through this. Please keep me in your prayers, and I'll keep you updated as to what the doctor decides to do. I love you all, Warrior Woman.