WARNING I had a heart attack and didn't even know itLONG .

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by crdmkr2004, May 26, 2006.

  1. crdmkr2004

    crdmkr2004 New Member

    on May 11th I woke up at midnight with heart palpatations, but I have had them since I was 16, so didn't think anything of it. I tried my usual ways to cardiovert myself but nothing worked. I was exhausted and fell back asleep at 2:30 am. At 5:45 am I woke up and my throat was still sore, my heart was still beating fast but not as fast as it was, and my chest was sore.

    I figured my chest was just sore because my heart had been beating fast since midnight and I had muscle soreness. Anyways, I decided after I stood up and looked white as a ghost that I should head to the hospital.

    Luckily my husband was just getting ready to leave for work and he took me to the Emergency Department. They took me in right away, hooked me up to the heart monitor, gave me oxygen and ran an I.V as they said I was dehydrated. They took some blood work and I was there waiting for an hour or so until the specialist came in and said "Your blood work is back and you have suffered a minor heart attack"

    I almost had another one right there. I said "how can that be", He said women don't present the same as men and if you ever have any type of chest pain, racing heart that won't stop, shortness of breath, pain in your arms,shoulder, neck,jaw,breastbone area and shoulder blades GET TO THE HOSPITAL but first take an aspirin. They said those commercials about taking an aspirin are true and can save your life.

    I was in ICU for a couple of days and released from the hospital on May 17th. I had to have an angiogram done which was scary but all ended well. Apparently, I have no blockages, my cholesterol is great, I did damage the heart muscle by 15% but they said that can be rebuilt with exercise so my heart attack was caused by Stress.

    So everyone, Please take care of yourself and "Don't sweat the small stuff" it could mean a matter of LIFE OR DEATH.
    Love ya
    Hugs
    Sandy
  2. Zzzsharn

    Zzzsharn New Member

    That's good that you can reverse the damage.

    What's frightening is how many of us have chest pain, arm pain, shoulder pain.. sore throat and would never think it was a heart attack.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Zzz
  3. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    This last time she had trouble, she ended up having a triple bypass. After the operation, the Dr. told us that she had had a heart attack sometime in the past, because their was scar tissue on her heart.

    My mother had 12 kids, verbally abusive husband, high blood pressure and under major stress all the time.

    Your right - stress is a killer.

    Glad you are doing okay and thanks for sharing this with us.
  4. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Hi Sandy,

    Bless you heart, and I'm so happy you're ok now and are able to rebuild the damage. I'm sure that frightened you very much as it would myself.

    Also want to thank you for sharing this as you will most likely save many lives and am sure everyone will feel the same way.

    Again, I'm very glad you are here to share your story.

    Take care of yourself and do as the Dr. ordered,

    Bless You

    BlueSky555
  5. mlrarr

    mlrarr New Member

    Its a good thing you got to the hospital!! You just never know. I friend sent me a message that if you get short of breath you should cough. Real hard. Thats what they told her in CPR class.
    I am so glad you had someone with you to take you to the hospital.
    I hope everything works out for you...
    Someone is looking out for you!!
    Melinda
  6. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    i contipalated once to call 911 but thought it was just a panic attack or anxiety...it turned out tobe the welburin for me...

    so had to stop it...i wound up in e.r. once before taking this med...they thought i had seizure but no seizure...it was stress from the ex too be..pulse was so fast the paramedics couldn't count it...ask ex to be who was still living w/me if i did drugs and he said no..i was only taking the welbutrin..

    well i din't want to go to work so badly so depressed and dentist i worked for said just come in...well i didn't make it in for three weeks..

    anyways i am so glad you did eventually make it in the hospital...

    thank the good lord...

    jodie
  7. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    Sandy, I cannot imagine how horrifying that whole ordeal must have been for you. I'm sure it's quite a wake-up call. I'm just glad that you are here to share it with us, because knowledge is power.

    The problem with FM and CFS is that many of the symptoms mimic so many other things. So people may experience chest pain and other related symptoms, and may just write it off as being FM-related pain. When, in fact, it could really be something more serious.

    The same thing happened to me on a much lesser scale. I had bad stomach pain for about 2 weeks, and felt like I was just constipated. I wrote it off as being yet another symptom of my CFS or fibro. Finally, the pain got so bad I gave in and went to the ER on my doctor's instruction. It turned out to be appendicitis. The doctor said it was good I came in when I did, because another couple days and it would have ruptured. Things could have been a lot worse, but, there comes a point we need to ask ourselves...if we didn't have these illnesses, are these symptoms that would make us worry?

    Thank you again for sharing with us. I hope you are recovering well and allowing yourself to get some extra rest. It sounds like you definitely need it.

    Gentle healing hugs,
    Kim
  8. shanel06

    shanel06 New Member

    Sandy, thanks for sharing and posting this. It is a good warning.

    I've been having chest pains and shortness of breath that present different from my usual anxiety issues - for almost 6 weeks now. I've been to the ER twice, and am undergoing tests for both my heart and lungs. (results due next week maybe). Last visit to ER, I was upfront with the nurse that I have CFS and FM. After 8 hours of constant EKG, blood tests, etc. they called in a specialst. He walked in the room, looked at my chart and said they were going to keep me in because my EKG was abnormal. Then he stopped midsentence, looked at me and said "You have chronic fatigue syndrome?" I said yes. He told me to go home and get some rest. Call my doctor when I had a chance, but I likely just needed sleep. I was shocked that my SO didn't strangle him right then and there :)

    But, my life is too important, and after hearing what you've said, I won't hesitate if it gets that bad again. You are 100% right. So thank you for sharing.

    *hugs*
    Shannon L.
  9. BunsenHoneydew

    BunsenHoneydew New Member

    Scary experience Sandy.

    Glad that you were caught in time and that the prognosis so good.
  10. crdmkr2004

    crdmkr2004 New Member

    I am so happy to hear that some of you have taken to heart (no pun intended) my warnings. I am slowly recovering and have a nurse 2 x's a week checking up on me. She said it will be at least 6 weeks before I can resume regular activities like driving, walking stairs, etc. but I am so thankful to be alive. Take care everyone and listen to your bodies.

    Hugs
    Sandy
  11. ulala

    ulala New Member

    It was especially enlightening to me becuase I am in the middle of a lawsuit, which has dragged on for 3 years and will most likely drag on much longer. I am at the point where just thinking about it makes my heart race so much that I can't stop it.

    Last week I woke up, after a night of my heart beating very fast, so tired that I couldn't leave the house for several days. I know that I should probably go to the hospital but I have gone to the emergency room several times for this kind of problem and it was nothing so now I'm embarassed to go again.

    I am taking my blood pressure medicines again. When I get a break from this lawsuit then my blood pressure is fine, sometimes low, but when discussions start then my heart races uncontrollably again.

    I think this kind of stress, along with other stress must send the viruses into overdrive. I have high CMV, Epstein Barr and HHV-6 antibodies.

    Do you have any of the viruses circulating in your body?

    Best wishes for a full recovery and thanks again for sharing!! Your information could saves lives!!

  12. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    How frightening! I am so glad you are home and recovering!

    It's scary that so many of us have so much constant pain, weakness, anxiety, that we may very well not know we are having a heart attack.

    God bless,
    julie
  13. crdmkr2004

    crdmkr2004 New Member

    I just want to reply to you because you asked about viruses in my system. I am not sure if I have any circulating but I do know PLEASE DO NOT EVER QUIT TAKING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS!!!!

    I am lucky that I have low blood pressure, but my brother wasn't so lucky he had high blood pressure. I don't know if this applies to you but my brother was a type A personality like me, he had a lot of stress in his life (going through a divorce, child custody battle, evil x wife, he was a fireman etc.).

    He quit taking his blood pressure meds because he thought he didn't need them anymore too, when things got bad with his x, he ended up dropping dead at the age of 42 from undiagnosed heart disease -the stress put him over the edge, along with NOT TAKING HIS BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS!!!

    Please take them, because people with high blood pressure are at higher risk.
    Take care
    Sandy
  14. crdmkr2004

    crdmkr2004 New Member

    Just to be safe and so as not to alarm everyone I just want to clarify one of my symptoms I had with my heart attack. THE SORE THROAT I MENTIONED is not the sore throat we always get, it is more a tightening in your throat/neck -like when you have a lump in your throat when you are trying not to cry-except it doesn't go away while your heart is beating super fast.
    Hope this helps.
    Take care
    Sandy
  15. crdmkr2004

    crdmkr2004 New Member

    Hi Shannon
    I just wanted to let you know that I too let the ER dept. know that I had lupus and fibro, what a jerk that doctor was for dismissing you like that.

    I have had numerous EKG's done, holter monitors, stress (treadmill)tests, Echocardiograms done over the years and they have all come back normal. If you had an ABNORMAL one I would get that checked out. I hope the ER DEPT. sent a copy to your regular doctor if not can you get a copy from them??
    Please take care of YOU!!
    Hugs
    Sandy
  16. shanel06

    shanel06 New Member

    Well the doctors keep fluffing over the abnormal EKG. When I ask about it I'm told that it's probably "just me". I'm not on any meds that should affect it, haven't had any heart issues in the past that I'm aware of. Basically they just keep saying it's probably "just me".

    I have just gone through 4 weeks of "heart" tests - just got the last results back this morning in fact. Normal normal normal. Except an abnormal EKG, and a "periodic uncorrolated" irregular heart beat. But apparently "nothing to worry about". I'm happy to not have anything to worry about. But that doesn't explain those abnormalities, nor the decrease in oxygen to my heart.

    The only explanation they can come up with so far ? My heart is tired. Healthy and strong... but tired.

    I'm giving myself a week off from doctors and then I'll go back and do battle. I'd just like someone to explain that abnormal EKG. And maybe the decrease in oxygen and periodic irregular heart beat :)

    I ask alot, don't I ? :)

    Thanks again for your post. You inspired me to fight the good fight just that much longer. I typically get worn down by doctors after awhile and give up for a few months. This time I didn't.

    Take care,
    Shannon L.
  17. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I'm so glad your husband took you to the ER! I hope you are on the mend now.

    A big reminder that everything we feel can't be just chalked up to FM or CFS.

    I ran a fever for two weeks---turned out to be leukemia. I can't tell you how many folks here talk about running a fever for no apparent reason. Sure, chances are it's nothing, but the fact is---it could be more than just the usual FM or CFS mysterious symptoms.

    And women DO have more and varied symptoms when they have a heart attack. I'm just glad you're basically OK!

    Have a good and uneventful recovery.

    Hugs,
    Pam
  18. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    When I was still practicing Anesthesia, I specialized in Open Heart and then giving anesthesia to patients with cardiac disease for non-cardiac surgery.

    WOMEN DO NOT HAVE CLASSICAL SYMPTOMS, MANY, MANY TIMES.

    I had an episode not long ago and didn't feel well and couldn't get my breath and I took two aspirins and laid down with my head elevated.

    I also have paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, from mitral valve prolapse CAUSED BY FEN-PHEN. Two months and it damaged my valve.

    Taht resulted in the racing tachycardia. When it occurs, I always start coughing and get this sensation that I have been kicked in the diaphragm and it is very, very difficult to get my breath. I take a small dose of Atenolol, a beta blocker, for it, but it does happen, and when it does, I do deep breathing and the maneuver where one takes a deep breath, and bears down like one is straining at stool.

    The FOG HAS ME AND I CAN'T COME UP WITH THE TERM FOR IT.

    However, I have gotten to the point where I can get it under control within a minute or two with the deep breathing and almost self hypnotism. It went off in the doctor's office one day, and they grabbed my pulse and I did the deep breathing and got it under control and they were amazed.

    Women, however, can present in very, very different ways. Sudden or prolonged shortness of breath, pain in the back, or the classical tightness in the chest, numbness in the arm, and pain radiating up into the jaw are signs.

    DO NOT HESITATE TO HIT THE HOSPITAL.

    EVEN A MILD OR WHAT THEY TELL YOU IS MILD HEART ATTACK IS VERY, VERY BAD. WOMEN HAVE SMALL ARTERIES IN THEIR HEART AN DTHEY USUALLY DO NOT RECEIVE REALLY GOOD HEART CARE AS EVEN DOCS DON'T LOOK FOR IT AS THEY DO IN MEN.