recovering from heart valve surgery
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|Tue, 11-04-2003 - 8:36pm|
First of all, I hate taking the coumadin, because I can never reach my ir levels. It should be around 2.0 to 3.5 & it stayed in the 1.1 to 1.7 range for months. I finally made my range this past Saturday. (11/1) I'm still not to happy about taking coumadin, but I figure I will have to take it for awhile, so I might as well adjust.
The reason I'm posting my concern is I want to know if anyone has experience or knows someone who experience panic attacks after heart surgery. Keep in mind I had my surgery 6 months ago, I know my heart has to heal, but last Tuesday morning I had a weird episode. I shot straight out of bed at about 3 am, couldn't catch my breath, sweating like someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head, light headness & very dizzy & my heart was beating rapidly. It took me about 5 minutes to get my breathing under control. It happen
again about 3 hours later. Called my doctor & spoke to his nurse, she called me later & said if I should come in. Of course I couldn't because I couldn't stand up. She suggested I call an ambulance, but I didn't feel like it was an emergency.
After a long nap, woke up feeling better. No more light headness, no more sweating, no rapid heart beating, it was like it never happen. I stayed home from work for a couple of days. I went to take my daughter to her eye appointment at Walmart & had another episode. I barely made it to the vision center. The whole time I was there I felt like I was going to pass out. When I left Walmart, I dropped the kids at their fathers & went home to rest. I was debating if I should go to the emergency room & finally I did. They couldn't find anything wrong. They said my heart is just healing & I have to take it easy. Now ladies, I don't do alot of strenous work, or exercise & I didn't feel like I was over doing it, but I listen to them.
Well things haven't gotten better. I can barely make it into work. Our parking lot is about a block from the building and I can't make it out of the parking lot to get to the building. I parked across the street, by the time I got to the elevator had another episode & almost passed out. I had about 3 episodes right after another, before they stop. Oh, when they stop it's like nothing ever happen. Sweating stops, heart isn't beating rapidly, I feel like normal. But still the doctors are saying nothing is wrong.
A friend who had valve surgery told me about the panic attacks he had similiar to mine that happen to him after 6 months. He said I just have to go through it. I feel like I can't even do anything or barely function. I don't have the option not to work and you can only get assistant from people for so long.
If anyone has any advice or has experince this before or knows of someone who has experince this before, please tell me about it. I've been praying & I know thst God is healing me, but these episodes have thrown me for a loop. I would appreciate any advice, support or whatever.