Not been here much

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Not been here much
Mon, 05-05-2003 - 8:46am
I've not been on much. I've dealing with a mysterious illness that mimics the symptoms of a heart attack. Fortunately, my heart and lungs seem very healthy, so the doctors are leaning toward stress but I'm not so sure. I am going back on Friday to see the doc again. I just wish they could find out what it is so I can start dealing with it. Its taken a lot out of me and I just can't be what my son needs lately. I hope to be feeling better soon and back online to post more. Glad to see more names here. Always good to know your not alone in this.



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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 9:07am
I'm so sorry -- and don't let the docs tell you "it's just psychological" unless you really agree. In my experience, many docs sort of assume that women (and older people) with mysterious symptoms are note "really" ill -- and I, at least, had to sort of over-ride docs and psychs to get to a neuro -- so I could get treatment for epilepsy!! Good luck. And I'm sure your son will get through it just fine, too!


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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 10:09am
I'm sorry to hear you're going thru this. I hope the

doctors can help you. Let us know what it turns out to be.

Your son should be fine. My kids are all dealing with

things i've been going thru. I've been pretty sick this

last year and had surgery last month.

I have heart palpitations and one doctor said it was anxiety attacks

but I don't agree because I'm not a real anxious person. I'm pretty


Don't "settle" for what the doctors tell you unless you feel it

is correct. Good Luck, Rebecca

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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 12:02pm
I agree with the other 2. I had a problem with my gal bladder about 4 years ago. After about a year it got so bad that I was in the ER 3 times in a week. The first doctor thought it was anxiety attacks after she thought it was asthma. That is so not me. I am a pretty easy going person. Fortunately teh last person figured it out. BTW just talking to 2 friends the other night about how often gasto-intestinal problems present as chest pains. My friend has been going throuh some similar things.


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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 1:58pm
Hi, I can relate to your symptoms also. I am a nurse & began having chest pains several months ago. I would get them @ work & @ home & have to stop whatever I was doing & sit down. They would hook me up to the EKG @ work & take my blood pressure. It was always OK. I had my doctors @ work order blood tests & a full 12 lead EKG & it was again normal. I then went to my family doctor & she gave me Nexium & said because I was 45 & not yet menopausal it was probably esophagel spasms & not a heart problem. She recommended no caffeine, no alcohol, and no Motrin, which I was taking alot of for headaches! The Nexium seemed to help & for the most part they have gone away but I do get them now & then but not as intense. Don't let them tell you it is stress. Check out all options, get a complete physical & cardiac work-up. Good Luck to you -MaryAnn
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Mon, 05-05-2003 - 3:21pm
My husband recently went in for chest pains to ER and had a full workup that also came back "stress." Gee, do ya think? (Wife practically died, father gave mother a kidney transpant, Aspie kid just diagnosed age 7 plus preemie twins with special needs & plus 4 yr old and a 2 year old who also may be Aspie!!) Thank God they went to medical school for that! : ) )

I agree keep getting checked -- I was told by 3 docs I had a "virus" when I in fact had severe pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure. But also start destressing NOW -- 8 hours of sleep, exercise every day, eat healthy, lots of cuddling or s-x, get enough help with your kids, get anxiety meds if that could be the problem, no excuses! That is one thing I have learned to do now I am a heart patient at 35 years old. Even if you are not an anxious person you ARE under stress if you have a special needs kid!! My dh feels a lot better now he has gotten serious about the above and the chest pains have gone away. Good luck.