I’ve had two more of the episodes that have been plaguing me, one on Thursday and one on Friday. The one I had on Friday got my heart rate up to 155 bpm. It scared me because I had been fighting unrelenting nausea all day, so I went to the ER. The ER doc said it doesn’t sound like heart disease, just a heart rhythm problem, but it can’t be diagnosed until it’s caught on either an EKG or a Holter monitor. I can’t get to the ER fast enough to catch it because we live all the way across town. By the time I got there Friday night, my pulse was already down to 110 bpm, slowly dropping. I’ve had a 24-hour Holter monitor, but no episodes, of course. I’ve gone for 4 months without having one of these, then all of a sudden, I get three in one week. I don’t know that they’ll ever catch it. All I know is I never want another one. The ER doc gave me some Zofran and a saline IV and sent me home when my pulse came back down.
It’s been two days and I’m still fighting nausea. My Carafate suddenly seems to be making it worse. It comes in waves – that watering feeling you get in your jaw. My phenergan isn’t touching it, so I’m not sure if it’s true nausea or if I’m just constantly on the verge of a panic attack. I think I’ve finally developed a full-blown anxiety disorder, thanks to this crap.
I’m waiting to get an appointment with a cardiologist. The ER doc says I need an echo, since nobody bothered to do one last time. I am supposed to see the cardiologist who told me in July that these episodes are hot flashes, but I argued that I didn’t want to see him, so I’m having to wait to see if the cardiologist I requested will take me as a patient, since they are in the same practice.
I don’t know if that’s the right decision or not. I can’t think straight.
In the meantime, I have a follow-up appointment with my regular doctor Wednesday morning and an appointment with my new gynecologist Friday morning. We’ll see what turns up.
Thank you to everyone who commented on my previous post. You all were so helpful. Thank you!
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