Hi everyone. Just new to this forum and stumbled across it online as could not find any support groups in Australia, where I live. Just to fill in my situation. Had just finished work for the school hols ( work in a library) and was under the weather with a mild cold which I couldn't shake off and a suspected urinary infection and mentioned to my dr that my palpitations I had been having over the past year now and again, were more noticeable at night. She did an ECG , was worried and sent me for an echocardiogram, blood tests etc. The scan showed : normal left ventricle with normal systolic function; normal right ventricular size and systolic function; normal diastology; left atrium severely enlarged, mild- moderate mitral regurgitation; mild tricuspid regurgitation; normal RSVP, 27 mmhg, mobile interatrial septum with PFO noted.
My dr put me on aspirin and minax beta blockers , which made me faint ( or it could have been anxiety as not sure) and I ended up in hospital for a few hours on an ECG monitor , where there changed my tablets to diltiazem four times a day, which has now given me a horrible dry cough and backache and worse anxiety . Another dr told me to lower this dose to half twice a day for two weeks , then half once a day for a week and am awaiting blood results , thyroid and if menopausal. I am seeing a private cardiologist in a weeks time and made another appointment in November for a second opinion. My new dr said I do have arrhythmias happening . Please someone help me as am so anxious. Am now taking mild sedatives to calm as cannot sleep at night and
take a half when feel a panic attack starting. What are the usual options in a case like mine? I feel so 'alone' in all this. Two weeks ago I was planning my holiday to Canada for next year and now I feel I am walking on egg shells, to scared to know what to do
next. I eat healthily, exercise daily ( 2-6 ks a day) , am joining relaxation and Buddhist classes and yoga . I know I sound perhaps frantic and silly but just to know someone out there understands and has some practical advice would be so kind. My two teenage daughters, my partner Adrian and my sister and friends are supportive but don't know how to help me.
Than you for listening.