I am a bit confused by my symptoms and wonder whether anyone can help? Over the past few weeks I have been feeling very strange - a general malaise, nausea, loss of appetite and occasional chest discomfort, centred near the sternum. As a result of all this, I also feel generally restless. This morning I woke up feeling distinctly unwell/nauseous and shaking, although the symptoms eased with some deep breathing.
I saw my cardiologist last week and he said that nothing had changed. He interrogated my ICD and said I am getting occasional PVCs but otherwise have remained in NSR. My atrium is being paced around 40% of the time, but ventricular pacing is pretty much nonexistent (0.1% of the time)
Given this, I don’t understand why I’m feeling so rough, particularly in the morning and afternoon. I don’t suffer from any breathlessness and am pretty sure it’s not angina. I feel an occasional trembling in my chest but no obvious arrhythmia or palpitations.
I am on various meds, including bisoprolol, but these have been well tolerated for the past 15 years so don’t think it’s due to that. Also, my understanding is that heart-related chest pain is not due to heart failure per se, but rather angina/MI, which I’m pretty sure I don’t have.
Does anyone else get chest discomfort/nausea which lingers in the background but intensifies at some points during the day? Could it be due to the atrial pacing or some other ICD reason, or should I be looking somewhere else? My cardiologist seems to think there is nothing wrong and I should just live with it, but he doesn’t seem to understand how debilitating it is!
Sorry for the moan. Hope someone may be able to cast some light.