My irregular and now pretty painful heart beats are still increasing so much so I ended up in A&E this week but the result of that was nil, except being checked out for immediate danger.
However I did manage to get a cardiologist appointment for today which wasn't entirely fruitless but also didn't resolve anything as yet. He listened to what I had to say to some degree, then had a listen to my chest, said there's nothing obvious he could hear so suggested a 24hr ecg and echocardiogram which I'll have to wait for. In the mean time I'm getting lots and I mean lots of painful heart beats, irregular thumps and PVCs which is causing me a high level of discomfort and anxiety for sure. My BP is up from usual at about 123/83, usually I'm about 107/74 on my meds. HR is fine apart from the random spikes I get now and then where it shoots up from 55 to 100 after little effort.
Tonight I'm feeling pretty dire, getting frequent painful thumps, feeling tired, shaky and a bit anxious for sure. But there's nothing I can do to stop this, I can't speed up the appointments, I can't not do something that's causing them as there's so many potential triggers, even laying or sitting certain ways triggers them as does taking a deep breath! None of the meds I'm on clearly help with this so I'm going to be in the hope I might sleep and feel a bit better tomorrow. I'm not hopeful, this has been steadily getting worse over the last 7 to 10 days at leat I'd say.
I don't feel reassured by the cardiologist simply saying he can't hear anything! He didn't even now what I'd had done or why as my report was sent to a different hospital where I had been originally referred from and he has none of those records. Having already seen cardiologists miss my heart condition earlier this year I don't feel entirely confident in an assessment made simply listening with a stethoscope.
I feel sorry for my partner who has had to see me fall apart before the heart surgery, then deal with me being pretty ill before having the double bypass. She hoped as did I that after that I would have a steady if slow recovery but it's been nothing like that. I've had issue after issue and now almost 9 weeks out I'm still dealing with heart pains and rhythm issues which she has to watch me deal with. This is after already having more than 2 years of ill health due to an adverse reaction to antibiotics which she's also had to watch me deal with. I do sit here and ask Why Me?
I missed 2 sessions of cardio rehab this week because I felt too unwell to attend, something I really don't want to miss. I'm going to call them Monday and see if I can tag on some additional sessions at the end but at the moment I don't feel I'll be ok to go again Tuesday either.
Anyway, once again sorry for chewing your ears off, not many places I can come an rant with people who know what I'm going through.