Hello my name is Elsie ,l am 60.
Had a heart attack 15th August last year. Ambulance men saved my life as by the time they got me in ambulance l had gone and remember nothing till l woke up in intensive care at northern general hospital. Few days pass and l am alert and feeling fab really felt re born. Consultant came explained all what had happened and l had 2 stents fitted . Came home feeling so happy to be alive and forever grateful to the NHS . Never been ill in my life . Always exercised and kept myself fit.
Go to rehab still feeling great told we are lucky as due to modern medicine we are here to tell the tale and our bodies in time will get back to normal
Showed us a film of a bloke cycling up a mountain and was told everything is still possible . Christmas arrives and l have terrible chest pains nothing like back in August so using gtn spray all day every day and pain eases to bearable go to gp and we go through months of crossing things off - stomach - blood clot - none of these. Cartilage on top of rib cage could be damaged but the gtn spray should not ease it . Asked if l could go back to my workouts gp said yes got on treadmill and my heart rate went from 80 to 160 in a matter of 2 mins l was on the lowest setting on treadmill so stopped came home gutted
Went for fitness test and they would not do it as when he asked questions l told him when l walk l swell up in my ankles and feet that bad that my trainers start rubbing me and feel tight, l also swell up below my chest and have not been able to wear a bra l put it on in a morning and 2 to 3 hours later it is that tight l have to take it off.I have to use my spray . So l am referred back to hospital thing is mentally it's frustrating and leaves me concerned are they missing something. Go to see specialist l was in with him 5mins told me not my heart l can exercise and booked me in for fitness test in April.
I go back to gym just do treadmill and cycle first 2 days are OK yesterday l struggled my feet swell up to the point my trainers are rubbing me my sports bra is so tight and l have to use my gtn spray The pain is back it starts off as a niggle and eventually ends up like a bad toothache but thankfully the gtn spray does its job.l feel tired and worn out during these periods and have no energy Some days l have good days and am my old self other days l feel so old and ill .
Anyone else have these symptoms as l really am struggling to get it looked at Gp says consultant says not my heart l say how does he know when l was not examined and was in just 5mins Any advice would be gratefully received