Hello everyone.I had a heart attack in August and had a stent fitted.
This was all fine and I was discharged after a couple of days and was a happy man, feeling lucky and ready to get back to some sort of normality. However after a few weeks I had a setback when some nasty chest pains had me visiting A&E.
This happened again a couple of weeks later and has really set me back and even though I was told that everything was fine after 3 ECG's, a clear chest xray and unremarkable Troponin levels, I can't seem to shake this feeling of impending doom. I was told at the time that they didn't think that the pains were heart related, but every little pain or twinge has me panicking and feeling sick and scared. I have an appointment with my GP in a weeks time and have been discharged from the care of my cardiologist. I feel like a whimp for saying this, but I am just a wreck. I really need help to get over this. Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance. Sorry for the long post
First things first you are not a wimp at all
When we have a life changing event not all but a lot of us it shatters our confidence and leaves us traumatised and it can do this to the strongest people not the weak ones
I had 3 heart attacks and Bypasses and I still worry and every twinge ache pain I still get in a state and if that makes me a wimp as you think you are then so be it but what I think it makes me is someone that is struggling to come to terms with things and that is quite normal for some of us
But look at your checklist
Stents in blood flowing nicely around the heart
Been to Hospital couple of times they have done all the tests and everything is fine
On meds to help keep your heart healthy
Doing some exercise even if gentle and eating healthy
When you look at that list you have everything on your side now to keep you safe
Talk with your Doctor and ask for Counselling but this is early days be kind to yourself and give yourself time to build back up your confidence it will come back x
Thank you for your comments & advice BeKind. I do keep trying to tell myself that everything is fine but then something else will happen as it did today and it just seems to set me back again. You certainly don't sound like a wimp with what you have been through and I wasn't aiming that comment to anyone other than myself. Thank you. Take care.
I never thought you were aiming that comment at anyone else at all I was just pointing out or trying to that you are not on your own feeling the way you do and so if you think you are a wimp then I am to as I worry just like you
I hope tomorrow brings a better day and if you have time let us know how your Doctors appointment goes x
Will do. Thanks again. X