Hi everyone, I’m new here.
I’ve recently seen my GP for results of an ECG and echocardiogram requested after I’ve been feeling unwell for some time. For background, I have ME, Fibromyalgia and type 2 diabetes with associated high blood pressure and I have been on blood pressure medication and statins since 2008.
My tests showed early signs of ischaemic heart disease and that I have recently had a small heart attack. I ignored the symptoms because I am used to chronic pain which varies all the time. I remember an unusual pain like pressure across the back of my shoulders which frightened me a bit but went off after a while. Also pain in my left arm which I assumed was nerve pain (not unusual for me.) I did not have the classic crushing chest pain everyone expects.
My question is to women who have had a heart attack. What were your symptoms please, or did you even know? I have read that women’s symptoms are often different to men’s but my GP didn’t seem convinced,
Thanks in advance for any advice 😊
I have not had a heart attack BUT like you have fibro with several autoimmune issues as well. The biggest issue I have as discussed with my GP is fibro attacks my shoulder blades and chest a lot as it is so the pain I had there I put down to that instead of worrying about the breathlessness and chest sharp pain.
His wording to me was simple use your GTN spray and if you use it 3 times within the time limits then call 999. If you also get the pain and in chest and going down left arm (I don’t tend to get this with the fibromyalgia) again call 999.
Hope this helps. It helped me as I am still Waiting for diagnosis had the echo and now waiting for Papworth myocardial fusion test.
Thank you, that’s helpful (although I haven’t got GTN spray as Dr doesn’t think I have angina - pretty hard to tell though as it’s usually on exertion and with ME that’s not a word in my vocabulary 😂) Like you, pain in my ribs, shoulders and neck is standard for me but I’ll look out for the arm thing from now on. It’s so easy to write everything off as symptomatic of Fibro. I wish you well with your tests X
I put so much down to fibro and RA and then the medication it was when I could just about walk 20 steps to the kitchen my hubby looked at me and said this needs to be checked!
That’s the trouble, isn’t it? I’m the same. My normal way of dealing with chronic pain is to just put on my big girl pants and get on with it! Now I’ve been told I’m not to ignore pain in case it’s another attack I find I’m focused on it to the extent that I’m feeling more pain than usual. It’s difficult to differentiate and I think we (and our doctors) have a tendency to brush everything off as being down to Fibro or arthritis X