Good morning people - I would like to share my recent experience with you - I've suffered from fibromyalgia for over 14 years after an accident at work I usually manage "flare ups" really well (rest and pacing)
However, 3months ago, I started to get a pain in my left, front shoulder and I assumed it was Fibro related, so I ignored it and took pain killers as usual (big mistake) I visited my g.p. and TOLD him it was my Fibro flaring up - another BIG MISTAKE
On the 1st August, I suffered a heart attack - (blood tests confirmed this the following day )
I'm at home now, thankfully recovering
The angiogram is clear (no blocked arteries or stents needed) its my actual heart muscle that caused the attack
Please, please don't assume EVERY pain that you get is your fibromyalgia "flaring up" - that was my "avenue of thought" and it almost cost me my life
Thank you to the wonderful ambulance guys and the staff in the "TAKE HEART WARD" at LEEDS GENERAL INFIRMARY - they were all amazing
They do a fabulous job and nothing is too much trouble for them - YES, there are times when you wait for your "buzzer" to be answered but hey, I wasn't the only patient on the ward !!!
YES, the food wasn't always perfectly cooked and to my liking but again, I wasn't the only patient in the hospital !!!
All things taken into consideration, my experience of the whole incident was a big WELL DONE and THANK YOU from the bottom of my "still beating HEART"