(Closed) My heart isn't working right… Need some support (vent)..

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh wow, I’m so sorry.  I have no advice, but sending good thoughts your way so this gets under control fast!

Post # 4
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know what to say, but I hope you get the medical help you need and everything started working smoother in the future! Stay strong!

Post # 5
1144 posts
Bumble bee

I hope your doctors come up with a solution & fast for you! You deserve to live life to the fullest! I’ll be praying for you!

Post # 7
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this!! I started having episodes of passing out in 2007. It ended up being Chrohn’s disease. My digestive system was so messed up that my body wasn’t absorbing nutrients properly and I was chronically dehydrated. I’d be fine most of the time but if I came down with any sort of illness, cold, UTI, flu, etc, I’d immediately start passing out from severe dehydration. I was able to get it under control with Crohn’s meds, and now just controlling my diet thankfully.

I hope you are able to find answers soon and get better so you can get back to work and feel good!!! 

Post # 8
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@karissa_elaine:  Oh dear, I’m so sorry! Health problems really suck. Hopefully yours can be solved by something– I guess maybe a pacemaker? Once that is in place, you’ll be able to go back to cosmetology like you want to!

Hang in there– you will figure this out. I hope you have good doctors who will truly help you. Best of luck!

Post # 9
197 posts
Blushing bee

i feel your pain–i too have a bad heart and it can be really daunting.  absolutely go see the cardiologist and don’t be afraid to go see a number of them before you commit to one.  Shop around, if you will.  you will find different game plans once you do. I do not have a pacemaker, but an inplantable cardiac device (ICD) that essentially is a defibrillator that will shock my heart back to normal rhythm when I get palpitations.  My best friend has had a pacemaker all her life and she can do everything totally normally (except flying, where she gets to avoid the loooong security lines because she can’t go through metal detectors).  I would try and reframe the situation as instead of being scary and a huge thing..look at it as this is the way you get to live your life and not worry about your heart! yes, the surgery sucks.  but the relief after the fact is amazing.  best of luck to you. feel free to pm if you want some more support. 

Post # 10
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@karissa_elaine:  Vent all that you want. It’s healthy and it’ll make you feel better.

I’ve had similar issues with passing out, starting when I first donated blood at the age of 17. The worst was about 3 years ago during 4th of July; I banged my head and wound up with a nice bruise on my ankle from hitting that too. I must have a thick skull cause there was no concussion or anything (thankfully), but the Cardioligist I saw didn’t find anything really unusual. The heart monitor told him that my blood pressure was plummeting when I stood up (usually first thing in the morning), but my actual heart looked ok.

Just do the best that you can. My boyfriend’s mom had a pacemaker put in this summer and while she definitely knows it’s there she says it’s much better than the alternative (in her case, it would be complications from sleep apnea). You may feel it when it kicks into gear if it’s set too high, but I think that can be adjusted. Just talk with your doctor about your options and see what they say. Good luck!

Post # 11
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am sorry. I am also on a beta blocker and they, like lots of medicines, have different side effects. Try other brands. I was on one once that made me pass out randomly like narcolepsy. I finally found one I can live with. I sleep more at night and have to make sure I get it, but I am much better.

I also have a ICD Defribulator plus pacemaker. Its like those “Clear and then a shock comes through paddles making the body jump machines” you see on TV, but its internal with the heart pacing element. It paces my heart about 60% of the time. In fact I had an appt this morning and my 4th surgery last April. I am 30.

I have something that makes me lucky to be alive, but now that I am “managed” I am healthy and doing great. You will do great. I promise.

Its tough, but remember to thinkpositive. (easier said than done). If you have trouble adjusting I would recommend trying meditation or other positive thinking mind games. Such as imagining a shade coming down behind your eyes. A shade that allows only positive thoughts to come in. It takes practice, but it works with time to help with adjusting to something like this.

Post # 12
8104 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@karissa_elaine:  How fortunate that they finally found out what’s going on! I have a dear loved one who recently got a pacemaker. Not as young as you, but still quite young. You’ve got the right attitude — this is not the end of your “normal” life but the beginning. Listen to the others who have one — you’ll feel so much better once your heart gets the help it needs. Best wishes!

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