About Me: Female, 42, Thousand Oaks, CA, member since Jan 2010
My name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Ischemic Heart Disease in December of 2007. Had it been easy to find a correct diagnosis, my story would end here. Unfortunately, as in many cases, women are often given wrong information and left untreated.
The first six doctors I visited were wrong.
The pain wasn’t stress related, it wasn’t GERD.
And it most certainly wasn’t in my head.
If this scenario sounds familiar, then we have much to discuss.
It’s time that women speak out about our experiences with heart pain.
It’s imperative that we share our stories and knowledge with others so that the cycle of misdiagnosis and confusion stops.
Most importantly, now is the time to become your own best advocate and find the cause of the pain.
My sincere hope is that, through my experience, others will be empowered to seek better advice, appropriate care and peace of mind.
Hi Rebecca: after 5 years of this chest pain I finally went to a Pain Management Specialist.At first he said there was nothing really 'out there' to help with the unpredictable nature of MVD especially when there is a concern that our symptoms need intervention with additional nitro and 'stopping' to get thru the SOB.The FDA just gave approval for the re-release of a drug that you take every day that masks the pain but not to the extent that you can't feel the chest pain or SOB; it just seriously diminshes the pain with out the drowsy, dopey,sluggish side effects that other drugs give.This has been a huge breakthru for me and my daily life.When I over-exert and a problem starts I do not have the following days of discomfort.I feel a whole lot better.Google it.
I was wondering why you weren't posting. This MVD is awful;like waiting for the other foot to drop.It's difficult to plan a thing or be relied upon for much as this is always on your mind.Medications are the best answer for us and learning to manage it.It took months for me to get it straight and remain calm in the face of pain.I really did make an appt with cardiologist and Emory to discuss emergency care.And I'm a cardiac nurse; but this beast is different.Joan
Just a quick note to say hi! I've posted an addition to my journal.Again, another implication with MVD.I've been told I've probably had sleep apnea for "DECADES"..that'll take me back 20-30 years. See what you think and if this could be an avenue for you to check out. Joan.
Good job! And another fine example of professional Journals' attempt to put everyone in the same category.Watch my site next couple of days and I'll provide another fine example of dumping in the same category.I'll admit up front about possible 'leading' but could 8 doctors ask a different question? Joan.
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