About Me: Male, 51, Bullhead City, AZ, member since Jul 2013
My symptoms began about 2 years ago now. I would pass out falling wherever I was then I would have a seizure. After my wife was able to get me to respond I couldn't remember what had happened, I would be pouring sweat, I would have a massive headache and it felt like I
[More] was just hit by a mac truck. I would have to go lay down and sleep for 5-6 hours. After a 3 day stay in the hospital they ended up calling my episodes syncope, which is just a fancy word for passing out but they could not determine what was causing it. I was having these episodes 4-5 times a week. During some of these episodes: I have fallen off the dining chair sliding the left side of face across the carpet which looked as though I had serious road rash. I fell while in the bathroom knocking my forehead onto something coming through laying in a pool of blood form a deep inch gash that needed stitches The hospital used glue to close the cut claiming it would leave a minimal scar but that evening it became seriously infected. The hospital did not clean the area before putting the glue in by the way. My doctor requested I come in immediately when I called her the next morning and she had to basically pop the glue out (like a zit), flush the cut then apply butterfly stitches. I have an extra frown line now. One of the worse incidents happened on my way home from getting donuts for the neighbors and our kids. Two blocks from my home I had an episode and totaled our car. Luckily nobody was hurt and I did not hit anyone. I crossed over four lanes of the highway taking out a sign then launched my car over a fence 6 feet in the air and landed in the middle of the community park. Then the day before my birthday I was standing at the dining table reading a school project of my sons and again passed out hitting my front two teeth on the edge of the table then fell back knocking my head on the bull nose of the wall. So on my birthday I was at the dentist having the remainder of the teeth (they were broke in half) pulled. It was and still is very devastating to not have my front teeth. I am still incredibly depressed. These are just a few of the damage I have caused to myself with no answer of why. My doctor was only able to do so much since I did not have medical insurance. We were having to pay out of pocket for every visit. Finally a close personal friend who is in the medical field referred us to a doctor in Havasu (80+ miles away). Although each visit cost $250 I am so thankful for his time, patience, concerns and support. He got me on a seizure medication that slowed the episodes down. Now I was only having 1-2 a week. He knew that my condition was serious but without insurance he couldn't get the tests he needed done to rule out neurological problems. Unknown to us he took time out of his busy day and wrote letters, spoke on the phone and sent his medical evaluation to insurance providers and within 2 weeks of seeing him I got a call and had medical insurance. Now I could get the MRI of the brain and carotid artery to rule out tumors and blockage. Although, I was very upset when the results came back showing nothing because I couldn't believe it did not show anything as many times as I had hit my head. I cried I said it has to be something. He then in a stern voice said hey Fred I was looking for signs of a stroke and tumors. I do not see any that's good now we can go to the next step. He then referred me to a cardiologist right around the corner from his office. They begun working together and I was put on a theater monitor for 3 weeks. Although 4 days of wearing it and one of the tabs connected to the leads had put a burn in my stomach that looked as though someone had put a cigar out on my skin. So they were unable to get good readings from this device. Next the Cardiologist scheduled me for a loop recorder to be implanted. Six days after I had an episode so my wife used the recorder and recorded the event. Three days after the episode I was scheduled to return to his office for a follow-up. We keep notes of all of my episodes so we were able to tell him the exact time it happened. When he reviewed the recording he found that my heart had stopped for 9 seconds. He explained that after 15 seconds I could be dead. My wife was shocked because this particular episode was short compared to many others. This appointment was on a Friday in the afternoon. The doctor made 1 call and had me approved for pacemaker surgery at 6 am Monday morning. On the following Thursday I went back for a follow-up and the doctor said the pacemaker has had to work more then he anticipated but its not bad. Now I just have to wait and heal to see if this is a fix to my episodes.
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