I am a 52 year old woman with history of DVT and Pulmonary embolism (since age of 17 - hereditary). I've been off my anti-coagulants for over a year and a half now due to no insurance. I'm an LMSW and work with elderly and disabled individuals. About 2 months ago, I was doing visits and was out in the middle of nowhere, driving, when I felt a pressure across my chest and then my back started hurting pretty bad (around right shoulder blade and right arm). I could not get comfortable. Since, I wouldn't have known where to tell anyone to find me (I was really out in the countryside somewhere), and there was no traffic where I was, I decided to keep driving. This happened for about 15 to 20 minutes, before it finally stopped.
Since that time, I've noticed that in the evening, when I sit down to watch television, or just rest after working, my heart will start skipping multiple beats. I can have 10 of them within a very short period of time. Sometimes, the vision in my left eye will go kind of wonky - sort of like I lost partial sight, or it gets kind of a tunnel vision, like I'm losing sight in that eye. My pulse has been over 100 and even when taking my pulse, I can feel it skipping beats. It doesn't hurt but it is uncomfortable.
One night, I went to CVS to take my BP and it was 130 over 86 (I usually suffer from low blood pressure, not high - normal BP for me ranges between 90/60 to 120/80. I've never had it really go higher than that. I've had vasovagal syncope for years, and even had my doctor recommend that I eat a lot of salt because that will raise my BP (since my BP is usually so low).
Tonight, I noticed that if I take a carotid pulse, and I push in on the left side of my neck, that tunnel vision will start and I feel pressure in my neck and head.
I don't have insurance so seeing a doctor is out of the question right now. But any ideas/suggestions?