I truly hope someone can help me and help me soon. I am a 48 year old female and have had a stroke, but my doctor, nor I, know exactly when. He says that it was caused from my heart (blood clot). I am currently taking medicine for high blood pressure, lasix, acid reflux medication, and various other medications for severe pain issues. I ran out of my lasix for 4 days, and did not take it, but have now been back on it for 3 days. For the last 5 days, I have been sleeping almost nonstop. I sleep from 1:00 am to 3:00 pm, get up and take short naps until it is bedtime again(1:00), and do the same thing the next day. I CANNOT stay awake. I am totally and utterly exhausted. I also get so breathless when I am up trying to do things, that I feel as if I cannot get a good breath of air. It is struggle to breathe and I get light-headed and have to sit down for fear of fainting. I am also having severe leg weakness and feel as if my legs are not going to support me. Until yesterday, I have not had a blood pressure cuff. Once I got it, I took it after I had been sitting an hour or so. It was totally normal (107/71). After getting up and feeling the breathless, (I can't catch my breath & feel as if I am going to faint) feeling, I took it again and it was 159/137. I did this a few other times while sitting and it is normal, and a few other times after I was up and breathless and it was high (147/126 & 151/101).
Should I be concerned enough about this to go to the ER or should I just call my doctor next week? I don't want to overreact, but I do want to react if I need to. Can someone please help me and give me some advice. I am scared because my chest is hurting, my arms and fingers are numb (but they do this occassionally anyway), and it is difficult to eat because I feel as if I can't get a good breath of air. Maybe I am overreacting, but I don't know. Please help me with some advice. Thank you!!