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  • not feeling well

    Hi everyone,

    I've been in bed like 8 of 9 days now, but try to get up every now and then. Got hit with a mild, lingering cough virus for 16 days now and have become intolerant for 2 months of even a speck of my betablocker that is 3.125 mg of Carvedilol. I'm on antibiotics. Luckily, I pleaded for an echo which I am due - a 6 month echo which I haven't had for 8 months, which I will get on the Jan 31st. I tried to reinstitute my betablocker twice in the last 2 weeks but I get intense chest pain, my toes swell up, and I'm back in bed. Yesterday, I got intensely weak and in pain like a knife in my chest. My family member took my blood pressure and temperature. It was 88/53 and my temp was 96.8, and my BP monitor detected an arrhythmia. I'm actually feeling better because I can write here. Yesterday, I was really weak and in bed and took a 3 hour nap in the afternoon. Every time I get up or eat and drink, I have chest pain and get tired. I don't feel congestive but have lost more weight. It's been a roller coaster, feel better, then feel worse. Some nights I can feel my heart working so hard. I also have developed right side frontal abdominal pain which gets worse when I'm retaining fluid. I feel that I have to eat small, frequent meals to help to alleviate weakness and chest pain. I have to watch eating or drinking warm food because it drives a knife in my chest. I'm keeping in touch with my doctors and trying to get better for my echo appt.
    Keep well everyone.
    HCM & diastolic/systolic HF (burn-out HCM) DX in 2010
    Brother 34, sister 45, & mother 73 passed away from HCM burn-out/CHF/DCM
    Sister @ 41 got heart transplant on Valentine's day 2002
    Oldest sister, diagnosed with HCM in 2010
    only niece cleared by genetic testing; son not genetically tested yet
    Suspected HCM in maternal grandmother (d. 39), 2nd cousin (d. 33),
    maternal grand aunt (d. 51), & maternal great grandmother (d. 50s); with hrt. conditions/hrt. surgery/kidney d.

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    Re: not feeling well

    LJ, I have that cough virus too. I have been in bed myself for the last 10 days. I think I may hack up a lung soon! Fortunately, I don't seem to be having heart symptoms but this a nasty bug, I can sympathize. Hang in there, and do stay in touch with your docs. I am also on antibiotics, and have one inhaler, but may ask to switch for Xopenex tomorrow instead. I myself have been running a low grade fever.
    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


    • #3
      Re: not feeling well

      I hope both of you start feeling better!

      Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.


      • #4
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        I sympathize LJ and Cynthia, as I got hit with that bug over Christmas and it has taken a full month for me to even start feeling normal again. Spent the better part of January in bed and at one point I put on about 6 pounds of fluid. The coughing is absolutely the worst I have experienced in my whole life. Just when you think you can't possibly cough any more without seriously hurting yourself, it starts all over again! This is one nasty bug and it seems to linger forever. My best to both of you. Jim
        "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


        • #5
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          Misery trully loves company,after a miserable bout of the gout in my foot a week ago, this 'bug' nailed me too.I never get sick (except for this desease)got my flu shot and this miserable what ever it is, has got me down for the count with no end in sight, I haven't been out of bed in more than a week.I feel for you LJ and Cynth and I hope it ends soon.
          had HCM since birth
          'enlarged heart' identified in 96'
          HOCM dx in 7/08
          Myectomy 8/09
          extended Myectomy 5/10
          'End stage' HCM dx 8/10
          CRT-D implanted 9/10
          evaluated for Transplant 11/10
          Listed for transplant 6/11


          • #6
            Re: not feeling well

            All of you stay well hydrated, rest and try to get well.

            Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
            ICD&Pacemaker 1996
            Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
            Mom of Kaye.


            • #7
              Re: not feeling well

              I echo Midge - Thank goodness We can't cyber catch it. Get better soon!
              Diagnosed @ 48
              Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
              Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
              AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
              After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
              Quietly going insane . . .


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