It was a long wait for the cardiologist, but I think it was well worth our while. What a terrific person, great listener, obviously very intelligent...and a British accent to boot! He listened to everything from the beginning, read through all my files, and had so much to say. First off, test results!
- Blood test checking liver enzyme - slightly high. Follow-up tests to come, but cardio-man says it's just a precaution.
- All other blood tests, normal (They didn't release what they'd been looking for.)
- Chest x-ray, normal
- Hip x-ray, normal (The internist scheduled this because during examination, I had some really profound pain and nerve spasms...although I'm not sure how an x-ray would show much more than a sprain or break. =/ )
- ECG - high heart rate -- not normal!!! :)
- Echocardiogram - my heart is healthy! Relieved that I don't have any major valve problems. The cardiologist is confident that my tachycardia is a secondary symptom to some other major physical imbalance.
He doesn't think I have POTS because, although my heart rate shoots up, my blood pressure remains generally normal. Mom is frustrated by this judgment because it's the only POTS symptom out of about 20 that I don't or haven't had at some point, and many POTS specialists point out that a patient needn't have every symptom in order to be accurately diagnosed.
He seemed really intrigued by my:
- constant fever (4 weeks now)
- eye problems
- I was really flushed -- it looked like I'd been sunburned on my face and arms. New symptom my mom's noticed in the last few days, shows up when I'm especially active or stressed. Thinking it might be a symptom some medication may have been covering up until recently.
He's sent out for:
- a holter 24-hour heart test
- liver tests
- GI tests
- blood tests
- Endocrine consult
There's more to be said, but I'm exhausted! ***Please*** do not make any judgments by these early results. We're still finding out what's what!
love and patience,