I am writing this on behalf of my Mom, which I hope is okay. She has given me total permission to do so as she is not too computer-comfortable.
She is a 59 year old woman, who had a heart attack on March 16 of this year. She had been a longtime smoker (has since quit), but otherwise she had a low BP, was in pretty good shape (not overweight - walking miles a day), slightly high cholesterol. She has hypothyroidism, but otherwise pretty healthy.
She had one main artery 70-80% blocked, so they put in a drug eluting stent. Within the next 24 hours, unfortunately, they did not monitor her closely to see if all was going smoothly and she developed a pericardial effusion that resulted in a full tamponade - an artery must've gotten cut a bit when they did the original angioplasty/stent placement, and she nearly bled out to death, and the only way they caught it was because she went into a full on seizure. It was truly absolutely horrible, but they caught it in time, and put in a heart cath to drain the blood. After several days in the hospital she was sent home.
Now here's where we'd love any and all advice anyone can share: despite a clean SECOND angiogram, in which everything looked great - taken a month after, and repeat assurances by the doctors that she is on the road to recovery, she feels arguably worse and worse.
She has extreme dizziness, queasiness, stomach upset, and pain that comes back every day in her upper back/shoulder blade area. She says she feels like she has a bad flu every single day. The only relief she ever gets is when she leans directly back on her upper back/shoulder area, the pain eases (though does not go away entirely), and the dizziness lets up some.
Otherwise, her entire quality of life is compromised and she is struggling every day, She has a ton of symptoms, honestly, but I think the pain and the dizziness are the ones truly affecting her ability to actually begin the recovery process. The only time its not so bad is at night she is asleep.
She has seen multiple cardiac docs, a pulmonary doc, a brain doc, her regular primary care provider and no one knows what to do....
Please please, if anyone has any help/advice/similar stories - we'd love to hear anything and everything.
I just want to see my Mom doing better so very much...breaks my heart to see her hurting every single day. She is truly a strong woman and would not be talking about her pain unless it was substantial.
Thanks to everyone in advance!