I’m struggling with a few things at the moment and don’t know how to sort it out. I have a number of medical problems that are being treated individually, but they seem to contradict one another in terms of treatment and what I really need is for someone to sit down and look at the whole blimmin’ lot holistically rather than treating each thing in isolation.
If you read my blog you’ll know that I’m waiting on the results of the MRI/CT scan I had a couple of weeks ago for a suspected dissection to the carotid or vertebral artery. I have a hospital appointment on Friday but I anticipate that this will deal with the one issue only. I’m guessing we will have a chat about stroke risk and how I can mitigate it. What about all this other stuff though?
You also know about my heart attack, caused by SCAD. Since this happened I’m left with premature atrial contractions which are irregular heart beats. I’m told this is not serious or life threatening in most cases but I am prescribed a beta blocker for it.
Now the trouble with beta blockers is that they slow you down. Not a bad thing you may say. However, combined with my next problem, an underactive thyroid, then that makes me doubly slow. If I have a few days of action, then I may spend the next couple of days in bed, good for nothing.
Well can’t you take levothyroxine for your thyroid? Well yes, but guess what, if I take the recommended dose I get more palpitations and I twitch incessantly at night.
So, if beta blockers make you slow and PACS are not dangerous, why take the beta blocker? Good question – I asked my GP to refer me to a SCAD specialist, which he duly did last November – nothing has happened.
I’m also told I have high cholesterol. Must be down to diet you say. Have you seen how much porridge I eat? Did you know that an underactive thyroid can raise your cholesterol? Would taking the correct dose of thyroxine sort it out? Who knows as I can’t tolerate it.
Why not take a statin then? Great idea. But don’t statins make your arteries more flexible? Isn’t the reason I had a SCAD the result of over flexible arteries in my heart? Oh yeah! Back to the drawing board on that one then.
As you can see, I don’t know what to do. If I put it in the hands of the professionals, which one’s advice do I follow, because I can assure you they all want to treat me with something different.
They want to fix whatever I have presented with and of course that makes sense, but I, you see, want to be treated as a whole person. Who will look at all this stuff and make some sort of judgement call?
Who knows. I don’t.