• 4 months ago

    Symptoms getting worse please help!

    Hello everyone, I'm a 35 year old male, 145 lbs, and fairly fit. Last year I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on 25mg of hydrochlorothiazide. Starting about 6 weeks ago my blood pressure and heart rate started spiking causing me to get dizzy, have headaches, and feel a burning in my chest, like my heart was struggling to pump blood to my body. I've been to the ER 5 times since then and every time EKG's are normal, blood is normal, and I've had one X-Ray with nothing wrong. My PCP didn't want to listen to me and said I have anxiety and put me on citalopram which made my symptoms ten times worse so I stopped taking them after 5 days. I've been put on propranolol and it's actually helped with my headaches and keep my heart rate and blood pressure under control, but I've been feeling very fatigued and weak and if I leave the house and go to the store I get dizzy and feel like I'm going to fall down, which is how I was feeling before the propranolol. At this point I feel like all I can do is lay down and feel awful. I've had poor dental health most of my life and have had quite a few untreated tooth abscesses, could I have endocarditis? I asked the RN and DR at the ER and they said it would've shown up on the EKG and it didn't. I get a sensation in my chest that feels like my heart or something by my heart is swollen and protruding from my chest, like there's a patch or something under my shirt on my skin. I've also had pain in my left shoulder, neck, back and arm the last few days. Sometime's It's felt like I have a lump or food in my throat. I have an appointment with a cardiologist in a week, I'm going to ask for and echo and/or angiogram just to be sure. I feel like I'm going to lose my mind if nothing shows up at the cardiologist, has anyone heard of or been in a similar situation? I feel like I'm getting worse and losing control of my body and no one can help me or diagnose me.


  • 4 months ago

    RE: Symptoms getting worse please help!


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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Symptoms getting worse please help!

    To Riverman17,
    I have been there. Had physical stuff and then anxiety as well.
    It sucks to have the physical stuff going on and then even the anxiety diagnosis makes one feel like no one understands.
    But, one has to flip that around.
    You have been diagnosed and treated and one must tell oneself that they are moving in the right direction. On the mend...
    A tip that helped me combine physically heal from Brain surgery and 12 years of meds, anxiety diagnosis and then afib ablation procedure has been 3 things:
    1) thanking my caregivers for choosing their profesion
    2) following their treatment advise albeit with thoughtful questions
    3) the change to my PCP's suggestion to a Plant-based diet.
    Best of luck