I went to the cardiologist. He sent me for an ultrasound of my heart, and it was normal. He also sent me for a regular Stress test. I never heard of that. I thought it was going to be nuclear stress test. I had never heard of this before, so I don't know what it tests for? I ran on the tread mill, but I don't know what happened. I did get terribly out of breath. The technician doing it kept asking me if I had chest pain. I told her I didn't, but I had severe pain in my legs. It's a burning/heaviness in my legs. I think I completed the test, but I really had to push myself. I feel like this Doc isn't taking my complaints serous. I expected to hear from him on Fri, but I didn't. I'll have to call him Mon.View Thread
I made an apt to see my lung Doc Aug 7th and then a well respected cardiologist Aug 11th. The problem is the cardiologist has to do everything in Aug. Because once Sept comes, I won't have co-pay insurance.
Are you saying the Nuclear stress tests are better now than in 2006? I had one done in 2006 and it was positive. So an angiogram was done, and it was negative. These were all done in a University hospital. But one of those tests was wrong.View Thread
I have high blood pressure and probably 1 or more meds are beta blockers. I know I need a heart doc but I don't have co-pay insurance, nor money. I have medicare. I know I have emphysema, and it gets worse. Along with exhaustion upon exertion, my legs hurt and sometimes feel very heavy. I have to go up stairs slowly. I can get co-pay insurance but it costs $135 a month. I think I need an angiogram done. The hard part is going to a cardiologist and getting the angiogram done all within 1 month. If I need surgery that becomes a problem I'll deal with if it happens. I just want energy again. I am alone and have to do everything myself. I want to be able to keep doing them. I'm only 62 and I don't want to go in a nursing home yet. So I'm trying to get advice as whether or not seeing a cardiologist will be helpful, or a waste of money.
I'm a 62 yr old man. I know I have emphysema, High Blood pressure controlled with 3 different meds, depression, anxiety, and Demyelinating Disease. My reason for making this post is the extreme exhaustion I suffer from. I can barely climb the stairs to get to my apt. Even taking a shower seems like a big deal. I've been blaming the exhaustion on the emphysema but a friend suggested I may have 1 or more clogged arteries. He said he had fatigue and needed 4 stents put in. He said he had much more energy after that. My other problem is money. Does anyone know if clogged arteries can cause extreme exhaustion, because if so, I'll have to try and borrow money to see a cardiologist.View Thread
I'm a 61 year old man, and one of my problems is extreme exhaustion. I live on the 2nd floor of a small apt building, and going up those steps is so hard I stay home unless I must go out.
I have many issues that can be causing this, from depression, to Nerve damage, to maybe a heart issue. My big problem is I don't have the proper insurance. I have Medicare, but that only covers 80%. I'm trying to borrow or save money to go to a specialist. I have one cousin who had 3 stents put in. He said the symptom that made him go to a cardiologist was fatigue. I've lost touch with him, so I can't ask him anything. So I'm going to ask here.
If a person has fatigue due to a clogged artery, is it extreme exhaustion where even taking a shower is a big deal, or is it milder? I also have COPD emphysema, and I think this is also causing exhaustion.
If I could afford it I'd go to a lung Doc, a heart Doc, and if they can't explain this exhaustion then a neurologist. But I can't do that. At best I can go to 1 or 2 specialists.
I also have High Blood pressure but it's under control with meds.
Something happened to me last night, and I think maybe I had a stroke. I'm a 59 year old man and I have many health issues. I have HBP but it's fairly well controlled with 3 meds. I also have a Mitral Valve Prolapse. There is probably something else with the heart, but it's undiagnosed.
I have insomnia but I also sleep walk a lot, and about a year ago I started to fall while sleep walking. It doesn't happen every night. But last night I think it happened 5 times. I'm pretty bruised up today. But what makes me ask about a stroke is that my left leg is somewhat numb, a bit swollen. Especially my left foot. I also feel like there is something stuck under my left foot, but there is nothing there. So I feel lumpy sensations. The worst thing is I'm having a hard time lifting my left leg when I walk. Of course I did fall 5 times and I'm not sure what I landed on each time.
Does this sound like a stroke? How would I know if I had a stroke? Are there minor strokes? And what kind of doc would be able to tell me I had a stroke?View Thread