I went for the results of the 24 hour Holter Monitor this week and it turns out that it was completely normal (thank G*D). I have little skips here and there (like I did 8 years ago) but nothing above average. I teared up a bit (yes, I felt really silly but I couldn't help it) when my doctor told me this and he looked at me like I was completely nuts. I apologized and said I was relieved to hear that my heart was good because I felt rather stressed during the actual 24 hour monitoring period and for the last two weeks waiting on results. Again, the doctor looked at me like I was crazy and asked why I was stressed out about it. Um, gee, I don’t know...a few weeks ago, the mini ecg at the doctor’s office showed my heart had irregularities and was fibrillating (convulsing in English)??? Yeah, I don’t know why I felt stressed about this! Is it me or are doctors completely unsympathetic somedays? Anyways...he went on to say that my heart rate was 150 when the monitor was put on me at 9:30 a.m. and there was a little skip at that point. He also laughed a bit and said that the tape showed that I actually didn’t settle down till 5:46 a.m. that
In other health news, I have completely cleared up my bizarre leg/calf pains. After what I went through last year with the pill, I instinctively stopped taking the birth control pill and the pain was gone within a few days. After two months of agonizing leg pain, it was gone. I reported this to my doctor and he shrugged saying that perhaps it was related. Oh, how I miss my regular doctor (she’s on mat leave). Somehow, I think female doctors are much more tuned into female issues.
Lastly, my costochondritis is continuing. Not as bad as a few weeks ago but still needing daily ice and anti-inflammatories. Some good news is that my regular chiropractor is back from mat leave (mat leave seems to be a trend among my doctors lately!). I went to see her immediately after the regular doctor this week (i.e. after I found out my heart wasn’t going to explode). Luckily, my chiropractor has experienced costochondritis herself so she knew exactly what I was going through. She concurred that costochondritis does feel like your entire chest and ribs are broken and that you are having a heart attack. She ended up going to the emergency department with her costochondritis even though she logically knew that it wasn’t her heart. It was great to hear that even medically-knowledgeable people freak out sometimes! My DH is a bit skeptical about the whole costochondritis thing…he doesn’t realize how painful it is and almost seems to think it’s a “made up” thing or that I’m being wimpy...ha ha, says the kettle to the pot. DH has been nursing a sore elbow for months now and I’ve been the utmost sympathetic to him!
So, overall, things have worked out, thankfully. It’s really quite scary when you have health issues going on and I am very lucky that things are working out. I hope this entry helps others who are going through any of these issues; I know that I appreciated other bloggers who wrote about their experiences!
Update on costochondritis as of July 1/09: much, much better. I am amazed how long this took to clear up. It started around April 1 and I am only now feeling "normal". THREE MONTHS?!!? Yes, it's true. I am only now able to do proper, full workouts at the gym. I read other places that costochondritis can last anywhere from days to 6 months.