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What a crazy ride the past 24 hours has been. Went to Kaiser yesterday for the pounding heart, shaky hands, lightheaded thing that's been going on. First off, I was seen by a midwife, which is fine, had she not been completely lacking any type of bedside manner. She was so rude to me. I told her my heart was pounding occasionally, and she said "How do you know it's pounding, are you taking your pulse?" I said no, but I can feel it in my chest. My blood pressure was 142, which is elevated, so obviously SOMETHING is going on. She then starts to blame it all on anxiety and when I told her that yes, this siutation makes me anxious, but that's not what is going on, she argues with me and tells me I am medicated for anxiety, which I am not. After a 30 second back and forth session of telling her I have not been medicated for anxiety, she finally backs down. At this point I just broke down and started crying and looked at her and told her I was scared and I know something is not right. She responded by saying "Ok, I will get some lab work for you," AND THAT WAS IT. She didn't touch me at the appointment, didn't listen to my heart....NOTHING. So, I went down to the lab and after filling 7 tubes of blood I was REALLY SCARED at that point and then then had be do an EKG. The EKG showed my heart rate was fast but that was expected because I was so freaked out and upset at that point, but no palpatations or irregular beats.
I received my test results today and had my medical assistant friend review them, since I am not calling mean lady back. She said the following:
RDW, CV test was slightly elevated and can be associated with preeclampsia, especially with my elevated BP, so I need to follow up with my physician. I also had a high white blood cell count which can be associated with pregnancy, but can also mean an infection. She thinks it's blood pressure issues which I have never had in my life, so this is not a good way to start out.
I have an appointment with my regular doctor on Monday. He is very nice and hopefully he can calm me down. My medical assistant friend is going to come over and check my blood pressure this weekend periodically Please keep me in your prayers this weekend and let's hope this siutation is just a fluke.
Aw, hun! I hate when Dr.'s (and midwives in this case) brush off their patients concerns.
I have no idea about the lab results or anything, so I don't know if it could signal pre-eclampsia or not, but I sure hope that when you see the Dr. about your results he/she is able to give you a clear answer about what is going on and help you out. This is a scary time in anybody's life and your concerns are just as important as anybody else's. I will keep you in my thoughts and I hope this is all just a temporary symptom that passes soon for you!
Shelley, mom to:
Last edited by Babybear4; October 1st, 2010 at 12:38 PM.
Good for you for standing up for yourself and getting them to look into it. Good luck figuring out what is going on! I hope your doctor is more helpful, and I hope you can feel better and be able to have some peace about it soon.
I'm sorry you ended up with her, it's the worst when your concerns are disgarded. That's why your there and paying them!
I did faint when I was preggo with Katelyn. I didn't even know I was pg, we weren't trying. I was shaky too and super lightheaded. I ended up at the Dr like you and they ran every test they could think of, ekg too and they came back with about the same results as you. They then referred me to a heart specialist but I found out I was preggo while waiting for the appt and my OB told me this can be a symptom and since it had stopped, we agreed that I shouldn't need to go. I did go back for an echo after the pg but all was normal. I hope my experience at least helps you breathe a lil easier! I'll keep you in my thoughts, keep us updated on Mon's appt!
Yuck! What a pain!!! Here's some comfort though When you feel the palpitations (your heart pounding) or irregular beats, focus hard on the fact that it is NORMAL in pregnancy and breathe so you don't become anxious like the crap*y doctor made you! (we all KNOW you didn't have the problem because you were anxious but you were anxious because of the problem...stupid doctor) Anyway take slow deep breaths, and try to focus
your mind on something calming-- then bear down like you have to...well lets say push out a baby Thats a little nicer than other examples I could use.
This "bearing down" resets your heartbeat so to say- and will put it back on track. Then try to rest and take it easy- you might feel a little more tired or lightheaded after such an episode...totally normal.
As for the blood pressure, that could account for the pounding feeling- your blood pressure is going to automatically be higher once you are pregnant because your blood volume increases significantly. Try to watch your salt intake and make sure you are drinking plenty of water to flush out excess salts. And please, follow up with your doctor and DO have your medical assistant friend take your blood pressure this weekend. Always do it resting though, while you are reading a magazine is a good idea- that way you know what its doing while you are calm.
Also- get a little notebook and write down the dates and times and what you were doing when you felt these problems-- this always helps you prove to the doctor that anxiety isn't the problem.
(this comes from 10 years of going to various heart doctors, having heart surgery, wearing multiple heart monitors etc.)