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grandma047
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Joined: Feb 2004

Hi all, I'd like to give good news, but I never ever get any. Whining time again. You all said it was ok to come with whatever you need to talk about, so here goes. The EKG was irregular. She said when it dipped it dips to low. The Echocardigram shows my left side heart enlarged, A heart murmur, Fluid around my heart. So....I get to add another doctor to my list. I have to go to a cardiologist. My CT Scan of head was normal. Don't have Ultrasound of Carotid arteries back yet. This was the one I was most concerned about. The lady who did it made the comment that some doctors accept 30% and some want more. I didn't know what that meant. My family doctor said that at 60% they do surgery. So, hopefully mine is only 30%. She said she would call when she gets that. So, I have a full month of December with doctor appts. and other appts. Well, what do you all think about this. Can chemo or radiation cause heart problems?? I'm kinda nervous now. The doctor said I had been through so much and would make it through this. I hope she's right. Sorry for more bad news. Boy, am I tired.
Love and prayers, Judy(grandma047)

MUGGINS
Posts: 35
Joined: Apr 2004

HI JUDY, I'M SORRY THE TESTS DID NOT GO THE WAY YOU WANTED. I'M SURE YOU ARE SO FRUSTRATED, BUT MAYBE COMING TO THIS SITE AND TYPING OUT YOUR FRUSTRAIONS MIGHT HELP A LITTLE BIT. WHEN I HAVE REALLY BAD DAYS I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO BED AND HOPE THE NEXT DAY IS A LITTLE BETTER. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS AND YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH ALL THIS (JUST LIKE THE DOC SAID)

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littlejulie
Posts: 311
Joined: Mar 2004

geez judy - you've already been through so much. it's been so sad on this site lately. i really hope things turn around for you. please feel free to post anytime. i may not respond everytime but your always in my thoughts.

julie

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spongebob
Posts: 2600
Joined: Apr 2003

Judy -

UGH... No wonder you're tired. Well, at least they can do surgery to repair a murmur or a mitral valve leak or something like that. Maybe that's the reason for the enlargement. Sounds like you're doing OK otherwise. Keep your chin up. Keeping you and your husband in my prayers

- SpongeBob

shubunkin
Posts: 60
Joined: Aug 2003

You are in my prayers each and every day. I pray things turn around for you and the test results you have not received are good ones! Danielle

bsrules
Posts: 296
Joined: Mar 2004

Judy,

Hang in there!!!! This is just another step that you are going ot have to climb but I know for a fact that youare such a strong person and you are gong to get through this!!!! Just take one day at a time!!! You are in my thought always and am always glad to read your post no matter what is going on, whether they are good or bad. I feel the same way as bad news is all I have been able to post also.

Hang in there!!!!

Love

Sue

fedester
Posts: 738
Joined: Jul 2004

hey judy,
doc is right you will make it thru this. yes we want to hear good or bad as many times as it takes
to get it out. we are always here and praying and pulling for you.
stay the course
stay positive
keep the faith
all the best
fedester

steved
Posts: 836
Joined: Apr 2004

Findings like this are always a worry when you have been through so much but at the saem time they can be very positive. you have been having trouble with dizziness if I rememeber right and it would be a problem if they found no cause. So finding things that may cause it gives them a chance to put it right and improve yor symptoms- it may even improve your tiredness although I suspect that may be more due to all your stress that you are under rather than a physical cause.

With respect to teh carotids the percentages refer to narrowing (what the docs call stenosis). the carotid arteries to the brain get narrowed with time due to atherosclerosis (fatty deposits that we all get in our arteries as we get older). If this gets too much and occludes the arteries more than 60% the surgeons will often consider clearing them out as they can cause dizziness by blocking the flow of blood to the brain. Hope this makes things a little clearer for you.

Best of luck in getting this sorted but it does sound like things are moving forward and you are certainly being well investigated. You obviously have a good medical team on your side. Let us know how it goes,

Steve

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kangatoo
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Joined: Feb 2004

Judy--there is no doubt that chemo can effect our hearts--I have been thru so many tests as you know for a possible heart problem, now on the meds to sort it out.
I NEVER had heart problems before my chemo--and my specialist now definately thinks the chemo effected me. Replied to your email Judy so check it out.
luv n huggs, kanga n Jen

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kerry
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Joined: Jan 2003

Judy,

My goodness sweetie, you have been through the wringer with stuff. I know you are sick and tired of all this going on. Hang in there though. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kerry

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