Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Never Would Have Guessed It.

 For the past year and a half I've been experiencing these 'twitches, flutterings, hic-cups, palpitations' feelings in the right side of my chest beneath the breast and to the right.  They are not painful but they are extremely annoying.  I can actually see that area moving.  Sometimes it looks like my breast is doing a naughty dance.  After a couple months of this when I went to my doctor for a prescription refill, I mentioned it to her.  I don't think she took me seriously.  And of course my breast would not dance for her when I wanted it to.  Apparently it has a mind of it's own.  While I was waiting in the waiting room to be called in it was having a merry time fluttering.  Maybe it was shy in front of the doctor, I don't know, but it wasn't co-operating.  On the way home in my car it was twitching like it had a tic.  A couple more months go by and this irritating flutter, twitch, palpitation is getting more frequent and more noticeable to family members.  Come on Grandma, do that again!!!  I'm trying to have a sense of humor about this, but it's seriously disturbing to me.  I had an appointment with my cardiologist about 3 weeks after my other doctor appointment.  It was at Thanksgiving time last year.  My cardiologist took me more seriously ( although he also did not detect what I was explaining to him.  All was quiet and non-moving) ...until I left his office.  But he did have me pick up a heart monitor to wear for the next 48 hours.  Every time I felt the movements, I was supposed to chart it.  I did.  They happened frequently and at different times during the day and night.  I also had to chart what I was doing when they happened.  I could be eating, sitting, laying down, in the line at the grocery store, watching TV, sitting at the computer, etc.  Thanksgiving Day 2008, we returned the monitor to the hospital.  Several days later I got the results back.  There were no results.  My heart was normal ( for me) and not showing anything unusual.  So all Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter again I keep having these weird movements in my chest/breast.  Sometimes I actually went days without anything and it was wonderful!  Then it would start up again.
Well..................today was my yearly appointment with my cardiac physiologist.  He's the one who replaced my lower lead on my pacemaker/defibrillator last year..... twice.  He wanted to see how I was doing since then and had to run some tests on the pacemaker to make sure it's working properly.  His associate did the tests and while she was reading the papers that were spewing out from the machine she noticed something unusual on the readings everytime she made my heart race with the testing.  My husband noticed something else.  He said " Your chest is fluttering".  He could see it from across the room.  The associate said "FLUTTERING?  Where?"
She ran some more of the tests and my chest/breast was doing the Watusi.  She actually saw it.  To make a long story shorter, it turns out that the upper lead on my pacemaker which sends electrical impulses into my right ventricle appears to be next to a nerve in my diaphragm.  When it sends an impulse, sometimes the nerve receives it too, and that causes the jumping around in the right side of my chest.  The physiologist turned off that upper lead.  It does nothing now.  Since coming home, I have not felt anymore movement and it feels GREAT to feel 'normal' again. He is also having me decrease by half, my daily doses of Coreg.  I may feel more fatigued but that will be better than those twitches.  I'm supposed to call him in 2 weeks to see how I'm doing.  If I don't feel any better, then he says the next step will be to go 'in' and replace that upper lead.
I NEVER would have guessed my pacemaker had anything to do with all this.



★Denise★

12 comments:

  1. Glad they finally got to the bottom of your dancing chest! Sounds so strange, but I'm glad you are okay!

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  2. Hi Neenee, I'm so happy there wasn't anything seriously wrong with you - but what a spooky thing to have happen...and to have it cleared up just like that.
    Karen

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  3. Oh,my! That is an awful thing to have happen but I guess not too unexpected, huh? I had 2 stress tests 2 years ago and they both came back inconclusive. Said my boobs were too big and they couldn't read the report. So I go on. They say the only way to know if your heart is unhealthy is to wait for a heart attack. I know medicine is an experimental field but I think some of the professionals are, well, less than pros!
    I am very, very glad that you are doing better and I hope you adjust well to the change in your medication. It's no fun to be tired all the time.
    ★Linda★

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  4. I for one can honestly say I know how you feel. I have a pace maker and my chest does not dance but I have the strangest things going on up there now. And girl when it is cold it needs its own warmer,lol, it is like the actually rips my chest. I am glad they found the problem but be careful and take it easy that lead must have been needed or it wouldn't be there in the first place. take care

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  5. Wow, that was a crazy story! I'm glad that you found out what the problem was! I've had all those heart test to, only to find out that it was my thyroid causing the palpitations! Since I've gotten my thyroid stable my palpitations have gone away! Merry Christmas, Denise!

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  6. Wow Denise, so glad you got it figured out. Hope you do okay and don't have to have the lead replaced. Take care!!
    Blessings,
    Lorna

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  7. What a relieve to finally have it figured out.

    Merry Christmas!
    *hugs*
    Debbie

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  8. I'm so glad you finally got it figured out! I'm sure that was weird as all get out.

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  9. I probably shouldn't have giggled but the thought of your breast doing the 'watusi' made me laugh. Glad it's better and not anything too serious. Both my parents have pacemakers and are doing great. Hope you continue to do well!
    Merry Christmas!

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  10. WOW NeeNee!!!! Glad you found out what was causing the problem! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

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  11. Oh my goodness sweety. If they just would have found this sooner. I hope it works out okay for you and they don't have to go in for awhile longer. I heart will sometimes speed up and flutter, but I chalk it up to poor diet and aging. Well wishes darlin'!
    Hugs~Carol

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  12. So glad that there was nothing really serious involved. I just found your blog after naming you the winner of one of the giveaways. Had to read more because you are from Pittsburgh. I saw where you look for homespuns. There is a great quilt shop in Brookville, Pa that has TONS of homespuns. Maybe you will want a road trip someday.

    Cathy

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