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Old 03-26-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
Dave Gibbs
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after some help for my wife

Hi all,
I am posting this here really out of desperation and frustration with the medical fraternity. Apolagies in advance to anyone who is part of the medical world, I know you are not all bad, we just must be unlucky.
A little about my wife. She is 41, 5ft 7in ,145lb. She runs her own PT business and has been regularly exercising for 15 years. Although she is not "superfit" she is streets ahead of the average 41 year old mother of 3.
10-12 years ago when she did long runs of an hour of more she would start to get headaches and feel generally ill afterwards. We kinda put this down to maybe nutrition or low blood sugar as she would be fine in a couple of hours but as our knowledge improved she cut back her longer runs anyway.
In the last 2-3 years she has started to get these symptons more regularly even after low intensity exercise but in the last 6 months things have got much worse.
She has started to get chest pain, heart palpatations and suffer extreme lethergy after comparitively low intensity exercise and this obviously worried us. She has so far had a stress test which was useless (ride on stationary bike for 10 minutes, if you dont die you must be ok), worn a heart monitor for 24hrs (showed some palpatations but she felt ok that day) and also had an echocardiagram which showed some regurgitation of the mitral valve and some thickening of the valve.
I shoud also mention that my wife seems to have a very high heart rate whilst exercising although this does not indicate intensity (ie if we both go cycling my HR sits about 130, yet at the same intensity hers will be 170+ and yet she is not puffing or exhausted and can chat away with no problems.)
Anyway reason for my outpourings now is that we saw a cardiac specialist today and he was useless. His answer was "dont do things that make you feel ill, its just your physiology" and frankly just made us feel like we were paranoid and should accept that having to lay down for three hours after 20 minutes of low intensity cycling is normal.
He also suggested that the reason my wife was feeling so frustarted by all this was that her endorphins were a bit low, patronising A hole.
I dont know what I expect back from you all, I guess I am just desperate and a problem shared is a problem halved, etc.
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