Seriously.. please take me seriously!
For over ten years I have had 'attacks' of SVT. Throughout my childhood and teen years, I would experience periods of arrhythmia, had pneumonia several times and was often sickly. No one ever took me seriously about my heart. I'm now 29 and my SVT lasts about 3 hours at 250-300 bmp. I have been informed that I am "Too young..." and a hypochondriac.
An episode was at last caught on an EKG after ten years of being dismissed. AV Nodal re entrant SVT.
More tests ensued, MRI, MRA, Echo, Doppler. Told I have a common carotid malformation, no neck rubbing. Shipped out of the ED with a rx for Metroprolol and no idea what to do. I just stated a new job, in a new area. No benefits until October. More than slightly worried.
History of illegal drug use in teen years. Cocaine overdose at 17. No drug abuse since.
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 5'6"
What is your weight in pounds?: 180
How old are you?: 29
How long has this been going on?: More than a year
Check all symptoms you are currently experiencing:
Bruising or Bleeding
Describe associated symptoms not listed above: Bruise ridiculously easy. Iron and potassium always deficient on blood work.
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here.
I have not begun the beta blocker. I take fluxetine and xanax for severe anxiety and read there could be an interaction.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): Anxiety, ADHD, Psoriatic Arthritis, Migraines
Check all conditions present in your immediate family... :
Asthma / Lung Problems
History of Back Pain
Please list any medication allergies that you have : : Latex
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) :: fluxetine 60mg po in a.m.
Xanax 1mg - 5x a day
When was your last menstrual cycle?: 2 weeks ago
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: Yes
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: Yes
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Rarely
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU NEED THIS TO BE ANSWERED?: As soon as possible
This is something that has been getting more severe over time. Can it wait a few more months?