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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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7th-Nov-2014 03:24 pm
Still not talking about Monday's results, but there's this:

I spent a few weeks massively fatigued and light-headed, with that just-can't-get-started feeling all day. This coincided with the weird neurological event, which was shortly after massive stress that caused my weight to drop again, from ~107 to ~101.

An unusual thing about my doctor visit for the neurological thingie - he was walking another patient out and saw me, so he fetched me back and we went straight into discussion. I had my vitals done after he left, so he never saw that my blood pressure, usually 100/70, was 85/55.

And at my neurologist appointment the next week, it was similarly low - and my heart rate was 60, which is atypically low for me. And I was highly stressed at the time, because new neurologist. So it really should've been higher than usual.

I was brainfoggy enough that it took me like another week to put this all together, then call my doctor: "Hey, my meds were prescribed when I was like 130 pounds. I'm at like 102 right now. I think I am overdosing? Because these things are all symptoms of extreme low blood pressure and relative bradycardia? Even possibly the seizure-ish thing?"

Which was nerve-wracking, because I'm already on a very low dose of the beta blockers - if that was too much, the next step would be cardiac ablation, and even a little heart Procedure is scary. But! I have managed to put some weight back on, and I am back to "normal", and my doctor agrees that I was totally right.

So. I just can't go below ~105 ever again. (Not that I want to.)

Semi-related, and related to Monday stuff: it is actually quite possible that I'm alive today because I've been on beta blockers since 2005. So hey thanks big stressor of 2005!
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7th-Nov-2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
My doctor was going through the list of studies with me on Monday... "Beta blockers have been found useful, but with your blood pressure as low as it is, I wouldn't put you on any-"

Me: "I'm already on them!"

Him: *headslap*

(Wasn't at the top of his mind, because the SVT was diagnosed in '05 and the beta blockers control it completely, so it hasn't been on the list of Things We Are Actively Dealing With.)
7th-Nov-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Gahhhhhhh. O_o Yay, not dead and back to normal-ish.
7th-Nov-2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
My dad just had an ablation for a-fib, and it was pretty scary for him, but he came out of it okay after a minor-to-moderate hiccup a few days later. He's got bradycardia, too. The nurse told me he got down to 35 BPM when he was sleeping. Good lord.
7th-Nov-2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
Also, I find it hilarious that, in that Wikipedia article, they talk about a guy with the slowest heart beat in a healthy human - and his last name is Brady.
8th-Nov-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you've had to go through all of this. What sort of plan do you have to ensure that you don't ever lose this much weight again?
8th-Nov-2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Try to avoid stress!
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