Congestive Heart Failure - I am a 41 year old female who was diagnosed with CHF earlier this year. Looking back, I had symptoms of the disease which I ignored or thought were caused by other things. I went to the ER in April because I could not shake a cough. I had not slept in months and was extremely tired. I was diagnosed with CHF and COPD, had 3 stents placed in my heart and am on several different medications. Although I feel better than I did, I am still extremely fatigued. Sometimes I get very confused and can not focus. I am also experiencing left arm pain. It feels as if it is being squeezed in a vice grip. MY GP has put me on a muscle relaxer, saying I must have pulled a muscle. I can not stress how painful it is and the muscle relaxer just helps me sleep. Can anyone relate to this? It seems to be more painful when I excercise or even walk a flight of stairs. Cardialogist has simply ignored my complaints
I have CHF, but I have never had stents put in, nor do I have arm pain. However, I do understand your confusion and not being able to focus. I had this problem and it was related to one of my medications. When the medication was changed, the confusion went away.
I am really concerned about your arm pain. It sounds like your doctors are not doing their job. If your Cardiologist has not done any kind of tests, I think he should. There has to be a reason for your pain. If it is not related to the stents, then your GP should do some tests. Sometimes you have to really be assertive with Doctors, (but not aggressive.) There is a difference.
You have every right to expect good care. The Muscle relaxer is not the answer, it is just covering up the real problem. Any chance of changing Doctors? If not, have a talk with them. Let them know strongly, how much pain you are in and insist on some tests. Make it clear that you want some answers. I wish you the best!!
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