DR ANTHONY BRAY
Simvastatin 10 mgs - cholesterol daily
Lovastatin 10 mgs ''Pentoxifylline 400 mgs - viscosity - daily
Furosemide 40 mgs tab - edema '' ''
Potassium Cl er 10 mgs cap - mineral supplemt '' ''
Metoprolol 25 mgs - arrhythmia '' ''
I don't take these meds every day - way too much , since May I have been taking the Metoprolol because that is when the arrhythmia started again for me, just started the Furosemide and Potassium since June 7 when I went to the cardiologist. The Pentoxifylline was prescribed a year, maybe 2 years ago, and I have still lots of this medication so I started it on my own when this condition began again May 2016. I saw a cardiologist first time June 7 and since have had e k g, stress test
, Holter monitor , imaging also, now I have to wait again another week for a consultation with this cardiologist . It will be another week or two after that even before the info gets back to my own primary m.d. - delay and more delay. I was told that if there were any Red Flags in the cardio tests taken that I would have been advised, hope so, but my legs are still swollen, edema, water, pitting, tingling like burning irritation on both lower legs, so - my condition has not been ''taken care of '' and the medications are a band aid , not a solution. My own m.d. told me that nothing indicates a need for me to be sent to another specialist for kidney, lung or liver problems either . But that may be the cause ? now of the edema, pitting, discomfort in both my legs. I was told that my heart
would not Not cause the condition I have in both legs - I wet to my primary m.d. ( nurse Practiioner ) yesterday just to Show Him How Horrible My Legs look like Elephants legs, but he said nothing indicated the need to refer me to tests with any other specialist. I actually question and do not agree with that. No I have not had the final consult with the cardiologist yet - its July 5 - but still shortness of breath, huffing and puffing and edema in both legs, tingling etc etc etc - that tells me something else is going on not just something that a heart condition c would be responsible for . A m I r right ? in your opinion ? p s/ I do not have / have never had / high blood pressure - its always been ''PERFECT'' and I am not diabetic, took a glucose tolerance test even, so no to both of those conditions. I am frustrated at the delay but a couple of phone calls and I can cut that delay down, already have cut 2 weeks off the initial time to begin the cardiologist tests - cheers ***** ***** I and to yell but so what, just more heart distress that's all.
QUESTION IS Now what ? What tests should I have now to determine the cause for my condition ?I m going to a cardiologist this coming...
I m going to a cardiologist this coming week - m.d. in urgent care told me to go to the ER when I was there last week but I did not, I am short of breath, panting a lot for nothing, heart is racing, was and I started to take metoprolol again on my own, most of all I am exhausted all the time -wondering if this could be from the Metoprolol ? maybe ? Last time I was panting and exhausted my hemoglobin had dropped extremely low, I had no idea until I was admitted via ER and in the hospital for 2 weeks. Hole in the stomach. This last lab report was fine though. I told the m.d. that I was out of breath because I am old and too fat but he said , no . no . no. no. What tests can I expect to have at the cardiologist ?My legs have been swollen, edema , and tingling sort of - strange feeling for me , definitely not normal . Yes, I have been diagnosed with vascular insufficiency - veins leak in lower legs - both. I took triamy/hctz for some days until most of the water retention was down then stopped taking this pill.This was prescribed on my last go - around with this issue so now, not being able to get to a doctor for weeks, months, i started this myself until I could , just now, get to a cardiologist for ? tests ? What would cause these symptoms. I realize the meds are like a band aid only.