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Dr. Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
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My wife has suffered for quite a time from a very painful

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My wife has suffered for quite a long time from a very painful and debilitating condition. Practically every morning she suffers from pain in her chest which radiates down both arms and leaves her feeling weak and tired. These bouts last for variable lengths of time. At first they came mainly in the mornings but now they can occur almost any time of the day. She also has what she calls heat waves (not to be confused with the hot flashes experienced by women in menopause) in which her body feels very hot and she perspires profusely. These episodes are becoming more common and can occur any time of the day or night.
She is 81 years old. We have gone to emergency rooms innumerable times and the invariable test is for heart function. They assure her that her heart is functioning quite normally (although she has five stents in her chest) and they send her home. There has been no further diagnosis and nothing to relieve her condition.
What do you think might be going on and is there anything we might do to understand and deal with this situation?
Dr. Brims :

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Dr. Brims :

Does she have any blurry vision?

Customer:

Not blurry, but her eyes are slow to adjust with changing illumination levels.

Dr. Brims :

Okay, does she take any medication?

Customer:

Yes, do you want a complete list?

Dr. Brims :

Yes please

Customer:

Ran-Ramipril 5 mg

Customer:

Praxis ASA EC 81 mg

Customer:

Synthroid 100 mcg

Customer:

Apo-Furosemide 20 mg

Customer:

Teva-Venlafaxine 150 mg

Customer:

Tecta 40 mg

Customer:

84 Pms-Carvedilol 12.5 mg

Customer:

also Actonel once a month

Dr. Brims :

Is that all?

Customer:

She was on Carvedilol instead of Actonel for six months but is off of it again.

Dr. Brims :

When did this start?

Customer:

A couple of years ago but has been increasing in intensity.

Dr. Brims :

Has she ever had a CT scan or MRI?

Customer:

Yes, she had a CT scan some time ago but not an MRI.

Dr. Brims :

I see, this sounds like it could be a neurologic problem, similar to MS, but not MS because she is too old to have it at this stage in her life

Dr. Brims :

I would recommend she have an MRi of her brain, and also see a neurologist as well

Customer:

Thank you very much.

Dr. Brims :

You're very welcome

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