Hello Punkin & Von,
I just read your post Von, and I wish you well, in spite of all of the medical issues you have to deal with on a daily basis. I know how hard that has to be.
I just felt the need to clarify several things…
MVP and Mitral Valave Regurgitation or two separate diagnoses, and I believe, correct me if I’m wrong Punkin, but what you stated in your initial message was that you were diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation, not MVP? There is a distinct difference.
Although you, Punkin, suffer from both Pulmonary Hypertension, as well as Hypertension, I just wanted to point out that there is a huge difference between Pulmonary Hypertension and Hypertension, as well as those medications prescribed for each one. Hypertension is high systolic blood pressure, where Pulmonary Hypertension is a result of high blood pressure “in” the lungs. If you have’t done so already, go to the Mayo Clinic website, the only one I utilize, and compare the side effects of medications for both diagnoses.
Von…Punkin stated in her message that “my Cardiologist and Pulmonary doctor do not know,” not that they can’t see an underlying problem. Again, not sure Punkin if your physicians addressed your symptoms with testing and found nothing, or maybe suggested any “possibilities” as to why you were having these symptoms, but if they haven’t, which they should have, you need to do some checking yourself.
I can’t end this message without stating that Punkin never mentioned, not once, having a panic disorder, or suffering from panic attacks. Too many physicians today are quick, especially if you are a woman, to blame all heart attack/disease symptoms on anxiety, panic attacks, or even hormonal issues…trust me, I know. If I ever had any anxiety, it was due to cardiologist after cardiologist mis-diagnosing me with one of these three disorders, when all along I had these heart/lung issues:
Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Hypotension (NOT Hypertension; low blood pressure, not high)
AVNRT (AV nodal re-entry tachycardia)
Atrial septal aneurysm
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
SOB (shortness of breath)
Abnormal Stress Echos
Abnormal ECG’s (my “new norm”)
I only listed these issues to prove that after firing four cardiologists who tried to diagnose me with anxiety, panic, or hormonal issues, I was right…it was my heart…didn’t really want to be right, and have all of these issues, but I was.
If a patient truly does suffer from any of these “three” issues, they should admit it, and receive medication for it, but if they truly believe that they don’t suffer from anxiety, panic or hormonal issues, they should never settle for any of these as being a diagnosis.
Good Luck to both of you, and God Bless…