As I'm sure most of you know my fear is always of my heart. On Friday I had the scariest "incident" to date. I was walking to work and I got a sudden pain/pressure feeling in my left lower jaw. It kind of felt like someone was pushing really hard down on my back teeth, and it was kind of tingly. I got dizzy, sweaty, nauseous...pains in all of the heart attack places...and it took me half an hour to recover. Luckily I had gotten to work early. I went in and had something to eat and drank a lot of water. I felt "off" for my 7 hour shift. Then I went to the ER. I saw a doctor who I've seen many times before, and he said it was probably anxiety but we'd check. Everything came back fine, but then he said he wanted me to call a cardiologist ASAP on Monday morning and make an appointment for the beginning of the week. I'm terrified that he saw something questionable but didn't want to tell me because he knew I'd worry. My appointment is tomorrow, and I'm more scared than ever. He knows my panic history and has never sent me to a cardio doctor. I saw one two years ago, which he knows, and everything was fine.
I've been trying to understand the cardiac marker blood tests but I feel like I'm getting mixed information. I've read that it has to be done within an hour of the suspected incident, but I've read that it can take up to 8 hours for the enzymes to rise, and mine was done 7 1/2 hours afterwards. And I have no insurance, so I don't even know how I would afford any tests the cardio doctor wants to do. I have a feeling he's not going to do much of anything tomorrow except take my money, look at the ER reports, and tell me I'm fine because I'm under 30. But I really fear for my cardiovascular health. I'm pretty sure I have PAD, as I can't stand in one place for even 5 min without my shins and the tops of my feet itching, and I can't walk more than 5 min without my calves hurting real bad and making me have to stop for a bit to get the blood flowing back to them.
I just don't understand why he wants me to go. I'm SO scared. Ever since then my heart attack symptoms have been through the roof. I don't know how I'm going to get through the appointment and waiting for any subsequent testing. Even my husband is worried, and he NEVER worries about me.