Chat Now!   Member Gallery    Member Articles    Games   Member Groups   Member Blogs   Health News    Bored?

Author Topic: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm  (Read 1478 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline aec711

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Country: 00
  • Rec's: 2
  • Gender: Female
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2014, 01:51:30 PM »
Yes - it is strange that I have HA , but work in an emergency room LOL.  Although sometimes it helps my anxiety because I see people with real problems - and I can talk to my Dr friends when I get super worried. 

I understand your worry - but since working in the field for 12 years - I can tell you that they are very thorough.  They look at everything they can see on the scan, MRI, xray etc.. and they will comment on it all. 

Yes - his beats up that high just like yours in the video.  It comes up out of your heart makes and arch and comes on down through the abdomen - It is tucked pretty deep so it is protected.   I am thinking it is your heart beating that you are seeing - since it is up that high and sitting on your diaphragm.  That is what I always assumed my husbands was.  Although your doctor did say aorta??

I hope I was of some help :)  I wouldn't worry about it one bit if I were you.  I have had some recent worried about things, but had my friend ultrasound them last night and I was so scared - but all was well - now on to a new worry lol - a terrible cycle.  Take care!
Bookmark and Share

Offline orpheus

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Rec's: 0
  • Gender: Male
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2014, 02:45:08 PM »
Yes - it is strange that I have HA , but work in an emergency room LOL.  Although sometimes it helps my anxiety because I see people with real problems - and I can talk to my Dr friends when I get super worried. 

I am looking for a job and there is a bill specialist position at a hospital nearby but I know I wouldn't last long. But I suppose the advantage if that you can get free advice from doctors. My adoptive mom was an nurse back in the 50s and she is the opposite of me -- zero health anxiety. In fact, she told me she doesn't even know what anxiety over health feels like. LOL.


Quote
I understand your worry - but since working in the field for 12 years - I can tell you that they are very thorough.  They look at everything they can see on the scan, MRI, xray etc.. and they will comment on it all. 

I read about John Ritter, since he is a famous case of an actor who  died of an aortic dissection though a doctor who did a fully body CT SCAN on him two years before said his aorta wasn't enlarged. But the doctor did refer him to a cardiologist because he had blocked coronary arteries and was at risk for heart disease and Ritter ignored it. So it was the Ritter case that freaked me out. But I got an MRI anda CT SCAN and a chest x-ray in January for tension in the chest and everything came out OK. So I guess I better calm down about Ritter. Horror stories wreack havoc on us, don't they?


Quote
Yes - his beats up that high just like yours in the video.  It comes up out of your heart makes and arch and comes on down through the abdomen - It is tucked pretty deep so it is protected.   I am thinking it is your heart beating that you are seeing - since it is up that high and sitting on your diaphragm.  That is what I always assumed my husbands was.  Although your doctor did say aorta?? 

That's good that what I'm feeling isn't my actual aorta, but the pulsation. My friend joked that I shouldn't avoid being around sharp knives...funny for a second......My doctor felt the pulsation because I told her I was getting "spasms" and she felt it but didn't seem to get that it was in synch with my heart. Then I sat up and pointed it out and she said "Oh, that's your aorta." And wasn't concerned even before the CT SCAN because I'm 33 (her age) and a non-smoker.  Isn't the heart tucked higher up? I think this is the ascending aorta or the end of it.

Quote
I hope I was of some help :)  I wouldn't worry about it one bit if I were you.  I have had some recent worried about things, but had my friend ultrasound them last night and I was so scared - but all was well - now on to a new worry lol - a terrible cycle.  Take care!

Sorry. Yea, well it never goes away. I hope your husband isn't HA too, doesn't sound like it!
[/quote]
Bookmark and Share

Offline aec711

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Country: 00
  • Rec's: 2
  • Gender: Female
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2014, 03:48:30 PM »
I think you would be fine working in the medical field - I never thought I would end up doing what I do - but I am telling you - it almost helps a bit.  Because then you realize that you don't have it near as bad as the people you see all the time lol

I read too many stories too - and they are like these weird freak things and then I always assume the worst will happen to me - I don't know what it is like to NOT have HA.  I have had it since I can remember - I have all kinds of funny memories looking back and I think how ridiculous I was/am lol.

I am sure if you are nervous like myself - your pulse may be up a bit compared to the average.  With that being the case, I am sure it is more visible as it is moving things around more.  Your heart is right above your diaphragm - I am posting an xray that I wrote on so hopefully it makes sense.  Your diaphragm is nothing more than a thin layer of muscle - it will vibrate with chest movement.  You can see the proximity to the heart and upper abdomen in this xray.

Luckily, my husband is opposite - but he doesn't eat well and smokes, and refuses to do to the Dr.  He scares me to death lol. 
Bookmark and Share

Offline aec711

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Country: 00
  • Rec's: 2
  • Gender: Female
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2014, 03:49:03 PM »
My xray is awaiting approval, but will hopefully show up soon :)
Bookmark and Share

Offline orpheus

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Rec's: 0
  • Gender: Male
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2014, 05:37:57 PM »
I think you would be fine working in the medical field - I never thought I would end up doing what I do - but I am telling you - it almost helps a bit.  Because then you realize that you don't have it near as bad as the people you see all the time lol


I know someone who draws blood at a hospital in another state. Sometimes she helps me get through this or that scare. I envy her because she lives life to the fullest, while I freak out about everything.  I'm still trying to change my view of things, but I can't seem to keep my thoughts in check. :(

Quote
I read too many stories too - and they are like these weird freak things and then I always assume the worst will happen to me - I don't know what it is like to NOT have HA.  I have had it since I can remember - I have all kinds of funny memories looking back and I think how ridiculous I was/am lol.

I didn't develop it until my 20s. I was like most teens. Felt invincible. Drove fast. Didn't think anything could happen to me. Now I'm the complete opposite. Sometimes I wish I was deluded in the other direction.

Quote
I am sure if you are nervous like myself - your pulse may be up a bit compared to the average.  With that being the case, I am sure it is more visible as it is moving things around more.  Your heart is right above your diaphragm - I am posting an xray that I wrote on so hopefully it makes sense.  Your diaphragm is nothing more than a thin layer of muscle - it will vibrate with chest movement.  You can see the proximity to the heart and upper abdomen in this xray.

I just looked up a image of a diaphragm. Looks like the aorta that is making so much movement is between the ascending and descending (or the first part of the descending aorta).  I just hate looking at anything beat in my abdomen. Makes me feel like an alien is going to rip through my body..

My pulse is usually 80-85. So yea, kind of above the norm. Did you try posting something, because I see no attachment link?


Quote
Luckily, my husband is opposite - but he doesn't eat well and smokes, and refuses to do to the Dr.  He scares me to death lol.

I don't know anyone besides my twin brother who has this kind of health anxiety (his is a little less extreme) . So this may be genetic. I had a brother who had a heart attack and didn't stop smoking or eating poorly. Now, at 55, he has congestive heart failure. So in some ways being the opposite of HA is just as problematic.
Bookmark and Share

Offline aec711

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Country: 00
  • Rec's: 2
  • Gender: Female
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2014, 08:41:34 PM »
Yes I posted an xray but it says it is waiting approval - so who knows how long that takes lol.   The ascending aorta is the part at the top of the heart right before it loops down - once it is headed down it is the descending aorta - so it is probably that part that you are thinking of.

This is a good link to see how the super thin diaphragm muscle is the only thing between the heart and abdomen

https://www.google.com/search?q=ascending+aorta&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xpYOU63bF8jg2gWR6YCABw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1438&bih=676#q=diaphragm&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=iy7OGrVb77Ie3M%253A%3BND_Dhw4_X5SnEM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fblogs.nejm.org%252Fnow%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F03%252FDysfunction-of-the-Diaphragm.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fblogs.nejm.org%252Fnow%252Findex.php%252Fdysfunction-of-the-diaphragm%252F2012%252F03%252F09%252F%3B738%3B744

I am not sure you can post links here - but we will see lol
Bookmark and Share

Offline orpheus

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Rec's: 0
  • Gender: Male
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2014, 09:26:16 PM »
Yes I posted an xray but it says it is waiting approval - so who knows how long that takes lol.   The ascending aorta is the part at the top of the heart right before it loops down - once it is headed down it is the descending aorta - so it is probably that part that you are thinking of.

This is a good link to see how the super thin diaphragm muscle is the only thing between the heart and abdomen

https://www.google.com/search?q=ascending+aorta&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=xpYOU63bF8jg2gWR6YCABw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1438&bih=676#q=diaphragm&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=iy7OGrVb77Ie3M%253A%3BND_Dhw4_X5SnEM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fblogs.nejm.org%252Fnow%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2012%252F03%252FDysfunction-of-the-Diaphragm.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fblogs.nejm.org%252Fnow%252Findex.php%252Fdysfunction-of-the-diaphragm%252F2012%252F03%252F09%252F%3B738%3B744

I am not sure you can post links here - but we will see lol

Yea I just got a bunch of pictures of diaphragms.  Oh gosh I didn't realize part of the heart went down there. Well the doctor seemed to think it was the aorta.   Did your husband always see this pulsating, or did the HA spouse point it out? :)
Bookmark and Share

Offline aec711

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Country: 00
  • Rec's: 2
  • Gender: Female
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2014, 10:03:52 PM »
Yeah - see, it is super close :)  No, I saw it years ago lol. He would never notice because he doesn't care - obviously :)
Bookmark and Share

Offline orpheus

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Rec's: 0
  • Gender: Male
  • Personal text
    • Poke This Member
Re: convinced I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm
« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2014, 02:53:08 AM »
My ex had heart murmurs hear doc wanted to check with a holter. She refused and got mad when I started googling heart murmurs. LOL.

She had great insurance, too. Just didn't worry about it.

I read that the aorta pumps a ton of blood. So this is probably the descending aorta, that's correct. I don't believe it's enlarged. But I am not comfortable looking at it.

When I got a cardiac stress test I almost had a panic attack when I looked at the visualized image of my heart in motion....ugh....
Bookmark and Share

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
5 Replies
2358 Views
Last post April 04, 2007, 04:53:09 PM
by countrygirl
11 Replies
5098 Views
Last post September 18, 2009, 08:14:41 AM
by gridder
7 Replies
4130 Views
Last post March 13, 2011, 03:31:15 PM
by marc
0 Replies
339 Views
Last post August 23, 2013, 10:43:23 PM
by strawberrys
8 Replies
204 Views
Last post August 05, 2014, 12:50:12 AM
by rubee

anything