I went to have my echo stress test this past Monday. After the first set of u/s pictures were taken, my cardiologist noticed that I have a congenital heart defect. I have a bicuspid aorta valve instead of tricuspid. I have to go and have a CT Scan down next to get exact measurements so they can monitor and then decide when I would need heart surgery. Sigh.
Needless to say, I'm terrified! So, so scared of having to face this in the future.
In the meantime, the rest of my stress test went fine and my recent blood work came back normal except my thyroid TSH was 8.6. My primary doctor just started me on Levothyroxine.
Here is another big fear right now. Now that I know about this heart defect, that's ALL I'm thinking about 24/7. Every pain or ache I have, I'm scared it's related to that.
I'm still having palpitations and feel short-winded whenever I walk around. My stomach feels really weird when I move around, too. It sort of burns and I really have no appetite to eat. I think I've dropped about 7 pounds in the past three weeks. I'm sure that is just due to worry over everything.
I'm also continuing to have pain in my upper left back and down my left arm. Again, I feel like the doctor missed something and this is a problem with my heart.
I, honestly, have no other idea why my left arm would ache every time I move around. I've had this pain off and on for years and it just so happens to be constant right now. It radiates down my left arm, up into my shoulder and neck and have to very tender spots in my upper back that really hurt to press on them.
I called my cardiologist yesterday and spoke with the nurse to find out if I am supposed to rest or if it's okay to do what I normally do. She said I'm fine. She said this is a defect that was just discovered and I've had it since birth. She said just to continue to do what I do each day and not worry about it until down the road.
I keep telling myself that I've had an echo stress test and a full heart u/s and if there was something found of concern, they would have told me. Right?
Easier said than done. I just can't shake the worry.
Any thoughts on what could be causing all of this arm and upper back pain? I want to believe it's anxiety but I think it's something more.