Thursday, November 13, 2008

Barbara H's Story

I am living with Pulmonary Hypertension.

In Dec 2004, I was admitted to the hospital, On an echo cardiogram it showed that I had mild Ph, I was not told about this, nor did I know.

In August 2005, I started going to the Dr's with SOB, chest pain, and they assumed I did not want to work, so I was put on allergy shots.

In September 2006 I had been to a cardiologist, three primary care dr's and two nurse practitioners, I was desperate to find out my problem, I had a stress test done and told it was negative.

I walked into the dr's office and I told him, in Nov 2006 that I could not breathe, could not walk, I was in really bad shape, he wrote me a prescription for a nerve pill, handed it to me and told me to be sure and take it everyday. I never took a one of them. I made it through the holidays that year and decided that maybe it was my nerves and I should have taken that pill after all.

At the end of Feb 2007, I went back to the dr's ofice because I felt like I was passing out, I was having severe stomach pain, mild chest pain, nausea, so he admitted me to the hospital again.
I had lots of test done and I was tired so I feel asleep, I woke up and there were 3 cardiologist, a pulmonologist, and a medical dr standing all around me, I thought I must have died. Then I was told the news and I was sent to a Pulmonary Dr in Lexington, ky, he was so good to me.

I was put on Revatio after he did a heart cath, and my pressures dropped from 95 to below 30 now.

I just recently started taking Letairis 5 mg once a day along with the Revatio.

I am feeling much better now health wise, although I am not happy with the illness, I do pray for a miracle cure someday.


1 comment:

Annette Markin said...

Barbara, your story is THE perfect example of why we need to get the word out and raise awareness among medical professionals and lay people. Thanks again for sharing.
your phriend