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Unread 06-13-2005, 11:37 AM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

Last week I posted about the weird feeling that I'm having in my left arm. It feels like a fluttering underneath the skin -- nothing painful, just a strange feeling.

Surely someone else has experienced this; am I the only one?? It has to be the hormones or the vitamin supplements that I'm taking or a combination of all.

It bothered me so last night 'til I couldn't sleep. I'm wondering if it might be some early warning sign of heart problem since it IS on my left side! I didn't take my Premarin this morning, but put my Vivelle .1 back on to see if that might be the cause of it. I'm still using testosterone cream, but have not used the progesterone in a few days to see if it's the culprit.

Any suggestions???
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Unread 06-13-2005, 04:14 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

Patty,
I've not had that problem, perhaps you should give the doctor a call and run it by him/her. I think it's always best to err on the side of caution and let the doctor determine if it's something that needs to be checked out.

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Unread 06-13-2005, 09:52 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

It could be something simple like the hormones, but I 'm with you.
I would be very concerned since this is on your left arm.
We do know that some women may be at greater risk for stroke
or blood clots with estrogen. To be safe, I think I would immediately call the doctor and describe the symptoms. If your doctor thinks there's reason for concern, then he/she will either
send you to his office or the ER. I would let the medical
professionals decide if this is normal or if you need treatment.
Better to be safe than sorry. Good luck!
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Unread 06-14-2005, 11:20 AM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

Thanks Kim and locki. I did call my gen practitioner on yesterday because after lunch, I started to fell nauseous -- another heart attack symptom. They suggested that I go to ER, which I did. The EKG looked good but dr. suggested follow-up tests for heart and also prescribed nitro and baby aspirin. He initially wanted to keep me overnight for observation, but I think my dr's office suggested not doing that. You know I have HMO and it makes me feel like my dr is looking out for insurance company sometimes!!

Called my gp today and he's out of town until next Monday! This is frightening --- I only hope it's not my heart! Haven't gotten the prescription filled for nitroglycerin yet; guess I should.
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Unread 06-14-2005, 01:32 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

Patty, your GP should have someone on call 24 hours a day.
You might want to check with the office to make sure that someone would call you back in the middle of the night in case of emergency. Although, if you become concerned again, I might just head straight to the ER. Do you have a GYN to call? Did ER
mention anything about the estrogen?
The ER wants you to have follow up heart tests. Can ER or the doctor on call at your GP's office give you a prescription to see
a cardiologist? When my mom had her heart attack, the EKG was ok, but it was an echo-cardiogram that showed the heart attack.
Here are symptoms for a woman having a heart attack:
http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...ghlight=stroke
Here are symptoms for a woman having a stroke:
http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/st...es/stroke.html
Here is another article about women's stroke symptoms and how women are treated differently in the ER.
http://www.scienceblog.com/community.../20026265.html
Here is a thread where one sister said it could possibly be
a TIA which can precede a stroke. Do these symptoms sound like yours?
http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...ghlight=stroke
Here is one more thread where a lady talks about her mini-strokes or TIA's. Please look at her symtpoms:
http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...ghlight=stroke
If you have any of these symptoms, please call your doctor
or go to the ER. Please take very good care of yourself!!!
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Unread 06-14-2005, 01:36 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

I'm sorry. I sent the wrong link for symptoms of a woman having a heart attack. Below is the link. Please read closely the typical and the atypical symptoms for a heart attack:
http://www.hearthealthywomen.org/csp...owLabel=318008
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Unread 06-14-2005, 03:43 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

locki,

Thanks for all those informative sites! I really learned a lot from them. The ER dr. said that he didn't believe the hormones were a problem, but he did say that EKG does not show all and that's why he suggested further testing. I'm really kinda irritated with my dr, but I just hope and pray that I'll live until tomorrow and I'm going to try to see someone else. I wonder if my gyn can refer me to a cardiologist?

Well, I'll get my nitro today.
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Unread 06-14-2005, 04:34 PM
More Concerned - Fluttering in Left Arm

Patty, you should not have to worry about living until tomorrow.
Why not call your GYN now? He/She must have an answering service that will page them. If you tell your GYN your symptoms,
what ER suggested, and that your GP is out of town, he/she
may be able to help you. ER is always an option. Good luck!
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