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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Heart BPM...GRRRRRR

Long story.

Thursday the 14th is was awakened at 4:00 am by a God awful pain in my left calf. On the scale of one to ten it was about a twelve. I tried heat, ice and heat and ice and downed Aleve like candy but nothing really helped. Friday morning I was able to get an appointment to see one of the doctors at the Med center... then the train went off the rails.

Before seeing the Doc his nurse checked my weight, blood pressure and heart rate...RED alert....46. The next thing I knew I was flat on my back wired for sound and being grilled, "do I get light headed, out of breath, yadda, yadda yadda"...NO, I feel great. After heart crisis I was given prescription for a muscle relaxer and sent home. Saturday morning I hobbled to CVS and bought a cheapie Tens unit.... after a few minutes with the Tens.... relief.

Move ahead to Monday the 18th I was able to see my regular doctor. (she's the hottie!) who ordered a full A to Z blood test, a ultra sound on my leg and wear a heart monitor for 24 hours. I'm not sure why she asked why I was sweating, "Is it hot outside?" Duh!!!

Wednesday when I saw her (the hottie) all the test results were normal save for the ticker BPM, 35 when sleeping, 85 the high when I was doing whatever, the average 60 for the 24 hours. I guess she(the hottie) isn't too concerned, she made an appointment for me to see a cardiologist on July 12th.

Keep in mind I beat myself to a pulp in the big boy's room for 23 years, took twelve years off then started up again this past January. During the time off I tried my best not to be lazy. I took the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator, parked way out in the lot and pushed the shopping cart back to the store. One evening we needed two 2x12s while doing work at the range. Yes, I could have used my truck but threw them over my shoulder and carried them.

After doing a bit of research on the world of knowledge (Internet) I found its not out of the ordinary for one who exercises regularly to have a BPM rate in the 40s and on occasion a tad under.

I'm sure not going to poo poo it away like its nothing to be concerned about but does it mean all those years I spent as a devoted gym rat are paying big dividends now?

Thoughts? Oh, my leg if fine now and did I mention my Doc is a hottie?

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You’ll probably become a hypochondriac now thinking about your doc. There will be all kinds of new things wrong with you.
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I bet you forward to the "yearly" physical.
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the calf pain could have been a blood clot due to your slow BPM. it could have traveled to your Heart or Lungs and killed you.

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i dont know what a tens is, but from what you describe, i would say you had a mild heart attack possibly caused by a momentary blockage. went thru it 4 years ago. mine went down to 32 and was dropping. keep that appt with the cardiologist.
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the calf pain could have been a blood clot due to your slow BPM.
I was down that road five years ago, been on rat poison (Warfarin) ever since. The ultra sound last week was negative for clotting. The pain I had was in the muscle next to my shin bone, no where close to the plumbing according to Doc but she wanted to be 100% sure there wasn't a problem.

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I bet you forward to the "yearly" physical.
Heck, I look forward to seeing doc for off the wall reason, even if i stub my toe!
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i dont know what a tens is.
"Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation". https://www.tensunits.com/WORK.html
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i like the tens unit. i used one for my back for awhile until i found out about decompression therapy. i found a chiropractor that does this and now my back is fine, no need for the tens unit anymore.

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I heard of them but never used one until my hurt'n leg. The first doc I saw prescribed a muscle relaxer which did diddly squat so I hobbled down the local CVS and bought a cheapie, 'bout 20 bucks. Got it home, stuck the pad on my hurt leg and 10-15 minutes later....what pain?
A few days later I bought better unit, more modes, pads, rechargeable battery and etc. If and when my prop started aching I'd fire it up for a few minutes. After a few days the pain lessened and of Friday past no more hurt'n leg. If it helped cure the problem I can't say but it sure seemed to.


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I think the worst think about leg cramps is that you're scared to go back to sleep cause it might happen again.

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