We may have found a cause for my constantly excessively fast heart rate, and my arm, back and chest pain. But it's not really something I want to hear. After seeing the cardiologist and undergoing that horribly long study, I felt a bit like the Dr was simply covering up the symptoms instead of finding an underlying cause, so I have not taken the high blood pressure meds (I don't have high blood pressure, and I know from pregnancy they make me drop dead tired-not a way I want to live). I decided to see someone i hadnt gone to in 10 years, but would look at issues from a slightly more natural approach, my chiropractor.
After a lot of tests, slight, gentle manipulation, he has confirmed something for me and come up with an alternative theory. He thinks that it has a neurological source...my spinal cord. About 4 years back, I fell off my hubby's shoulders, free fall, and landed square onto the thin bar of a luggage rack that was set up perpendicular to my spine somewhere on my uppermost back-thats all that caught me, nothing else. Instantly, I couldn't move or feel anything, had the wind knocked out of me, and the first thing I blurted to my hubby when i was less confused was "don't move me!" This went on for nearly 30 minutes according to hubby (both of is were completely sober believe it or not). When my feeling and movement started to Come back, we decided that a Dr must not be necessary bc if you break your back, your paralyzed, right? Anyway, I was sore, getting shocking sensations, was numb/tingly down my arms/upper back for quite a long time, then symptoms kind of left. They have come and gone every so often since, but have returned and stayed since second trimester of pregnancy. Right now, the pain is unbearable, especially when driving a car, doing certain tasks, etc. It's so intense, they suspected a cardiac problem, obviously.
Well, my chiropractor did a bunch of movement and touch tests and said something is absolutely not right somewhere with my nerves and proved to me how he knows-he touched along side my upper neck and my right arm felt the shocking/tingling issue I've been having, then also immediately got goosebumps, when the rest of me had none. He did several things to show me issues. He didn't adjust me, because he was worried of further damage without knowing what an MRI might find, so he is going to be writing to my Dr, suggesting she checks me and sees of she suspects the same thing, then he's suggesting she refer me to a neurologist.
He said to me very plainly, that he highly suspects I broke my back in the fall (he thinks a traverse fracture of something), that it healed, but that pregnancy hormones did what they're supposed to do and loosened ligaments, etc, which also irritated the injury that I never sought medical attention for. He listed like 5 things he's highly suspicious of due to the fall-none of them slipped discs or something like that, all of them more serious. He thinks that somehow one of the nerves being irritated is the one that controls heart rate, and reactions we have no conscious control over. He warned me that if he's correct surgical intervention could be one of the only options. ?
My hubby is also taking the news pretty hard because I technically fell off his shoulders and he feels responsible. In addition, his dad had back surgery when he was a kid and is now deep in a opioid addiction. I've always said the one surgery is never do was back because they're never successful. We feel like we got hit by a truck yesterday. Gosh. ??