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#1 Baphom3t

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 01:45 PM

This time bomb lives in my chest.
I don't think I've told anyone here at topia about this, but something inside me says to say something.
Anyway, for 5 years I have spoke at times about how my back is all jacked up and I need a spinal fusion and blah, blah, blah.

But the one thing I have never told anyone here is about the ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm I have.
That's right, the garden hose sized artery connected to my heart.  Apparently it is genetic.
I have had my heart checked every year for five years. Now I am being shifted to a cardiothoracic surgeon which freaks me out. My grandmother on my mom's side died of a brain aneurysm or stroke if you will. My dad died from a heart aneurysm such as mine.

The aneurysm has gotten bigger in these past five years. Last year it was at 4.65cm and from my understanding 5cm is surgery level shit. I have another ct scan on 9/16 and have to see a surgeon on 9/21. I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I'm a 48 year old man that shouldn't be all worried about this and I'm pretty fucking scared about what's going on. All I do is think about whether or not the pain I feel in my chest at times is the beginning of the end. 
Shit just got fucking real on my ass y'all.


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Posted 27 August 2021 - 03:45 PM

That's intense.

 

Sorry to hear you're grappling with something like that.

 

I can't think of anything else to say that would be productive except that I hope that if it comes to surgery that it's successful and that you can stick around for as long as you're into being here (meaning both Earth and Mycotopia).


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Posted 27 August 2021 - 03:49 PM

I can understand your justified fear my friend.

You are doing everything right by keeping this closely monitored IMO. Heart surgery these days is a far better option than it was as short a time as 10 years ago, so if that should become an option for you I would not hesitate.

 

Sending positive vibes your way. Sometimes we need to share things going on and our fears in a safe place not so close to home....


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Posted 27 August 2021 - 04:52 PM

Keep the positive attitude. Apparently you and the docs know what's up and that's a gigantic advantage.

 

We're here for you if there's anything at all we can do to buck you up.

 

And if the young women just won't leave you alone, send them my way. No point to stressing your heart unnecessarily :)

 

I had a false alarm heart scare about a decade ago. Man, the second night you spend in the intensive care unit being "watched" gives you all the time you need to figure out what's important and what isn't. The lesson I took from that whole experience is to "leave it all on the field" do things you're glad you did and don't fall to being disappointed you haven't loved the important people around you all you can.


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Posted 27 August 2021 - 05:24 PM

Even if we have seen deaths face a time or two before, it still manages to surprise us every time we see its shadow.

 

Sending positives vibes your way man.

 

You got this


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Posted 28 August 2021 - 08:16 AM

Thank you guys for the support and vibes.
I will be sure to be here to give updates as I move forward.
 


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Posted 28 August 2021 - 11:19 AM

I caught this kinda late but woah.........

We're about the same age. And I've had that spinal fusion you mentioned. A word about fusion: It works like a champ for a long while. Then other things start to go wrong. Mine has lasted about 10 years before I started having back trouble again.

 

As has been said, it sounds like you and your doctors have things closely monitored. I've known a number of people who had "heart attacks" and had to use emergency services. At least you're ahead of the game by keeping an eye on the situation. Heart surgery these days has become very successful. There are all kinds of clever tools which make the procedures less invasive and allow for a more rapid recovery.

Just keep following-up with the doctors and don't worry yourself.


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Posted 28 August 2021 - 03:15 PM

I'm glad you and your Dr. caught this early and have been monitoring it! As already said, heart surgery has gotten so much better.

Good luck and good health!
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Posted 28 August 2021 - 06:39 PM

This time bomb lives in my chest.
I don't think I've told anyone here at topia about this, but something inside me says to say something.
Anyway, for 5 years I have spoke at times about how my back is all jacked up and I need a spinal fusion and blah, blah, blah.

But the one thing I have never told anyone here is about the ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm I have.
That's right, the garden hose sized artery connected to my heart.  Apparently it is genetic.
I have had my heart checked every year for five years. Now I am being shifted to a cardiothoracic surgeon which freaks me out. My grandmother on my mom's side died of a brain aneurysm or stroke if you will. My dad died from a heart aneurysm such as mine.

The aneurysm has gotten bigger in these past five years. Last year it was at 4.65cm and from my understanding 5cm is surgery level shit. I have another ct scan on 9/16 and have to see a surgeon on 9/21. I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I'm a 48 year old man that shouldn't be all worried about this and I'm pretty fucking scared about what's going on. All I do is think about whether or not the pain I feel in my chest at times is the beginning of the end. 
Shit just got fucking real on my ass y'all.

 

 

An obvious related question is : Is your blood pressure OK?

 
High BP will of course stress the walls of the aorta more, with every beat.
 
An ascending  aortic aneurysm, is what killed my Dad, long ago.
 
I got my BP down, and got off my BP and heart prescriptions, with sever dietary changes.
 
Without any exercise changes, as lower back & balance issues, prevent much walking.

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 07:35 PM

I'm sending you nothing but love and good vibes brother.  If there is anything we can do for you, all you've got to do is ask.


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Posted 29 August 2021 - 09:26 AM

Early detection is important. Hope you are doing well and you can start living and not worrying about that bomb. Don't want to be redundant and don't know how you react to dark humor. Hang in there and maybe work on some breathing exercises to lower your heart rate or stress levels. Stay away from psychdellics...they have a heart risk associated with them that we don't talk about here. 

 


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Posted 29 August 2021 - 11:08 AM

I take Valsartan once a day and Metoprolol twice a day. Metoprolol is to also help with my heart by slowing it down and reducing pressure on my arties and BP.
I also have Tachycardia. My resting heart rate beats on average at 97 - 106 bpm. The highest resting heart rate I've ever had was 114 bpm.
I don't drink coffee, I don't do coke or meth.
I will never stay away from mushrooms or lsd, That is out of the question.  I just don't do them as often.
 
I'm also a BBQ pitmaster and as much as it pains me I have pretty much given up eating red meat.
I'll eat me some fish and maybe some lean chicken, but I have pretty much walked away from pork, beef, lamb and other red meats. I walk everyday for close to an hour. I have been making changes in my everyday life to see if it will have a positive effect.
I am just really concerned about what is going to be found out by the surgeon once they speak with me. That's the shit that just messes with my head.

Edited by Baphom3t, 29 August 2021 - 11:11 AM.

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 11:56 AM

I was on Metoprolol, ( for arrhythmia), & enalapril maleate for blood pressure, & blood thinners at one point.

After an incident with a heart rate that occasionally hit as high as 140, for about a week some years ago.

I had had highBP/re-hypertension for years at that point, in spite of good diet & moderate exercise.

It was only more radical diet changes, that finally helped.

In my case having experimented with fasting and diet over the years, it often feels easy to make changes, especially when I have an idea of the science behind the changes, I will make.

 

My doctors only treated the symptoms, and had no understanding of causes.

I could not believe how over weight one heart specialist, I saw for awhile, was.

 

When I was in the hospital, over night for the high heart rate with arrhythmia, (maybe about 5 years ago) I felt no anxiety, about dying, although it seemed a more likely possibility, than previously.

However the thought of suffering the symptoms that may go with covid-19, I imagine to be very difficult to tolerate.

 

I had to look up Tachycardia and Valsartan. The changes in your everyday life you have already made seem like a good start. A fairly easy one, one can experiment with, ( to lower heart rate & BP ) Is slowing down the breath rate and consciously making it more even, if you're not already familiar with this there is easily findable  information about it on the web.


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Posted 29 August 2021 - 03:35 PM

I'm on a shit ton of BP meds, but they are doing their job.  When I checked this morning, right after my two cups of coffee, I was running 112 over 70, with a pulse rate of 71. 



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Posted 29 August 2021 - 04:09 PM

Holy shit I just saw this! Good vibes to you brother.....I'm glad you and the Doc's are on it....some people never even know......

 

Hope you get a fix for that soon....

 

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