So here is the low down. In 2001 I had a 5 hour back surgery operation after which they found my Mitral Valve had a slight prolapse. Nothing to worry about at one day in my 80's I was told, I might need it replaced.
Then 2 years ago in November I came down with a flu. Symptoms pretty much like any other flu/virus, only difference was it just wouldn't go away. I think I was sick from November to mid January off and on. I also remember thinking "wow this feels like mono....I am so tired and exhausted." When I had moments of feeling better I would be short of breath and the flu would take off again.
I asked the doctor to check my valve at it had been 10 years since the last scan. Unfortunately they checked it in January and tucked it into my file until I went back in April and asked for the results as I still felt awful. Couldn't work out without wanting to puke and short of breath. Constant chest pain I thought was gas :(
They missed calling me to tell my that my heart was pumping at 30%....normal is 65%. Lesson learned that even if the office tells you they will contact you only if there is a problem with test results....FOLLOW UP ALWAYS with an appointment.
So they put me on medication for a number of months to help the muscle rebound and it has come back to 50% thank goodness, but the down size is the valve is now in a sever state. Time for replacement, else the muscle may start to deteriorate further.
So here we are, very thankful for the medical system that has the skills, expertise and knowledge to fix the problem.
Two days to go and I will finally be on the mend after two years of struggling to keep up with life.