Good grief!

Hey PM Club!

Just a quick update on two items. First I have my Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (iCPET) at UCLA on 12/22 at 8am. I can't wait to get this done and see what's happening to me. 

Test Link:

Next update is nothing short of shocking to me. So I thought to do some stretching and some easy exercises at home to get me ready for this iCPET. I bent down to touch my toes, no problem. Next I tried the Bent-Over Twist (slow of course). This is where you bend and rotate your torso to the right, touching your right foot with your left hand. I repeated the same exercise to touch my other foot. I got about 3 reps in and I felt it coming.... That horrible sick, weak, panic, palpitations and total body burning sensation so I stopped immediately. It's been about 20 mins since I stopped and my arms still feel like I'm flexing them, my head is tingling and I feel awful! Only 4 reps and it caused it that fast. I feel weak, a little short of breath and pretty much horrific. Whatever is happening to me is getting bad and FAST! I'll keep everyone updated with my results but my bet is exercise induced heart failure with preserved ejection fraction :-(

Obviously I hope I don't have this but I'm not sure what else it could be. I'm really worried. 



Good luck for the 22nd December

by Gemita - 2022-12-07 09:20:14

Alejandro, thank you for the update.  Let me say from the beginning that I hope these symptoms will be reproduced during any future testing, not because I want you to suffer, but because I want you to finally get a diagnosis and a treatment plan for your difficulties. 

Thank you so much for the link on the Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing that they have recommended for you.  I note this test is performed on a stationary bicycle to measure heart and lung function. A catheter is placed in the main blood vessels that connect the heart and lungs to allow for precise measurements of heart and blood vessel function during exercise. A separate catheter is placed in the wrist to allow for precise measures of blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, blood pH measurements, and lactic acid levels during exercise.  That sounds extremely thorough Alejandro.  Surely they will be able to offer a diagnosis after this investigation?


by Lavender - 2022-12-08 09:01:13

I'm sorry for your worry. We know what feels normal and when our bodies do new tricks-it's alarming. It's good that you have upcoming tests. I always wish we didn't have to wait so long to be scheduled for tests because that can increase the anxiety and anticipation. 

Somehow we have to find peace each day no matter what the future may hold. I do this by putting my fears in God's hands then I flood my brain with positive thoughts and meditation. Mind over matter carries me through while I await the doctors' tests and suggestions. 

1 Peter 5:6-7. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 41:9-13 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you...‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. 10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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