On Thursday I spent 7 hours at the Cardiologist undergoing a slew of tests. For those interested in what was done, this blog is for you! For those of you who couldn’t give a flying flip, you can stay tuned for the next blog post. ::wink nod:: <--I do that a lot so get used to it. I don’t know the exact purpose of all the tests I had done, just pretty much what the nurses told me while I was having them done: Quantitative Sensation Testing (QST): basically assesses nerve damage by testing response to heat, cold, and vibration. There was a probe attached to my foot and I had to hold a remote and push “yes” or “no” depending on if I felt a temperature or vibration after a light signal flashed. The only issue was the nurse quickly figured out that I was feeling all the cold sensations as hot. At first she thought the probe itself was broken so she attached it to my hand to double check. I was shocked at how cold the sensation was when we re-did the test on my hand. Then she put it back on my foot and tried the cold again and it felt like a burning hot iron. So weird! I am thinking that is probably not a good thing…I am supposed to mention it to the doctor at my follow-up.
Q-Sweat Test- I hated this test because it made me feel like I was covered in fire ants. And really…who wants that?? It helps assess how the autonomic nervous system is working.
ANSAR Test- test that determines function of autonomic nervous system
PFO Bubble Test- not nearly as fun as it sounds…trust me. It determines if there is a hole in your heart.
Tilt Table Test- should be renamed the “barf test” because that is all I felt like doing. “Here, let me strap you to this table and then tilt you at an 80* angle for the next 30 minutes while I stare at you and ask how you feel every 5 seconds. Better yet, let’s also strap this nifty thing to your head that feels much like a vice and induce the worst migraine ever.” YUCK!
High Resolution EKG- I have had well over a hundred EKG’s since last November but this was my first “High Res”. Not sure what the difference is other than the fact that I had some extra leads placed on my back. Perhaps I should google…
Stress Metabolic Test- I am fairly certain the purpose of this test was to kill me but I somehow managed to survive. GO ME! I was proud of myself because the nurse said most patients typically last about 6 minutes. Right when I was about to pat myself on the back for making it to 7 minutes and 30 seconds my husband gracefully reminded me that the majority of the other patients are elderly and in heart/lung failure. Oh well. I still win, right?? Oh and to the person in charge of scheduling…whyyyyy would you make me do this right after the Tilt Table Test?? Seriously???
Carotid Echo- nothing fancy here. Just a lot of goo rubbed up and down my neck to check my arteries on my neck. I had this done last Fall so I guess they are just following up.
Pulmonary Function Test- lots of patterned blowing into complicated tubes until I was sure I was going to pass out.
Ankle Brachial Index Test (ABI)- super simple test that basically just took my blood pressure on each arm and ankle while laying down on a table. I think it just determines if there is a difference between the pressure in your legs vs. your arms and if so, you might have circulation issues.
Echo- for the billionth time (okay I’m exaggerating a little)
I get all of the results back for my tests this Wednesday. I am definitely feeling a LOT of nervous anticipation. Other than that, he also has me scheduled on the 13th of this month for an EEG and at some point in the near future I will go in for a sleep study and EP (electrical study of the heart). Hopefully there are less tests and more answers in my very near future!
That’s all I have time for now. Sorry it is all boring medical stuff…
I hope everyone has a great 4th of July tomorrow! Stay safe!