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Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome - Finding Hope
I have mitral valve prolapse syndrome, and my writing took me down a path to find this information. It all began following my retirement, when I decided to follow a dream and concentrate on my writing, I soon learned that my writing had a life, and words began to come to the surface from deep inside me. After seven writing courses and one published article, I decided to write for the Internet. I came upon Hubpages, and this website became my main pursuit. Little did I know that this decision would change my life and that I would discover the strange disorder that had been eluding my physicians and me for years. Someone once said, "Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together." I hope that others might learn through my experience.
This Disease Can Cause Stress
A Little History
First, I will tell you a little about my past. I learned when I was old enough to understand, that I had a heart murmur that doctors said I would outgrow. In addition, I was a nervous child, but quite bright, and almost skipped a grade in grammar school. I was tall and gradually developed a delicate appearance, but always pushed myself to do better,and had many friends. My bright auburn hair was my shining glory. My least shining glory was my anxiety that developed to the point that I needed medication. In the morning especially, I could hear my heart beat and sometimes felt breathless. Attributing it to anxiety, I later entered college, graduated and went on to have a career in the social work field. My career took me from caseworker, to medical social worker,and finally, to supervisor in the welfare field
Discovering Heart Disease
In the 1990s, after marrying and raising a family, I began to have problems with my blood pressure and panic attacks and hyperventilation. I actually believe that I did rapid breathing all my life, along with a fast pulse, especially in the morning. Counseling and meditation helped me. I finally went to an internal medicine physician who helped control my blood pressure and ordered an echocardiogram. In the midst of the procedure, the technician asked me if I knew I had heart disease. That was a shocker, and I knew that he was not supposed to disclose such evidence to a patient. The scene, still pictured in my mind, was of this tall overpowering male technician with a probe over the skin near my heart and skinny me, on the verge of trepidation. He dictated as he examined me, releasing even more details about my condition. The physician finally diagnosed me with mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation (leakage) because the mitral valve of the heart does not close properly.
I still wondered about my other symptoms, as I was beginning to have more problems. Mornings became more difficult, and small issues felt like shocks to my system and made me suck in air, instead of breathing properly. Help was on the way, as I ordered an inexpensive biofeedback machine and used it faithfully. In addition, I learned that playing a harmonica would help breathing, so I practiced my breathing on the harmonica. I checked to see how long I could breathe on the inhale and the exhale portions of breathing effort. My husband timed my breathing three times a day Sometimes when my breathing wasn't regular, I felt as if I had brain frog, and often I could only concentrate on one task at a time, with difficulty handling interruptions. .Regulating breathing is important in preventing breathlessness that can bring on panic.
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome - Profiles
Discovering Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
When I began to write for Hubpages, I finally decided to do a research project on mitral valve prolapse to determine if it can cause panic attacks and other symptoms. I had read about this possibility on the Internet, but several physicians had stated the impossibility of this association. One physician, a neurologist, had told me that any doctor who believes this is a quack and suggested that I stop reading the Internet.
Following many hours of research from reliable medical sources, I learned that there is an association, a central nervous system disease, called Dysautonomia, and that many patients who have MVP suffer from the associated disorder. My symptoms are many of those of the sufferers of MVPS. The central nervous system takes over in times of stress and causes a myriad of symptoms.
Information is now available on the Web, in published books, and the Internet contains a list of physicians who deal with this disorder. Patients can find a support group on the Internet and a medical center in Alabama that deals with the disorder. Patients usually take beta-blockers to lower heart rate, anti-anxiety medicine, educate themselves on the disorder, follow good nutrition, and find good medical care.
Harmonica Helps Breathing
The Diagnosis and Further Treatment
After I wrote the article, my physician did an evaluation and listened to my symptoms. She diagnosed me with the disorder and treats me with beta-blockers and anti-anxiety medication. In addition, I do home therapy, undergo counseling, take medication, do relaxation exercises, follow a nutritional plan, continue breathing exercises, and remain under the care of a psychologist and cardiologist. Before I go out, I do a breathiing exercise to avoid problems away from home. I take magnesium supplements, as studies have found that patients with MVPS are often low in magnesium. My physician also suggested acupuncture, but I have not followed that suggestion. I plan to look into it.
Conclusion - Hope for Others
If it were not for the excellent information on medical sites on the Internet and the discovery of Hubpages, this breakthrough would have never happened to me. I would never have undertaken the extensive research necessary to write the article. May others benefit from my story and find closure and relief from discovering information that will help their illnesses and lead them on the path to peace of mind. They need to use good websites, as mentioned below in my original research article, and have a good physician. May they never give up looking for answers and if they believe in God, ask Him to guide them to optimum health.
copyright 2011 Audrey Selig
Does Mitral Valve Prolapse Cause Panic Attacks - Hyperventilation - Research hub with links to good websites
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Living With Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Books on Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Written by a family suffering with the disease and who founded the website for support.. The forward is by a physician whose wife suffers from the disease
The The Autonomic Disorders/MVP Center is located in Birmingham, Alabama. Call 1-800-541-8602 to schedule an appointment.
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This website discusses the importance of magnesium in MVP. Patients should check with their doctors before taking a magnesium supplement. It may be important to health.
- personal experience with MVPS
The personal story of one of the founders of The Society for MVPS. How his chldhood was effected and what he had to do to get well. This all led to his passion to helping others with mitral valve prolapse syndrome.