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    What is wrong with me....
    onestormie posted:
    Short story: Got abscessed tooth 4 years ago, I still have it, doesn't hurt, but I get occasional horrible headaches from it, makes spine hurt, side of head, etc. Years ago I used to rarely get weird feelings in chest (like heart would stop or beat weirdly, felt like I couldn't breathe, then would go back to normal- only happens when at rest or not exercising. I do not have anxiety). Now this happens a lot more (heart thingies), also notice splinter hemorrhages in nails. They appear when I have these weird heart things happening. Oh, also notice that my big toe at the bottom of the toe is swelled but doesn't hurt, and when I get up in the morning, bottoms of feet and fingers are swollen but it goes away as soon as I get up. I don't think it's endocarditis. Any ideas or similar experiences? If so, what happened? I'm not on any meds, not overweight and otherwise no problems that I know of. I don't go to doctors or dentists (too expensive and I'm not a freeloader).
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    Please note that WebMD/WebMD forums does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Endocarditis can be easily confirmed or ruled out with an echocardiogram.

    Various factors/medical conditions/diseases may/can produce various fingernail appearance abnormalities (e.g., splinter hemorrahages, cyanosis, etc.).

    More often than not, fingernail appearance abnormalities turn out as being non-serious or benign (harmless) in nature.

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    onestormie replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Thank you CardiostarUSA for the information, I appreciate it greatly.

    I'm also looking for anyone else who was having these symptoms. I'm the type to wait until it gets to be bad before I do anything, since I would assume that the doctors either won't know what it is, or will find nothing wrong.
    cardiostarusa1 replied to onestormie's response:
    You're welcome.

    "I'm the type to wait until it gets to be bad before I do anything."

    My dad (a coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease patient for about 10 years) was like that, and in his particular case, one time, almost lost his life as a result of it.

    ..."since I would assume that the doctors either won't know what it is, or will find nothing wrong."

    "We should assume that hopefully they will know, offer an accurate diagnosis, be it with all the diagnostic tools they have at their command and the experience in using them/interpreting the results/findings.

    And granted, at times, they will find no known cause, unknown cause ("idiopathic").

    Take good care,

    onestormie replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Hi Cardiostar!
    I know...but I think I may have found out what is wrong with me- I had been feeling pretty bad yesterday, out of breath, shaky, the usual. I had forgotten that I think I have hypothyroidism, at least that's what one of the symptom checker thing said I had. So, I finally got some seaweed and ate a tablespoon of it, and a few hours later, I was feeling so much better! I am going to keep eating the seaweed and hopefully that will be what the problem was and will clear it up. I'm sorry to hear about you dad, my dad also has heart problems as well, and both my female relatives have thyroid problems (I blame being irradiated 2 times a year for the dentist, plus xrays for cavities till I was old enough to not go anymore).

    I pray that is all it is since my husband gets mad at me when I get so tired and can't do things around the house. Not sure what I'd do if it was some heart related problem, but I try to not worry about the things I can't change.
    Thank you so much for your input, it's nice to know someone in cyberspace cares.
    brunosbud replied to onestormie's response:
    Do you have problems (loss) with teeth? Do you feel really tired in the mornings? Do you snore, loudly. How often do you check blood pressure? Have you lost weight, unintentionally? Any blood in stools or urine? Diarrhea or severe constipation? Do you have a family history of diabetes, cancer or stroke/heart attack?

    Bleeding, pain, chronic fatigue, water retention, jaundice, loss of appetite along with some of the "symptoms" I mentioned, above, are classic "red flags". I am 61, male, and I exhibit none of these. If I did, I'd be very concerned because none of these are "normal" (especially, if you're younger than me)...

    ...According to you, you show at least 3. At the very least, run a complete blood panel with fasting blood glucose test. Your body is telling you to act but you're not listening.

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