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The Women's Room: NEW AND FRIGHTENED
My name is Laura, im new to this group. I'm 26 years old and this year when still 25 was diagnosed with two holes in the heart. Never had any symptoms except for migraine with Aura that doctors told me was because of hormones and this has all come as a bit of a shock. I had my first baby in March of this year. Had a pretty uneventful pregnancy right up until the end when Pre-eclampsia struck. When my son was 5 weeks old, I wasn't feeling well and thought I was having symptoms of pre eclampsia again so rushed to A&E. In hindsight though I had an anxiety attack and thank God I did because this is where they discovered my heart defect. The right ventricle has enlarged which they have said is because of the overload from the hypertension during my pregnancy. I had a camera (TOE) which confirmed these holes and now waiting for a cardiac MRI which is happening in January in the new year. They have said that the procedure will have to be the open heart one because of the positions of the holes. The operation itself will be happening a year after it was discovered. Despite being told over and over again that the sooner I have it done the better. My anxiety is crippling. I have gone from a very positive staff nurse and happy person to an extremely negative one that is frightened of my own shadow. It has massively impacted on my marriage and relationships as I am just not the same person. Has anyone had this procedure undertaken in their late twenties? Any reassurance would be greatly appreciated. I have a 9 month little boy that needs a physically and mentally coping mother.
Thanks so much in advance