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Diastolic dysfunction and abnormal pft

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#1 Kathy D

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:56 PM

Both my first tests exactly 51 weeks ago were normal, a year later they are not.

The diastolic dysfunction is grade II. Guess this would add to my fatigue and help explain the severity.

Seeing sclero specialist in 2 weeks and normal rheumatologist in 3 weeks, I will have to wait to see what they say and how to proceed.

Feeling shocked.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:31 PM

That is very upsetting. I hope you can get some insight from the specialists.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 01:05 AM

Its alway something isn't it Kathy. Let us know what is the next course of action. Watch and wait and see what happens? Is anything really done Y/ ou will have to keep us informed on this. I'll be wishing you the best.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 06:47 AM

So sorry to read about your test results, Kathy.

Still at least you have got appointments with 2 specialists fairly soon and hopefully they can suggest a positive course of action for you.

Please let us know how you get on. :emoticon-hug:
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#5 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:29 AM

Hello Kathy

I have had a similar experience, clean ECHO then just over a year later the ECHO showed left ventricular diastolic disfunction grade 1 and bundle branch block, both of which are caused by sclero. I am awaiting the results back from a holter test at the moment to determine whether I need to see a cardiologist for treatment.

Like I always say life with sclero is never boring, one minute you're fine and the next...you're not!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:46 AM

Sorry to hear your news and sending you loving thoughts.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:04 AM

Hi Kathy,

I'm sorry about your test results. It's a good thing that at least you had baseline testing done last year, otherwise some changes are hard for them to detect. Hopefully things will be okay in the long term; sometimes our tests worsen for a spell and then even improve so the long term trend matters more (eventually) than individual tests being off.

Anyway, it's never any fun to have any test result that is less than ideal. I hope your upcoming appointments provide some more insight and perhaps even some reassurance.

Oh, but maybe they won't! I remember once (many years ago now), I lamented to my rheumatologist about the progression of some skin tightening, and she happily reminded me that nobody ever died from skin tightening, that it would most likely be my lungs that killed me. I had to laugh, because she was right, but also because I didn't care half so much about my lungs as about my skin. And then I laughed even harder when I realized that it was her well-intentioned way of trying to reassure me about the skin involvement. Which I have to say, at the time, I didn't quite find it enormously reassuring!

So I'm trying to imagine how this one will play out in your doctor's office, and what approach they might use to try to "reassure" you. Brace yourself for it! <LOL>
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:03 PM

Kathy, So sorry to hear about how quickly things may be progressing. That can not be good news to hear. I am adding my hugs to the others. :)

Amanda, Sorry to hear you are facing uncertain time as well.

It does seem like this disease is so unpredictable. The uncertainty can really get to you :sick2: . I do like Shelley's advice though. I will try to use it as well.