Name: Karen Schubert
Age at time of Dissection: 50
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 10 June 2012
Tell Us Your Story:
Was just a normal day…I was preparing to go shopping with some friends and suddenly I was in the worst pain in my life. The pressure in my chest was unbelievable. I kept thinking it would pass. I fought going to the hospital for several hours. Finally I gave in to my friends begging and went to emergency. It took quite a while before the ER got me in. They performed a CT scan~apparently found nothing and sent me home with a prescription for pain pills and antibiotics for a kidney infection. After the pain medication wore off that I received at the ER I found I had to basically take 4 x’s the amount of pain meds prescribed to get about 15 minutes of relief.
After just a few days I went to Urgent Care and was prescribed more pain meds…went back again 2 days later and finally was sent for a sonagram. Doctor called me within a couple of hours and told me to get to emergency right away. Was checked in. Had 2 different blood pressures on each arm. Was given
anther CT scan (can’t remember what it is called but its the one with the color injection or something to that affect). The ER Doctor explained I had a descending aortic dissection and that it was extremely serious. Gave me some major meds in my IV and apparently I was taken to another Hospital in an ambulance, I do not remember one bit of that, and I woke up the next day in ICU where I spent a week.
They explained they could not do surgery because of where one of the tears is located. It’s at a bend. Now I’m on a ton of meds to keep my blood pressure down and have gone to see the doctor once. I am scheduled to go back next month for another CT. Which I am looking forward to because I am hoping to hear improvement. I was told I have blood that goes into areas (other organs such as my kidney’s) by means of the dissection. I have been told to quit smoking which I haven’t been able t do as of yet. And I get scared when I feel any type of pressure or slight pain near my heart. I would love to hear any feedback and/or info from others.