Name: Cheryl Dahr
Age at time of Dissection: 52
Type of Dissection: Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 22 November 2012
Tell Us Your Story:
The week before Thanksgiving had been very hectic at work, I had been tired and felt like I had strained my upper back. On Thanksgiving Day I worked to prepare our meal for friends coming for both lunch & dinner. The pain in my upper back continued to worsen, but I made it through the lunch. My friend was over and had neck pain, so he was laid out on the couch. My back was so bad I could not get comfortable in any position. About 45 before my expected supper crowd was to come I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the ER.
I was thinking it may be a gall bladder attack. After doing a gall bladder ultrasound, they said it was normal, but were sending me in for a CT. I noticed during the CT the tech seemed fixated on a certain spot. The doctor came in and informed me they found a Type B dissection, and were admitting me. They kept me for 3 days trying to get my BP lowered down. They sent me home with labetalol, HCTZ, lisinopril, and recently added clonidine to be used as needed if BP goes over 140.
I’ve felt so bad this past month, tired, sometimes dizzy,sort of queasy, lots of residual pain(for which I’m still taking percocet for). How long does the initial pain usually last? I’m not getting a clear answer from my doctors. I’ve been out of work as well, I’m a material handler/logistics manager/CNA. Any idea on what I should expect in regards to work and physical activity limits for the future? Thank you for this site! I’ve learned a lot