Diagnosed with PFO during Echocardiogram - Please Help!
4 Mar 2011
I have been treating Lyme/Cpn for years now and almost had a full recovery. Recently I was under alot of stress and was exercising vigorously with no apparent problems. Recently however I have been having episodes of weakness (spells) where I get weak, nauseous, pale, shaky, a strong pain in the head, confusion and mild stroke symptoms: word recall, mild speech problems, confusion. Also mild chest pain, elevated BP, and feel very anxious and sweaty. This happens when doing nothing, sometimes after a walk or walking upstairs, or lifting groceries etc... I went to cardio and had full workup (have had numerous workups in past, all good). He did a treadmill which went fine. Today they did an echocardiogram with bubble study and found a PFO (open hole from one side of atria to the other). Apparently this is common with CFS patients and 25% of the pop has it. Next week they will do a TEE to see how big the hole is (rest of echo looks fine). They may suggest closing it if it is a large hole. I have read on the internet that some studies have found a link to PFO and Cpn. Anyone out there have a PFO? What did you do about it? Will the antibiotics help? I am weighing the idea of surgery as they are linked to strokes, but then again who knows? Any input greatly appreciated. Thank you!