My daughter-in-law is 26 and 5 months pregnant. They just discovered that her heart is on the right side of her body. The only complaint she has is of feeling exhausted. How will this affect her and the baby? Will she have a normal life expectancy? Your daughter-in-law now has a new and unique ability armed with this knowledge. She can drive young doctors and nurses to distraction as they search the wrong side of her chest for a heart beat. Dextrocardia (right sided heart) is uncommon, but not really that rare. It comes in several different variations: a heart that is twisted toward the right and not totally "right sided", a heart that is totally right sided alone, or is associated with reversed abdominal organs (we call this "situs inversus": in such a case the stomach is on the right instead of the left while the liver is on the left instead of the right). If abdominal organs are reversed, appendix and gall bladder are too, so the patient can be expected to ...
Is joint and muscle pain a common side affect of Imitrex? For treatment of 4-5 migraines a week, I have been taking Imitrex for over a year. It works excellent and gets rid of the headache but I suffer with extreme stiffness, joint and muscle pain so have been in the habit of taking advil along with it. Discussed with my doctor and am now using Topamax and rizatriptan (Maxalt) disintegrating tablets instead of the Imitrex. The rizatriptan did relieve the headache within an hour. Too early to tell if other pains will subside. Am wondering if anyone else has joint pain with Imitrex and whether a build-up of Imitrex is still in my system. Thanks for your help. Lori.
Do you keep the patient information sheets that come with your prescriptions? If not, it would be a good idea to start doing so. Joint and muscle pain can be side effects of Imitrex. They can also be symptoms of Migraine.
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Congestive heart failure - right-sided
Heart failure requires periodic monitoring by your health care provider. The goals of treatment include controlling the symptoms, reducing the heart's workload, and improving your heart's ability to function. Any underlying disorders and causes should be treated, if possible.
The most common therapy for right-sided heart failure is treating left-sided heart failure.
Valve replacements and procedures such as bypass surgery (CABG) and angioplasty are the solution for some people.
Generally, you must reduce the salt in your food and the amount of liquids you drink. You should also consider losing weight if you are overweight, stopping smoking, and avoiding too much alcohol.
Diuretics (water pills) can help reduce fluid accumulation. Furosemide or bumetanide can help moderate to severe symptoms. Hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone, and chlorothiazide may be used for mil...
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