Several weeks ago I underwent a Facet Joint Injection. 24 hours later in the middle of the night I woke up in a sweat, short of air and chest pains. This isn't new to me as I have a stent and diagnosed Coronary Artery Disease.
So, I called my PM office and left a message on their "Clinical Line". The nurse called me back a couple days later. Keep in mind this particular nurse makes Gordon Ramsey from Hell's Kitchen look like the Pope. Anyway, I explained what happened and asked if the doctor would want me to go through the 2nd round of shots that were scheduled for today.
She asked me to describe the symptoms. I explained it all (which is textbook Atrial Fibrillation) to her. She asked me, "do you have stress in your life"? I said, "um yes, who doesn't." She then said, "you were just stressed out. There is no problem and just need to relax and there is no problem with coming back in for the next injection". I sat there in complete shock for a minute before I spoke next. I asked her if she reviewed my file before calling me. She said yes. I then asked about the similarities of the symptoms I had with that of A-Fib. She didn't say anything. I then said, "I have CAD along with a stent in my heart". She then changed her tune to say that I was in serious danger and needed to see my cardiologist immediately. Funny how she was looking at my chart and went from "no problem" to being in "serious danger".
I had already called my cardiologist to ask him if I needed to be seen before having another injection or to proceed with it. He called me back later and verified that it was textbook A-Fib. I asked why it waited until the middle of the night to flare up. He explained that when your heart is at rest, it is more likely for fluid to build up and cause the muscle to act up. He went on to say that it was safe to have another injection but to let him know if I have another episode after the injection.
I bring this up to encourage everyone to not just accept an answer that doesn't sound just right. Medical records are great, but humans interpret them (or not). So, ask questions, be informed and remember that ultimately, you are responsible for your own health.
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2