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  • in reply to: MDS / Exhaustion / Bleeding Gastric Ulcers #52818
    Janet Klagholz
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    Thanks for your reply Stacy,

    When he was in the hospital it was determined that there was damage to his heart, his heart attack happened on a Friday night. They were scheduled to do a heart cath. on Monday but then his hemoglobin dropped so significantly (he was on a lot of heparin at the time because of the heart attack). They determined it was too risky to do the heart cath and the GI Dr stepped in and did an endoscopy. That was when they found the bleeding ulcers and fixed them. He was put on additional meds for the ulcers and yes for his heart too. He had a follow up with his cardiologist the week after he was released and he wanted to make sure the ulcers were healed before he did anything else. He sees his cardiologist again this week. As a little more background, he had Bypass surgery in 2016 (luckily he did not have a heart attack prior to that) then in 2018 he did have a mild heart attack and luckily there was no damage to his heart at that point and stents were put in where the blockages were. It is very possible his extreme exhaustion is heart related, and even medication related. He has been such a fighter over the past 20 years, when he was diagnosed with his first cancer. Since then there have been 8 other cancers but honestly he was feeling good prior to this happening in July. Since his MDS diagnosis in January it is just a new situation to try to figure out how it is affecting his health.

    I truly appreciate all your insight and caring.
    Janet

    in reply to: MDS / Exhaustion / Bleeding Gastric Ulcers #52805
    Janet Klagholz
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    Thanks for your reply Erin. Yes, his hemoglobin level is back to where it was prior to this. His GI Doc said he feels the ulcers have healed. He has an appointment with his Cardiologist this week and hopefully that will shed some light. I just don’t know at this point if it is his heart or the MDS. Luckily all his Drs communicate with each other so hopefully they will figure it out.

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