In addition to MS, I also have PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) with liver involvement and I know I posted this question on that support group site. I don't think I did on this site, but if I did, please forgive me for asking twice--
I had an incident at work where I felt like I was having a heart attack. I had severe chest pain, dizzy & confused, heart rate dropped to 60/0, weak pulse, cold, pale skin. The paramedics were called and hooked up an EKG, called out "Bradycardia!" (meaning slow heart rate), gave me four asperin, jammed an IV in my hand and hustled me out to the ambulance. During the ride, the paramedic gave me nitroglycerin spray under my tongue. By the time I got to the hospital, I was fine. Lots of tests were done in the ER and no abnormalities were found and they sent me home.
I saw a cardiologist and he believes that what happened was a vagal nerve attack. I asked my neurologist about it and he said, yes, it can happen due to MS, but it's rare, so that might not be the cause. (By the way, I asked the cardiologist for some nitro to carry with me but he said the paramedics didn't give it to me until my heart rate started coming back up, that if I had taken it when it was at 60/0, it would have killed me.)
I'm just wondering if anybody else has had an episode like this happen? My first thought was that it had something to do with the PKD, because more people die from heart problems with PKD than kidney problems. But it turns out it's probably from the MS. Or maybe just one of those things. The cardiologist said they don't really know what causes it. Has anybody else experienced something like this?