Personal Stories: Jim Bell

Descending Aorta Dissection started approximately 6:30 pm on January 12, 2001. The first symptoms were aching all over, vomiting, chills (soaked in hot tub several times) then finally came the pain. PAIN, the worst pain that I have ever had and that means a lot since I have been under the surgeons scalpel on many occasions.

The PAIN started in my lower back and progressed up my right side and finally into the chest area. At this point informed my wife that she should call 911 as there was something major happening inside of me.

Then I was admitted into the ER where they ran test of x-rays, at first the doctor thought it might be a gaul bladder attack as the pain was only on the right side, but then said that I should have a CT, that is when they found the dissection.

The dissection goes right below the arch down to the iliac and then splits down both of my legs about half way. No surgery as of yet, that was 5 years ago. At the time of the dissection I didn't have high blood pressure or any cardiovascular disease. My aorta dissection measures at 4.2cm.

The medications that I take now are Nifedepine ER 60mg, Atenolol 50mg and Lovastatin 20mg. I eat nothing but salads for dinner, and for breakfast a small bowl cereal and nothing for lunch, and I still weigh 220 pounds at 6 feet in height. I'm 60 years of age now and have survived this since the age of 55, so I'm looking at it has thus, the Lord isn't done with me yet.

Thanks for listening.

Jim Bell
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