INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Have you ever gone to the doctor for a problem, and felt like the doctor got it wrong?
That’s exactly what happened to a southern Indiana woman, more than once. But she didn’t stop until she got the help she needed.
Joyce Wells takes 26 different medications, daily. She has a laundry list of issues, but at least now, she knows what’s wrong. That wasn’t always the case.
“They told me it wasn’t my heart,” Wells said.
But because of her symptoms, she knew differently.
“Sweaty, I was having nausea, I was having arm pain and chest pain, every day,” she said.
But doctor after doctor told her, her symptoms had nothing to do with her heart.
“Sometimes you have that gut feeling. So I had that gut feeling that you know – Hey, I don’t agree with you guys,” Wells said.
She has a suitcase full of medical records that she takes with her, everywhere she goes. Even after visiting more than five doctors, with the encouragement of her sister, Beverly, Wells kept going to get other opinions about what was wrong with her heart.
It wasn’t until she flew to Atlanta that a doctor gave her a c-pat test and diagnosed her with micro vascular disease or MVD. She had a 70-percent blockage in one of her arteries. She got a stint put in, and is now in good hands with a doctor here at home.
Dr. Polly Moore is the co-director of the Heart Failure Care Clinic at Franciscan Physician Network at Indiana Heart Clinic. She just took Wells’ case, and says she did everything right.
“Any type of pain or discomfort that is keeping you from doing the things you need to get done, you should have investigated by a medical professional,” Moore said.
And that’s exactly what Wells wants others to learn from her experience, that you have to be your own best advocate.
“I told my sister, I’m not giving up so I just kept going, and that’s what you have to do, is think positive and keep going,” she said.
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