April 12, 2018, I was at the vet with my dog and all of a sudden, I passed out. I've been told I went in and out and they thought it was a seizure. I've never passed out before. Even after football hits I've taken or wiping out on my mountain bike.
The vet called 911 and paramedics arrived took me off to ER with a heart rate at 20, they were talking about "total heart block" and I figured this must be serious. I didn't have chest pains so a heart attack never crossed my mind. After many tests and 8 hours later in the ER, I had a 2nd episode and was admitted to the hospital. After more tests, it was a result of total heart block 2 which has to do with the electrical part not being in sync. Pacemaker was the discussion and at 55 and healthy, it was disappointing. However, thank goodness, the cardiologist was thinking it was a drug interaction with Tegretol and Gabapentin and consulted my neurologist about taking away the drug to see what happens. With that, I fear the return of trigeminal neuralgia. Today is week 6 and so far, no problems but won't know until July he said for sure.
In the meantime, I had a pharmacogenomics test done which says what drugs I am adverse to taking based on my genetic makeup and data collected over the years on drug to drug interactions. Neither drug came back as an interaction though because there is not enough data on these 2 drugs causing drug interaction problems. Most people don't do these 2 drugs at the same time. So, I am hoping my situation will be one for the data books.
If you are taking more than 2 drugs, you should have your genomic test so you know what drugs are best for you based on your genetic makeup, and what drugs to avoid. It shows the right drug, the right dose for you. Mine says Plavix and a few others can be fatal! "50% of the medications patients take are ineffective" says the Coriell Institute. By taking the right drug and the right dose, it can reduce your current drugs or eliminate other issues you might have. It takes the guesswork out of prescribing meds.
Insurance pays for the test and it's a swab in the cheek. That's it. And then you and your doctor have lifetime access to view the online computer portal for any future drugs you might take later in life.
Go to www.omnign.com for more information and even order your test.