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Vicky Precopio

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 27, 2018


Vicky’s Story:

Hello! My story of MH began back in 2009, although at that time I was unaware of what I actually had. I spent a lot of my life having medical procedures because I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. This particular procedure was a colonoscopy and EGD; something I was very familiar with. The procedure started as they always did, but ended up terribly different than before. This was when I first became aware I had a problem. During the procedure, I was telling the nurse that I didn't feel right. She had brushed my concerns off and stated I would feel "funny" because of the medications I was given. When I got to the recovery room, things went bad quickly. My temperature had reached 105, my heart rate and blood pressure were extremely elevated, my body was bright red, and I felt like I was on fire from the inside out. I felt I had no control of my muscles. I actually thought I might die. I was transferred to the ICU where I stayed for a week. During this time, I met many doctors who all had an opinion of what happened to me. Only one doctor thought it was MH, yet he was dismissed because I wasn't given the usual triggering medications during my procedure in the OR.  Long story short, and many more problems later, I was finally able to get my insurance to approve a muscle biopsy test done at Wake Forest Baptist Health and was finally diagnosed with MH. I am thankful for actually knowing what is wrong with me. I have spent most of my years trying to explain to doctors my experience with anesthesia, my drug reactions, and medications I would not allow them to give me. I do believe most thought that I was crazy, for a time I started to wonder myself. However, I always knew something was wrong with me, and I finally found someone who actually figured it out.


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