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12-05-2006, 01:01 PM
Okay, this is off topic but I really need an answer here before I rush to my doctor and make a complete *** of myself.
I have mild mitral valve prolapse. I found out 26 years ago and my doctor regularly checks me and goes "no problem" and I'm scheduled for a whole battery of tests including ekg, etc at Cornell in January when I go for my two year updated visit.
My friend has arythmia problems, as does my cousin. I have never had any heart problems except for the mild mitral valve prolapse.
I also have never heard what mild mitral valve prolapse sounds like.
I've had echos, and ekgs. All were fine (had an ekg within the last 6 months) was fine.
So last night (after moving around heavy exercise equipment (while Alan was playing Rocky at the gym), I moved around my cross country ski machine, and I moved all the exercise equipment back and forth and I was tired. We also put out a heavy bookshelf in from of the house for garbage.
So I was felling exhausted. No heavy weight on my chest or anything like that but I've been feeling congested and I wake up all stuffed (I have allergies) Alan said I snored my head off last night and I should start using the sleep apnea machine again.
So last night I took my mom's stethescope and listened to my chest. I heard nice slow ba boom, ba boom, nice and regular. BUT once in while, the ba-boom changed and then went back to ba-boom. I could have 14 regular ba-booms and one change and back to regular ba-booms. Now I know that mitral valve prolapse presents with some kind of click but not being a doctor, I have no idea what a click is.
Now I have all kind of anxieties but I've never had palpitations, racing heart, or panic attacks. Never. And I didn't have one last night. I just heard the slow steady beating of my ba-booms, with the occasional (NOT A ba-boom).
So of course, I'm imagining all kinds of stuff. I wake up fine, and I sat down and meditated and I looked at the clock on the lower right of my computer monitor and I counted my heart beats for one minute. counted 65. That's good right? Yeah, there was that ocassional NOT A BA-BOOM thing.
This morning, I just ran into my friend who has an arythmia and I told her. She laughed and said "no, that's your mitral valve prolapse". I said "oh, it's not an arythmia?" and she said "no, that's when you throw PVC's, I know because it happened to me. She said an arythmia sounds, ba-boom,bum bum bum, ba-boom, bum bum bum, and not 14 ba-booms, and whatever the heck I was hearing.
So I feel a little congested, I'm blowing my nose (it's cold outside, what else is there to do but blow one's nose).
Can any of you experts tell me "melody, go and run to your doctor and check out your "not a ba-boom", or Melody, that's the mitral valve prolapse you are hearing.
My heart is not racing, I'm not sweating, no fever, I'm about to eat a nice bowl of low-sodium soup, but I'm scared to death.
My next doctor appointment is on December 18.
See, I'm the kind of person,if I have a pain in my arm, I went to Dr. Goldbetter and I said to him "how do you know I don't have Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? And he burst out laughing and said "how do you even know how to pronouce that?" He showed me why I couldn't possibly have it and we had a laugh. I'm a worrier. This season is especially hard on me because of my son and I worry about everything so I at least want to know what this ba-boom thing is.
Am I throwing PVC's or do you think it's my mitral valve.
Just a little reassurance would be nice.
I just put the thing to my chest and I listened and at first every 7 heart beats, it would have that change from the ba-boom. And after a while I had 20 regular heart beats and the change from the ba-boom.
but my heart beat is steady and not fast at all.
Anybody know anything, or do I have to grab my bag and run to my doctor's office this afternoon?
12-05-2006, 02:31 PM
It sounds very normal to me. What you are hearing is the effect of the MVP maybe with some regugitation.
I personally don't think you need to worry.
12-05-2006, 03:46 PM
I feel just fine, thank goodness.
I had the nice bowl of low sodium Wedding soup from Cambells. Very very nice soup. It's freezing here today.
I do exercise every day on my health rider and my Tony Little Air flyer glider thing. Someone next door who moved out threw it away. It was just perfect. I dragged it into my home and that was over a year ago. Imagine getting this for nothing???
But I'm the type of person, if I get a stupid pain, I think "oh my god, what is it this time". I mean, I go to Cornell, I go to my doctor, I eat right. I try and do what's right for my body at my age, but the trouble is I'm 59 and I think I'm 29.
Not very smart. I know me, if it snows, I'll probably be out there shoveling for two hours. I do this every year. Hasn't killed me yet.
I was pretty sure that darn "not a ba-boom" sound I heard was the mitral valve thing. But when I go on December 18 for my monthly diabetes physicial at my primary care, he'll listen to my heart and my lungs and examine my neck and lymph nodes and look here and there and he'll say "how's your arthritis" and I go, "still there". I've had degenerative joint disease since I'm 40. And scoliosis (that's a ***** sometimes, believe me), but I don't even take an aspirin. I have to be in a lot of pain to even take a motrin. I'm trying to undo years of obesity and diabetes. Well, I've been doing this for 5 years and I got my sugar down, my weight down and hopefully my ticker will keep ticking.
Thanks for at least giving me what I wanted to hear. Let's hope someone doesn't come on board and say "oh no, run right to your doctor, that's an arythmia". I really don't think it is.
12-05-2006, 06:57 PM
From what my PCP told me, MVP can trigger the anxiety type of episodes. I had mild episodes some time ago and using Inositol (over the counter stuff from GNC or any health store) worked just fine.
I have an extremely abnormal, well, everything, hah! I'd actually just popped in here today because my Epileptologist threw around Periphreal Neuropathy today in combination with a big heart related word I won't try to pronounce when I saw this thread.
I guess I went so many years forgetting about my funky heart that it finally caught up with me. :(
The weird beat, I call those hiccups. Typically harmless, I would try various methods to keep stress low since that will increase your heartrate and chances of that backflow thing MVP does.
Pardon my terminology, I'm more savvy with brains than hearts.
Check out some of the online sources for MVP, a lot have good information on treatment methods (non prescription) that worked well for me. The inositol was great for me because I drink a lot of coffee, so it was a win-win. You should bring it up to your doctor and see what they think and any recommended dosage. From what I have read, it seems to be harmless - but I'm always one to ask before I take anything, even a vitamin.
I'm not sure I'd rush there, but just give a call and ask. I really think the inositol would help with anxiety (even the mild types can be a PITA), but wouldn't suggest you take it without talking to your doctor. Even if it is OTC, it's always best to ask permission first!
12-05-2006, 07:23 PM
don't worry about me and anxiety, I have xanax for that and I don't even take that except at night to go to sleep. It's the only thing I can afford and I just take one 0.5 or sometimes one and one half and in about 40 minutes I doze off. Relaxes my whole body.
This time of year is particularly stressful for me because I have no family to speak of (since they found out my son is mentally ill, forget about family rallying around and being there for you, they havent' asked about my son once in 5 years). Kind of sad don't you think?
But Christmas time (when I was younger, was family time) and I kind of thought that when my son was grown, there would be sunday dinners, grandchildren, etc. But there will be none of that. And that hurts.
I mean, we really do the best we can to cope but with all the holiday songs and if I hear "I'll be home for christmas" one more time, I think I'll scream.
Actually, I feel perfectly fine. It was just that I put the stethoscope to my chest (never did that before) so I never heart my own heartbeat.
My next appointment is December 18 and he'll give a listen. Of course if I get a scare of something, I'll be at his office in five minutes. But I know me, Sometimes a little knowledge is not good for me. I go on the internet, read stuff and then I go, "oh, so that's what I might have". Really stupid to do that I know.
I will check on the inositol thing. Thanks hon.
P.S. You will never guess what I just found out when I googled Mitral Valve prolapse. An article came up and here's a bit of the paragraph:
"People with MVPS have a higher incidence of: the following: Altitude sickness, Endometriosis , Fibromyalgia , Fibrocystic breast disorder , Infertility , PMS Premenstrual syndrome, Scoliosis , Seasickness , Tinnitus , and "temporomandibular joint dysfunction" TMJ symdrome. "
NOW ASK ME WHAT I HAVE FROM THIS LIST.
Scoliosis, Seasickness, and TMJ.
isn't that a hoot??? what the heck does valves have to do with tmj and seasickness and scoliosis???
12-05-2006, 07:57 PM
Oh Mel, we "all" do that! Every time I tell one of my doctors, "well I was doing some research on the internet" I get the "rolling of the eyes". My Neurologist told me, well, when you're on the internet you don't know if you've got a brain surgeon telling you how to assemble a car, or a mechanic telling you how to assemble a brain, either way, you don't know what you're getting! They all have that "I'm the only one you should trust" complex... so I just don't "mention" I learned it on the internet. It's like saying well, my Aunt's friend Mabel told me that her son the chiropractor said "blah blah blah" they immediately think we're a bunch of goofy old ladies who can't read a book or learn on our own.
Well Melanie, if you think you need to tell us about your "not a ba-boom" and how it scares you, we are all eyes! Hey, we are a lot cheaper that a doctors visit! (Even if you only have to pay a co-pay!) We like to hear about it! (at least I do) If you don't mind, It makes me feel not so silly when I get all anxious and Oh-My-God- eeee late at night when I think maybe I've got cancer, or a brain tumor, or just the other day, when I got all tired just cleaning my room... and I had to take a three hour nap! Like a little baby! I don't have a mom around, or a sister, or even a crazy old aunt Mabel that I can ask questions to. That's why I'm here. So I can ask you all questions to drive my doctors crazy! Hey, we have to make them earn all that money somehow! Believe me, I'm not going to see them because they are cute! They sure don't have the McDreamy factor going for them. Not even the Georgie factor!
Hang in there Mel, and keep that BaBoom going!
12-05-2006, 08:21 PM
Want to hear something interesting? Alan's doctor, Dr. Fred could be Dr. McDreamy!!! He has the build of Arnold Schwartznegger and the face of an adonis. NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS MAN!!!! A real cutie patootie!!!
And so nice....... He saved Alan's life by finding the blockage in his arteries so we will forever be grateful to him. And when Alan goes to the gym on Sundays, guess who he bumps into? Dr. Fred.
You took a 3 hour nap??? That must have been a beaut!!!!
I have never gotten that tired in all my life.
If I didn't take something to sleep at night, forget it. I'd be walking the floors. Never was a sleeper. Even as a kid. When I was 18 months old (my mother told me this funny story), I never slept. NEVER!! I would drive them crazy. So some doctor told them to give me a teaspoon of wine before bedtime. I slept something like 13 hours straight. Straight through the next morning. They were elated. That night my mother said "we gave you a tablespoon of wine AND YOU DANCED ALL NIGHT!!!"
I never laughed so hard at that story.
12-05-2006, 09:36 PM
No kidding. I was browsing the net earlier myself to find out all of the medical lingo my Epileptologist threw at me today. It seems everything fits into place, which is so bizarre.
Honestly, I ignored my irregular heart rate. As a matter of fact, I can't recall the last time I even told a doctor I had MVP. I assumed since my seizures are from my brain, everything else is.
I'm still rather confused, as I am simply not savvy with hearts or anything pertaining to.
I'll try to explain in hopes it makes sense, I will probably mess up words (it's my 'thing'). I had a 4 1/2 day VEEG done to try and pinpoint my starting and finishing points of my seizures.
The results I was given today basically blamed everything on my heart (!!!). She said she's not positive, so I have to get some weird test on the 13th, but she feels confident.
Basically, this is how she broke it down. A total of 52 episodes (she used another name).
My blood pressure was around 70/40 - at that point, I would run a low grade fever, and within minutes my heart rate would go from ~90 up to 150. At that time, my seizure activity would begin.
So she is assuming some dysautonomic syncope and peripheral neuropathy (I guess they are linked together?).
Honestly, I don't get it. I am confused, but still bonding with my Google results in hope of some self-teaching. I found matches on some things, but not on others - so I think I'm hanging somewhere in between.
It's still bizarre how the heart can relate to so many random things.
I try to only read up on things that relate to me but not too deep. Mainly because I don't want to get into a self-diagnosis phase because I know how doctors are. You give them a suggestion, they think you are crazy or dramatic - or even worse, they laugh/roll eyes. :(
This is rather interesting to read about, though.
About sleeping/anxiety - I wish I weren't afraid to take pills (I have some weird paranoia about being addicted to pills, I'm just weird). I would love to have a good sound sleep.
12-05-2006, 10:41 PM
I will never forget the first time my doctor prescribed Ambien for me. Since at that time, my insurance co-pay for this pill was low, I decided to try it.
This must have been 9 years ago.
I will never forget it as long as I live. I took an ambien at 10:30p.m. and by 11:00 I was nodding off and my son came in and turned off the television and said "mom, be at peace, you're going to sleep". (I'll never forget his words). And I slept till about 7;30 the next morning. I woke up just fine. No saggy awful drowsy feeling. I remember telling people "this is a gift", "you have no idea what it is like not to sleep and somebody gives you a gift".
Believe me if I could afford ambien I'd take it in a minute. My doctor (about 4 months ago) gave me samples of lunesta. Worked for 3 days then nothing.
I'll never use them again because they did nothing but give me a bad taste in my mouth.
But oh those Ambien days!!!!
P.S. Ellie, I forgot to mention that I have an Aunt Sallie who is now 83 and lives in Florida. She is just fine but she has had a seizure disorder all her life. She would just fall and hit her face and be all black and blue. She has had every single test under the sun. They found nothing wrong with her brain, or anyplace else. They have no clue. She was on neurontin, and dilantin for a long time. (I have no idea if she is on anything now).
But she is having a ball in Florida. She joined up with a bunch of older ladies and they call themselves the crazy hat club (or something like that). Once a month they all put on the same color hats and go out to dinner and to a show. She's having the best golden years of anybody I know.
Should happen to us.
12-06-2006, 02:18 AM
Mel I hope you can look at this sight. I found it very insightful. It has explained,as I had thought and suspected from beginnig, that my anxiety and the symptoms that accompany are not entirely "in my head". I have small fibre PN,and these small fibres also control our autonomic system which controls heart rate,breathing,blood pressure etc.
Yes I have anxiety related to a major illness that I suffered,but the same illness also has also caused some of my symptoms, as I present with excessive sympathetic activity. I am trying to control what I can,and that is my anxiety that stems from fear.
There is some good information about MVP too. Don't ask me how and why, but I have had many clients with MVP, as I assit people with will preparation. And they may also suffer co-illnesses such as fibro and so forth. I have yet to meet a women who wasn't able to live normally despite the MVP.
My advice is loose the stethascope because that will drive anyone mad. God forbid I had a stethascope, we'd all be in trouble!! LOL!
12-06-2006, 08:21 AM
I'm not going to put that thing to my chest ever again. We all think we are doctors when we do that and we all imagine a lot of stuff.
My big anxiety in my life has always been dental phobia. I NEVER WENT. Not unless I HAD TO!!!! It's a horrible phobia.
But last year, I found my "good guy" a dental phobia specialist in New York City.
Now I'm still afraid of the dentist. I still have to take a small amount of xanax before I go to an appointment, BUT I GO TO MY APPOINTMENT. I've kept 3 of them since I found this guy.
I smile now. With confidence.
Phobias rule your life and tear you apart.
Right now, I'm having a spell of depression because of my son and because of Christmas and because my close friend is dying of Stage 3 lung cancer and because my other close friend of 46 years stabbed me in the back 8 months ago.
It all hits me now because of Christmas. Christmas is about getting together with the people you are closest to. I only have Alan and some acquaintances. I don't call them friends.
I'll get through this like I got through the other 5 Christmases. But then, I had my two friends. I only hope the friend with lung cancer makes it through Christmas. She is such a dear. She had radiation pellets implanted in her chest 7months ago and then her grown kids wouldn't go near her, wouldn't let her in the same room as the grandchildren and well, it was a mess.
And to top it off she's anorexic and has been since she's 14. Imagine, battling cancer and anorexia at the same time. She won't eat. It's a mind-set thing. The doctors are throwing up their hands. She weighs 100 lbs. But she's been through 2 bouts of radiation and 2 bouts of chemo and she has to do more chemo because it spread. I think of her and her bravery and I say to myself "and YOU'RE DEPRESSED???
jeez. What some people go through. But she is very religious and goes to mass each morning so thank goodness for that.
Please excuse my rambling. I'm sure I'll be more normal after January 3rd. 2007. I always am a few days after the holidays are over.
Merry Merry everybody
12-06-2006, 02:23 PM
Aww, I'm so sorry you have so much going on. :(
You know what's funny, is after you posted all of that I called a friend to bring me home a stethoscope. Curiosity gets me every time.
I know about the dentist thing, for 3 years I tried to go but once I finally had the courage, the dentist wouldn't see me because I have "uncontrolled seizures" ...sigh. The variety of pills I have taken have nearly ruined my teeth, so one bad seizure or fall and they are done. I had a nocturnal seizure and woke up to the sound of my wisdom tooth breaking in half (and boy was that a gross sound!).
Christmas seems to be my worst time of year. I moved here from Ohio, and while my family has made it well beyond being dysfunctional - I miss having a family for Christmas. No snow on Christmas depresses me. On the bright side, my boyfriend bought me a box of this stuff, and when you mix it with water it turns into snow! It's even cold like snow and lasts 2 weeks. I keep a bowl of it and stare at it trying to use my imagination. Now if he'd only stand on the roof and dump some past the window Christmas morning, he'd win some serious bonus points.
For what it is worth, I will think of you for Christmas. :)
12-06-2006, 02:48 PM
12-06-2006, 05:39 PM
... all of us cyber friends that you can ramble on to whenever you want/need to. We are all here for each other.;)
Ellie - where in Ohio were you from? I live just outside of Toledo.
12-06-2006, 08:23 PM
Thanks much, Diana.
12-07-2006, 08:44 AM
So sorry you are feeling blue right now for a number of reasons. Please know that I LOOK FOR your postings first thing after logging on to this Forum. I am probably not the only one who does that. You are a ray of sunshine each day.
12-07-2006, 10:37 AM
Wow, Shirley. How nice of you to say that. I really needed some day brighteners. Having a child with a mental illness (especially when you haven't been sure he did indeed HAVE a mental illness), well, I wouldn't wish this on anybody. I take it one day at a time.
something funny just happened. My landlord (who is italian and speaks very bad broken english and thank god, I DO speak italian) just rang my doorbell. Today is the 7th, right??. I paid the rent on November 30 and I gave him the December rent. I always pay before or on the first of the month. Been doing that for 14 years. They have only raised us twice and the second time only $50.00. That was a few months ago. So thankfully we don't have greedy people for landlords. We would literally be on the streets if that were the case.
so he comes into my apartment and says "the rent check said 12".
Alan looks at him and says "what???" And Vinny goes "the rent check said 12,you know December"!!! Alan looks at me and says "what is he talking about?". So I ask in italian what is he talking about?? He again looks at us (he seems to know what he is saying but we don't have a clue) and says the check says 12. I looked at him and said "well, this is December and that means the 12th month (this is all in italian by the way and Alan is jewish so try to imagine his face while watching us talk italian. I politely ask in italian "what are you trying to tell us" (I was getting scared that he was raising us $12.00 or something like that). My landlord burst out laughing and said "the rent check is dated 12". So here we go again.
I said (in italian). "look Vincenzo, December is the 12th month of the year, that's why there's a number 12 on the check". Finally it dawns on him that he is not expressing himself correctly and he goes "uno momento, and runs out the door and comes back and there is the rent check that Alan wrote and the check is dated DECEMBER 12TH, 2006. The bank would not accept a check on the first that was dated the 12th. I look at Alan and say "write this man another check and date it today".
I have to check what Rocky writes now. Lord Lord.
12-07-2006, 01:25 PM
... all of us cyber friends that you can ramble on to whenever you want/need to. We are all here for each other.;)
Ellie - where in Ohio were you from? I live just outside of Toledo.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was bizarre to watch it mold into what it is now, and it wasn't for the better. Their crime rate continues to climb the charts, and each visit back home yielded more buildings with wood covered windows and people on street corners selling things. I decided since my last trip back home that I will not return again. In a way, each visit took away from good memories, because now I remember the way it looks now.
I was able to see a bit of Ohio; Columbus, Cleveland (I happened to visit the 'bad' part, oy!), Toledo and a few other areas.
How is the area you live in? I always wondered what it was like in the other parts, after the riot our area just went downhill. Living in California is still a bit of a culture shock, and the prices here are something I will never adjust to. The home I live in now would be worth around 400,000 in Cincinnati and it is 1.2 million here. It should be paid off 20 years after we die. Haha.
I think the best part of moving to such opposite areas was going from sitting on a tree branch looking at the muddy river to sitting in the sand looking at the ocean. The smell and sounds of the ocean here bring me more comfort than words can explain. I don't get into the trendy hype here, I like 'home' and I like my yard. I like to read by the ocean. I know I was meant to be here, and thankfully I came here looking for 'home' and not to be a star. I've seen what happens to those people and it's not pretty most of the time! :D
If you ever visit southern California, come to Newport Beach. People watching is highly entertaining here. They wear mini skirts with snow boots! I'd have killed for those "Uggs" when I was scraping snow off of my windshield back home, lol.
I agree on Melody, too. I love, love, love reading her stories. It makes me smile every time.
12-07-2006, 01:35 PM
I didn't have time to read this whole thread, but I did notice that Mel said she couldn't recall when she had last told a doc about her MVP. I wondered if you were aware that you need to premedicate with antibiotics with any dental procedure due to this? Even my Dermatologist makes me premedicate when he removes a growth, like a mole, due to my MVP.
You all probably already know this, but just in case... :) :) :)
12-07-2006, 04:10 PM
Don't worry about me telling a doc about my mitral valve prolapse. They all know it and my next visit is on December 18. And every time I go to the dentist I take the antibiotics.
NOW LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING FASINCATING THAT JUST HAPPENED TO ALAN AND ME!!!!!
We just came home from shopping and on the way home (right around the corner from my house is a little chinese furniture store. They opened up about 7 months ago. I would never have gone in but I spotted this chair thing in there about two weeks ago, I went in, took one look at the chair and said to myself: "Alan would die for this chair". So today was the day.
We are walking past the store and I drag Alan inside. Now he has been in massage chairs. He has been to The Sharper Image in NYC and Brookstone in NYC and he has sat in $4000 massage chairs where you lean back and put your feet in the bottom part and something in the chair goes up and down your back and Alan always goes nuts in these chairs because, as he puts it "it's like Dr. Theirl using the G5 machine on my back.
BUT NOTHING PREPARED ALAN FOR THE CHAIR HE SAT IN TODAY.
The name of the chair is CYBER-RELAX MassageChair SKS 1850.
I won't tell you the price until the end of my story.
the lady says to Alan. Take off your coat and your shoes. He did and then sat down. She advised him to sit all the way in and rest his head back and then she programmed the thing. By the way it's programmed to do 514 functions and it comes with heat and vibrators.
Well, as soon as she turns it on, some pillow thing on each side of Alan starts to inflate and the look on his face was priceless. He murmurs "oh my god". and then he made this OOHH sound with his mouth. I never laughed so hard in all my life. The pillow expander things on each of his side cushioned him and started to rock him back and forth (I kid you not). Then under his neck, something starts to expand and deflate and he went "oh, oh".
Then, (you know how at night, I massage him and thump his back up and down), well this chair starts to thump his back and the lady goes, "how hard do you want it, I don't want to hurt you". I shouted "THUMP HIM, THUMP HIM". He couldn't talk because I think he was in ecstasy!!!
He was just sitting there and dropping dead. He was in such heaven, well, you can't imagine. Oh, when you sit in this thing, you place your wrists inside it and if you have carpal tunnel, well it treats your carpal tunnel.
So now, Alan is getting his neck, his back, his waist, his calves and his feet, (all these pillow things are expanding and deflating and his back is going thump thump thump. He is just sitting there in ecstasy.
Then the chair starts to rock back and forth and I go "Alan, the chair is rocking back and forth". He never heard me because he never opened his eyes, he was smiling so hard. She let him sit in this thing for 20 minutes. I couldn't believe it.
Here's the link to this chair. They have all models but this one was the top of the line, the Model 1850.
How much does it cost???? $7800.00
Here's the link so you can see what it looks like.
Alan came home a very very happy camper.
He now wants to go on Deal or no Deal to get this chair.
12-07-2006, 06:59 PM
Checked out that chair and is sure is a serious looking contraption and also looks mighty comfortable even without the massage actions.
But the price is out of this world. :eek: Guess I won't be buying one soon. Sure wish you could win the lottery and get this chair for Alan.
12-07-2006, 08:56 PM
Isn't this chair the most amazing thing you ever saw.?
I didn't try it out because I have scoliosis and I remember sitting and getting a pedicure once and they had this massage chair thing and she turned it on and it went up and down my spine AND I DIDN'T LIKE IT. Had to make her shut the dang thing off. Nice pedicure though,, lol
12-08-2006, 01:38 PM
Have you or Alan ever seen or trie dthe Homedics home massager mat? It's not as fancy as the massaging chairs, but it can be used in bed, on the couch, at the computer, everywhere - and it has massage and heat.
12-08-2006, 01:59 PM
Alan and I have seen more massage mats than I can remember!!! Every time there is a mat on sale at our local Health and fitness stores, we go there and Alan sits down and they put the mat behind him and he always goes: "Oh, this is not strong enough" Then he goes and finds a massage chair and he goes "now this is what I'm talking about".
We have a magnassager that I use on him. This is a good thing, believe me. BUT IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT THIS LATEST CHAIR DID FOR HIM. I mean, it's got pillows that expand and deflate and they encushioned him in bellows, for goodness sake!!! I have never seen anything like this chair in all my life. And it does this with the legs, the ankles, the feet, the wrists, etc.
Alan was sitting in this chair and enjoying it as if Mariah Carey (that's his favorite person), as if she was sitting with him and drinking Margueritas. That's how relaxed and in a good mood this chair put him in. It took every pain, every buzzing, every tingling in his feet, IT TOOK IT AWAY.
And when the chair began to thump him up and down his spine, I never saw a look of surprise on this guy's face. HE ADORED IT!!!!
I mean for $7800 it better thump his back, right? But it moves him back and forth. His whole body was shaking in this chair (one of the functions, I guess) and he was laughing his head off. It gave him a workout, well, a better workout than any chiropractor. His words exactly.
If a person could fall in love with a chair, THIS IS THE CHAIR.
Oh, to be rich.
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