This may be a rather long post. I have a lot to say. Please bear with me, and don't click awAy before finishing ;). My story started back in October of last year. I was 30 years old, fit and healthy. I had just arrived home from picking up my 2 older sons from school. I bent over to pick up my 5 month old to feed him and my vision dissapeared. I couldn't see my older ones standing right in front of me. I felt no pain but called my husband to tell him what was happening. He rushed home. Meanwhile, my oldest son (6 yrs old) grabbed the baby and helped me walk out to the car. My husband arrived and off to the hospital we went. Upon arrival, they took me immediately to get a CT scan. The doctor came in, told me that I had had a mini stroke and that I had left carotid and vertebral dissections. I spent a week in the hospital, then went home. They thought the cause might have been pregnancy. It was a complicated pregnancy and he ended up coming early and had to spend time in the nicu. They put me on coumarin and told me to follow up with my neurologist and hematologist. Almost a month went by when I had sudden chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. My heart rate was high, I was weak and shaky. My husband called 911. All I remember is being I'm the ER and After having a chest and abdominal CT, the doctor coming in and saying he's sorry, and that I have an abdominal aortic dissection extending from my umbilicle to my iliac. I don't remember the transfer to the bigger hospital. I was transferred because there was no vascular surgeon on call at that hospital. I remember waking up I'm the ICU and having a doctor tell me I would die from this(with my family right there). The vascular surgeon came om and said he would not operate on it unless it got bigger so I spent a few days in the intensive care unit before moving to a cardiac floor. I went home 8 days later. They pits on metoprolol to keep my blood pressure and heart rate as low as tolerated to minimize pressure om aorta. I have seen many doctors and had many tests since then(8months ago). No diagnosis and no explanation as to why I have multiple dissected arteries. My heart issues of skipped beats, SVT and sinus tachy have since worsened. I visit the hospital often with abdominal pain, palpitations and headache. No doctor seems to know what to do. I have severe lethargy, imcreasing frequency in palps and no answers. I have searched high and low for answers but with no such luck for answers. Scared everyday. I want to live a long healthy life and raise my 3 boys. I am happy that I found this site. I am not alone here.