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    Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:55 am Groupie
    I was at work and I started feeling uncomfortable, achy pain under my arm, going up to my shoulder
    It was the end of the day, I was fatigued

    As I was driving home, the pain worsened, went across the front of my chest, and up my neck
    I tried not to panic, I thought I was having a heart attack
    I called home, calmly as possible told my DD that I was going to drive to the hospital to get myself looked at, she called DH who met me there about 20 minutes after I arrived
    I admit by the time I got to the hospital, with all the pain, I was all weepy and having a hard time catching my breath… I was really afraid!

    They hooked me up to EKG, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, took blood, chest x-rays, CT Scan… drugged me up with Dilaudid until the pain subsided, after review of all the diagnostics, they concluded that I most certainly did NOT have a heart attack, (Thank God)
    But they don’t know WHAT the heck is wrong with me
    My EKG’s were perfect, my MRI was perfect, my chest x-rays were completely clear, blood screens were all good… lung capacity very good

    I’m still anywhere from uncomfortable to in pain on my left side
    It’s not Angina, because the blood supply is good
    They “think” it’s just muscle spasms but they don’t know for sure

    They gave me Rx Motrin and what I think is a fairly high dose of Valium
    (why valium if they think it’s muscular?)
    My husband said “I think she just had a panic attack, she’s under a lot of stress”
    Gee… thanks hon

    Maybe that’s what it is… I don’t know but would I still be in physical pain, now that the “panic” is over?
    And how the heck am I supposed to take Valium and work?
    (I am at work today… I have too much going on, I can’t miss a day right now, especially since I'm now sure that it wasn't anything REALLY terrible)
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:05 pm Groupie
    Thank God it was not a heart issue!

    Panic attac-maybe. (doubt it but I'm not a Dr.)
    Pinched nerve-maybe.
    Pulled muscle-maybe.
    Neck/shoulder/back strain-maybe.

    Do you sit at your desk all day? How's your chair? How's your posture?

    Another thought. When is the last time you saw your dentist? Weird question, or so I thought. When I saw mine last week I was asked about neck/shoulder/back pain. That can be tied in as well.

    Good Luck Chrissy-I hope you get some answers soon. I'm sure that was a terrible fright!
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:52 pm Groupie
    Thanks Dib's,
    I'm at the dentist ALL the time, (I don't have great choppers)

    I guess it could be a combination of things going on...

    I just had a "regular" physical a few months ago... I plan on going back for a follow up to this incident and talking to him at length about this

    I am at a desk 99% of my work day
    it's not the BEST ergonomically and my chair height sinks down throughout the day without reason...

    Right now, my job is more stressful than it has been in a VERY long time, and I'm dealing with a moody 14 year old who thinks she can coast by with a midlevel grade in Science because she's "Passing"

    so... yeah, stress I'm sure can be a contributor too!
    K9 Owned
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:52 pm
    Forum Host
    No clue what it could be but I am so relieved it wasn't a heart attack!!!
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:57 pm Groupie
    With what you followed up with it's clearly the 14 year old. Have you considered a tazer?

    rotfl.gif rotfl.gif rotfl.gif rotfl.gif

    Let us know when you do find out what the issue is, and again, good luck.
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:15 pm Groupie
    That had to be so scary Chrissy, to say the least.

    Stress is a HUGE factor in health issues, I've learned the hard way. It can create havoc in mind, body and spirit.
    If you can take 10-15 minutes a day for you, meditate, have a warm cup of tea with honey (it soothes icon_wink.gif write a journal, it helps to get things out of your head, and onto paper.
    Sublingual B is a great vitamin for stress, either 2500 mcg or 5000mcg once a day.

    Will be thinking of you and hoping things settle down.
    Madame Blueberry
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:10 pm Groupie
    It does sound like it's probably a muscle spasm. They are very painful and can feel like a heart attack, so you were right to go to the ER- better safe than sorry! Valium is a muscle relaxer, as well as an anti-anxiety med, so whether it was muscular or a panic attack,either way it should help. My guess is that because of the severe pain and fear that you were having a heart attack you then, quite understandably, had a panic attack on top of it. I'm so glad you got it checked out and are ok!
    Chef shapeweaver ©
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:56 pm Groupie
    HI Chrissy, wave.gif
    I'm sorry that you had to go through
    such a scare like that. I'm so glad that
    it wasn't a heart attack.
    Please take sometime out of your busy
    day just for you. Even if it's just to
    close your eyes and do a bit of deep breathing.
    Lightly Toasted
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:59 pm Groupie
    I realize that this is a long shot.......but I have experienced something similar on two different occaisions.

    One was caused by a new bra that had an underwire that just kind of "hit me weird." After a few days, it had caused "internal bruising" according to my dr. icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif

    The other was essentially a "panic attack" because I was incredibly stressed out and needed to find a more effective way to deal with it. Which led to me telliing everyone in my house: "suck it're going to start helping out" icon_twisted.gif icon_twisted.gif And I put a stop to my BFF using me as marriage, family and substance abuse counselor, and found myself an Al-Anon meeting.
    mums the word
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:02 pm Groupie
    Oh Chrissy, you poor thing. I am so sorry you had such a scare but am happy to hear you are okay. You did very well knowing enough to drive to Emergency. A lot of people would try to convince themselves that they were ok and not have done that.

    You be sure to take care of yourself. No job is that important....your health should come first!
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:10 pm
    Forum Host
    So glad it wasn't a heart problem!

    It sounds very much like the (sometimes stress induced) muscle spasms I have suffered with over the past 25 yrs. The spasms (in my case) can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Many times my chiropractor can "break the spasm" and get the muscle to relax.
    I get severe side effects from most of the muscle relaxers/anti inflammatory drugs they prescribe for this, so I have to avoid the meds and tough it out. Occasionally, if the episode becomes excruciatingly painful or lasts too long, my Dr. will give me an injection of Lidocaine/Procaine to break the spasm. icon_sad.gif

    Wet heat also helps the muscle relax.

    Feel better soon! grouphug.gif
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:26 pm Groupie
    Wonder if you could locate the hot spot and put one of those Salonpas pain patches on to help?
    Homemade "rice bags" thrown into the micro to warm and then put on tense muscles could maybe help also.
    flygirl #5
    Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:28 pm Groupie
    Lightly Toasted wrote:

    One was caused by a new bra that had an underwire that just kind of "hit me weird." After a few days, it had caused "internal bruising" according to my dr. icon_redface.gif icon_rolleyes.gif

    I have one bra that would "hit me weird" too. It was really strange. It would give me this awful intense pain if I was laying down a certain way. It wasn't really digging in but it was sure doing something wasn't right.
    Leggy Peggy
    Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:55 am Groupie
    Wow, what a scary scare. Hope tomorrow is better.
    Connie Lea
    Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:06 am Groupie
    Hope you are better soon and so glad it wasn't a heart attack.
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