No post yesterday Sick, sick, sick, still sick–gall stones Staying strong not easy.
Yesterday’s challenge was to write a haiku about something that drives you nuts. See that little green thing in the picture. Looks like a hot pepper. Not. A gall bladder and when it gets clogged with stones your whole chest feels like it is on fire. That drove me nuts yesterday. My pain was under my breasts, strongest at my breast bone and there seemed to cut through to my back where the pain was less, but still throbbing. So now I have expanded my list of most painful body experiences, there are in chronological order: Root canal without proper medication. Broken wrist but only after swelling in a hard cast…don’t use those kind of casts any more, thank medical science. Broken back vertebrae–fall from horse, didn’t know broken, discovered years later when X-rayed for badly pulled back. Both hurt the same. Pulled back introduced me to the Zero Gravity Chair. If you have back pain, get one, not expensive now, sold as outdoor lounges at Home Depot, Target, and such. Child birth without medication, but oh that was worth the pain. Gall stones seeking freedom.
My primary care doctor was upset that I didn’t immediately take myself to the EM when first attacked. Common human behavior says with either deny or over react. I am into denying, makes life more enjoyable, but not if carried to an extreme. So as I was being discharged from the ER after eight hours, three blood tests, a sonogram, MRI and a stress test with the diagnosis of gall stones–the most likely cause, I asked the good doctor:
“What if the pain comes back?”
“Come see us again.
“What if the pain is gone in 15 minutes?”
“Okay, if it lasts 45 minutes come see us.”
My episodes of pain lasted only about 15 minutes each, and as soon as the pain departed I felt fine. I also had no other symptoms associated with heart problems. I listened to my body and my head. Still it did prompt me to go on-line and look for guidance for when to go to the E and when to wait and see.
A wide range of health problems can cause chest pain. In many cases, the underlying cause has nothing to do with your heart — though there’s no easy way to tell without seeing a doctor.
Chest pain related to cardiac problems
In general, chest pain related to a heart attack or another heart problem is associated with one or more of the following:
- Pressure, fullness or tightness in your chest
- Crushing or searing pain that radiates to your back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms, especially your left arm
- Pain that lasts more than a few minutes, goes away and comes back or varies in intensity
- Shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness or nausea
Chest pain related to noncardiac problems
Chest pain that isn’t related to a heart problem is more often associated with:
- A burning sensation behind your breastbone (sternum)
- A sour taste or a sensation of food re-entering your mouth
- Trouble swallowing
- Pain that gets better or worse when you change your body position
- Pain that intensifies when you breathe deeply or cough
- Tenderness when you push on your chest
When to see a doctor
If you have new or unexplained chest pain or suspect you’re having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don’t waste time trying to diagnose heart attack symptoms yourself.
Every minute is crucial if you’re having a heart attack. A trip to the emergency room could save your life — or bring you peace of mind if nothing is seriously wrong with your health.
Don’t drive yourself to the hospital, unless you have no other option. Driving yourself puts you and others at risk if your condition suddenly worsens.
HOPE THIS IS USEFUL KNOWLEDGE but as one of my facebook friends said “Better to be save then sorry.” Stay strong.