Friday, January 25, 2013
So I've mentioned this "ulcer" pain in a couple of my blogs. Well, on Tuesday I got sort of hazy, light-headed and dizzy at work and the pain came back with a vengeance. On my way home from work I called my best friend who lives literally one minute away and told her to keep her phone close because if it didn't let up I would need to go to the hospital. At 230 a.m. I made the call.
The pain was sharp and was worse with every breath I took. If I tried to lay down on either side, it would feel like a hot poker was stabbing me. So in -15 degree cold, we set out to the ER.
It was completely empty. Since the pain was near my heart, they did an EKG immediately. It looked good. Then they did a whole bunch of blood work. For the first time EVER I was properly hydrated! LOL (Thanks to all the water I've been chugging!) and my red and white blood counts were good as well as my liver enzymes. The only thing elevated was my d-dimer test, which can sometimes indicate a blood clot. The doctor asked me if I had been on a long trip recently. Yep - back and forth driving from Michigan to NH in a one week period. She ordered a CT scan to rule out a blood clot in the lung.
By this point I was pretty much in la la land on Dilaudid and was so happy that I could breath comfortably again that I wasn't worried about much!
It was my first CT scan and it was an open one - so it wasn't unpleasant at all - except that "pee your pants" feeling you get from the contrast. LOL
I also got a chest x-ray.
The doctor said that all of my organs looked good - my heart and lungs are healthy. YAY. She said the pain is probably stemming from a stomach issue (which is what I've thought). So I have to get an upper GI done to diagnose the pain.
For now I am on a bland diet, taking Zantac daily, sleeping sitting up, and I have a few days of Percocet to get me through the worst of the pain. And yes, the pain is still there! I'd say it's eased up a little bit since that night, but it's still constant and sharp. I can't even THINK about lying down. The pain is so bad that I'm in tears. If I stay still and breath with shallow breaths, I'm much more comfortable.
But it got me thinking. It really did. And I'm going to say a phrase which isn't very welcomed here on Spark - lap band. I gave it some thought. I've been one of the most staunch defenders of losing weight the "right" way and talking about how stomach surgeries are so dangerous and there can be so many complications. But I tell you what ..... having my health questioned like that made me think about it. If I knocked off 50-60 pounds quickly, my health would improve so much. My aches and pains. Of course I need to lose 200 pounds! And I wouldn't do the major surgery - but lap band maybe? Oh Lord I just don't know. I'm just so scared about my health. Thinking this could have been a heart issue? The faster I lose some of this weight, the sooner I can work out harder. Be more active. I've done this yo-yo thing for THREE YEARS now. Lose 50. Gain 30. Lose 20. Gain 30. Lose 30. Gain 20. I have to do something. Maybe I need to go to OA. I'm so addicted to food it's not funny.
At this point I don't have any answers - I am just thinking. I've been in my calorie range for the past 5 days - so even though my choices weren't always the greatest - I have been staying under my range. (Day of the E.R. I didn't eat much of anything of course)
So my plan for the week sort of went out the window. I am in too much pain to cook a full meal or go shopping - so I will just have to play it by ear for the next several days and pray that this pain gives me a break!
Hope you are all having a great week,