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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday February 8th I had severe arm pain on my right side that came on suddenly and it lasted about 15 minutes, the pain went down to a bearble level along with weakness and numbness. While I was talking to my doctor I also had pain, weakness and numbness in my right leg. She told me to go to the ER. They gave me a CT scan and an MRI at the ER and both came back normal, no sign of a stroke, thank god! I was admitted to the hospital for further testing. They ran another MRI to look at my blood vessels this time and ran an echocardiogram and a bubble test all came back normal. They gave me a heparin shot in my stomach as a precaution. My blood work showed that I am low in potassium. I was finally released from the hospital at 4pm Saturday February 9th.

I still have residual pain, weakness and numbness on my right side and no answers as to why. I did my yoga routine this morning and it left me exhausted. So I am going to rest as much as possible. The sudden and severe arm pain scared me it was so bad I was crying and screaming from the pain. It is still scary having the residual effects now as well.

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TUDI4480 2/14/2013 1:32AM

    Please take good care of yourself.


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NOTSPEEDY 2/11/2013 1:12PM

    Glad it wasn't a stroke. It is so frustrating when they can't figure out what caused it - unless it was the low potassium. Hope you are feeling better today.

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KUTEY5041 2/10/2013 10:22PM

    I hope you are feeling better now. It is always better to be safe than sorry in cases like that. Did they give you potassium to take or just make sure the level was back up before they let you go home?

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SLIMLILA 2/10/2013 8:58PM

    Low potassium can do all that? I have been having arm pain, and shoulder pain, have been blaming it on not doing any exercise lately. but how do we know if it is really something serious....

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MARCIAC10 2/10/2013 8:30PM

    Sounds like the potassium depletion is causing those problems. Did they give you potassium pills to take? I had to take them in the hospital when my levels got too low.
From the Mayo Clinic's website:
Low potassium symptoms may include:

Muscle cramps

Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) are the most worrisome complication of very low potassium levels, particularly in patients with underlying heart disease.

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    I am happy that your tests were normal except for your potassium level. It's good that you know about it.

Hope you feel better soon!

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SASSYSAX 2/10/2013 5:02PM

    I am so sorry yu are in such pain. I am glad it wasnt a stroke though. Hope they cna find out that the cause is and take care of it soon. You take it easy and don't over do. Please don't push yourself.

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MOM2ACAT 2/10/2013 4:27PM

    I'm glad there was no sign of a stroke; you did the right thing getting to the ER to get it checked out. I hope the residual side effects go away soon.

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DRPOOH63 2/10/2013 3:43PM

    Sounds like you did the right thing getting help right away. Hope the pain stays away and you are better now.

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LYNCHD05 2/10/2013 3:28PM

    You have every right to be afraid. I hope you are feeling better to orrow. Thank goodness you were checked out. Washing you a better day tomorrow.

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