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Just so you know... I went to the ER...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I didn't even bother calling the doctor's office first, because I know darn well that if I said the words "chest pain" they would have sent me straight to the ER anyway.

Gave them the whole nine yards of my weight history and my triathlon training plan and all that. The ER found nothing wrong with my heart. They did the EKG, the echo, the x-ray, the electronic monitoring. Of course by the time I got there, I wasn't having pains, either. They also drew blood to get the enzymes & they all came back clean... no heart attack took place.

So they sent me home and have me slated for a cardio stress test tomorrow a.m., but see, y'all don't have to worry... I did the prudent thing... and I shall continue to follow up with my doctor.

I'm still having those intermittent pains. They don't rise to horrible, and they last just a couple of minutes. At this point we know it's not the big scary. I asked the ER doc if it was OK to return to work this afternoon and he said if I want to, but he'd sign me out for the day if I wanted, too. Being hungry when they let me go I came home... after lunch will be soon enough to decide whether to go back to work for a few hours, since tomorrow morning I'll be out again for that other test. And they said if anything changes about the symptoms, come back.

Yes, I feel a trifle silly. But better safe than sorry, right? Right!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WINNIE-POOH 4/10/2014 11:24PM

    Unlike me, that was the right thing to do. I had chest and back pain almost 3 weeks before I went. Went to ER - all test show heart attack. 99% blockage and had to have stent put in. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 2/28/2014 11:53AM

    Chest pain is nothing to fool around with. SO glad you went and got it checked out and all came back clean. Hope your test today goes/went well. Keep us posted. Take care and God bless!

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BLUENOSE63 2/28/2014 11:29AM


Good for you for going to the doctor and getting checked out! Don't feel silly, you did the smart thing whereras most people don't unless they go to the ER while having a heart attack.

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KALIGIRL 2/28/2014 8:11AM

    Silly? It may not have been a emoticon but SOMETHING is definitely going on and the sooner you know what it is the better.
Could be any of these:
chest wall pain (musculoskeletal chest pain)
asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleuritis
mitral valve prolapse
peptic ulcer
aortic dissection
So glad you went and will be glad to hear what they think.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/28/2014 6:50AM

    So glad you went in and keep us up to date on your new test - glad your ok and keep it that way kido
Take care and God Bless

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NEW-CAZ 2/28/2014 3:11AM

    Yes, better safe than sorry emoticon

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DALID414 2/28/2014 12:25AM

    I'd definitely choose feeling silly over sorry.

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MSLZZY 2/28/2014 12:17AM

    Silly? No! You are being cautious and not
taking chances. Wish everyone paid more
attention to the warning signs. Better safe
than sorry. HUGS!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/27/2014 10:09PM

    Right! Better safe than sorry. You did good.

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MOBYCARP 2/27/2014 9:26PM

    Glad to hear it turned out to be nothing, but good for you checking it out! Remember, you have a family tree full of atherosclerosis and stroke. Yes, you're doing all the right things to manage the controllable risk factors; but that family health history is still there.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/27/2014 9:02PM

    Way way better than wishing you had gone! They are the professionals and so really the only ones who can confirm or not confirm your wonderings.
Glad you are getting the clean bill of health ...


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    I'll be real frank and say that was the dumbest move I'd hear of in a while, but then you smartened up and checked it out.
Get your tests then lets talk about how I'll come to Nebraska next time you blog about chest pain.

I virtually love my Spark friends and need them to take proper care.

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MJREIMERS 2/27/2014 8:00PM

    I'm glad you went and had your chest pains checked out. I am SO HAPPY that you are ok. Take it easy and give your body a chance to "recover." emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 2/27/2014 7:49PM

    definitely, better safe than sorry

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ALICIA363 2/27/2014 7:44PM

    What WATERMELLEN commented on the previous blog. Women's symptoms are different from the research done on men.

Love you!


Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 7:46:21 PM

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SUNNY1432 2/27/2014 7:04PM

    Definitely better safe then sorry! I hope you hear positive news tomorrow after the stress test. I'll be praying for you. emoticon

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REJ7777 2/27/2014 6:46PM

    It sure IS better to be safe than sorry... especially with something as important as your heart! I read that some people don't go to the hospital when they're worried they might be having a heart attack, because they're afraid to feel foolish if they aren't. And some pay with their lives. Better to feel a "trifle silly" and get some real answers. If everything comes out clean as far as your heart goes, I do hope they find out what is causing you that pain.

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    Wow....scary! So glad everything tested out OK!!!

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_LINDA 2/27/2014 5:55PM

    Better safe then sorry! Glad it wasn't the heart! I had the same thing happen. They decided it was heart burn. Felt nasty as anything. Still gave me a stress test to be safe. I am not prone to heart burn -it came out of the blue -especially since my last meal had been two hours ago!!
Hope you feel better soon..

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2014 5:26PM

    Thank you for taking care of you -- and you can see there are a LOT of people here who are very happy that you did!!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/27/2014 5:14PM

    I don't know about you but I feel much better, now!! Definitely not silly.

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GABY1948 2/27/2014 5:06PM

    You did the right thing! NO question about it! That really IS scary. Now do what they tell you!

And, I'm with you on the Ben & Jerry's!


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BUNNYCATS 2/27/2014 5:04PM

    I'm glad you went to the ER. Good luck with the stress test! emoticon

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MADEIT3 2/27/2014 4:12PM

    Absolutely better safe than sorry. I hope they find nothing is wrong. It is never silly to run for a doctor when something like that happens.

I will tell you a story. About 30 years ago, I found a lump in my right breast. I worked at a hospital back then and immediately took it to my friend the nurse, who took me to her friend the internist, who sent me to a doctor that specialized in breast cancer. And he said, "Did you move furniture in the last couple of day?" And in fact, I had. I'd moved a TV stand down a flight of stairs using my chest as a break. So I had a massive hematoma rather than cancer. Whew.

Why do I tell you this story? Think back to some of your activities. Anything you might have done to pull a muscle or cause some other injury. Especially with your tests coming back negative...

And yes, follow-up with your doctor!!

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MARUKI52 2/27/2014 3:02PM

    You definitely did the right thing and I'm glad they found nothing wrong.

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KRISZTA11 2/27/2014 2:35PM

    I'm glad you had it checked out, and I'm happy your heart is OK.

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PRESBESS 2/27/2014 2:20PM

    Yep, you did the right thing for sure. Isn't it amazing that you feel symtoms time and time again and then when you see a doctor... nothing.

That gets me. I think to myself, I know they think I'm either lying or nuts. Geeze!

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EMMACLAIRE5 2/27/2014 1:53PM

    You're so smart to go right in! Hopefully tomorrows testing will show nothing, just like today, although it would be nice to know what caused it...

Let us know what you find out!

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DLDMIL 2/27/2014 1:49PM

    You did the right thing.

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MIRAGE727 2/27/2014 1:37PM

    Absolutely right to do what you did! We'll hear nothing but positive reports from the Dr. If that happened to would have been a spicy bean burrito that gave me heartburn!
Wishin' you nothing but positive waves & prayers, Barb!

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ALICIA214 2/27/2014 1:28PM


I hope you get a clean bill of health when your test results come back..


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SUSANNAH31 2/27/2014 1:27PM

    Absolutely better safe than sorry! For sure, you did the right thing.

It is so much better to have it checked out.

And tomorrow you will learn more.


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NINJALINDA 2/27/2014 1:18PM

    Better safe than sorry definitely! Hope they find what's causing your issue, and it's very small & easily solvable!

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PHOENIX1949 2/27/2014 1:06PM

    Yes, better safe than sorry. Good for you for going to ER. Hope the follow-up tests give you some answers.

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DR8561 2/27/2014 12:58PM

    Glad you got it checked. Chest pains are nothing to play with. Hope your stress test goes well.

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SANDYL54 2/27/2014 12:54PM

  Absolutely right!! So glad you went and can have some peace of mind now. ;-)
Here's hoping the intermittent pains resolve themselves soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2014 12:51PM

    BARB! Don't you dare feel silly! You did the RIGHT thing. So relieved that you did. Now, get that baby aspirin and keep it with you. It is always better to be prepared too.

Glad you went. Thank you!!!!! ((((HUGS))))

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 2/27/2014 12:51PM

    Oh! So glad you're OK. I just had a cardiac stress test on Tuesday. (see my blog for details)

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DDOORN 2/27/2014 12:49PM

    Atta gal! Gotta jealously guard that SPARK! :-)


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JTREMBATH 2/27/2014 12:47PM

    It always pay to be safe than sorry where chest pains are concerned.

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