My hospital visit
Friday, February 25, 2011
On February 12 or so, I woke up to my neck/shoulder hurting. For the next few days, I took 800 mg of Motrin/ 2-3 times/day. It didn't get any better. Dh said he would massage it. But lasted for less then 10 seconds 1 time. Yeah, that did no good. Last Thursday, my neck was getting worse, so I called my doctor. He was leaving his office early that day but could get me in on Friday at 10:30. But then I would have to miss work. He wouldn't prescribed a muscle relaxant without seeing me but did call in a script for Naprosen. I took that on Thursday-Sunday. I cancelled the appt for Friday and made it for first Tuesday and then Monday since I was off work on Monday.
I realized that when I exercise, I didn't have pain though. But I was unsure if that was due to loosing up the muscle or I was very distracted and focused on exercise. So during the Scavenger Dash, I was painfree. (By the way, it is official, we came in 12th. And there are lots of pictures of us on their website. Under LA location. We are wearing tie dyed shirts.) So I went to the doctor on Monday. Yes, he felt it was probably a pulled muscle. I had some options, live with the pain and it will get better on its own, use heat and ice, take a muscle relaxant, or physical therapy. I went the muscle relaxant way. The doctor gave me a once a day med that is supposed to be less likely to make me sleepy. I took a nap on Monday afternoon and again on Tuesday afternoon. I took the meds on Monday and Tuesday. And I did feel better.
So Tuesday night, at 10:15 pm, I went to workout on the Wii Walk It Out. At about 10:30 pm, I couldn't take any deep breaths. This has happened before, each time (twice, 14 yrs ago and 7 yrs ago) I then got Pneumonia. So I finished my workout and went to lay down in bed. At about 11:15, I started to have chest pain. Never had that before. So I went on Sparkpeople and looked up info on heart attacks. I had read an article on Sparkpeople how symptoms for women are different than for men. It basically said go to the hospital. But by then it was midnight. And dh was falling asleep. Should I drive myself? Should I wake him up? And if I did that, what about the kids? Do I call a friend who lives 20 minutes from here to come over to stay with the kids? In the end, I went to sleep. Smart, huh?
I woke up and felt fine. No harm, no fowl. Ate breakfast on the way to work (like every day). Got out of my car at work and started to walk in. Um, this isn't good. I started to have chestpain again. I signed in and told the office manager I was having slight chest pain. I walked to the elevator. As I got to the elevator, another teacher, a dear friend ask if I was ok. She stated I looked flushed and not so good. I walked to my classroom and dumped my stuff. Dh said I should go to the school nurse and have her check my blood pressure. So I took the stairs down 4 flights. It hurt too much to walk to the elevator. When I got there, my blood pressure was 140/90. Not bad at first look. Except my normal blood pressure is 90/60. So that is very high for me. So I called dh and said he needed to come get me. I told the principal. In the meantime, the school decided with my blood pressure being high for me, they called 911.
The LAFD took me to the local hospital. I had 2 EKGs, a chest xray, lots of blood work, a CT scan, and then got admitted to the cardiac floor. I also had a ultrasound called an ECHO and in the end, more blood work, and a stress test with another ECHO. My blood pressure once admitted went to 85/45. Everything came out normal or negative. I did have an episode of chest pain in the hospital. But the heart monitoring came out normal during this time. In the end, I ended up throwing up and feeling better. The doctor thought that might be because of the antibiotics I was put on.
The cardiologist gave me a clean bill of health. I was put on a baby aspirin as precaution. They think it may be bronchitis. Or something GI related. They never mentioned it might be a panic attack. And I have been feeling less panicky and little anxiety. I left with antibiotics, an inhaler, and baby aspirin.
Upon being discharged, the volunteer told me to walk because she couldn't push me up a slight grade. She stated I was in better shape than she was. That may be true. Of course I had just left the cardiac floor.
When dh and I got home, we wondered if I really have bronchitis. I really don't think so. I haven't felt sick. I don't have a cough or any wheezing. And I don't have a fever. But what about that muscle relaxant? We went online and looked for side effects to Amrix. Well, two of major side effects, shortness of breath (can't take deep breath of air) and chest pain. So we think the muscle relaxant is to blame.
I am feeling better. But will take it very easy this weekend. Thanks for all the well wishes. And hope I didn't bore you all with too much details. But I will tell you this, this has made it even more important to lose weight, get healthy and reduce my risk of heart disease! Let's rock this warning!