Trip to the E.R.

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,

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  • MARIANNE9855
    Like several people said- it could be your gall bladder- I went through several months of increasing stomach pain and nausea to where it was too painful to bear and it ended up being my gall bladder.

    I know what you mean about health problems being scary- I am about the same size and since I have been helping care for my mom who has all kinds of physical problems all I can think of is I don't want to be like that when I am her age- or be that kind of burden on my sons- so that has been a big factor in finding spark people and sticking to it. Not that it still isn't hard but its so encouraging and supportive here- it keeps me going.
    I am going to ask to be your friend if you don't mind- I think we could be of support to each other. emoticon
    1863 days ago
    I had the same thing happen. The E.R. Dr. told me to drink aloe vera gell when my stomach hurt, that it would help it to heal and eat lots of apples.

    1863 days ago
    Hope they find out what's causing the pain soon. Take care!


    1912 days ago
    Feel better soon. Have a good weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1913 days ago
  • .DUSTY.
    Yes, that must have been really scary! Did they check your gall bladder out? (Ultrasound to check for gall stones.) That can cause extreme pain.

    There is no "right" way to lose weight only what is right for you! So many don't understand what it's like to weigh what we do and all the problems that come with it. They don't understand that it's dangerous carrying around so much weight too.

    Feel better and take care!
    1913 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 4:48:30 PM
    The only advice I can give about the lap band is 1) talk to God about it first; then 2) talk to your doctor about it. Before you can even begin to do it, you have to go through a whole battery of tests, physical & mental, to see if you can handle it. I don't want to do it myself because as you say it's the easy way out & there are so many complications associated with it. One night, I was typing a lap band procedure & I told God that with all the complications listed, He was going to have to perform His own version of lap band surgery on me (or other weight loss surgery). God will tell you what is the best option for you. Let us know what happens with your upper GI.
    1913 days ago
    I am sorry you had to make a trip to the ER, but glad most of the tests came out well. Yeah, CT scans are weird. Will the upper GI tell if this is gall bladder stuff?
    I do not want to discourage you if the lap-band is what you want. Just be careful.
    One of my nieces had the full deal and has had multiple surgeries for hernias, etc since then. Her 1/2 sister recently had the lap band. She is fairing better. It is just a TOOL, as you know, to aid in weight loss. It won't prevent a gaining back the weight (that's what the first niece found out) but it can be a starting point to get you on your way. You will still be working hard, but I think if you weigh less you will be able to exercise more. That's a win-win.
    There is a team for lap-banders her on SP and whatever you decide, support will be available. Praying for you! Get well soon! emoticon
    1913 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 10:14:27 AM
    Praying for you Sherry. The pain knocks the joy factor down to about a minus 2.
    It's a blessing the other things checked out good and that's a reprieve. I hope you can get the GI work done soon and get solid answers and ways to bring healing again.

    Be gentle with yourself...and google things to get some good tips in the meantime.

    Hugs~ Bren
    1913 days ago
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