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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!
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  • WINNIE-POOH
    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
    1501 days ago
  • LOVE_2_LAUGH
    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!
    1543 days ago
  • BLUENOSE63
    Barb

    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.
    1543 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    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:
    angina
    heartburn
    chest wall pain (musculoskeletal chest pain)
    asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleuritis
    mitral valve prolapse
    pericarditis
    peptic ulcer
    aortic dissection
    So glad you went and will be glad to hear what they think.
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    1543 days ago
  • VITCHY-VICKI
    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
    V
    1543 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    Yes, better safe than sorry emoticon
    1543 days ago
  • DALID414
    I'd definitely choose feeling silly over sorry.
    1543 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    Silly? No! You are being cautious and not
    taking chances. Wish everyone paid more
    attention to the warning signs. Better safe
    than sorry. HUGS!
    1543 days ago
  • COCK-ROBIN
    Right! Better safe than sorry. You did good.
    1543 days ago
  • MOBYCARP
    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.

    1543 days ago
  • JUST_TRI_IT
    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 ...

    D
    1543 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    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.
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    rrrrrrr!

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

    1543 days ago
  • MJREIMERS
    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
    1543 days ago
  • PATRICIAAK
    definitely, better safe than sorry
    1543 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 7:50:23 PM
  • ALICIA363
    What WATERMELLEN commented on the previous blog. Women's symptoms are different from the research done on men.

    Love you!

    emoticon
    1543 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2014 7:46:21 PM
  • SUNNY1432
    Definitely better safe then sorry! I hope you hear positive news tomorrow after the stress test. I'll be praying for you. emoticon
    1543 days ago
  • REJ7777
    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.
    1543 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Wow....scary! So glad everything tested out OK!!!
    1543 days ago
  • _LINDA
    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..
    1543 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    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!!
    1543 days ago
  • TERI-RIFIC
    I don't know about you but I feel much better, now!! Definitely not silly.
    1544 days ago
  • GABY1948
    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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    1544 days ago
  • BUNNYCATS
    I'm glad you went to the ER. Good luck with the stress test! emoticon
    1544 days ago
  • MADEIT3
    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!!
    1544 days ago
  • MARUKI52
    You definitely did the right thing and I'm glad they found nothing wrong.
    1544 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    I'm glad you had it checked out, and I'm happy your heart is OK.
    emoticon
    1544 days ago
  • -RUBIES-
    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!


    1544 days ago
  • EMMACLAIRE5
    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!

    1544 days ago
  • DLDMIL
    You did the right thing.
    1544 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Absolutely right to do what you did! We'll hear nothing but positive reports from the Dr. If that happened to me....it would have been a spicy bean burrito that gave me heartburn!
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    Wishin' you nothing but positive waves & prayers, Barb!
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    1544 days ago
  • ALICIA214


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


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    1544 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    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.

    emoticon


    1544 days ago
  • NINJALINDA
    Better safe than sorry definitely! Hope they find what's causing your issue, and it's very small & easily solvable!
    1544 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Yes, better safe than sorry. Good for you for going to ER. Hope the follow-up tests give you some answers.
    1544 days ago
  • DR8561
    Glad you got it checked. Chest pains are nothing to play with. Hope your stress test goes well.
    1544 days ago
  • SANDYL54
    Absolutely right!! So glad you went and can have some peace of mind now. ;-)
    Here's hoping the intermittent pains resolve themselves soon.
    1544 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    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))))
    1544 days ago
  • CAREN_BLUEJEANS
    Oh! So glad you're OK. I just had a cardiac stress test on Tuesday. (see my blog for details)
    1544 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Atta gal! Gotta jealously guard that SPARK! :-)

    Don
    1544 days ago
  • JTREMBATH
    It always pay to be safe than sorry where chest pains are concerned.
    1544 days ago
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