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Chest Pain....still!!

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  • Posted By: EmilyMcN
  • May 12, 2007
  • 04:28 AM

Hi, i'm a 25 y.o female, and i was just wondering if someone can help me out. i'm a chronic asthmatic so I am no stranger to chest tightness and breathlessness. But for the last 5 days, i have had a really weird, almost undescribable pain in my chest. It hurts basically where you would perform CPR on someone. Its more of a tight, pressureized (like someone is sitting on my chest) hollow, yet heavy sensation and it hurts more when I breathe in. Sometimes it hurts my back at the same time, but that is more like a stabbing pain. Its not so painful that it makes me cry, but I get puffed out easily and am really really tired, as it keeps me awake at night. I dont wanna go to the drs because I dont want to look stupid. Any suggestions???

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  • Emily...you don't look stupid..and I've never even seen you LOL ...Mommy cat, here...you know what I'm going to say... www.ahummingbirdsguide.com please know ME affects several different body systems and 2 are cardiac(heart) and respiratory (asthma) I hate to say it but it could be...Thank you for defending me earlier, even if I just lost you for posting this site to you...you obviously have seen what's happening here...again, you are so kind...Be Well...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Emily, The only thing that will look stupid, is when they send for an ambulance, because you didn't walk in when you could.If you are really afraid of looking stupid, tell the doctor that you have come in because your pain-in-the-butt Aunt Shula told you that if you didn't she was going to send an ambulance, and you decided walking in was less embarrassing.Meanwhile, do you have any other symptoms? What is your pulse rate? Are you sweating more or less than normal? Are you able to be as active as normal, or is this interfering? Do you have any digestive problems? Headache? Shakiness? Appetite changes?Chest pains, even at age 25, are nothing to take lightly. For myself, I have a three day rule. Anything I don't understand, that is either getting worse, or not getting better, and is causing me to be uncomfortable, I take to the doctor. About half the time it is nothing. The other half, it turns out to be something.GO TO THE DOCTOR. Aunt Shula says so. :pAnd then write back, and give an update.Shula
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  • And in case the doctor doesn't know what it is, give him a hint? PNEUMONIA. You need antibiotics and may need to stay there a while. It is already late...:p
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, please listen to your Aunt Shula, she gave some great advice;) .Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Mommy Cat, "Aunty Shula", and my other "helpers" Well, my pain still hasn't gone away, in fact it's just a little worse. Began to cough up what looks like water with blood in it. Whatever that means. To answer my "aunty shula's" qn's: my pulse rate is 60 per minute and 145 when I'm just cruising around. But the Dr's in the past have always commented on my heartbeat. They usually say "are you nervous?" when I say "no" they just dont worry about it. I'm not sweaty at all, actually I drink a lot more water. I can't be so active cuz i'm just too tired to bein with. No digestive problems, my appetite has changed, but thats basically because I cannot be bothered to walk to the pantry. The only new thing I have noticed is that my temperature is 37.9 degrees celcius but my extremities are frozen. No Heasache, or dizzines, or shakes. But at least I can still think and type.... Thanx guys, ur great. Just being able to talk to you is reassuring within itself. Talk soon guys Em
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Em...secondary infections are an ME sx as well which is what the PNEUMONIA would be considered...Please don't feel like I'm cramming this at you, like I know several others feel about me at this point in time...just know this...you could have 3 symptoms or 100 symptoms and can still have ME. I'm only suggesting it based on the info you provided here and the fact that so many are having similar problems...Best to you...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • A fast heart is no problem, it's normal .. Beware that obvious pneumonia - it's an even more dangerous new type, and often hidden. A friend of mine was almost dead before one doctor remembered pneumonia. They wrongly medicated for other things at first, anxiety etc. We don't want to order you around but you need urgent help, or it will kill you - long before you think it is serious. In the past, this was what most people died of.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey Mommy Cat, I, unlike other "unregistered" people, am very grateful for your help. I'm in Australia and it's mothers day today, so "Happy Mothers Day." I have made an appointment to see my dr later on today...so i'll keep you posted. In relation to that cruel and heartless "unregistered" individual-i've come up with an interesting analogy as to his/her name. S/he is not named so because s/he is unregistered with "wrong diagnosis" S/he is simply named as such, because s/he is "unregistered" to give out inforamation, his/her advice could never measure up to yours. You're doing a fantastic job, and for this I thank you. Em
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Mommy Cat, "Aunty Shula", and my other "helpers" Well, my pain still hasn't gone away, in fact it's just a little worse. Began to cough up what looks like water with blood in it. Whatever that means. Whatever that means? That means your lungs are irritated enough to be bleeding and filling with fluid. It means that you are in serious need of medical attention. I was concerned before. Now I'm downright worried. You can drown yourself under such circumstances. Your body can literally keep weeping fluid into irritated tissues, and in this case, those tissues are your lungs. Since you are asthmatic, your lungs are already stressed.A hospital might be a better bet than a doctor's office at this stage. Shula
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  • Hey Guys. Urm....I can hear a lot of "told you so's." Well, Im back. Just to inform you guys, that I am on the mend. My chest pain and coughing up fluids was not just an "I'll be ok in a few days" situation. Just been diagnoised with pneumonia. They were worried about TB. I'm on antibiotics and all is well. But i'll be around to help other ppl out and I promise I'll listen to you if i've got any other medical issues. Thanx again. Em
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Em...tears...you just made me cry, but in a good way for once Em...please look at "why" you have pneumonia...you are young, yes? Secondary infections are big with ME There are hundreds, if not thousands with ME sx on this site alone read where I've posted...lots of info on many people with sx Seems people are having sx 20 yrs after outbreak in 80's younger people, probably having sx due to the fact that mom's had ME in the 80's I think my daughter is having sx and she is 16 I wish you well Em, and Thank You for all of your supportI'm trying to help anyone that will listen........Love you guys.....mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Em...know that there are over 36,000 people with ME in the "Down Under" see about doing some research in your country...it's also really big in UK and just now, with all of this...becoming HUGE in the states The Hummingbird website is actually an Australian based site Please try to visit it again or ask around...if 36,000 people have it...chances are someone knows someone with it Seems Australia is "UP ON ME"...more than we can say for the USA Be Well Sweetie...I'm here if you have more questions......mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Mommy, No need for the tears. I am glad that you guys pushed me into going to the dr's. Spent about 5 minutes at the docwith all that asidetors, then they sent me staight to the hospital....er....by ambulance. I laugh about it now....but i'm really laughing at my neglegence toward myself. Anyways, with all that aside, just wanted to say thanx mommy for YOUR support. You can be my mommy any day. I have most definately read up on ME and I can safely say that the stupid "unregistered" person was totally un-educated!!!! I hope your 16 y.o is doing ok! Em
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dearest Em...no need for the tears, yet they still come You know what they say...regarding that "Ignorant" doctor...You get one in every bunch...he's ours But I won't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch, girl Did you read about the ME numbers in Australia?it's overwhelming trying to do research in between helping anyone who will listen with the ME info.it's everywhere and most don't believe it...they will soon enough..Bye, babe...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Em,You are lucky - I'm glad you are on the mend! Please now get yourself the best quality PROBIOTIC you can afford, to help counterbalance the antibiotic you were prescribed. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Antibiotics strip out all the good with the bad, and a probiotic will help rebuild your intestinal flora and thus build your immune system back up. Look for ones with several strains of beneficial bacteria, more than just acidophilus. Jarrow makes some good ones. You can find these at any good healthfood store, or go online to www.vitacost.com. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Emily,Thank you for the update. The only reason I write on this board is because I have been through so many medical situations myself, and if I can help someone, that makes it worth it. Truly, I wish I hadn't been so accurate, all the way down to the ambulance! But I am VERY happy you did go, and that they took your trouble seriously, even if you weren't sure you needed to. That is good medical care. I'm glad.Now for my next bit of advice, that you haven't asked for yet. :DSince you have asthma, your lungs will have a harder time recovering from pneumonia. Therefore, you will likely have to be on antibiotics for longer than regular. And you will have to stay on them for a while even after you feel well. Don't know if you know how antibiotics work exactly, if you do, this will be old news, but just in case...Antibiotics will kill off the easiest, weakest germies first. (Like that technical term?) The longer you are on it, the more are killed off, BUT, that means that the ones that are left are a smaller and smaller group of a higher and higher concentration of the strongest pathogenic bacteria. So if you go off antibiotics too quickly after you feel better, you haven't let the medicine kill off ALL of the infection, (we feel better when *most* of the pathogens are gone) and the ones that are left to repopulate are the BIG GUNS. (Misuse of antibiotics are the reason we have anti-biotic resistant diseases.) So stick to the regimen the doctor puts you on, and if you don't feel totally better by a few days before the end of your prescription, TELL the doc!Then, because you will be on so much antibiotics, do what ACUANN says, and get probiotics to compensate for your intestinal "good bacteria" population. It is great if you can get good probiotics, but anything is better than nothing. So if you have to order, and it will take a while, but there is something cheap that you can pick up local, pick up the cheap one and take it until the good one comes.Last (for this post ;) ) being on an strong antibiotic for a long time can have various side effects. Most of them are not nearly as bad as pneumonia, and that is why they are prescribed. But if you happen to get a rash or start having more trouble breathing, call the doctor right away. Both symptoms can be a sign that things are about to turn into a major allergic reaction.I do hope you feel a lot better soon.Best,Shula
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  • Good advice Shula!I would add to look up your antibiotic on www.drugs.com. and if it is a floroquinalone (sp), then this can actually cause a torn tendon and crazy mental disturbances - these side effects were never mentioned by my doc or pharmacist, and with research I found out about this - be careful and be informed!DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi guys, I've got some interesting news for you all. I haven't written for a while, this is cuz i'm in hospital, I'm writing from my hospital's "net-room" (ain't it grand?) I just thought I'd let u all know how it's all going. Last Monday or Tuesday night, I felt like I was choking. I collapsed for the 5th time in a month. There was a loud bubbling noise coming from my chest. Luckily my friend was with me and she drove me to hospital....and thats been my home ever since. They have been doing tests but still haven't come to a conclusion yet. They are feeding me through a ***n tube, I just dont get it, they say its a necessity but I just dont understand, all i understand right now is that i'm killing for a big mac!!!!!!! I just want some answers, but I guess I'm in the best hands now. I wish I had of listened to you guys sooner, then I would be in my own bed, not here!!! But otherwise I feel fine. I want my 'mommy' cat. :( Anyway, I'll keep you updated. Keep smiling....it air-conditions your teeth!! Em
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Em...I'm right here...wondering why I haven't heard from you...little one I hope they are treating you well there tell me more about your symptoms before collapse dizzy?faint?hot?sweaty?nauseas?diarrhea?cramps? just asking because these are a few things that happen to me when I have, what I call my "spells" I don't know what else to call them Rest easy and get well soon... Em...all those tests their running...are they testing for ME/CFS?Many in Australia, UK and US...it also explains the chest pain honey:o I'm here...be good:) mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Mommy, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Yep all is well here, they have come to a conclusion....bout time too....and it seemed like such an easy illness to diagnose. Apparently I have 'active TB' my mum had it when I was a baby. plus they haven't ruled out pneumonia as originally diagnosed. They want to test me for stuff in relation to my black-outs but they have solved their major concern, so they have decided to give me a "break" for a day or so. I have however done damage to my lung wall or something so I am on a mask to help me breathe easier, but it's ok. They have pulled out my tube and I was given that big mac, along with a chocolate cakeYUMMMMM!!!!-much to the dismay of one of the dr's. Good thing about being contageous is that I now am using my own lap top in my own room...YAY!! I would love to be able to tell you what my symptoms before my black-outs are, but the thing is that I cannot remember. But I've consistently been feeling really crap over the last week and a half anyway, so I cant really describe it. Anyways, yeh they're treating me ok I guess, but nothing beats my warm flannelette pyjamas, my teddy bear and my electric blanket on a cold Aussie night. These dumb hospital gowns have no warmth whatsoever!!!!!:) Not to worry, I shall keep u updated. Hopefully I'll be home soon. Talk soon xoxoxox
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