I've been having problems for the last month now and NO ONE can figure it out. I have posted a blog about it and will copy the post here hoping that someone can help.
I've had a problem with a tooth, a molar, that had such a bad cavity that it became a crater. I've lived with it for a few years but started getting pain about once or twice a week so I had it extracted. It's my upper-right molar second to the last molar. The extraction went well although the gums didn't heal to the point that they grew over, they merely touched together and healed that way (I now have a straight scar-like line where the tooth used to be). Dentist said that it was because I had mild gum disease and that it should be fine.
After watching TV with my girl-friend, I was pressing on my tooth extraction site which was completely healed when I heard a *CRUNCH* followed by intense pain and rapidly increased heart-rate. I got up immediately and went to the bathroom mirror where I started feeling light-headed, dizzy, and finally fainted (almost, I was conscious but "out-of-it"). My heart was thumping so fast that I couldn't feel a pulse. My chest felt like fire. I thought I was having a heart-attack. My girl-friend decided to take me to the hospital where on the way I started to feel better. I didn't have insurance at the time so once I started feeling better I told her to turn around and take me home. I brushed it off as a panic attack induced by intense pain.
I noticed intense "thumping" in my abdominal region. My belly would pulsate with my pulse and I had minor muscle spasms (could be something else) in my arms and legs. Like a twitch that immediately went away, only to resurface a few hours later at a different location in my body. I decided it was time for that hospital visit. After talking with the ER doctor, a CT scan of my chest and abdomen was performed. Nothing showed up. I was sent home with a diagnosis that it's probably Gastritis and was prescribed Nexium. I got Prilosec OTC instead because of Nexium's high price tag. They did blood work and said that my white blood cell count was a little high, but nothing "Out of the Ordinary"
Been feeling weak, tired, and the muscle spasms (if that's what they are) continue. Exercise causes my heart to thump rapidly (of course) but also gives chest pain. It's not unbearable chest pain, just pressure-like pain. My belly ached and was suffering from "Bowel Inconsistence", or the lack-of-bowel-movement (constipation). The burning sensation in my chest would come and go along with the spasms. I can now check my pulse without holding a vein, just holding my breath. This leads me to believe my heart is working "overtime".
My birthday, turned 25, but made another trip to the hospital. I was so backed up digestively that I couldn't go to the bathroom. When I tried, I strained, and it hurt in my abdominal muscles. After taking another round of CT scans, nothing showed up. I was convinced that it was NOT gastritis and STOPPED taking Prilosec OTC and any other PPI medications. My bowels returned to normal. I'm convinced that the Winter Park Hospital is chalked full of inept doctors that only know how to treat common illnesses. Apparently my symptoms stumped them because they couldn't determine any cause. I was sent home again with a clean bill of health. Clean bill of health my **s because I was still suffering.
I had intense pressure in my neck, on the right side (which is the same side that the tooth was extracted, see above). I was sitting down in my "Rocker Chair", a low sitting chair that has audio hookups for a sub woofer and speakers. I placed my hand on the back of my neck on the right side and felt fluid (either blood, or other fluid) shift or burst and I had another near fainting spell. My heart rate started racing again and I could feel thumping in my head and neck. I could visibly see my pulse in my neck on the right side, pulsating with my heart beat, but couldn't see it on my left side of my neck. I'm now convinced that it's serious but I don't trust the Winter Park Hospital so I went to an Urgent Care place the next morning. After discussing it with a doctor, he referred me to Florida Cardiology to get checked out. The Cardiologist diagnosed the fainting spells as "Neurocardiogenic Syncope". He told me to return to get a holter top that has an EKG in it so they can monitor my heart-rate and nerve action for 24-hours. He also said he wants me to do an echo cardiogram and a "stress test" on a treadmill. At this point i'm almost certain that there is something definitely wrong with my vascular system or something that ties to it. I'm fearful of what might happen should this "condition" continue without treatment. I haven't even been diagnosed with a root cause of my symptoms.
So, that's what I have so far. I will blog with more when I get more but I'm really stumped as to what this is. I believed it to be either a foreign body in my blood from the extraction site or something related (well, I know it's related to the *CRUNCH* because I was totally healthy before that).
I'm asking anyone with any information to please contact me! If this has happened to you I would love to hear from you or if you have heard of this happening to someone else!
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