In November of 2007; the day after Thanksgiving around dinner time I handed my husband a glass of water and heard a very loud popping sound coming from my neck; I felt really strong pain for a few minutes and the noise was so loud that even my husband heard it. That night around 2 or 3 in the morning I felt terrible pain in the back of my neck, head, numbness in my face, left arm, and leg I also had pain in the left side of my chest, blurry vision and weird sensations in my left eye, and very strong palpitations. I felt very weak. I thought that I was having a heart attack, so we went to the emergency room. My blood pressure was 140/90 and a heart rate of 120;(usually 107/85 or so) They did some blood work and took an EKG, afterwards they did a carotid duplex bilateral and a CT- CTA neck; the doctor stated that I may have a clot in the jugular vein and explained all possible outcomes; they admitted me to a room for observation they gave me a shot in my stomach that would help break up any clots. In wasn’t until 11:00am that a different doctor came in to examine me and said there is nothing wrong; I would follow up with your personal physician in the next few days.
After going home, I felt very weak and it took everything I had to bathe, get dressed or even drive, that feeling lasted about 2-3 weeks; after that I felt better and some time in December, I decided to find a personal physician; I explained to him that I have constant pain in the left side of the chest, difficulty breathing and terrible pain and stiffness in my neck; he recommended that I take Mobic and referred me to a physical therapist; I made several visits, but my neck did not improve, some times I felt worse after attending a therapy session; It also felt like I had fluid in my head, behind my eyes and in my neck; the therapist told me that it was probably not related and not to worry.
Through out the month of December I continued to have a lot of different symptoms, pain in chest, difficulty breathing, nausea; dizziness; some days I felt pretty good and some days were not so good. This continued through January with most days being good days. I had many sleepless nights with pain, numbness and all of the other symptoms that I mentioned earlier.
On January 21,2008; I experienced symptoms similar to heart attack and returned to the ER; they gave me a shot of something and said that it was “Atypical” chest pain caused by anxiety; I still had a lot of pain and returned to the ER once again on January 23 and January 25th; they tested my gallbladder, ran chest/thorax x-rays and determined that I had a small pericardial effusion/pericarditis and referred me to a cardiologist and recommended Indomethacin; I was scheduled for January 28th,2008 at this point I was at my weakest and could not even lift my arms, I experienced the most difficulty breathing ; and I could not walk more than a few steps with out getting extremely dizzy, nauseated, and completely out of breath; when I visited the doctor I needed assistance walking as the pain and the weakness where unbearable. A bunch of tests were performed and the weakness in the extremities continued to worsen.
At this point I was unable to work as I could not even get dressed and all I could do is lay in the bed, I lost my appetite as it was painful to even move my jaw to eat; the doctor recommended that I request medical leave from work as at this point; I could hardly move with out assistance and gave me some more medication. He performed lots of test EKG, Echo, stress test, tilt test and many other tests. All this testing and severe weakness lasted for about 2 weeks; I finally started to improve ; he said that he found slight sclerosis in the arteries and said that I had some minor issues with my lungs, possibly from second hand smoke but not enough to worry and recommended that I visit a gastroenterologist to determine the cause of my pain; I inquired about the weakness, numbness and tingling in my arms and legs and the stiffness of my neck and he said “drink a lot of water; you are probably dehydrated” So I asked him to remove me from my leave as I was feeling a bit better.
I was out of work for approximately 22 days and for the first 2 weeks it took everything I had to get to work and stay there all day; I would get off work at 5 and was usually in bed no later than 7:00 or 7:30; some times I was so tired and weak that I would go to bed at around 6:30pm.
I went to see my family doctor; who ordered an upper GI x-ray that confirmed that I had developed slight acid reflux or something like that from taking too many NSAID’S, so I was placed on Prevacid; which helped the nausea. I still am experiencing the symptoms explained above, plus other symptoms such as extreme fluctuations in BP; horrible tingling and pain sensations that begin in my head and go down to my legs (which sometimes wakes me up) blurred vision, occasional pain in the left side of my chest, muscle spasms and a few others; I was referred to a neurologist who has done a C-spine scan and a brain MRI; these came back “With no major issues” Since seeing him I have been on Zanaflex, Lyrica and Mirapex and still no relief or answers in sight; some days are good, some days I feel pretty good and find myself thinking “Yes, I am over this! But then it hits me again and I feel horrible.
I apologize for the length of my comments, but I am really desperate to find some answers. I will greatly appreciate any comments, advice or similar experiences.
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