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Please tell me what this is!!

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  • Posted By: elemenope
  • January 31, 2009
  • 05:34 AM

Below are the symptoms that I have experienced. I'm quite sure the Doctor did not diagnose me correctly. Please give me any suggestions!! I'm very scared this will occur again!!

day 1
8:30pm
-relaxing on the couch after a day consisting of not much activity
-began as neck pain that felt like a "crick" on the left side and within an hour progressed to all symptoms listed below
-pain spread to my left shoulder and across my entire upper back
-pain spread to my jaw and teeth (primarily on left side)
-pain increased when inhaling
-pain increased so severe that i experienced difficulty using my left arm (weakness, slight tingling, urge to keep it bent upwards and inwards toward my body)
-pain spread to my chest wall (especially right in the center as well as collar bone area)
-unable to inhale a complete breath
-pain increased when sitting down
-pain increased even more when lying flat
-pain increased when standing completely straight
(i was pacing around hunched over, unable to sit or lay down)
**the pain i experienced was the most severe pain i've ever felt in my life! worse than giving birth to my child!**

10:00pm
-took a darvocet(left over from post-labor pain) and pain eventually subsided except for painful breathing and inability completely fill my lungs when inhaling

day 2
-symptoms returned 7:30-8am
-took another darvocet and went to doctor's office
-all symptoms except pain when inhaling subsided
-dr. took chest xrays and listened to me breathe
gave DX of bronchitis and precribed anibiotics
***i have experienced NO coughing, congestion, etc what-so-ever***

day 3
9:30am
-woke up and all symptoms were completely gone

background info:
25 yr old white female
5'6" 125lbs
healthy eating habits
non smoker
no past history of heart problems, asthma, trauma, or major surgery
gave birth to first child 3 months ago

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  • Sounds like a pinched nerve...
    SunnyG 2 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
    • 11:29 AM
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  • When you speak of the distribution of the pain, was it associated with muscle spasm as well or simply pain? You describe what felt like a "crick" in your neck, which we translate to be the product of muscle spasm. Regional muscle spasm occurs in instances wherein contraction of one of the large muscles causes contraction of adjacent muscles or muscle groups. It can be difficult indeed to find a comfortable anatomical position that doesn't promote further spasm activity. I would not think a single instance to be worrisome at this point and I wouldn't permit it to create apprehension. There are several syndromes that can arise post-childbirth but I really don't think it's a consideration based upon the nature of your symptoms and the latency involved. If the pain distribution was in the entire absence of any muscle spasm activity at all, then please advise and we'll discuss it further. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
    • 01:26 PM
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  • Although the pain began in your neck,it could hurt elsewhere because of referred pain.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
    • 02:19 PM
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  • When you speak of the distribution of the pain, was it associated with muscle spasm as well or simply pain? You describe what felt like a "crick" in your neck, which we translate to be the product of muscle spasm. Initially, when the pain was only on the left side of my neck and as it spread to my left shoulder, it did feel like a muscle spasm. This is what I initially thought it was. As the pain increased and spread, I then thought perhaps a pinched nerve or even a herniated disc. It did, however, strike me as odd that I was sitting still and relaxing when the onset of the pain occured. I would normally associate the sudden occurance of pain associated with a pinched nerve, etc with the performance of some sort of out-of-MY-ordinary routine activity and/or movement. As the pain increased and spread to the point that I was experiencing tightness in my chest, shortness of breath, and pain when inhaling a breath, I then couldn't help but let my mind wander to problems involving my heart or lungs. At my age, and considering my current health, a severe issue with the heart and/or lung(s) just simply doesn't add up, though. There are several syndromes that can arise post-childbirth but I really don't think it's a consideration based upon the nature of your symptoms and the latency involved. The doctor briefly mentioned the (unlikely) possibility of a pulmonary embolism. I'm assuming this hypothesis was made by taking into consideration that I delivered a baby recently and had been rather inactive the day that my symptoms first occured. He ordered a D-dimer test along with a CBC from which the results will be available Monday. Is this what you were thinking of? Or, is there another possible cause to my pain that you think is even a slight possibility? I'm just so afraid the pain will come back! I was left unable to feed or care for my crying infant for almost two hours while waiting for a family member to come and help!! I can't stand the thought of not only experiencing that type of pain again, but also watching my baby cry because I'm left so debiliated that I cannot care for her :eek:
    elemenope 4 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
    • 05:43 PM
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  • Although the pain began in your neck,it could hurt elsewhere because of referred pain. I did an internet search on referred pain and am now quite positive that this is exactly was I experienced. Now I don't have to worry that I have angina or am going to have a heart attack!! THANK YOU!!:D
    elemenope 4 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
    • 09:27 PM
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