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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 25, 2007
  • 04:11 AM

Hi,
I have been to the ER today once and Twice yesterday.
It all started with tingling in the fingers, like a numb sensation. Well that has spread throughout my body. Right now the thing that is bothering me is the chest. It is very tingly and feels like something is squezzing it. it is also in my throat. I just read signs for a heart attack, and thats what I think I have. I have had an EKG done, but heart problems do not always show on there. i also have had an ABC thing done, they draw blood from an artery. I also have bronchitis, that is not helping cuz I cough so much, but I still think there is something wrong. The first ER I went to said I had carpel tunnel and that is when I only that sensation in my hands. I dont kn ow what is could be. I'm so scared, and worried, I want to go back to the ER again, but i'm afraid my insurance wont cover it. just b/c in 2 days I have been there 3 times. Plus a walk in visit.
I haven't gotten alot of sleep, only like 2-3 hours, i haven't ate anything either, and I wont cuz i feel sick to my stomach, I'm only 26 I just feel like something seriously is wrong with me. The tingling, prickling feelings is everywhere, but it bothers me when it moved to the NEck, and chest.
Do you think I will be ok??????????

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  • Go to a chiropractor for an adjustment , it's most probably an impinged nerve in the neck. Stop worrying, you are just tensing up shoulder and neck muscles and consequently making it worse. Try some gentle relaxation exercises.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 07:14 AM
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  • Could it be Guillain Barre syndrome?I mean I have most of the symptoms, but it says its life threatening within 24 hours of the first symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 11:19 AM
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  • Have you started relaxation exercises (ie. yoga stretch)? You need to get rest and try to take your mind off it abit. You have seen doctors three times in two days and they pretty much ruled out anything life-threatening, so try to stay calm. I have had those symptoms and a chiropractor fixed it in one visit...try it, it is worth it, and please, try not to worry.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 01:32 PM
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  • Have you taken anything recently? Medications or any other thing such as street drugs? Or could have someone actually slipped you anything while you were out somewhere in a drink or something? I had the same feelings once and the doctors at the ER sent me home saying I was fine. I went to another ER where after blood tests and other tests I was told to go home and stop doing Meth... I do not do meth or any other drugs but apparently at some point during that weekend I had. There was a good possibility that I had so I said okay and went home. (It was the weekend of my birthday an well I was drunk the entire time and don’t remember much) Instead of going home I went back to the first hospital and demanded to know their test result findings. They too had me listed as a “Drug addict” and never once mentioned to me that I had this in my system. Just booted me out the door and said nothing was wrong. Come to find out weeks later when I asked a so called friend about that weekend I was told that I had indeed snorted two lines of Meth after I had been drinking for hours upon hours. I had no memory of this ever happening. She said she even asked me about it a few hours after I did it and told her I would never do that! So she never brought it up again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 01:47 PM
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  • HiyaIf you are really worried just go back to the ER, that's what the doctors are paid for! I remember having numbness in my fingers and thumb which travelled, it then spread to my nose and lips, it was so strange i just didn't feel well at all. I went to the ER and found out it was my blood pressure, i was 39 weeks pregnant and developed pre-eclampsia. the doctors were confused about the numbness and never mentioned it again! If you think it is something serious just go back, hope this helps kerry x
    mumakez 9 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 01:56 PM
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  • Thank you all,well I ended up going back to the ER, did blood work, chest xray, everything was fine. Now I'm starting to feel things again. tingling and tightness IN my chest, and my neck around my throat area, It might be b/c I have coughed and dryheeved so much that the nerves and muscles are acting up. I am hoping I didn't bust an artery. I still feel sometimes like I can't breathe, but I'm trying not to think about it. My chest gets pain, and then warms up, I dont know, weird chiro would be nice, gonna look into that soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 11:16 PM
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  • Good to hear all tests are clear! Try to rest and relax (I know you are scared), every rib has a nerve and an artery and all that coughing and heaving and stressful breathing probably impinged something...I'm glad to hear you are thinking about going to see a chiro.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 00:19 AM
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  • I'm still scared tho. I know I shouldn't be, but the feelings bother me, and I get worried. I will try to sleep at least 4-5 hours tonight. I have not been able to sleep that good. feels like my throat is numb, and that bothers me, I know its probably b/c I have been coughing so much, and what not., but still scared. :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 01:19 AM
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  • I myself have been in and out of the emergency room (two different hospitals) and have more obviously wrong, and they keep sending me home. Sometimes, emergency hospitals just can't take care of stuff that isn't immediately life threatening. That is the nature of the beast.So, the good news, is that whatever is wrong with you isn't immediately life threatening.The bad news is you are scared, and sick, and just not feeling like things are right.So, here's my advice: Call your primary doctor's office first thing in the morning, and go in today, even if that means you have to see a nurse practitioner, or whatever. Write a list tonight, of every symptom you have experienced in the last week, and try to put it together on a week-long calendar chart (just 7 labeled boxes on a piece of paper), to show when each thing started, got worse, got better, whatever.You will not be able to make that chart perfect, and it doesn't matter. It will definitely be more useful than randomly trying to remember things in the office tomorrow, with someone who has other people waiting to see them.There are SO many things that could be going on with you. Sure, could be chiropractic. But that is only one possibility. What else? You could be having anxiety. A little anxiety over the coughing could become more anxiety, which could start you getting the buzzy feelings, which could give you more anxiety, which could start your chest hurting, etc, etc, you get the picture. Also, maybe there are some anxiety provoking things going on in your life, on top of any of this.What else? You could have gone on some kind of medication, either for the bronchitis, or before, and something about the med is giving you trouble, either just on its own, or something combined with the bronchitis.What else? If you are really coughing very hard, you could have thrown out something that could be chiropractic, but coughing very hard could also injure soft tissue in your chest. You could end up with just a really painful soft tissue injury, or maybe an inflamed tissue around your heart or lungs or something. That can be painful and scary, and really just be soft tissue trouble. For that, sometimes the kinds of things that help soft tissue can help.For sure, no matter what is happening, if you have something that could help calm you down, even camomile tea or melatonin or something, will surely help. Even cough syrup that has something "quieting" might help. It will help you not cough as much, and help you not be as scared. Both are worth while, no matter what is wrong with you. Getting nervous can only make things feel worse, and certainly won't help you heal from being sick! Your body only has so much energy, and fear takes a ton of energy. So there is nothing wrong with helping yourself calm down.Call the doctor and leave a message tonight, so that when you call tomorrow, they will be more likely to be ready to "squeeze you in" to the schedule. Monday mornings are always tight.Write after you go to the doctor!Best,Shula
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 02:33 AM
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  • Thank you so much for writing. I am still scared. Today I was better, but as of now, i was feeling really bad pain by my arm pit, several times, but not constant, and then once in my chest, it was a bad pan. I also dont feel like eating yet, I mean I have to force myself to eat. I did actually have an ok nights sleep last night, i will try again tonight. I'm still have the chest pain, and it not normal pain, its very weird like a twisting pain, kinda pinching. I'm scared. I'm also bleeding, not to be gross, but dont know if it is my period, i have no aches or pains associated with my period. I also went number 2 and bled alittle , and i'm scared that it could be bleeding internally, I'm not sure tho. why couldn't i have had those pains when I went to the ER 4 times, Do you think I will be ok till tomorrow? I have a doctors appointment in the morning.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 00:23 AM
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  • If you feel breathless, and the pain continues, call 911. Which arm pit?The bleeding is probably ok as long as you aren't like soaking through a pad every couple hours.When you lie down, and then get up, you will bleed more, that is normal if you are bleeding, and it isn't a period.I've been bleeding for a month (what a total bummer) and my hematocrit is down, but not too far. So, I guess you'll be ok until tomorrow. But if that pain gets really bad or you feel like it is hard to breath, just go.Shula
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 02:55 AM
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  • Around the left pit. but not in it, i guess left side of boob. Thank you, My pain is still there, sometimes bad, and sometimes not. It helps taking my mind off of it though. The pain comes in goes in that area of my armpit, well not in my armpit, but next to it. I have been coughing alot from being sick. I also have some pain in my chest from time to time, but I think I'm ok. I hope so. I go see the doc tomorrow.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:26 AM
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  • Glad to hear you got a good night sleep! Might your extreme panic and stress be a factor in you getting your period? If a rib head is 'out', the sternum is very tender and painful and if one follows that pain around to the spine with the fingers, in all probability it will also be very tender under the armpit right round to the affected vertebra, too. Hacking cough and hyperventilating will cause this as I mentioned before. You have had tests, seen multiple ER docs., nothing life-threatening, so try to set your mind at rest. Take control. Start with the smaller stuff, and find a good chiro in your area. Stop with the prophecies and diagnoses of doom, because the anxiety and stress will kill you before. If you cant eat, drink some clear broths, rest, rest, rest and keep your mind off symptoms and allow your body to get better. I know you can do it! Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:08 PM
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  • I agree with last post. You don't need a diagnosis to go to a chiropractor, and he will probably help immensely. Don't wait on this - just go! Also, your earlier posts show classic anxiety symptoms from sleep deprivation. When you are sleep deprived, you literally go crazy and can't think straight or rationally. Please don't let the doctors give you anti anxiety meds. You just need to get some sleep. I recommend Rescue Remedy to help with this - it is very effective and not habit forming. You can find Rescue Remedy at any healthfood store, or try www.vitacost.com. It helps with the emotional aspect of any kind of trauma. Lastly, are you drinking lots of water? You need at least 8 full glasses of pure water a day minimum. Do you drink caffeine? Coffee, soda, "energy" drinks? Do you get regular periods and are they usually painful? Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:24 PM
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