Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I learned something new yesterday...
Did you know that if you go into the ER with chest pains as a symptom, they pretty much get you seen as quickly as possible? I found that out last night.
I have been having pretty annoying chest pain for about a week now, along with abnormal fatigue, heartburn, back and neck pain, and a pretty bad headache. Last night, Rick convinced me not to take it too lightly and go get some things checked/ruled out. So, off to the ER I went, feeling pretty miserable. I was seen in record time considering the amount of people in the waiting room and went in before a bunch of other people (which made me feel pretty horrible).
After an EKG, wires all hooked up to my chest, oxygen thing on my nose, chest x-ray, blood work, checks for clotting issues, some esophagus numbing medication, and a "routine" IV shunt.... nothing was found to be wrong with my heart (thank goodness!) or blood clotting (also thank goodness). All my blood work, EKG, and chest x-ray were completely normal. The numbing medication for my esophagus was suppose to make it feel better, but only gave me really bad heartburn, so their best guess is that I'm having some sort of irritation in my esophagus that is radiating pain into the rest of my chest. It was a long night, but I'm thankful they were so thorough. I woke up with the same chest pain and headaches and other pains this morning, but at least I know my ticker is alright. The Pepcid prescription they gave me isn't 100% guaranteed safe while nursing, so I'm going to hold off on taking it for a few more weeks. Until then... live with the discomfort I suppose!