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post #1 of 28
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So today I felt like I about died. This morning I started having these stabbing chest pains around the center of my chest right and every time I breathed in it would be unbearable. My arms were also killing my, my shoulders and chest felt like I've been doing millions of pushups/pullups, like super sore and my head was pounding. It got really bad after I got home and I took some advil and tried to go to bed and then a couple hours ago the pain just sudden subsided. It's still somewhat sore if I breath in and my throat sort of tickles. I thought it might've been heartburn, but last time I had heartburn the pain lingered for days it hurt in a different way. My lungs/ribs were kind of tender so I was wondering if it was pneumonia or bronchitis but then the pain subsided which doesn't make sense.

While I'm waiting for a response from the doc (one of those that doesn't work on weekends apparently), anyone have a clue what this sudden episode might've been?
post #2 of 28
Call 911 and get to an emergency room.

These are the symptoms my mother ignored, and she died of a heart attack that night.

The worst that can happen is that you have heartburn instead of a heart attack.

And ladies, let me say up front that you are very bad about ignoring the signs of a heart attack, and that's the reason the first one is fatal for so many of you!

Soapbox mode off.
post #3 of 28
My Dad had pain like that and it was a Heart Attack call 911. My Grandma had that Pain to and she died from a Heart Attack.
post #4 of 28
Heart attack pain in women is different to heart attack pain in men, generally more mild symptoms, so definitely go and get it checked out ASAP.
post #5 of 28
Please get to a doctor soon. I know no one likes going to the ER, but because it may be your heart you're less likely to be left sitting in the waiting room

And even if it is something like bad heartburn, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc - you still need medical treatment.

Good luck that it's nothing bad, and keep us updated if you can.
post #6 of 28
Get to a doctor, please! That does not sound good. My dad died of a heart attack when I was 16 and I'm sure he just thought he had indigestion or something and ignored the symptoms. Get medical help, please.
Sending you vibes and hope you'll update us!
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Call 911 and get to an emergency room.

These are the symptoms my mother ignored, and she died of a heart attack that night.

The worst that can happen is that you have heartburn instead of a heart attack.

And ladies, let me say up front that you are very bad about ignoring the signs of a heart attack, and that's the reason the first one is fatal for so many of you!

Soapbox mode off.

Absolutely on target -- GO TO THE ER! Even though you feel better now, you MUST go, because if it was a heart attack, there's a drug they can give you in the first few hours afterward that will help prevent permanent damage. GO GO GO!
post #8 of 28
I would seek medical attention right away. PLEASE!!!! That it's nothing serious.
post #9 of 28
Go to the hospital.... even if it has subsided, you need to get it checked out.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone, just came back from the ER. They took an x-ray and an EKG and didn't find anything strange so that's a relief. The doctor there said it might be "costocondritis" and told me to take whopping doses of ibuprofen. Still in pain but hopefully it won't run too long. Thanks for everyone's concern, and the ER visit put me at ease too knowing it wasn't something more serious.
post #11 of 28
Great...glad to hear it was nothing serious!
post #12 of 28
Glad you are ok.
post #13 of 28
I'm so glad you went to the ER and even more glad to hear that they didn't find anything serious.

Lots of that you get to feeling better really soon!
post #14 of 28
glad your feeling better...

just curious, do you suffer from anxiety?

I've had a few really bad panic attacks that were exactly like what you described. After having tests done to see if they were stroke or heart attack it was determined that they were stress induced anxiety attacks. I take medication on an as-needed basis for them now.
post #15 of 28
Good to know they didn't find anything serious.
It might be worth following up with your regular doctor next week, if you can. Sometimes things can be missed in the ER, and if you are having inflammation it might be good to know why.
post #16 of 28
Yes, that's a great idea. I'm a little concerned that they didn't do any bloodwork...
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
The doctor there said it might be "costocondritis" and told me to take whopping doses of ibuprofen. Still in pain but hopefully it won't run too long.

Go see your doctor and get a Vitamin D level done.

I had severe, severe pain in my left ribs for over 3 years! I bawled like a baby whenever I coughed, sneezed, burped, took a normal breath or even lightly touched the area. And sleeping on that side was out of the question! It was horrible!

I was finally referred to a pain clinic and she did a whole slew of blood work including a vitamin D level. Turns out that I had almost no Vitamin D in my body at all. I was put on high doses of Vitamin D twice a week for 6 months and now I'm on a maintanance of 1,000 units per day for life. I noticed a vast improvement in my pain within a couple months of taking the large dose.

Today 1 year after starting Vitamin D I am almost virtually pain free. I still have some discomfort when the area is pressed firmly and I can't wear a bra as of yet because the elastic is right at the point where the pain is, but it's no longer affecting my daily life like it was.

So go and get a Vitamin D level done. It could mean the difference between having that horrible pain for years, or a matter of weeks.
post #18 of 28
you know Vitamin D is free... sunshine!

You can go to a tanning salon also if you can't spend enough time outside.
(I'm not suggesting you sunbathe in place of doctor prescribed medicine however.)
post #19 of 28
So glad you went to ER and it was nothing too serious!!

you get better soon!!!
post #20 of 28
Oh god no, not a tanning salon! Those lights DO cause skin cancer, no matter what the salons try to tell you.

And the problem for some people is that their bodies cannot derive Vitamin D from the sun in the usual way... so additional sun exposure may not help.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by saya View Post
just curious, do you suffer from anxiety?

I've had a few really bad panic attacks that were exactly like what you described. After having tests done to see if they were stroke or heart attack it was determined that they were stress induced anxiety attacks. I take medication on an as-needed basis for them now.
Hmm, not really. I do worry about stuff occasionally but not excessively and whatever I worry about I usually forget about haha, especially with two cats around always begging for food or attention.

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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Go see your doctor and get a Vitamin D level done.

I had severe, severe pain in my left ribs for over 3 years! I bawled like a baby whenever I coughed, sneezed, burped, took a normal breath or even lightly touched the area. And sleeping on that side was out of the question! It was horrible!
Vitamin D? Hmm, now that you mention it I've been staying mostly inside all winter (weather's been horrible). I got a free blood test at work last year maybe they'll have one again soon.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
Hmm, not really. I do worry about stuff occasionally but not excessively and whatever I worry about I usually forget about haha, especially with two cats around always begging for food or attention.



Vitamin D? Hmm, now that you mention it I've been staying mostly inside all winter (weather's been horrible). I got a free blood test at work last year maybe they'll have one again soon.

Vitamin D levels are not part of standard blood work. They have to be requested specifically.

If you have been primarily indoors for extended periods of time, chances are you do not have enough Vitamin D in your body.

Lack of Vitamin D affects the absorption of Calcium into your bones and teeth. It causes bone pain and also depression.

If you are low on Vitamin D, a regular supplement that you buy over the counter will not boost your levels. You will need to have some high doses which are only available by prescription.

Now that my levels are back up, I maintain them by eating Salmon a couple times per week as well as taking 1,000 units of over the counter Vitamin D everyday.

I'm not an outdoors type person. In fact I hate being outside because of the bugs in the summer and cold in the winter. My idea of getting back to nature is opening up my apartment window, otherwise I would be very happy to live my life in doors If I had a mansion and staff to shop for me and run errands, I would never leave my house! LOL ANd that's not because I have a social phobia because I don't. I love being around people at times, but I just don't like the outdoors.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post

If you are low on Vitamin D, a regular supplement that you buy over the counter will not boost your levels. You will need to have some high doses which are only available by prescription.
actually, i have a source for high dose vitamin D available w/o a script... 50,000IU per cap... she has other dosages available, too: Vitalady
post #24 of 28
It shouldn't cost too much to order that test, even without insurance. I think the easier to test for things cost around $30-35 max here, including draw fee.

I think they suggest at least 15 minutes a week of sunshine? Easy enough to get while going about daily errands between home and stores. Just sitting in front of an open window for a few minutes a day could help.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
actually, i have a source for high dose vitamin D available w/o a script... 50,000IU per cap... she has other dosages available, too: Vitalady
You shouldn't take high doses of Vitamin D without a doctors prescription and especially if you have not had blood work to determine if you are low on the vitamin or not. Too much can lead to Vitamin D toxicity which leads to too much calcium in the blood, which can lead to kidney stones along with:

* Fatigue (tired feeling)
* Excessive sleepiness
* Confusion
* Coma
* Extreme muscle weakness
* Loss of appetite
* Nausea, vomiting
* Stomach pain
* Constipation
* Changes in your heartbeat (too slow or too fast)
* Frequent urination
* Excessive thirst
* Dry mucous membranes (the lining of your mouth and throat)
post #26 of 28
I can't remember... but I think laureen227 has some absorption issues?
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I can't remember... but I think laureen227 has some absorption issues?
yup, gastric bypass 2 years ago. my D levels are fine.
i was not prescribing, tho - just pointing out that high IU dosages are available w/o a script.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lemur 6 View Post
Hey everyone, just came back from the ER. They took an x-ray and an EKG and didn't find anything strange so that's a relief. The doctor there said it might be "costocondritis" and told me to take whopping doses of ibuprofen. Still in pain but hopefully it won't run too long. Thanks for everyone's concern, and the ER visit put me at ease too knowing it wasn't something more serious.

That is excellent. I'm sure you thought we were too hasty, but believe me when I say that the 9 minutes between your message and mine could have been the difference between life and death.

The one thing I omitted was that if you think you're having a heart attack, you should take two adult aspirin (not acetaminophen or ibuprofen) immediately.

I wish someone had twisted my mother's arm. She had her heart attack while she was filling out paperwork in the ER, after she had ignored symptoms for almost 12 hours.
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