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famof4
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I am new to this, and am sure I likely got the wrong section. But I am in a sort of panic tonight and was hoping I could maybe get help from ya'll on a issue I've been dealing with for a few years now.

I have searched other posts to "find my answer". I have come up with none that fit my situation exact. If you'll read further I will explain.

I was looking on this site to find out about Chest pain on the left side, A real sharp pain that takes my breath away and goes away a few mins later. This pain however is NOT constant. When I have it, I am not stressed. I have gone into the doctors countless times where they have checked my heart, stress test, so on and so forth and found nothing. This pain only lasts a couple minutes, But it will be gone for 4-5 months and come back with a vengeance. After the actual "Stabbing" occurs, I'll feel a tint of pain for about 20 mins after.. Then it’s over. I am not lucky enough to be in the E.R. while this happens.

To give a little information of my past.. I gave birth to my first child and was suffering from a little depression, They automatically said I was BiPolar and put me on the first drug... Geodon, The second Drug was Levaquin and the third drug was Lithium.

With Geodon, I was taking it for a couple weeks and I couldn't even wake up to feed my newborn baby, (He had overdosed me later I found out, by 60mg) Then my doctor gave me levaquin, With that drug I was having tiny seizures, but I was conscious, I had a variety of problems of which I held from my husband, I thought he'd get mad at me (in no way is he abusive, that was just my mind set at the time)(This doctor had me move up every day in dosage), My doctor them prescribed me Lithium... I did this for a total of two days and felt drugged up and I hated it, So I never went back. Again he had overdosed me.

Ever since, I have real sharp pains towards the top of my breast, it will be so sharp, then go away within a minute, I have to take real shallow breaths until the pain subsides. I am not upset, I am not reaching for anything, I don’t understand. But this has been since I took those meds or during that timeframe. I was not bipolar, I was just a little depressed and if I was left alone, I would have been over it within a month or less.

I have two young children, One four years old, and one seven months old, I am so scared that something might be wrong, To give you a little background as well, I smoke some and I have the occasional drink, Not often, Just a social thing, Not to drunk, Just to have a good sip of wine.

For some reason I couldn't find "my" condition anywhere in these pages... I have looked now for a few hours. I apologize if I’ve missed something, or a thread somewhere, But I have a family and I’m young, I’m 23 years old and I want to be here. If you could help me a little bit, A bit more than my doctors, I would appreciate something. I don’t know, what is a anxiety thing? That seemed to be the basis of what I read. I have a very very happy life, I've been so blessed and I’m truly so happy to be where I am, I love my family more than life and I love my life period, So what’s wrong with me?

Thank Ya'll very much,

Tonya

 


White Beard
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
famof4

Wecome to the Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum you know we are not Doctors and can't diagnose anything here, but we can give you advice and support with dealing with your pain. First off have you spoken with your Primary Care Physician about this, it seems if they have ruled out any heart problems, that maybe you should have a talk with your primary Physicain about it, keep a log or a journal of when it happens what you are doing when it happens what it feels like how long it last and if there is any thing that makes it better or worse. This is important information that your Doctor will find useful. There are some many things that can cause the type of pain from simpe pleurisy, even a muscle spasm, or chrondritis, and so many other things even stress. Buit don't give up and let it go! You definitely need to see your PCP about it, and find out what it is! You know you have came to a very good place for support!
I do wish you well!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


famof4
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your post. I am mostly worried about this not for me but for my children. I need to be here and it scares me to death to even think something might be wrong. Thats mostly why I came here. I have seen a couple differant doctors, they say the same thing that nothing is wrong. Everything is healthy, My first doctor told me to document everything, It took me a full year to get down 8 entry's. Then the next year I had a total of 47 entrys in my paperwork. He saw nothing, He has given me a variety of tests and said the only way they could find out what it is if I were there when the pain happend. I dont know when it comes, I cant feel it hours before hand like others do. This is not in my head, this is a real physical pain. The only thing is I grab my chest, I have to breath real shallow and quick, If I breath heavy or normal it will intensify. I truely understand from the Administrator posts and further more that this is not a place where I will find an answer, I am just scared. I wanted to mostly know if others maybe have the same thing as me? Or mostly if someone will just tell me its allright even if its not. I want to get some ideas of what it might possibly be so I can ask my doctor if he could test me for it. I truely appreciate your response "WhiteBeard", This means a lot to me. Thank you.

White Beard
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
famof4

You can come here and post anytime, we are a good group here and you will find compassion and support! Have they sent you home with a holter monitor? where they can record your heart activities for several days at a time? What you have described sounds similar to what I used to get, it was pleursy, and costochrondritis, you might try google on those and see what you get. But bottom line is you need to stilll persue it with your Doctor! But you can come here for understanding and support! That we can give you! So take care of those little one and good Luck to you!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I had issues one time with chest pain that would come and go. Wasn't to concerned cause there were no other symptoms of heart attack but I did go to ER. They did normal testing then the doctor asked if I was having any back issues and I was in the thorcic (sp?) area. Here to find when my back muscles would spasm they were causing my rib cage to contract causing the pain. I went to a chiropractor, which some don't agree with, and my problem stopped. But like everyone else said your doctor is the one to investigate further. Hope you figure something out soon!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


famof4
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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
White Beard said...

 Have they sent you home with a holter monitor?

No actually they have not, Which must be a good sign. Maybe I just have something out in my back, I truely have no idea.  I called my doctor, I go in today at 11 due to this has really been bugging me for the last few days. I also hope by this point my lungs are cleared all the way up, I have had pneumonia a lot over the past couple years. Just got over it actually a week ago (yay)... I feel like a walking mess, lol. Honestly, This is likely nothing, Just something that makes me panic when it happens. You know how it is, If your body does something that you didn't make it do, You get very worried and think the worst. I believe thats whats going on here. I think my heart is going to fail when it happens, Yet I run on my treadmill to work out and Im completely fine... Its a weird thing. I will see what my doctor says later today, He mostly wants to check out my lungs, but will send me next door to check the other.
 

White Beard
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   Posted 8/25/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
famof4
 
If you have had trouble with pneumonia then maybe it is you lungs that is causing your problem with pain, ask your Doc about it, could be pleursy or something, I know that when you start having chect pain you kind of think the worst, but you really can't a ford to take chances so it is best just to get it checked out by a Doctor! Anyway I do hope you will let us know how you've made out with the Doc? and if your OK!
 
Good Luck to You
 
White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


famof4
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I thank you once again White Beard for being with me during this time. Plus I thank you from the bottom of my heart of giving me a better attitude about this, and for mostly responding to me and making me feel better.
I also must add the results from yesterday's Doctor appointment. I dont really know much about this, But the pain did happen in the doctors office. Its been 2 years, and it happend yesterday while they were running some test. I unfortunatly have the answer. So they say, I have more testing to undergo... Which Im nervous about.
First of all I had gotten one thing mixed up in my first post... Due to me having Pneumonia, I was on a drug called Levaquin. You see I mixed this drug up with a drug I had taken a couple years ago called Lamictal. My doctor said I had bipolar (The doctor I dont see anymore). However, This Lamictal drug gave me many many side affects, that I hid from my husband because this was my third medication and I didn't feel good, plus I thought My husband would be mad at me if this wasn't the right drug... Since it has happend twice,, Mind you, this was my mindset. So my husband flushed it down the toilet while calling my doctor ticked off I was sick and was hiding it from him, (Please keep in mind my husband loves me with all his heart, and there was no excuse for thinking he'd be mad at me, I was just paranoid on this type of medication) I didn't go down in dose like I was suppost to. The doctor said no, there is no need, I had no idea. On this drug, My file shows I was overdosed by 80mg (This was the second overdose I had been given by that so called doctor).
Among the many many side affects of Lamictal, I must say that there was one side effect that had my name on it.
Due to my visit yesterday, I first of all have a overactive thyroid, Which is a family problem...Which isn't worth mentioning, But I thought I would add it... Since the Lamictal I now have a thing called, PVC, its a heart disease condition. I am scared and have to go in for more testing. Due to I smoke on occasion, I drink socially (Which is when I have a cigar, ( I dont smoke cigarettes)) and I am normally stressed on any number of subjects. Quite quickly if you ask me. While the doctor was giving me a test, he was also asking me questions, Thats when the pain happend. I dont know whats coming next, He just said to come next Tuesday. Im very scared and neverous, Thank you white beard for being here for me. You have no idea how much this means to me, and Im sure you have no idea how scared I am, but I am young with children and nothing can happen to me. Nothing..
Thank you
Tonya

famof4
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Though I have PVC's, I am not allowed to drink, smoke, have caffeinne or get stressed, lol.
Everyone he said likely has this one point in time, But dont notice it. He said my heart wont just one day decide to not beat.. But I need to be checked for safety. Im sure I'll be fine, I have more testing on Tuesday, But everything will be fine, Thank you so much for helping me. You have no idea what this means to me...
Tonya

Post Edited (famof4) : 8/26/2009 5:24:46 PM (GMT-6)


Splashdancer
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Tonya: I know how scared you must be - anything that has to do with our heart is pretty scary stuff. PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction) is fairly common and most people don't even notice when they have it (exept for some skipped beats). I also know that in most cases, it is a minor irritant and nothing more. I had episodes of it when I was pregnant and I still get them from time to time. I'm sure you will be fine. :-)   I know the idea of heart testing isn't pleasant, but it will be over before you know it - and then they will give you good news! You'll be in my thoughts. smilewinkgrin

famof4
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   Posted 8/26/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Splashdancer,

Thank you so much, I actually have tears just reading your response. Thank you. My kids are my life and I cant do anything without them. Or be anyone without them. Thank you so much... I am very scared, but thanks to your post I feel quite a bit better. I have not told my husband yet, For I dont want him to be aftraid, The doctor told me that there wasn't anything to worry about, He said it could pose a problem in my old age, But I'll take that over now, I am a mommy and thats all I wish to be for this point in time, Im so blessed you have no idea, I stay at home with my children all day every day. I love every minute, Stressed or not, I wouldn't trade this for anything. Thank you splashdancer, You have no idea what smile you just gave me... Oh thank you
Tonya

White Beard
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   Posted 8/26/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
famof4

I understand your concern, and having chest pain can be a bit unnerving! So try not to worry about how you post or anything! You know as I think I mentioned we have a really GREAT group of really caring people here at this forum! And there is nothing worst than having pain and facing it alone! Or seemingly alone! Well if you come here you are not alone! We all know what is it like to be in pain, and we all support ecah other when one of us needs the support! So I am here for you just like everyone else at this forum is here for you! Yes you are a very young mother, and there is nothing wrong with being concerned, especially wanting to be there for your "lil ones" !! My daughter when she was in college had a problem with PVC's and it scared the daylights out of her, she was about your age when they happened. So I do understand!
Please take care of yourself and keep posting and keep us informed on how you are doing!
I wish you only the Best!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Piercings
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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Tonya,

I'd be willing to bet that you're going through the same thing that I did with the Lamictal. I was on it during a really bad bout of depression that was from dealing with a death. After I got off of it I noticed that I seemed to be getting an irregular heartbeat. It didn't last really long after having come off the drug - maybe a year at most. It may just be going on longer for you because of the way you came off the Lamictal. I hope that it's simply the same kind of thing that was happening with me. But, at least this time for you it happened while you were there, so they've at least been able to see it happen. Hoping the best for you...

PS...I just thought about this....did you have any kind of rash while you were taking it?

Lacey
Curious people are interesting people, I wonder why that is.
Bill Maher


famof4
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   Posted 8/27/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
ooooooh mommy's useless without her coffee, I have a killer headache right now.... wow. I drink about 2 pots a day.. ahhh

I was on the lamictal for I think 4-5 weeks, All my symtoms started showing up within a few days., Then got worse, I did not notice a rash though. I was severely warned about it, If I did have it I was suppose to go in to the E.R. right away...
The doctor said yesterday that this is likely from that drug... It might have actually worked for me if I wasn't overdosed. Then my husband caught me one day on the mower, My whole body was cleanched so hard to the entire thing I couldn't budge, I could have swore I was going to break my teeth thats how hard I was clenching down. My fingers and toes wouldn't open for nothing, All my muscles you could see they were flexed very hard, I was having leg cramps but couldn't move... Body started to shake uncontrollably, Right in the middle of the yard, I was busted, My husband came full force running at me, We had no idea I needed to go down in medication. He was screaming at my doctor over the phone while flushing the pills down. So Im thinking that might have been the problem, I got lots lots lots and then nothing.. But I dont know. Anything that is as important as an organ you cant live without scares me. I was happy when they said I have a thyroid probelm and I'll be on medication for the rest of my life, Then they said about my heart and the conversation changed. Even though this is nothing and everyone has it at one time, I am still scared.

Okay, Seriously, I need some coffee, wow, My husband took it all to work with him so I wouldn't make any. Whats one cup gonna do? Lol. You know the times where you feel like holding up a tin cup??? Yea well one more hour of this and so help me..

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/27/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   Dear Fo4,

     Good afternoon *huggs* My name is Dani. It is very nice to meet you. I am sorry that I havnt introduced myself sooner. ....things have been... hecktic.  I am "newish" to Chronic Pain and new to Healing Well community. I have found HW to be a great comfort to me though my "journey". Really glad you found HW  :-)  

      I am sorry you are having such a hard time of things. Any one of those issues would be enough for me to break down and cry. I guess im just kinda mushy that way. You must posses an increadible amount to stregenth to endure through it all. I do hope the doctors are able to come up witha  comprehensive treament plann thou. Sounds like you have been (hope dont mind me using the word) Suffering for far too long. If there is anything that I can do to help please let me know.

     I do have all sorts of things I want to say, but my mind is slow right now. I do hope to get to know you better as time goes by   :-)   Really glad to meet you

   *huggs*

     dani    


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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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