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   Posted 8/10/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Spent yesterday afternoon in the ER with chest pains and back pain.  The Drs wanted to make sure that it wasn't my heart or a blood clot so I spent  the night there last night.  Result: Costochondritis and may be exasperated by the fibro.  I felt embarassed staying there.  But the pain is so real and still have it.  All the tests came back fine.  It is just unsettling.  I am so tired and drained.  I need to make changes in my life such as losing weight and doing things to reduce my stress level shocked
Just feeling a little bit overwhelmed. yeah

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   Posted 8/10/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I suppose they tested for these .... appendix or gallbladder? What you describe is how both presented in me.

...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,

It can be pretty scary when you start getting chest pains on top of everything else. It's good that you went to the ER - even if they didn't "find" anything, it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you're thinking of getting some exercise, I can't help but rave about AquaFit. Working in the water is so much easier on the body. Most classes are geared towards the "average" person but all instructors I've had have stressed that you work at your own pace and abilities. It's not a show-off contest, it's a chance to get fit safely.

I've been doing it 2x per week for almost 2 months now, and I can see and feel the difference. My waist is a bit smaller, and I've got a bit more stamina. There are ladies in my classes that are extremely overweight, but they get in there and start moving and before you know it, you've worked up a sweat and didn't ever realize it. I absolute love it and plan on continuing to do AquaFit wherever I may be.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, I'm glad that the doctors were thorough and kept you overnight for observation.
The pain you felt was real, so don't be embarrased. Get some rest, and when you
are ready to exercise choose something that you would like to do. I'm a walker but
there are days I'll put on some music and dance by myself when hubby is at work,
My cats look at me like I'm crazy but I'm having fun. Good luck to you!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, the pain is VERY real and it can be very frightening, too.  I have costo, also.  My doctor ran me through a bunch of tests, checking the carotid artery, ultrasound of the heart and I did wear a monitor for 24 hours.  There was no heart problem at all.  I did feel silly, but the pain is real and you really want to rule out heart problems!  So, you did absolutely the correct thing and I'm glad your heart is just fine.
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
((( Lisa )))

I'm glad you're back home. Please don't feel embarrassed. Those ER docs never admit someone lightly! So they KNEW it was important for you to be there, or they wouldn't have kept you. Simple as that. You were having a problem that warranted that care.

about the stress - I've said before that I'm getting back into my meditation, and deep breathing, which helps me. But I also dug up a hypnosis tape from my old doc - and it is "the bomb" for me in triggering the right response. I've been listening to it every morning when I wake up - and trying for once later in the day, too. I just ordered one from my library by Dr. Weil and another doctor which is supposed to be good. Haven't tried it yet but it is: Heal Yourself with Medical Hypnosis: The Most Immediate Way to Use Your Mind-Body Connection
by Andrew Weil (Author) and, Steven Gurgevich (Author) I figure it Dr. Weil's involved with it, it is a safe product. Worth a thought.

Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your kind words! It means alot.
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