Went to ER yesterday

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mystery reader
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   Posted 4/21/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having trouble breathing yesterday afternoon and felt as if I was haveing an allergic reaction similar to what I experienced during my tysabri infusions (just not as bad).  I took a benadryl and kept coughing and felt short of breath so off to the ER I went.  After the triage nurse took my vital signs which were all normal. I was told I might have a 4 to 5 hour wait.  I waited about a half an hour and was not coughing as much so I checked myself out, came home, and took another benadryl.
 
I went out to my clinic this morning and saw a nurse practioner as my doctor is on vacation.  They gave me a breathing treatment and she said I had a sinsus infection.  Then she sent in a prescription to my pharmacy.  At the drugstore, the pharmacist told that there was a 10% chance I could be allergic to the antibiotic (I am allergic to penicillin and it was related to it).  So they were going to call the clinic for another prescription.  they have not heard back nor I and that was 4 hours ago.  I do not have much faith in this particular nurse.
 
I am congested (nasal) and she said there was some fluid behind my ears (not sure that is a sign of an infection), but I do not feel like I have a sinus infection (no fever, pain, nasty phlegm).  So I think I am going to wait until I see my regular pcp on Thursday.  he does not like to prescribe antibiotics unless he thinks they are warranted.
 
I still feel some tightness in my chest and shortness of breath so I am wondering if this is is a new ms sympton. I am not coughing much.  I don't think it is an anxiety atttack, but I have never had one so I guess I could be wrong. 
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)


rhondab
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   Posted 4/21/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Barb

Wow!!! U are really going thru it friend! I'm not sure of course, but this doesn't sound like it'd be related to ms. It does sound like a respiratory issue, but whether it's infection or not i couldn't guess at either. I'm glad u'r waiting on the antibiotics. U have quite a history with meds and probs and no need to take a chance when u know there's even that 10% chance...which is high to me! Take good care friend and let us know what u find out...and i hope we'll see u in chat to see how u'r doing then.
rhonda
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uppitycats
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   Posted 4/21/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Just some random thoughts:

It is spring, after all -- and there are lots of things starting to grow that you might be allergic to. For example, I am particularly sensitive to grass and grass pollen, so while I love having the windows open and the fresh air coming in, my head is stuffed up, I'm sneezing and coughing, and while I don't have a fever -- I'm sure if I went to a doctor he'd find congestion, fluid in my ears, all the "usual" signs of respiratory problems. This happens to me whenever grass is growing and/or is being freshly cut, and blowing around.  I'm also sensitive to oak pollen -- same problem, this time of year, and again in late fall.  Could there be something new in your environment (like for me, the fresh growing grass) that's causing your problems?

Then -- if there is nothing new, if indeed you don't have an infection or cold (not all sinus infections come with fever/pain/ etc....but can simply be a "stuffy head")...

then perhaps you're experiencing what is called the "MS hug" -- a feeling of squeezing in, pressure, around your torso  (most often from waist to top of chest), a feeling that your "insides" are being squeezed. Often people feel shortness of breath, even have thought perhaps they're having a heart attack...but it's a sensory thing, another one of those really annoying MS things.

It's good that the pharmacist "caught" the issue of your penicillin sensitivity, and is trying to change the prescription.

An anxiety attack is usually a big more dramatic...anxiety-producing...the adrenalin surges through your body, you feel like you want to flee the scene. It doesn't much sound like that is what is happening for you.  But then,

 

 

 


...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Sunnycitrus
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I’m so sorry Barb, this is the last thing you need right now! I’m glad you’re going to see your pcp before starting on any other meds. I think the ms hug can cause shortness of breath, tightness in chest etc, but since you are congested it sounds like maybe something else is going on? I just don’t know, but also wanted to say I’m really glad you aren’t going to start the provigil right now. I have been dealing with some shortness of breath, chest tightness, heart pounding etc that I’m attributing to adjusting to the provigil…all I can say is please don’t start on this med until whatever is already going on is resolved, or at least correctly diagnosed. Hang in there, and get some good rest today.

 

Sunny


mystery reader
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!

I know I have allergies so I think that is what is going on with the congestion. And I do have all of my windows open right now. I have had sinus infections before and this does not feel like one.

I have the ms hug constantly (constant squeezing) in the left side of my rib cage aroung the back. So I many be experiencing something with that in my chest area. I hope this does not mean I am having a flare. I am going on vacation soon!!!

It is not as bad as it was yesterday. The nurse also mentioned asthma, but I have not had that problem in the past.

I may take a clonezepam in a little while to see if it helps at all.

Won't be at chat tonight. I am going to a dinner at school.
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)


rhondab
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   Posted 4/21/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
O fooey! No chat with us tonight huh? Well enjoy u'r dinner friend and let us know how u'r doing!!
rhonda
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Sweetlydia66
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   Posted 4/22/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Awwwwww Barb,
Geesh, I'm so sorry You are having such a tough go of it. Gosh, i hope you feel better soon. Try and relax and hopefully your appt Thursday, they will figure it out. I agree w/ Sunny about the provigil too. I would wait.
Take care Barb,
Love
Lynn
 
Dx MS Dec 06, Started Tysabri March 2008, Baclofen, Cymbalta


D'awesome
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   Posted 4/23/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
With this current flu stuff running around, alot of folks are developing pneumonia and not realizing it. I hope your doctor will get a grip on this for you... the tightness in your chest could just be it moving from your head down and settling into your lungs... I know when I'm ill like that, that is my first sign... so I do hope they get your antibiotic figured out, however do whatever you have to do to 'dry up" for the congestion, get rest and hopefully this will pass fast for you.

If it doesn't pass, then maybe it's a new symptom for you..that's what confuses me the most is how close so many things mimic so many other things! Hope you feel better really soon!
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mystery reader
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   Posted 4/23/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Just went and picked up an inhaler from the drugstore. I told the nurse the other day I did not want one, but I changed my mind today. They probably think I am either crazy or a major pain. PCP canceled my appt for tomorrow so I have to wait until Monday to see him. So I thought I thoguht I would try this even though I have not had a problem with asthma in the past.
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)

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