I've been learning a lot of terms recently, which seem to be confusing me more an awful lot. As someone in their early 30's whose had no known health problems, I found myself in hospital last Saturday after something the French doctors called Tetany. I moved to Paris about
a year and a half ago (probably reason enough to cause any health issues! )
six months ago I got a terrible pain in my chest, that increased whenever I tried to inhale. I was worried, but didn't bother a doctor about
it (I've had this once before) and am quite certain that was PCS (precordial catch syndrome), which disappeared after about
half an hour. I then had a good month or more of eyelid twitching which was very annoying, and found myself more irritable than usual (I'm usually very chilled and patient in nature), despite I sleep well, felt in good health, and maintain a good balanced diet.
I got past all that, then last Friday I had a bit of a cold and runny nose, and the next morning felt a bit blocked in my chest, bit of a sore throat and temporarily lost voice (assumed I'd caught a bug). Had a shower, felt okay, got out of the shower and found it hard to breath (made a horrible gaspy noise when inhaled/exhaled). I went to dry my hair and thought I was going to pass out, so sat down. I then tried to make it to my chair in the next room and found breathing very difficult indeed. I collapsed on the floor next to my baby's cot, and whilst I tried really hard to relax and breath deeply, found myself fighting extremely hard for every breath and thought I was going to lose consciousness. At the same time, I assumed my muscles were being starved of oxygen as my wrists bent over and fingers all went rigid; I lost the sensation in my legs and couldn't move those and started getting pins and needles everywhere else, including my head, and really thought my time had come. Fortunately the pompiers (firemen - in France they're usually better at coming to you and getting you to hospital) came extremely quickly and from my bent over, rigid hands recognised it as tetany (I'd never heard of it, and certainly not experienced it), and managed to calm my breathing more. It took about
10-15 minutes before I could begin to move my hands again and they took me to hospital. The checkups at the hospital showed my chest to be clear, and my blood pressure was good. They just said it was Tetany caused by too much stress, and that was also the cause of my respiratory problems.
Today (Monday), I still have a tickly throat and am coughing a lot, and feel quite weak if I move about
or do much. I went to the doctors and told her about
the situation, and she seems to think it is asthma or an anxiety attack, or asthma caused by an anxiety attack (apparently they're hard to tell apart). I just assumed I had caught a bug, but she also seems to think I'm bug free, and is going to put me on an inhaler for a fortnight.
I have to say I'm really confused by it all. I work for myself at home, look after a baby (and now live in a foreign country), which I guess are stressful things, but everybody suffers stress and I figured I was doing quite alright. I'm now wondering if the doctor is perhaps right, and perhaps my body is reacting to these things with the spasmophilia and anxiety induced asthma. Hopefully tests will reveal more, and I don't mean to rabbit on at length but thought it might be worth writing about
my experience in a forum where others might have had similar experiences - I'm really keen to get to the bottom of it, as I need to bit fit and healthy to look after my 3 month old.