I'm Sad Today. I have Chest Pain - Due to Stress or Doing Too Much???

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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Everyone - Does anyone get real bad chest pains?  Mine have been somewhat better lately (before I used to think I was having a heart attack they were so bad).  Today I feel like someone is sitting on me and every breath is extremely painful.
Do you find there is any relation between that type of pain and doing too much or being stressed?   
We were away for a couple of days so I'm wondering if thats why I'm suffering or if its because I'm upset today.  My husband made a comment last night that I used to be really outgoing and I used to have a good sense of humour.  Apparently, I have neither now - gggrrrr!!!!  He made me so upset last night, I was crying.  He said that I was miserable.  Miserable (my first thought was miserable - I'll show you miserable...lol)???  I have a Very positive attitude towards life so I honestly don't know where he was coming from.  I'm wondering if he is getting tired of hanging out with a sicky though - he's been so good to me lately so the comment took me really off guard.  Perhaps he's had that inside and for some reason picked last night to let me know... I don't know.  Anyway, I woke up with a bad pain in my chest (it hurts real bad).  I'm just so sad right now. 
I don't really have anyone to talk to about it either... why are the people we are closest to so insensitive sometimes??

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   Posted 5/21/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   


I certainly think that stress can cause any pain to be worse and if it continues you should probably let your dr check you out.  Also, my 14 year old daughter spat a little comment at me yesterday that stung a little. My husband invited my brother and his family over for a cookout yesterday and when I told him I did not feel like entertaining and cleaning all evening my daughter said, "We never have people over anymore cuz your too tired!"

I know that 14 year old girls are not into empathy but ....ouch!  So I know how you feel.  It IS a chore to have fun sometimes.  It's a chore to shower, to dry your hair, to go all the way up the stairs where the only roll of toilet paper is (so you just use kleenex).  I also truly believe that a lot of times when people unload on us like your husband did, it is a reflection on how  helpless they feel.  And just as much as this disease robs us of ourselves are families feel that loss too. (Some just handle it better than others)  My husband is prone to tantrums and I just consider that his disease!  Well, I hope that things will level out for you and that your husband will chill out and come around.  Try to have a good day and hang in there!





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   Posted 5/21/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sandspoker.  If you continue to have the chest pain even though you're resting, I really think you should call your doc.  As for the other issue I've told my friends here before that my intelligence used to be so much of who I am and I had a quick, great sense of humor.  I hate lupus fog!!!!  Lynnwood has actually given me encouragement because she is currently sans fog.  One of the most difficult things about this disease is adjusting to the new, less improved you on a moments notice, but there are lots of good days too. ((Hugs))  Call your doc!

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   Posted 5/21/2007 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi! Sandpoker,

I was going to post about chest pain when I read yours. I too keep getting upper chest pains but it goes away when I lay down but it scares me. Im on methotrexate and I dont know if its common for that to happen?? Ive a history of COPD and had histoplasmosis and now Im scared they shouldnt of used the methotrexate?? I am so confused and frustrated I cant stand it!! Now I have massive headache. Maybe someone herecan give us insight into this??



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   Posted 5/21/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone - Thanks for replying - it makes me feel better knowing I have people who understand me here. 
My chest feels ok now (very little pain now) - My mood is back to the norm too  tongue
After I posted this morning, my g/f called and we chatted - she had me smiling in no time.  From that time on, I had the "this is who I am" attitude and if you don't like me well...  (that attitude always empowers me :)
My husband just got in from work a few minutes ago and he felt bad for saying it - I guess he was trying to say that the Lupus makes me miserable - it's not me as a whole... he said he was sorry too!
I agree with you Bitzi - everything is a friggin' chore to us.   That drives me crazy sometimes because I think I'm capable of doing something but I tire out before I can finish.  I honestly think that the chest pain was a combination of both being tired, sad and a wee bit mad too.  I find the pain itself adds stress.... 
Cathy, with the pain in my chest, its hurts way more when I try to lay down.  Sometimes, I have to stay on the couch so I can position myself with the back of the couch.  When it is really bad, I can't lay down at all - I would have to get my husband to prop me up because a small move (any movement) and the pain was unbelievable. 
Different but kind of the same...
Thanks Again for posting - MUCH appreciated...

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   Posted 5/21/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sands, I'm really sorry for what you went through. It stinks how miserable it can make us and also affect the people around us too. Even though my hubby is very supportive I know it must be really hard for him and I'm sure there are times he gets sick of me being sick - I know I sure get tired of it and I know it's hard on my kids too. I'm glad you and your hubby were able to talk about it.

I agree about mentioning the chest pain to your doc, especially if it gets bad. Sometimes with lupus you can get pleurisy which is very painful or some of us have costochondritis which is inflammation in the chest wall and the connective tissue between the ribs and chest. I get that and it can also be really painful. I'm sure stress can make any of these things worse as it can with any of the lupus stuff.

I think so many of us can relate to everything being a chore - stuff that healthy people take for granted like just having the strength and energy to get in the shower and get cleaned, then who knows if you'll have enough energy left over to do your hair.

It sounds like you have a great friend and I'm glad she was able to cheer you up - I've got a really good friend like that too.

Hang in there and know you are definitely not alone in this.

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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   

You know Hippi - I was wondering about my chest pains. 

You said...

I agree about mentioning the chest pain to your doc, especially if it gets bad. Sometimes with lupus you can get pleurisy which is very painful or some of us have costochondritis which is inflammation in the chest wall and the connective tissue between the ribs and chest. I get that and it can also be really painful. I'm sure stress can make any of these things worse as it can with any of the lupus stuff.

I do have pleurisy Hippi - it is very painful.

I had to paste it because I'm wondering about costochondri*** (I would never have got through that without a "paste"...lol) - what happens when this happens to you?  As soon as you said inflammation - my ears perked because when I felt those attacks starting, I could feel an inflammation coming on (like when you start a chest cold - that "burning" you get - only mine would intensify really quickly) Would anything like this happen to you? 

I've done a lot of reading on the subject of Lupus of late.  I was seriously thinking that perhaps, when I was going through those "attacks" - that's what I called them - I was suffering from pleurisy of the heart (not sure what the exact term is).  Seeing I already had Pleurisy, it might not have been such a big stretch to think of that as a possibility but your explanation sounds intriguing as well... I anxious to hear more!!! 

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   Posted 5/21/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   


I'm sorry I missed your post this morning.  I read all the replies and am very happy to see you are feeling better.

I worked all weekend and overslept this morning and just didn't have time to check in here before I had to work again today.  Thankfully I'm off tomorrow and can hopefully get some much overneeded rest.

I read what Hippi wrote and I too have the chest pain and it has been told to me that it is the cartilage between the ribs like she said.  I have never had pleurisy but if it hurts like the inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs, I can understand how much pain you were in.  Did the pain feel like the pain you've experienced before with your pleurisy?

Even though you are feeling better now, I would still mention this episode to your doctor.

I am so sorry you had to even experience the pain.  I think the pain does get worse with stress.  For me, I get stressed and then the only thing I can focus on is the pain and I really feel that makes it worse. 

I am soooooo glad you had the chat with your girlfriend.  I like your phrase about "this is who I am".  Can I adopt your motto?!  God created you and you are the person he wanted you to be.  I love that you can accept yourself for who you are.  I am really striving to achieve that way of thinking and having all of you here for support helps that thinking process.

Hope you continue to feel better.
((((((lots of hugs)))))
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