PLEASE HELP ME - IM DESPERATE!

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kamden81
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Date Joined Mar 2015
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   Posted 3/13/2015 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hell guys I really need some help here and any advice you can give will help me out greatly.
I am a 33 Female with no children, I di however have RADS which is similar to asthma but I’ve only had 4 episodes in my life and the last on was 3 years ago. about a month ago I decided to become Vegan. No meat, no eggs no dairy. The first week was easy with no craving and my mind felt clear. However physically I felt run down. I noticed that I wasn’t able to complete my normal exercise routines which included walking 5 miles. I was exhausted after about 1 ½. So I just stopped going all together. BY day 6 I was experiencing mild chest pain and light headedness I also work up with racing heart for no reason but was able to fall back asleep after about an hour. I thought lack of protein was the answer, so I started drinking Rice Protein with bananas for breakfast. Things got better but then I kept feeling like I was coming down with a cold. By week 3 I noticed a small white patch on my left tonsil. I went to my local walk in clinic. They said I had mild fever (99) and low but normal blood pressure 107/11. I got a strep test that came back negative. The Dr said the infection could be bacterial or viral so he gave my two prescriptions. While I was there I also told him that I had itchy ears , which I had- had for years. He said I had an outer ear infection and prescribed some drops for me. I went home and immediately took the zpak. After day 5 on zpak my sore throat was gone and I was 80 normal. I didn’t bother with the viral medication at all, Instead a waited a day and began taking the drops for my ears.


Day one on the drops was really bad I had serve shortness of breath after taking them but my ears felt better so day two I only took one dose. That night I woke up with a racing heart and a feeling like I was going to pass out. It was terrifying I thought I was having heart failure or a heart attack. I went to the ER they did a CBC and they said I was fine and that it could have been a panic attack. I had never had anything like that happen to me before but I took then at their word. Two days later I was back in the ER with chest palpations and shortness of breath. This time they did even more blood work and a stand up xray that looked at the front and side of my heart. The results were negative. The Dr said nothing was wrong and sent me home with the same pain I came in there with. He suggested that it could be mirovalve prolapse and that I get an out patient echo.


The next three days were hell. My heart raced all the, especially when I tried to lie down. I was filled with fear and the chest pain was now accompanied by arm numbness and back pain. On day four I went back to the ER in the around midnight. It was a different hospital. They took more blood ran more test. Finally tested to see if Id had a heart attack. Nothing. Every test showed I was fine by 4am I was back home. Thinking maybe I had a low immunse sytem I took some zinc. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack again. Heart racing, dizzy, shaking. So by 11am that same day I was back at the ER. While driving I was felling light headed I almost passed out behind the wheel, By the time I got to the ER I was actually having a full blow panic attack. The nurse said she could tell by my hands. I was crying and I couldn’t catch my breath so again I was told it was just panic. I tried to explain that YES I was panicked but that the reason for coming in was that I was having shortness of breath I couldn’t stop shaking and I felt like I was going to pass out behind the wheel. That would make anyone panic. They calmed me down using breathing techniques and then I left. That night was the worst. I seriously felt like I was having a heart attack so I took some Bayer aspirin. I also took the “panic” meds the Dr in the ER prescribed me. I slept for 12hrs straight. When I woke up I was still in pain. That day a nurse from the ER called to check on me. I told her nothing had changed so she said that I should come in and get admitted to the hospital. I did.

I checked in around 3pm.All day and night they took my blood and blood pressure. They did more xrays and gave my an ehco to look for the micrvalve prolapse. They also gave me a Nitrous pill. They offered pain meds but I refused them. I didn’t want the Dr to ask me about my pain level while Im all doped up. The nitris actually helped, I felt like I was getting oxygen for the first time in a week. My heart still raced and woke me up every time I dosed off. After 24hrs and all that work they hadn’t found anything. The cardiologist said I was fine and the Dr said my pain was muscular skeletal. I was shocked and still felt weak and at that point I had developed this dry hacking cough. I thought it was from the hospital air. However I took the Drs at their word and went home. I decided to sleep on the opposite side as not to further damage my muscles on my left side. The next day I had Jaw pain and arm numbness and the cough had worsened. At my wits end I took an iron supplement. It was great, I shook and shook like a leaf on a tree the same way I was in the hospital after the nitris. I felt like I was getting oxygen again. I was finally able to sleep without a racing heart.

The pain kept alternating. Jaw,chest, back, arm tingling, arm numbness. So I started taking honey. Afterall I had been assured by 10 diffent Drs that I was ok and that whatever I had was not life threatening. A day later I felt like there were bricks on my chest and that I was breathing thru a straw. So back to a different ER. They looked at my records, gave me an EKG, told my I was fine and that I should start using my inhaler. But they gave me a referral to a cardiologist to be on the safe side. So I made the appointment I had to wait a week in the mean time the honey really helped me and I had no racing heart whatsoever and it really helped with the coughing as well. Finally I was able to see the cardiologist. I did a stress test. I thought I was going to pass out I was so out of breath. However, they said I passed with flying colors. After I left I’ve had chest back and Jaw pain. Pain that I hadn’t had in a week. And now the honey doesn’t seem to help my cough as much. This was two days ago. I have been in pain and nausea every since I left the Dr. I have been having spells of lightheadedness and constant chest pain and cough. This morning my arm was numb for at least to hours. Does anyone know what this could be. DO I need to see a pulmonologist or a psychologist.??? Is this walking pneumonia or pleracy or what. PLEASE HELP!

about me:
Non drinker non smoker drug free. Before this I hadn’t had a cold in years. I have no preexisting conditions besides RADS. I don’t work but I do live an active lifestyle ei rebounding 3x’s per week and walking 5 miles every other day. Also my diet was the Mcdoughal diet. I was high card low fat vegan for 1 month and a week. Before that ate healthy but I did eat meat and now I eat meat again.
This has been going on for 30 days I really cant take much more
PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!

galpal411
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   Posted 3/13/2015 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
For pneumonia they can do a chest xray and find out. You are suffering. I'd see a pulmonolgist or anyone to help figure this out. Last year I had a heart issue out of the blue, that lead to constant anxiety issues. It was alot of suffering, but I am ok now. Like you, I was healthy. The cause of my issue was never known. Some things:

1. When they tell you it's anxiety, it doesn't mean it's caused by your mental state. It can be physical, like having a seizure.

2. If they rule out all things, like heart attacks, etc, all that is left is to manage it. It can get better or just go away. I got better very slowly... two steps forward, one step back pace.

3. After an attack, my body is more touchy, it's harder to breathe. It exacerbates other symptoms. It can take days or weeks for my body to reset.

See another doctor to help you with the chest and cough pain. Also see a therapist and doctor if you are still having anxiety\panic attacks.

kamden81
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   Posted 3/15/2015 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you "galpal411"

Im going to see my primary Dr on Monday. This site has been such a blessing. I started using my inhaler thanks to some of the advice I received here, and it really has helped me. Its not a cure, but its allowed me to breath freely with no cough or chest tightness 6hr at a time. Im also no longer terrified Im going to die at a at second so my anxiety level is really low now. Still, after I see my Dr Ill take you advice about the therapist. I never seriously considered seeing one until all this happened. Maybe I do have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. And I don't think seeing one would hurt anything.

Im happy to hear that you have survived you ordeal. I hope that I am able to recover 100% as well. Thanks again for your advice.

Areyes1
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Date Joined Feb 2015
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   Posted 3/15/2015 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I've recently posted a topic about almost the same things you are going through. First of all I had asthma when I was younger and I now only get chest tightness when I get a really bad cough. But anyway, about 3 weeks ago I was sitting at home when my neck got really stiff, face and arm went numb and I was having chest pain. I got really weak my heart was racing and I felt I was going to pass out my whole body couldn't stop shaking. I went to the ER and the doc told me basically I was too young to be having a heart attack (I'm 29). He knew and I knew I was having an anxiety attack. But I didn't have it until after my neck got stiff and my arm and face went numb. At the ER my arm also kept getting a bad burning feeling inside. They did and EKG and everything came out good. I was prescribed xanax and sent home. The 2nd week I was still having chest pain arm numbness neck pain and then shoulder and back pain. Went to a walk in doctor and he took an xray of my Chest and neck and said there was nothing wrong with my chest but my neck looked like I had been in a car wreck? I told him I had upped my weights for my workouts and that's the only thing I could think of. He said stress can cause my neck pain. He prescribed me muscle relaxers and said that should take care of it. So another week later here I am still in pain my chest and I should be clear it's my upper chest about right under my collarbone feels like it's being crushed. And my neck and back are still in pain with the arm numbness from time to time. So I've been doing my own readings to try and figure out what's wrong with me. I've come up with angina either a herniated or bulging disc. I have an apt early morn tomorrow with a cardiologist to do a stress test.

kamden81
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Date Joined Mar 2015
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   Posted 3/23/2015 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I went to my primary on Monday and things went well. She was kind and very interested in all the events of the last month. She prescribed me a new steroid inhaler (Pulmicort). But she didn’t think that my asthma was really asthma. I wasn’t “weezing” and she checked my pulse and said that there weren’t any blood clots. She also checked my thyroid. Since she couldn’t really find anything she went back to my panic attacks. She said that she feels like that’s what it is. And that it is possible that I was also having an allergy that triggered asthma symptoms at the same time. She prescribed me 20mg of Citalopram of which I am to cut in half for the first week then take the whole dose the next week. She said if that works all my symptoms should disappear or be greatly diminished. If not, because she believes so strongly its panic, she will up the dosage.

The steroid inhaler made me feel weird I felt like it was making my tongue and throat swell so I stopped taking it. I found that my symptoms did diminish when taking Claritin so I’ve been doing that. Today I went to my local clinic for what I thought was a spider bite (it wasn’t) but while I was there I made it count and had a PFT (just to make sure my lungs are functioning fine) – they are. And I’m all set to have an MRI for my arm numbness. The Dr there believes that I have a pinched nerve in my back causing my arm pain and numbness. But he also made sure to tell me that it too could just be anxiety or muscular skeletal pain that may pass on its own.

So at this point I’m thinking it may have ALL been anxiety from the start. My heart is ok my lungs are ok and there are no clots. My thyroid is also ok. For the last week I have had allot of cheek and jaw pain but I believe that it’s from grinding my teeth while I sleep from all the stress. If it continues I will go to the dentist just to make sure. I’m very happy to “basically” have a clean bill of health. As for my cough and the feeling of being short of breath, well the Dr said viral bronchitis. He also mentioned walking pneumonia but said the chances were slight. He leaned toward viral bronchitis because it’s been going around. There are no meds for either. So I will be self-treating by taking zinc or something to boost my immune system.

My plan now is to continue to take Claritin (which is really the cheap Wal-itin from Walgreens) and begin the Citalopram by next week. I’m waiting because I really want to work on getting rid of this cough first. I am also looking for a good therapist because I don’t want to have any more episodes. I will post the findings of my MRI.

I really would like to say thank you to everyone who read and responded to me original post. I felt so terrified and alone at the time I wrote it and I really appreciate you guys for taking time out to give me your opinions and some direction. You’ll never know how thankful I am just to have someone listen.<3

kamden81
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Date Joined Mar 2015
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   Posted 3/23/2015 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Areyes1

I really hope that you find your answers as well it took allot of running around but I think I've found mine. I will keep you posted. Be sure to post what happening with you as well.

Calen
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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 4/6/2015 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you have your b12 level tested? VegAns are prone to deficiency and it can cause a lot of what you describe
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