concerned, achey arm & sick stomach

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debimum
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   Posted 5/5/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am getting concerned though.  I was ok this morning except for the tiredness and arm ached a bit, then I was going to get some saltines to eat then all of sudden  I felt like I  was going to throw up and did.   My arm has been aching ever since and I feel so sick up through my esophagus into my left chest.  And my left arm aches.    I felt a bit sweaty this morning and warm, now I am cool and my hands are cool. And I am still sick in my stomach. 
 
Has anyone ever felt like this before?
back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


Hopes
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   Posted 5/5/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Deb, I don't know what to tell you but I can tell that you are really worried and I think with good reason. I just cannot understand a doctor who would check out gastro related issues without first making sure your heart in OK. I understand that you had a really bad experience at the ER last time and can see why you are reluctant to repeat the time and expense when it was such an obvious waste last time. HOWEVER your symptoms are suspicious by your own doctors admission. If you start feeling that bad again, I would definately suggest making another ER run. How about to a different hospital? Is there another one in your area? Once there tell them that you think you may be having a heart attack and are worried. I believe you have stated that you feel short of breath even though you are taking your asthma medication, you have pain in your throat, chest and into your abdomin area, pain down your left arm, feel your chest fluttery, feel a heaviness in your chest and are nausea. You need to tell them ALL that at the ER and state that you think you may be having a heart attack. Also let then know that you have a family history with your mom and sister which makes you more suspicious that this could be heart related. That really ought to get their attention and get some tests ran. This needs to be checked out. Heart attacks can cause disabilities and kill; heartburn can't! That is why your heart needs checked out FIRST!  I am sorry for all your frustration. It is inexcusable for the way that you are being treated by the medical community. Don't try to be nice and patient; you've tried that route. Be assertive and make them hear you! God Bless! I hope things are checked out SOON!

debimum
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   Posted 5/5/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I have taken my previcid I was to take one in the morning and one at supper.  I really wasn't having trouble with acid before this all started. I think once I share with the ER that the other hospital turned me away last week, they won't full around.  They are competitors.

thank you for your help.  my husband is home this afternoon, he went for groceries I couldnt' go along.  The CA-125 blood test will have to wait unless they do it if I am in the hospital and can't find anything gastro.  But I am sure they will check the heart. 

I took a couple of sips of ginger ale and then ate a saltine cracker and threw it up.  I have never experienced feeling like this before.  My chest hurts across and  under the breast and aches into my arm.  I am trying to stay restful  to see if that helps.  someone on here said about anxiety and a couple of the ladies on the lupus site. I don't think it's that, but who knows.  I know my sister used to tell me her arms ached and that she didn't know that was a sign of heart problems.  And muscus in her throat.

well I am going so thank you I will let you know the outcome. I have appreciated you caring.


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/5/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  mum, has any of this started since you started the prevacid? just curious, i had problems with that and another called protonix.i am talking about the latest new developements.

debimum
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   Posted 5/6/2006 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   

DREAMGIRL

I didn't have  a problem on previcid at all.  I have been taking that all along, they just kept thinking it was acid relux. Ya know after your dx'd with acid reflux, and being a woman, they think thats all your problems and keep trying another medication or think you need to be on an antidepressant.  I have been taking previcid for awhile now,meaning a few years.  I know when I don't take it, I don't  have any  problems.  This was not the case. Since the ENT thought my throat problem is acid reflux we tried another prilosec OTC. Well I took two of those a day and that didn't seem to change my throat, raspy and feelslike it's swollen all the time and a lump on the right side. So I then went to the gastro doc on my own.  He did a barium swollow, the results were slight reflux. I said I heard that people have scaring with reflux and saw the add for nexium. So he said give it a try, but he said it's not the problem with my throat. gave samples so I just could try it.  I couldn't take it and told him. So back on the previcid. Then I started my plaquenil and and a couple days late lexapro(because the doctor thought I was depressed, I said YEAH only because I am sick and getting the run around from you all.) But I got sick on the nexium too just didn't feel good. He did say not everyone can take it.  So he ordered a thyroid ultrasound since no one else would do it. Numbers were on the low side but family doc and rheumy said it was fine.  But gastro doc thought maybe it's the problem. HMMMMMMMMM now who should pick up on low numbers, gastro? or rheumy or even family doc? OH GGRRRRRRRRRRR.  So then I went to the ER did not have a heart attack or stroke or was in an accident so not worth treating for any pain.  The went to the family doc saw the PA, gave antibiotics. She said the servere diarrea, (oh yes I started with severe diarrea end of FEB after starting the plaquenil and lexapro.  I called the rheumy and the nurse said she really doesn't think it's the plaq, but more so the lexapro.  In the mean time, I was also feeling more depressed being on the antidepressant as time went on.  But I had this experience in the past too with them, got more depressed on them. Husband said He knows I am not depressed or wasn't until three weeks ago. 

So I see the gastro doc on monday the one who is interesting in helping. I hadn't seen him last monday, emergency appt for a visit so had to take who ever.  I saw a ne rheumy last Friday have another appt. with her to hear about all the blood work she ordered. (nice doc). I had a CA125 blood test today, I saw the GYN doc on Thursday and she knows there is something going on with all the pain I have throughout my torso. She isn't sure what to think, but ordered a pelvic ultrasound. I said to rule out anything with that.

 I am to the point to let them go in and do exploratory to see if they see anythiing and cut all the adhesions. 

But really all this started when I had my gallbladder out and I have been telling each doctor this. So maybe the gastro monday will want to pursue looking into thinks insida instead of giving me more meds. which I will say, the time for trying  medication is over. I have been off work since april 12 and I have to get back to work.  I hate that I have to stay in bed most all the time. I have no energy what so ever. My husband picked up ensure today to try to get some nutrition into me. I threw everything up Friday I drank or ate. So over night i had acid coming back up. 

What a merry go round that isn't merry. 

Thank yo for being concerned. 


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


Hopes
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   Posted 5/6/2006 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Deb, I just had a thought. If it is gastro related, it could be esophogial spasm. They feel just like a heart attack. ?? I don't know but it is just a thought. Also I'm sure I didn't spell that right but OH weLL.....you know what I mean. :)

debimum
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   Posted 5/6/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Hopes, I know there is something wrong with my esophagus, But now one seems to want to look in to see what is going on.  I also have been having problems since I had my gallbaldder out. I even went back and told this to the surgeon.  He said nothing is wrong with the surgery he did. I had this pain before and he said he told me it wasnt' guaranteed to go away.  The pain is differnt and if something gets worse instead of better, why not look into it.  I was also told to go to Penn or jefferson or Hershey. 

Thank you though for the thoughts.  I am going to try to be firm on Monday, but this isnt' the gastro doc I saw two weeks ago.  That one was very arrgogant and snobby and was upset that he had to see me for an emergency visit.  Well I asked for the one who I had seen before.  Ya don't let someone go who has had severe diarrea. or maybe I have a different idea of severe.  5-8 times a day is severe for someone who only went 2-3 normally.

Thank you


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


wheredidigo
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   Posted 5/6/2006 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
my mom had her gallbladder removed,and has "attacks" as she puts it,,,,,,,severe pain,sweating,nausea,,,ect..,,she has just found out that the potassium she was taking may be responsible for the pain ;shrugs: i dont know why or how. sounds like maybe ya need a whole new group of drs...unfortunately we all have to make sure our drs are doin the best they can for us,,,,if you dont like what they tell ya,,find a new one,,,good luck
trish

els
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   Posted 5/7/2006 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi debimum,  I just wanted to tell you good luck with your appointment tomorrow.  Please let us know how it turns out.  My thoughts are with you.

Elisha



 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/7/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  i will be thinking of you too mum, i have to say i have heard stories about more problems starting after a gallbladder is removed. do not know why either, so sorry  you sound like you are really wiped out, be sure to take that ensure, i had the same problem, ilost 10 pounds i di not need to loose and can not get them back, i was just like you wasted, i decided to dump a few of my meds and i have felt soooo much better, i know that is not your problem though, as you are not taking that much, however it only takes one to make you feel drained. everybody is so different, it is impossible to know how each person will re-act. sorry i cannot be of help, let us know what happens, do not be to quick to go under the knife again.

debimum
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   Posted 5/7/2006 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   

We each have such a different walk in life. We each feel differently as we travel that road.  I have come to realize after todaywith something my husband said, that I have to walk it alone. 

I know these are words I may regret later.  But the lonliness of going through this is unbearable at times.   I know expectations get in the way.  But shouldn't we expect some things of a person who says they care and want to help. But I also found out it's only in the way they want to help so they aren't uncomfortable.  The old saying, you have to be a friend if you want a friend. And the saying you reap what you sew just isn't true in some peoples life. 

Thank you for the thoughts.  The only peace I have in a way is the family leave paper. But even though I am a sewing room aide where I work and it's only an older lady who was going to retire, I am not assured that I will have my job when I get back.  I could be in another department that requires more activity or working weekends.  I have a very nice job right now. Which I work 4-5 hours a day and if I miss one day I can make it up later in the week.  I have shared with my supervisor that I love my job and I am doing everything possible in my power to find out what is going on and get better so I can come back. She says she understands.

So we'll see. 


back to square #1- off meds for now-Not been diagnosed as of yet.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. sublingual B-12 , Chronic sinus infections.  Asthma.
 
 


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 5/8/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  hi mum, sounds like you had an unexpected response from someone close to you,if it is your mate,sometimes they are frightened by sickness, so i hope that is all that his response was. i have the dearest husband and he jumps thriugh hoops for me, but i can tell i wear him out sometimes with the constant my --- hurts and my----hurts. try not to heap so much stress on about the job,  what will be will be ,you never know what can happen between yesterday and tomorrow.

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