Well had another wonderful, fantastic trip to the ER today. My husband and I had gone to my in laws's house for a bbq and some swimming. Lately I haven't really been feeling up to doing anything but somewhat forced myself to go along and be sociable. Everything was going well when I got there and my mother in law offered me some very strong coffee that was quite good. I usually only drink decaf coffee but thought I would just have a small cup. Well as the day went along im not feeling that well and have noticed lately that if i go up a flight of stairs i become very winded and my heart rate goes through the roof. That is definately not me. I can usually go up and down stairs without any problems at all. These episodes have happen to me a couple of times before and just had an echocardiogram done almost a week ago to check my heart. Have had normal EKGs except im always tachacardic. Around the 110 range. The cardiologist told me not to worry about it and that it is a sinus rhythm.
By the time we eat lunch I have no appetite and I am feeling worse. I do have half a turkey burger and I always make sure to chew my food around 30 times or so especially when I am not feeling well to further prevent stomach upset. As the day progresses I grab a hot dog that was on the grill and eat that. I haven't really had any red meat in a while because my husband is on a very strict diet and we've eliminated almost all red meat from our diet.
45 min later I absolutley do not feel well. I am now getting terrible stabbing pain in my upper middle stomach and its radiating into my left shoulder and chest. I ask my husband if we could go home and he said sure and that he was ready to go too. As Im putting our 4 year old into the car I can't catch my breath and I know for sure that i am having a heart attack. The pain got so severe that I almost passed out next to the truck. I get into the truck and as we are driving away from my in law's i beg my husband to take me to the hospital.
To make a very long story short we get to the ER and they start drawing blood and hooking me up to heart monitors and my heart rate is 175 bpm and im fighting off waves of wanting to pass out. I can feel my heart fluttering around and Im setting off the cardiac monitors and in pain because of my stomach. The dr comes in and tells me you must be anxious..I look at him and go no im in a ton of pain and my heart is literally trying to leap out of my chest. He then informs me that i am sinus tachacardic and it must be psychological because there is nothing wrong with my heart. I then ask him about the stabbing pain in my upper stomach that feels like i should be going to the operating room right now and getting emergency surgery!! He said oh it must be some indigestion and if i was bleeding internally it would show up on my lab work.
I then get wheeled into the x-ray room and get a chest x-ray and then they wheel me back and there i sit for the next hour. No iv fluids nothing just sit there setting off the heart monitors everytime I go to stand up or sit upright. I have to lay almost perfectly flat on my back for my heart rate to return to normal. Meanwhile the stabbing pain is still bad but I cannot take pain meds because I cannot tollerate any of them whithout having an allergic reaction. The doctor comes back in and says " good news, you lab work is great and we're going to send you home" I was shocked!!! I pointed out to him that I could barely stand up without setting off the monitors and isn't dangerous for me to leave with my heart rate that elevated?? He laughed and said that he had biked for almost 7 miles this morning and said that his heart rate was probably still around the 170 range.
He explained that there was nothing wrong with my heart structually and that I must be worrying myself sick or have some bad indigestion. He did give me a refferral to a new gi dr closer to my house and that I should call first call tomorrow morning.
I feel as if there is soo much compact pressure trapped within my stomach and esophagus that im feeling pressure into my neck. My pain is still pretty bad and I am still laying in bed a little too afraid to get up because it will set off my heart. I did take omeprazole and some gas x when I got home but no relief.
Sorry this is long....Thanks for listening/reading