SO, I'm a bit aggitated at my primary Dr. I called her at 9am yesterday because my ear/jaw pain was getting annoying. My pain mgmt Doc said TMJ but I wanted her to check for sinus issues, as my ear feels like there could be fluid in it and I've got drainage. Well I also have the pain on the left side under my armpits (rib area) that comes and goes for a month or so. After a few back and forth calls they made me go to the ER to rule out cardiac. Everything was fine (I've had 100 heart tests) and the ER Doc said TMJ for the jaw and probably fibro or something for the side pain...not heart related.
They made me do this last year too (same symptoms) and it just frustrates me. I know they have to rule everything out, but just when I'm comfortable with the fact that my heart is OK, they make me go for a bunch of tests that scare the crap out of me again!!!
I have a low heart rate (upper 40s-low 50s at rest) because I used to be a runner and he thought that was a bit low, so I'm hooked up to this thing for 2 days. I'm trying to hide it so people at work dont ask me a bunch of questions about
it!! I'm also concerned about
the ER bill. My insurance is not as good as it was last year and I'm sure even the 20% of the ER bill I'm responsible for is going to be a nice chunk of change
I'm pretty sure that the dizziness and upset stomach I'm feeling now is due to the reduction in my clonazepam and the TMJ is just part of the whole cronic pain thing. I clench my teeth terribly due to stress...trying to stop that. Dr said avoid chewy, sticky candy and hard foods.
Thanks for letting me vent!
Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4