Why I was stupid enough to think going to the E.R. would help????

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kat_in_Texas, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    I'm so frustrated, mad, in pain, tired, and just plain sad! I had horrible chest pains during the night, so bad that I couldn't catch my breath. My DH kept asking if I wanted to go to the E.R. ... I said no, they never help me anyway. So I toughed it out. This morning I felt lousy, but went on to work. The chest pains were still in high gear, and about 11:00 I became dizzy/light-headed, very disoriented, starting having weird, creepy tingling sensations down both arms (that "needles/pins" feeling), AND both of my hands went numb! I knew something was wrong, I had never felt so strange. In fact, it bothered me more that I was disoriented and had a "disjointed" feeling than the fact that I was in pain.

    I didn't want to call my PCP, frankly because he's a jerk and never seems to believe me, and I didn't want to call my neurologist, although I'm not sure why I didn't call him except that I just saw him for the first time last week ... maybe I didn't want to come across as a complainer??? I don't know why.

    So anyway, on my lunch hour I decided to go to one of those walk-in emergency care clinics (what my family calls a "doc-in-a-box"). My thought was that I would have them listen to my heart and check my BP real quick, assure me that there was nothing wrong, and I'd be on my way. I just wanted to be sure it wasn't a heart issue. Well it didn't work out that way. They ran an EKG and my heart was flip-flopping all over the place. They called ahead to the E.R. and had me call someone to come pick me up and drive me there.

    I did NOT want to go to the E.R. but didn't feel I had much choice. I've had such bad experiences with E.R.'s, mainly because they send me home with "nothing's wrong, honey, it must be in your head" type attitudes. Grrrrr.

    When I got to the E.R. they got me in right away (due to the chest pain) and hooked me up, started IV's, etc. After FIVE hours of being told NOTHING, my chest still hurting like heck, my arms/hands still tingling and numb, AND having difficulty breathing, the doc tells me that it's not my heart but the blood work indicated a "clotting issue" and he suspects that I have a blood clot in my lung. Next stop, CT scan.

    The "good news" is that the CT scan did not indicate any problems with my lungs/chest whatsoever. That IS good news, right? But now the doc simply pats me on the head and sends me home, telling me I'm probably just experiencing anxiety and to take Advil for the chest pain, that I'm perfectly healthy.

    I know it's horrible to WISH the tests would show SOMETHING WRONG, but that's how I feel!!! No actually, I feel like an idiot. I should know after all this time that these "attacks" are nothing, that the pain is "nothing" ... that doctors ALWAYS find NOTHING! Why the heck did I even go to the clinic? And especially why the E.R.??? I worried everyone, wasted my day, spent my hard earned money ... for WHAT??!?!??!? For absolutely nothing.

    So here I sit, sad and upset and frustrated. And still with chest pain, tingling arms, and almost-numb hands. Crap. Yep I'm "perfectly heathy" - ain't I?!?

    I HATE THIS DD!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    Kat
  2. sharon5650

    sharon5650 New Member

    Yep !!! been there done that!! over and over. It is a good thing you went, you never know what it could be. Just the time you don't go, it just might be something. I do know how you feel though, lol, I feel the same way at times, hoping they will find something wrong with me, (something small though, not to big). I have been to the emergency so many times thinking I have had a stroke, I can not find my words, tingling all over, numbness, etc. Always sent home, and told I am on to many drugs, that is why I can not find my words...Never do they listen to me, when I try to tell them I have fibromyalgia/chronic/fatigue, and I need these drugs. I have been in for chest pains too, heart palpitations etc. The only thing they usually kept me for is the severe pain, and vomiting (which I don't get anymore) they use to put me on a IV, with gravol, morphine for the pain, then let me go when I stopped vomiting and felt ok again...this went on for awhile. So I do know what you mean, this is a terrible dam disease to go through, and especially when so many people are so dam ignorant to it......sharon5650
  3. bettydroop

    bettydroop New Member

    I know what you are talking about.

    I just want to suggest( you may not be UP to it considering what you just went thru) But Perhaps you might get a second opinion?? I know... I can hear you now ,you think I am an idiot, BUT ER docs arent ALWAYS the best. YOU ARE ahving serious symptoms and I hope you can try someone else.

    Who cares what THEY think of you cause right now you need to figure it out. You DO have two other Drs. you could call OR get someone NEW. There are Dr.s out there that wouldnt treat you that way -AT ALL - and HELP you .

    I AM ONLY concerned for you- not trying to deny your feelings what so ever. I just hope you can get some PROPER care.

    The symptoms that you describe seem like SOMETHING to me. MAybe others on the board will agree?

    I wish you the best ~ Bette/ Karen
  4. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I don't want to be an alarmist but the reason so many women die of heart disease is because docs treat our symptoms differently than they treat the men's symptoms.

    Please do NOT feel like an idiot for going to the doc and ER.

    I wonder if you could call your doc and ask for a Halter Monitor to wear at least for 24 hours so they can see what your heart's doing....

    As women, we have to be aggressive in our own care (unfortunately). If you know something is wrong or different, yell from the rooftops if you have to so you can get proper treatment.

    None of these symptoms are normal.

    I'm worried for you...

    Nancy B.
  5. achyinarkansas

    achyinarkansas New Member

    I have chest pains to and talking to my mom she has had them to. Tho she has not been offically DX with FM it is obvious she has it. Anyway, I was discribing my pain and she said it was the same she was having. Left side, mid way between shoulder and breast, a horrific pain that takes ur breath away! till u think ur having a heart attack. I've been to the ER with it too and was told it was nothing just anxiety. Wellll that "anxiety" dangggg hurts!
    You didn't mention any pacific place on ur chest or just all over. I've not experienced the numbness tho.
    Hold your head up and keep trying. I've had to switch doctors b/c the last one was blowin me off.
    Switch doctors if u have too till you find someone that will listen and try to help you.

    Mandy
    [This Message was Edited on 02/01/2006]
  6. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    It sounds like you need a new doctor who will look at your condition with fresh eyes. I don't believe my doctor would ever send me along if I was still having symptoms like you have.

    Maybe this can be coming from your spine, like a pinched nerve. Have you thought about consulting with a neurologist?

    I don't think our bodies ever have symptoms for nothing - and that is ridiculous chalking it all to anxiety.

    Don't be discouraged and let these medical personnel intimidate you. You must ask yourself, if it was one of their family members, would they act the same - I doubt it.

    What you had sounds serious and I would not hesitate to consult with a new doctor.

    Hope you feel better.
  7. darude

    darude New Member

    My post on womens heart attack symptoms and being misdiagnosed.
  8. sarahann61

    sarahann61 New Member



    I understand exactly how you feel.... I had to go to the ER 2 X's in about a years time.. Both times, the EKG's were normal, and was told, it could be an anxiety attack.

    I know anxiety attacks are nothing to laugh about, they are as real, as the pain from our DD's are. But, I would think if that is all it is, I don't want to give them my $100.00 co-pay.... So, I have went through some episodes, and took my night time meds, and they would go away..

    Last year I went to a Lung specialist, and he checked out my heart, due to the pitting edema, I was having.. It turned out that I have a enlarged heart ( cardiomyopathy) My heart is too thick and it has a hard time relaxing between contractions.

    So, then I was sent to a Cardiologist, and he did a Heart Cath., and he seemed to be very surprized because I did not have any blockage.

    He told me that I did not have a life threatning heart disease. It was good to hear, but still wonder, if my heart doesn't relax very well, wouldn't it wear out sooner?

    The bottom line ,listen to your body, it does talk to you, and you know when there is something wrong.. You need to have a stress EKG, it is the only one that is the most accurate, and I wore the Holter Monitor, and it did not show anything.. Because I was very relaxed, and had a good night.......
  9. sueliza

    sueliza New Member

    There was just an article in the paper yesterday about women with chest pain and no blockages! The findings are being reported today in two medical journals. The article in my paper was picked up from the new york times by Denise Grady.
    Let me know if you can't find it, but it said that some women with these symptoms have a condition which can increase their risk of a heart attack.
    Something to look at!

    Sue
  10. jhmitch

    jhmitch New Member

    Hello Kat!

    Please accept the advice offered by the others, here, and don't give up on this.

    I went through several EKGs when I had symptoms like yours, and was told "nothing is wrong" or "Its an anxiety attack" each time.

    Finally one of the EKGs showed something a bit odd and this was later confirmed by a stress test.

    You know what you felt - the ER doctor doesn't.

    Best wishes,

    Janice
  11. minimonkey

    minimonkey New Member

    This doesn't sound like anxiety to me! Panic attacks are horrible and scary, yes -- I've had plenty of them! But the symptoms you are describing don't really fit the picture....

    I wonder how many people have been sent home with a diagnosis of anxiety/panic just because the docs don't know what is wrong!

    I'm so sorry you are going through this! Hope you get a second opinion, and soon....
  12. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Dear Kat,
    Even though it was frustrating, you did the right thing. You had the pains for a long time, and I don't think you mad a mistake. One never can tell when it is a heart problem.

    I know. The Er in my town is for the birds. Things, like blood pressure machines, don't work, and some of the staff are really ignorant. One time I was laughed at when I told them I was allergic to all antibiotics. The nurse said he had never heard of anyhone being allergic to all antibiotics, and really put me down. Obviously, he didn't know that there are only 5 basic groups.

    Good luck,
    Terry
  13. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    kat .. You were so nice to me when I asked about the heart cath experience .. knowledgable and intelligent .. don't put yourself through any more stress over what those doctors said .. follow your instinct there was something very wrong .. you have to keep an eye on it and seek further attention ...
    I have been there too .. I think almost everyone on this board might have been ! .. we demand the BEST for our families but not for ourselves a lot of times .. we have to learn to be more aggressive and not take the patronizing pat on the head, go home girly crap !
    Now mind you I say that and I still haven't gone for the angiogram .. some hypocrit eh ? haha
    Hope you feel better and get some answers !
    Fudge : )