I feel like I'm dying

Posted by srodriguez @srodriguez, Jan 26, 2012

i am a healthy (I thought) 43 year old female. 2 weeks ago I was at work. Stood up. Got this pulled muscle sensation in my back around my bra strap area. I then proceeded to have chest pain, shortness of breath, flushed, sensation of hot liquid seeping out into my chest, dizziness, and numb and tingly all over my body. I felt like I was gonna pass out or die. I was rushed to the ER. After several tests, and an overnight stay, they discharged me the next day with Synthroid (thyroid just a tad low) and Flexeril for my back pain. I still had the shortness of breath. But they assured me my heart and lungs were fine. Did not do any x-rays or anything for my back. The next day I was pretty much laid out at home due to the flexeril. The following day, I decided to go back to work. Got up, took a shower, then I started having all the same symptoms as before. I had my son take me to the ER again. They did several tests, said my heart and lungs were fine. The doctor diagnosed me with GERD, and sent me home with Prilosec. I took Prilosec for 4 days, then my PCP had me try Protonix, which by the way, both of these gave me horrible side effects (confusion, delirium-hallucinations) and were not helping my stomach pain and nausea. So, she started me on Zantac, which worked wonders the first couple of days, but seems to have worn off now too. Also, after numerous testing, doctor said my Vitamin D was low, was 11, and should be between 30-80. So I started taking Vitamin D3–400 units. 2 weeks later, I have been to the ER three times, had an endoscopy just yesterday (doctor said everything looked fine, but sending off stomach sample for biopsy). Still taking Zantac, and Vitamin D. Trying to eat more foods rich in Vitamin D and calcium. I continue to have nausea, stomach pains, body very weak, losing weight, diarrhea, dizziness, flushed and feel like passing out. I can’t sleep, and feel very dehydrated. Every morning I feel like I’m dying with these symptoms. It feels as though it hurts from deep inside my muscles or bones, even my joints in my fingers and elbows hurt. Closer to noon, I feel a little better, try to eat a little something, then it starts all over around 9 or 10 in the evening, and keeping me up all night. I WAS TOTALLY FINE UNTIL 2 WEEKS AGO, THEN ALL THIS STARTED HAPPENING. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE? I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO. I FEEL LIKE I’M JUST GONNA SHRIVEL UP AND DIE.

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@kojaxta760

Sounds like fibromyalgia

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Yes, That's been an official diagnosis now for me for ten years. I get meds. for that. and my lower back pain. My disc's are degenerative and continue to degrade but that's such a tiny part of this picture. Thank you.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @hanark0068

I see that this is your first post with Mayo Connect and I'd like to welcome you. You certainly have some distressing symptoms and I can understand your concerns.

If you are comfortable sharing more, please share the following: What type of specialists have you seen? What sort of tests have you had for the digestive disorders (Endoscopy, etc.) Have any treatments been offered? Have you considered a second opinion from a large medical research center like a Mayo facility (Mayo has clinics in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona) or other medical schools?

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Hi, @hanark0068 – glad that members here have been helpful. If you do decide to go to Mayo Clinic for an opinion, this link will take you to a page where you can make an appointment online or by phone, mayocl.in/1mtmR63

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@hopeful33250

Hello @hanark0068

I see that this is your first post with Mayo Connect and I'd like to welcome you. You certainly have some distressing symptoms and I can understand your concerns.

If you are comfortable sharing more, please share the following: What type of specialists have you seen? What sort of tests have you had for the digestive disorders (Endoscopy, etc.) Have any treatments been offered? Have you considered a second opinion from a large medical research center like a Mayo facility (Mayo has clinics in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona) or other medical schools?

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Okay, Thank you Lisa.

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Look into hormones. I was floored back in Feb 2018 when my body decides to halt estrogen. My symptoms were horrible pain in my necks, back and chest, no appetite, the worse anxiety ever, furnace flashes, skin itching, off balance feeling, palpitations, ringing in my ears, insomnia, headaches, stomach aches, constipation and disregard, just weird feeling all over. I’ve had so many tests done for my blood work, heart, thyroid, ENT for my sinus’s and ears, digestive tract and nothing, nothing. I was referred to a psych who said it was prob peri/menopause so I went to a naturopath and had my estrogen and progesterone checked. My progesterone is nil and my estrogen lower than low. She said that the hormones can cause all of these things and more. Not fun I have been miserable and had to stop working.

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Did you get diagnosed , I’m exactly the same , I think it’s bse

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I’m literally having the same symptoms right now, it’s so bad I haven’t been able to make it to school, my doctor said I might have bronchitis, but I’ve been hacking up mucus with black spots in it, I told him this and he didn’t think much about it. I got antibiotics and they had me leave, so far it’s gotten worse, I threw up this morning after a coughing fit, been feeling weak nonstop, I seriously think I’m dying also.

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Hi @chaddle @jonnieboy41 and @maybaby66,

I was wondering how you were doing; have you been able to find some relief from your symptoms?
@chaddles, did your doctor test for bronchitis?
@maybaby66, I wanted to mention this NY Times article – The Estrogen Dilemma https://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/18estrogen-t.html – as you might be able relate to some of the information.
@jonnieboy41, I’d sincerely like to hear more about you; did you get diagnosed?

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I have the same symptoms and I've gone to the ER and say I'm okay I'm 19 and going threw this and honestly I've tried everything and I've already suffer this for a month hopefully you can give me any advise ??

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@juangarcia90

I have the same symptoms and I've gone to the ER and say I'm okay I'm 19 and going threw this and honestly I've tried everything and I've already suffer this for a month hopefully you can give me any advise ??

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Welcome to Connect, @juangarcia90. Are you able to share a few more details? What symptoms are you experiencing? When did they start? Are you taking medication to manage your symptoms?
Being more specific would help me Connect you with other members who’ve shared similar experiences – it also helps to know that you’re not alone. I look forward to hearing from you.

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @juangarcia90. Are you able to share a few more details? What symptoms are you experiencing? When did they start? Are you taking medication to manage your symptoms?
Being more specific would help me Connect you with other members who’ve shared similar experiences – it also helps to know that you’re not alone. I look forward to hearing from you.

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@kanaazpereira I've gone to the hospital more then 8 times and they always send me home because supposlly I don't have anything what they diagnose was acid reflux but I don't think is that because I've suffer more symptoms like big headaches pain in both chest and i also feel weak then suddenly I feel okay but what I aslo feel like this feeling like if I'm not here like I feel weird I can't explain the feeling it's disturbing I also weak up almost at the same time every night like around 3 or 4 in the morning and feel really sick and experience the same symptoms and probably worse and feel scared

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