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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@juangarcia90

@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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What I drink to feel (normal) is diclofenac/thiamine/pyridoxine/cyanocobalamin and ranitidine and some valerian pills because they say for anxiety

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@juangarcia90

What I drink to feel (normal) is diclofenac/thiamine/pyridoxine/cyanocobalamin and ranitidine and some valerian pills because they say for anxiety

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But they don't help

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I went to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack I would search up my symptoms and it will pop up as a heart attack and would panic more

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And my chest pains a frequent and both my shoulders hurt but I don't have cold sweat or other symptoms and my chest pain arnt in the middle of my chest they are more located in my breast like a stabbing pain or muscular but ever since I have this I haven't done anything or hurt my slef to cause this pain

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Hi @juangarcia90,

I’m tagging @bbbogh @izzylt123 @kttormoen @catherinelewis @pantherfancm77 @niksonrex as they’ve also talked about undiagnosed chest pain, and may be able to help you figure out more about your symptoms.
I also encourage you to go through these discussions on Connect:
– Ongoing Chest Pain with normal tests https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ongoing-chest-pain-with-normal-tests/
– Chronic Stomach, chest and back pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chronic-stomach-chest-and-back-pain/

I completely understand your worry, but sometimes GERD and other gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, muscle spasms in the esophagus, a gallbladder attack, can cause chest pain and symptoms that mimic those of a heart attack or angina:
– Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/in-depth/heartburn-gerd/art-20046483
However, it is always safer to get it checked out –the more you know, the easier it is to avoid damage.

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that's used to treat pain or inflammation caused by injuries and conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis. Diclofenac has two black-box warnings:
–It increase the risk of heart trouble and has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots
– It can damage the lining of your stomach, putting you at risk for stomach ulcers and heartburn.
However, the other medications are B vitamins – Thiamine, Pyridoxine and Cyanocobalamin.

Have you consulted your doctor, or a cardiologist @juangarcia90?

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Thanks for the advise so do I stop taking diclofenac??

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What do you recommend me taking??

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What do you do when your in so much pain and no dr can give you an answer as too why??

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I feel for you. I have similar symptoms as you. I’ve had almost every test possible. Now my dr is sending me for an IV CT which dye is objected into your system to see what’s going on in the abdomen. If this comes up negative too I do not know what I’m going to do. The pain is awful I feel like I’m dying and there’s no one to help me.

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Vitamin d3 doesn't work well ,I take vitamin d2 50,000 once week been on a year my levels r now at 23 from 7 ,they took me off then dropped again now I'm on it for good also have thyroid problem and take syndriod witch controls ur whole body,I was feeling the same way I'm am better now my meds r fixed,that being said 4 days ago my stomach in sever pain not sure why go to dr tom,protonix works great it's heals the lining of your stomach so u don't get worse I have a hernia also just below my heart

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