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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PLEASE TELL ME THIS, did you eat any McDonald’s, fast food or anything else you might believe may have possibly been contained or improperly stored?? Leading to a bacterial issue? I’m having all the same symptoms and never eat fast food but on a whim I bought myself dinner from McDonald’s 1 late night and haven’t felt better since I woke up the very next morning. It’s been weeks and I haven’t visited a doctor or er since I’d rather not possibly be exposed to covid as I’m unvaccinated and have a chronic lung disease.

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@nimblehippo

PLEASE TELL ME THIS, did you eat any McDonald’s, fast food or anything else you might believe may have possibly been contained or improperly stored?? Leading to a bacterial issue? I’m having all the same symptoms and never eat fast food but on a whim I bought myself dinner from McDonald’s 1 late night and haven’t felt better since I woke up the very next morning. It’s been weeks and I haven’t visited a doctor or er since I’d rather not possibly be exposed to covid as I’m unvaccinated and have a chronic lung disease.

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I believe my C. Diff. came from some Chinese food in early November. I could tell it was not fully cooked and with the restaurant situation not having enough staff, I wonder how careful they are after they use the bathroom. I have IBS so I didn't do anything about the loose stools until January when I started having really loose sickening sweet smelly diarrhea, abdominal cramping and dissented abdomen. My GI sent me for a stool test and it came back positive for C. Diff. Toxin A and presumed negative for NAP 027. (They did the PCR type and also tested for a bunch of other parasites and bacteria.) I've been on 4 courses of antibiotics starting with Flagyl which did nothing to help, then 2 – 14 day courses of Vancomycin, which also did nothing to help. Finally he ordered Dificid and Cholestryamine. Still having loose stools, but I just tested again on March 17 and test was negative for C. Diff., but they didn't do the PCR (cluture) test. They did the EIA (Enzyme immunoassaynjyme) quick test which isn't as sensitive as the PCR. Maybe it will just take a while for my colon to return to normal. I see my GI doc on April 7 and I'm going to ask him to do another stool test with the PCR method. Keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't come back. Prayers for you.

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I first had a similar burning feeling 16 years ago which led to me getting Burning Mouth Syndrome. Now it’s back and I can’t seem to get a handle on it. So I’m following your story very closely.

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@p95

I believe my C. Diff. came from some Chinese food in early November. I could tell it was not fully cooked and with the restaurant situation not having enough staff, I wonder how careful they are after they use the bathroom. I have IBS so I didn't do anything about the loose stools until January when I started having really loose sickening sweet smelly diarrhea, abdominal cramping and dissented abdomen. My GI sent me for a stool test and it came back positive for C. Diff. Toxin A and presumed negative for NAP 027. (They did the PCR type and also tested for a bunch of other parasites and bacteria.) I've been on 4 courses of antibiotics starting with Flagyl which did nothing to help, then 2 – 14 day courses of Vancomycin, which also did nothing to help. Finally he ordered Dificid and Cholestryamine. Still having loose stools, but I just tested again on March 17 and test was negative for C. Diff., but they didn't do the PCR (cluture) test. They did the EIA (Enzyme immunoassaynjyme) quick test which isn't as sensitive as the PCR. Maybe it will just take a while for my colon to return to normal. I see my GI doc on April 7 and I'm going to ask him to do another stool test with the PCR method. Keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't come back. Prayers for you.

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@p95 – Probiotics help. You need one with over 30 billion in strains though …

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@triciatomlinson35gmailcom

How are you now? Did you get a diagnosis? Did you go to the Mayo Clinic? I’m 43 and saw your post and I’m guessing because there is no post that your good now.? I’m going to try Zantac and Vitamin D, now that I saw your post….because it seems my intestinal issues are getting worse…..I haven’t got any tests yet, I’m just trying everything first before the doctors put me through the rat race….

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Sorry that you are having a hard time. I would go to see a good doctor before trying a lot of possibilities with OTC drugs. They may adversely affect your body and are not as strong as a doctor may prescribe. Using such chance aids could cause damage to your body.

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