It’s been a very eventful weekend in my neck of the woods. Eventful in an alarming way. A way that is causing me to put a lot into perspective.
I’ve been dealing with severe chest pain, shoulder pain and numbness in my left arm since Thursday night. I blew it off as nothing and kept on popping Advil. It didn’t help. In fact it was making it worse.
Yesterday morning, the pain in my chest was growing more severe. I was having a hard time breathing. The pain left me wind and feeling nauseous. I finally admitted to myself that something wasn’t right. I didn’t want to admit defeat. I wanted to convince myself so badly that everything was okay. I was terrified. Deep down there was that part of me that just knew I needed medical attention.
My husband drove me to the emerg and tried to talk me down. He could sense that I was scared. Stroke has affected the lives of many of family members. My head was spinning with self diagnosis. It was hard not think of the worse possible outcome.
The first thing the doctor did was assess me for possible stroke and heart attack. My vitals all appeared normal. They performed an ultrasound and prick test on my left arm and shoulder. I was both responsive and unresponsive to the prick test. The ultrasound had shown that I had torn a shoulder tendon. This would explain the pain and numbness through my shoulder and arm. What I didn’t know is that when I had been taking the Advil to try and make my discomfort manageable… the Advil had been working in the opposite affect. The Advil had been affecting my heart in away that I was being dealt with severe chest pain.
If you ever feel unwell or like something just isn’t right, please go get checked out. You know your body better than anybody else. Don’t grin and bear it just to be the bigger person. You just never know how serious the situation can be. Medical attention is there for a reason.
I’m so glad I decided to get checked out. I’m counting my blessings. The situation could have turned out a hell of a lot worse. It didn’t. I’m so grateful. I’ve been prescribed a lot of medication to help alleviate my pain and counteract the previous damage I had done by taking Advil. This may not have been my ideal way to spend the weekend, but at least now I have my answers so I can focus on getting better.