Sunday, December 10, 2006
It was a weird kind of chest pain
I was at my birthday celebration at Lips and suddenly I felt really weird. Kind of like the moment you realize you're drunk, but I wasn't. Honest. I didn't even finish my martini. I felt a little dizzy, flushed, hot and had this pressure in my upper chest. I first thought it was a hot flash, but it wasn't. Then I thought I had the flu, but no, that wasn't it. I went outside for some fresh air, but that didn't help either. I just felt out of it. Sickish. So we went home, went to bed and I woke up feeling fine. Sat down with my cup of coffee and turned on the DVR. Watching my recorded shows, that same feeling came back. Oh no! Felt sick to my stomach, sweaty and that damn pressure in my upper chest. No pain down my arms either episode. I do have to say, though, that I always have pain in my back, neck and left arm. It's from a herniated disc in my c-spine. C-6 or -7 I think. So it's fairly easy to tell a new type of pain from the old, constant pain. So, I decided this morning that maybe this wasn't a virus at all, maybe it was a sign of something. I got dressed and called Pam. She took me to the doctor's office. They did an EKG which showed some "changes" from my last EKG. Doctor told us to go directly to the ER. We did and we sat there for 5 hours. Oh, I got in immediately, but we were there for 5 hours. They did a couple of EKG's, 2 chest xrays and bloodwork. Everything came back perfectly normal. The doctor couldn't explain the episode and recommended I stay overnight but I decided to go home. I'll go back to the doctor tomorrow and get a referral to a cardiologist. That's enough about that. On to happier things - like paper and stamps!