Pressure in the middle of my chest.
I feel like I can’t breathe in all the way.
My left arm feels funny.
My back hurts.
My heart is beating really fast.
This was me last Sunday. I spent some time lost in feeling crappy, but then my brain finally kicked in. In February, I wrote a post about women and heart attack , so I looked it up. Lo and behold, my symptoms sounded very much like those experienced by women when having a heart attack.
On the other hand, there was also other explanations for my symptoms. I just got out of a week with very high pain levels, during which I had taken more of the “big painkillers.” They are notoriously hard on my stomach and my GERD had been acting up. When it does, I often experience the sensation of pressure and back pain. As well, I’d been on a lovely walk in the woods the day before during which I took a lot of photographs and my left shoulder was feeling the effects. Lastly, I was exhausted fr...
You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
Are you feeling not right lately? Have you been experiencing blurred vision; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes, nose, skin, or mouth; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach pain; taste changes or trouble sleeping. How about difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; confusion; difficult or painful urination; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation); seizures; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision problems?* If you answered yes to any or all of these, you might be experiencing the symptoms of symptom management. Don’t worry, while you can’t necessarily be cured of the MS symptoms that ail you, or the side effects that plague you, you might feel better when you read the stories of another individual, who just like you is symptomatic while she tries to manage the symptoms she must live with every single day. At times it’s grueling; but read o...
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