AKA: 36 hours in the hospital and all I have to show for it is an armfull of bruises.
So it all started on friday morning around 9am, I was working and started to get a little heartburn. Annoying, esp since I hadn't eaten or drank anything yet that morning, but I've been having issues with heartburn the past 2 weeks, so I just popped a few Tums and went on with things as normal. Until about 15 min later when the heartburn was so intense I thought I was going to pass out. Seriously, I haven't felt pain this bad since I had my gallstones. Felt like a burning hot ember in the middle of my chest and the waves of pain coming off it were expanding into my back, shoulders and neck. Since I was working at home, I took a break and went and laid down for a few minutes hoping that would help as I chewed half a pack of Tums, but no luck. Half an hour later the pain hadn't abated any and I was literally in tears, so I gave in and told my co-workers I was going to the ER. Drove myself to the hospital (yes, I realize that was stupid now, but at the time it seemed a perfectly rational thing to do) and asked to be seen.
Soon as I tell them what is going on, they hustle me back and start attaching wires to my chest and I'm like whoa, what are you doing? They tell me they want to make sure I am not having a heart attack. Umm, what? Shut up and lie still please. EKG comes back clean and I'm all, see I told you... its my stomach not my heart. Either way they get me triaged fairly quickly, give me a basin to throw up in (mmm, stomach acids, yummy. not) and send me back to one of the ER bays. Dr comes over and explains that they are going to check for both heart and stomach causes of the pain because it could be either and I am just going to have to deal. They draw blood, hook me up to a heart monitor and start testing everything.
About 8 hours later I still have the pain, its lessened somewhat, but I am being admitted to the ICU for overnight observation. They run a complete workup on my heart to make sure it is good, determine that no, I did not have a heart attack (which hello, I manintained from the beginning,) that the chemical stress test shows I have a very healthy heart with no signs of heart disease and eventually release me saying it was most likely an esophageal spasm that caused the pain and I need to follow up with my primary care doctor.
And so now I'm home, safe and sound. I have a lingering headache from the various meds they gave me in the ER, you can see part of it below, my right arm is a mess of bruises from the blood pressure cuff and them drawing blood for tests every 2-3 hours, and I am tired as hell. ::sigh:: Next?