Hello everyone, I am back after a long absence - the OA has been manageable due to spinal injections and I've been getting on with life as best as I could.
My health has taken a dramatic turn for the worse and I find myself once again turning to you lovely people as you don't mind me sounding off and more importantly you understand!
I've been feeling 'under the weather' for quite a long time now - exhausted and run down, not really able to put my finger on it - I'm sure you know the feeling? Then a few things happened which have scared the living daylights out of me.
A few weeks ago I suddenly lost the peripheral vision in my left eye for about 30 minutes or so. It was replaced with swirling lights and patterns, a kind of kaleidoscope effect. I put that down to a 'silent' migraine, no pain or nausea, just the visual disturbance.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was asleep and woke to excruciating pain in my chest, right in the middle which then went through to the back between my shoulder blades. It felt like someone had shoved their hand into my chest and were pulling my insides out! This pain spread up my neck and down my arms. I did think 'God, I'm having a heart attack' but I let it run it's course and eventually it eased. I saw the GP who tore me off a strip (quite rightly) for not calling an ambulance, and arranged for me to have an emergency ECG, bloods and chest xray. Whilst waiting for results, though, I have been getting increasingly short of breath, unable to take a deep enough breath and yawning constantly because yawning is the only way I can go that extra 'mile' and satisfy the breathlessness (I hope that makes sense?) Even talking on the phone is difficult as I keep having to stop and catch my breath. I then got a letter saying I had been referred to the Rapid Access cardiac unit, which is this coming Monday (not that rapid, eh?)
So today I called for the results of my bloods, only to be told that I need to have a repeat test as my liver function test is abnormal. This isn't the first time I have had this result but the other GPs have dismissed it. The chest xray was clear which rules out any kind of lung involvement.
I have been trying to get my Dr to listen to me for a long time that there is something systemic going on, but because the bloods have always come back normal (no inflammation etc) he refused to consider it was anything other than good old OA (which has also rapidly progresses up to the top of my spine and neck).
So...all in all I am not too happy with things at the moment. I am scared to leave the house alone to be honest in case it was a heart attack, which the GP seems to think is the case, and with the pain levels rising I am pretty miserable right now.
I don't really elaborate too much to the family about how I am feeling - I'm a single mum (although I do have a boyfriend now) and I don't want to scare them, so it's nice to get it all off my chest on here (no pun intended).