Let’s Get The Ball Rolling! May 17, 2008Posted by texasheartland in health.
Tags: blood pressure, chocolate, gerd, heart attack, hypertension
Wednesday night, I had pizza for dinner. That was my second mistake. My first? Agreeing to babysit 2 little boys that drove me past my wits’ end. Back to the pizza. I ate pizza and had no problems… until I got home. I started having this uncomfortable feeling in my chest and my left arm hurt. I thought it was indigestion and it would go away. Boy, was I wrong! Thursday morning, I woke up feeling worse. I had this general feeling of “blah” and the feeling in my chest didn’t go away. Upon waking up, I told my Mom what I had been feeling and she rushed me to the emergency room.
In Triage, they took my blood pressure and it was 153 over 1-something. I think it was like 120. Yea, not good! So they immediately took me back to a room where they continued to probe and poke me. My blood pressure came down, thankfully! But I still wasn’t feeling too well. So they took an X-Ray and EKG. (Though I wasn’t too happy they poked me 4 times trying to find a vein to draw blood!)
They made me take some NASTY tasting stuff, which had a weird side effect. The side effect was that when I swallowed, I couldn’t tell if I was swallowing or not, but I know I was. But atleast the pain subsided.
About 3 1/2 hours of being there, the doctor came in and said that my heart was healthy. I was so relieved! He explained I had GERD, and it the symptoms sometimes present themselves as a heart attack when in reality, it isn’t. I had kept promising myself before this I would lose weight. Well, guess what? This was just what I needed!
So now I have GERD AND hypertension.
The only thing I currently hate? My right arm hurts from being poked, my left arm from the blood pressure cuff, and I can’t eat a lot of chocolate.