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stroppy_wanadoo posted 5/21/2013 09:31 AM

I'm a 39 year old woman who could stand to exercise more and lose 30 pounds and is a non-smoker (though I have smoked cigarettes in my life - but casually, never a regular smoker, and it has been a long time since I have). My blood pressure has always been on the high side of normal - but never high enough where anyone ever mentioned medication or the need to take action to lower it. I have no idea what my cholesterol is. No history of heart issues in my family whatsoever.

Husband and I returned a week ago from a week-long tropical vacation in a country where you don't even use the tap water to brush teeth. We spent all day, every day for nearly 8 days in wet bathing suits. And we - uh - rekindled our romance quite a bit.

It was quite clear upon leaving there that I had a UTI, but it wasn't really painful. I just know the other signs. I thought I would get over it with lots of hydration and cranberry juice. It seemed to be getting better over this past weekend... and by yesterday, I would have said it was gone.

At the same time of leaving there and noticing the UTI, I started to notice a weird feeling in my chest/torso/abdomen (it moved around in location, but always on the left side). Not a pain, really, but more of a discomfort, like something wasn't quite right. It came and went, but most was present.

I poo-poo'd it away as being referred pain from the UTI. But last night in bed, I kind of felt like my heart was fluttering. Or maybe it was some other muscle spasm? I said a prayer to God - if I need to see a doctor, give me a sign. Make my UTI come back noticibly. Guess what I woke with this morning?

I have a doctor appointment this afternoon. And I'm afraid. I don't want to have heart issues. Please send mojo, and tell me to suck it up and deal with it.

MovingUpward posted 5/21/2013 09:34 AM

Sending mojo

painpaingoaway posted 5/21/2013 09:36 AM

Sending positive thoughts. Let us know how things go.

JustDone posted 5/21/2013 10:22 AM

and Hugs, too!

Please let us know how it goes...

nowiknow23 posted 5/21/2013 10:24 AM

((((stroppy)))) Sending you mojo.

tushnurse posted 5/21/2013 12:25 PM

MOJO - Take a deep breath, this may be nothing, or something. If it is consider yourself lucky that you sensed it before something bad happened. Given your age, and history of borderline hypertension I am betting you are in store for a stress test at the least. But peace of mind is worth it.

(((((and strength))))

jo2love posted 5/21/2013 12:47 PM

Sending positive thoughts and mojo.

stroppy_wanadoo posted 5/21/2013 16:41 PM

Well, so far so good. Raging UTI, which I figured. EKG was normal, blood pressure normal. Ordered a chest x-ray (waiting for that now). Took lots of blood. Dr. asked if I have ever had issues with GERD - I haven't that I know of, but I do sometimes get that rush of acid up my throat... And it has happened with greater frequency (I just chalked it up to age and things not agreeing with me).

If chest X-ray and bloodwork are normal, course of action for now is Nexium for 14 days and a follow up visit. I think some of the blood tests were for GERD, so maybe that will show something.

At least it's not looking like it's my heart! Thanks for the mojo. Feel better mentally for having gone.

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