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I believe I fainted because the pain became too much

Aug 19, 2008 - 2 comments

Today I fainted after a decision to drive myself and 2 kids to the hospital. I knew something wasn't right at home and I tried calling everyone I know to no avail. I debated on calling 911 but I thought that might be real traumatic for the kids, so I made a decision to drive (about 5 miles) to my ER. In hindsight it was not the smartest idea but at the time it was all I could do...

When ge got there we began walking to the door. As we (in slow motion, through my eyes) approached the door my left leg go heavier and heavier, my vision began to get smaller and smaller as looking down a pipe. And I began collapsing. Luckily there was a doctor watching from behind and ran up behind me as I started to fall.

My b/p was sky high, my fever was up, my heart rate was way up there and there was numbness instead of pain. Especially on the left side which had been killing me and was now locked or frozen like, stiff and shaking now. As they layed me on the table, I thought it would be impossible... I had been in so much pain through the night laying, but there I was laying and numb. Twitching and jumpy each time I was touched but still out of pain except for the feeling of muscles locking and spasms.

I listen to the two doctors debate... The word MS came from the younger doctor as it was disputed by the older. I had told the older I had just had an MRI come back clean of my brain. The two went back and forth and I was given something to "relax" the muscles and myself. It did work... The muscles stopped qlinching and drawing into balls, the numbness began to fade, the nausea settled and I was back to my usual state, now in pain again.

They told me to follow up with my docs soon and sent me home. I wondered if everything that happened wasn't my body's way of dealing with pain overload... I had been off pain meds for a week or so, and it been building and building. I don't know what to do at this point.



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by Cindee56, Aug 20, 2008
Hi Jen,

I am so sorry.  It must have been terrible to have this happen to you.  Did you get ahold of your husband?  Who took care of your kids while you were in the ER?  Why did they just send you home?  This is why I HATE the ER.  All they do is give you a pill and say *follow up with your doctor.*  I have been there for a lot of migraines (when I was younger) and I always waited about 4 hours, then got a pill and was sent home.  One time I went there about 10 p.m. and didn't get out until 7 a.m. the next day!  Anyway, I think they should have admitted you.

I hope your doctors can find out what is going on.  One thing--the trembling feeling you mentioned, I get that all the time.  I've been getting it for years.  I used to think my bed was shaking or the TV was too loud because my husband has that surround sound.  But now I know it's me.  Sometimes it's really bad, other times not as bad.  Of course, you always notice it more at night or when you're resting.  I think it's part of fibro, but I never really got a straight answer about it.

I've been having a bad time myself.  I have terrible pains in my head/jaw/ears.  I don't really know why.  It could be connected to my neck because I have problems with the disc, or the fibro, or arthritis or TMJ Disease.  I hope it's not TMJ.  My dentist doesn't think it is, she thinks it's the fibro flare.  TMJ treatment is not covered by my insurance, and it's very expensive.  

I've been considering trying an alternative medicine doctor.  It's a lady my rheumatologist recommended.  I had one free visit.  She does some massage with essential oils and uses a small machine with electrodes attached which she puts on your pain areas.  She claims she can help me, and I felt better when she was treating me, but as soon as I got home, the pain started again.  She says that you have to build up to it.  It's $50 a visit.  I asked her for references on people she helped.  It just seems so hard to believe that it could work, but who knows.  I have to try something because I don't want to be on pills either.  

Let me know how you feel the rest of the week and what the doctor says.  I'll keep praying for you.  I know how terrible all of this is and how frustrating.

Try to relax and stay calm,

Your friend,
Cindy





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by kitty51, Aug 21, 2008
I quit all pain meds and have a bad time so i bought a TENS machine from my chiropractor and it does ease the pain and muscle spasms.I was just about screaming with the pain from my knees to my toes.I went back to my chiro today and will be taking magnesium tablets,apparently FMS people are low on magnesium.So maybe this work a go and a TENS machine.I use 4 electrodes every time i use it.Last week i had a very bad flare up,and im still aching,it felt like my whole body was about to explode.Just keep in mind that we do get remmisions from this,so far i have one in 9 years and it lasted for 8 months.But i have heard it can last sometimes for a couple of years,how good would that be!!!

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