I am a 36 years-old Female with 1 child, married, and have been very healthy until July 6, 2005. On that day I took the water ride in a theme park, which let you fall in very high speed and then stopped suddenly. I took the ride with my bag (midium-size) carried in front of me. During the ride, I felt as if everything inside my chest got lifted up, heart was very unconfortable -- I did not have any heart problem before. At the time of being stopped, I got hit on my chest and stomach by my bag. After the ride, I felt like everything in my chest was still lifted, not going back, and throat was grasped, tightness in my chest, and minor chest pain at left side. I start to feel shortness of breath even walking on a levelled road. Things got worse since then. I felt geneally fatigue in the next several days, and one night, a tearing pain inside my left chest during sleeping. The pain persisted and my GI system then got affected greatly. I started to feel uncomfortable/pain in my stomach, along with the chest pain, and tightness, tried to vomit several times but couldn't, dizzy, lightheaded, lost of appitite totally. I went to my Dr. and he took a chest X-ray, it came back normal, but I did notice that the left side diaphragm was about 1cm higher comapred to two other X-ray films that I took in February. I felt very bitter in my mouth even during daytime, especially when I woke up in the morning. Dr. gave me Zantac to try, but did not help. I was so sick that I could not go to work--want to sleep all day. Took stress test and blood test (CBC, thriod, liver function, etc), they all came back normal. Even drinking water will upset my stomach (I do not take any caffeine), I feel my belly is getting bigger, and lot of gas inside. Took abdominal ultrasound, it came back normal as well. Dr. switched me to Protonix, and it seemed to help my stomach ache, but not the chest pain, tightness, and the feeling of something stuck in middle of my chest is still there. My appitite got a little bit better, but still cannot be compared to before. I never had any GI symptoms before. My resting Heartbeat dropped from 81 to 68, BP dropped 118/78 to 96/60.
I did some research, and wondering maybe I
1) developed hiatal hernia when falling on that water ride and got hit by bag?
2) diaphragm got injured somehow during the ride and after got hit by the bag? The location of my chest pain (just below left breat, and same level in the back) seems to indicate diaphragm.
3) possible heart/blood vessel damages?
I know that Upper GI can be used to detect hiatal hernia, especially large ones. Since all the symptoms started after the injury, can I ask my doctor to comptelely check up my chest using MRI, in which case, both Hietal Hernia or other Hernia, or even any injury to the diaphragm will be found out -- I heard CT is no good for examining the diaphragm.
I love this forum and would like ask for your guys help. Any suggestions/comments are apreciated