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I think I am dying. Help me WITH ADVICE NOW!

Today I woke up with blood in my throat. See this:http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5290/formycase.jpg

I'm having palpitations, hardness sensation in heart, bones sticking out of chest and lump in chest, pain in left side of chest, pain in kidney, and more.

I went to Mission Hospital but they refused to treat me telling my heart is fine (despite  having hooked me up to ecg for like 20 minutes while I was crying).

I'm 19 and weight 130 lb, I use medicaid and live in NC.

Right now I am in dire need of advice: Should I go to another city and get help from them, do somethign to force mission to treat me, or what?

I have no idea what to do, I live with a handicapped mother and it seems they're takign advantage of me because of this.

I think I'm being silently murdered.

Yesterday I came back from the ER on Ativan anxiety medicine. Today I woke up with palpitations and fluttering and arrythmia. My back also hurts a lot where the kidney/liver is when sitting.

WHAT DO I DO? PLEASE!

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187666 tn?1331176945
I did not go to the link to look at whatever you posted but a trace of blood in the throat could be from severe coughing. You didn't mention it but that can cause that. They checked your heart rhythm for 20 minutes apparently while you were feeling symptomatic. They didn't find anything out of the ordinary with your heart. Perhaps it was a bit fast but considering how you're feeling, not unusual.

They probably checked your BP and temp. No problems there? If you're having pain in the mid back, it may be a kidney infection but that's a different test. Did they check?

The palpitations, feeling like there's a lump in your throat or chest could be due to some anxiety/panic. I'm not clear if your symptoms came on and you went to ER, ended up with Ativan or if the symptoms you're describing just started since you took an Ativan.

If you feel like your symptoms are getting worse, you may have to go in again and see if they can narrow down what's happening.
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i also have bowel incontinence, very mild stool discharge that's not felt when walking and sometimes after food.
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"I did not go to the link to look at whatever you posted but a trace of blood in the throat could be from severe coughing."
Please do, because it was a lot of dark red blood.

"You didn't mention it but that can cause that."
I only rarely cough, like 3-4 coughs, when leaning for something while on knees. Never "severe coughing."

"They checked your heart rhythm for 20 minutes apparently while you were feeling symptomatic."
I was sweating under hot blankets and had very hard heartbeats. Is this really nothing to even prescribe beta blockers for?

"They didn't find anything out of the ordinary with your heart."
Why did the doctor tell me that the uneven bones in neck are normal (he said our jaw bones aren't even and ran away soon after), ignored the lump in chest, and of course, ran away after I told him to feel my heart to see how bad it was beating?

"Perhaps it was a bit fast but considering how you're feeling, not unusual."
I have never felt such bad palpitations before, and again, anxiety medicine is not helping me. Today I noticed that when sitting in a certain position, my heart would calm down. So I think it's not psychological or something, though idk for sure.

"They probably checked your BP and temp. No problems there?"
I was having tremors and felt very hot inside, they didn't tell me what my temp. was but did cover me in HOT blankets. My pulse was 120 and my BP was over 130.

"If you're having pain in the mid back, it may be a kidney infection but that's a different test. Did they check?"
Today it's worse, but no they did no tests at all.

"The palpitations, feeling like there's a lump in your throat or chest could be due to some anxiety/panic"
There IS a lump. I can show you photos or go on vidchat and show you what's going on with me, sir!

"I'm not clear if your symptoms came on and you went to ER, ended up with Ativan or if the symptoms you're describing just started since you took an Ativan."
I had these symptoms for over two weeks now. I also had constipation for about 9 days in a row. Ativan is not helping me with heart, it only makes me feel less desperate and pecimistic.

"If you feel like your symptoms are getting worse, you may have to go in again and see if they can narrow down what's happening."
They are, but last time the doctor was very brusque and looked very carelessly at me, even somewhat rudely. Believe me or not... SO IM SCARED To go there again, what other options do I have? Can I complain to the staff at mission about this or something???
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IRENEO, I do greatly appreciate your comment. I also forgot to mention that today I'm having headaches in back of left side of head, and had high pitched squeeling noise in left ear for like 2 seconds, went away for a brief moment, then came back again for 2 seconds. I freaked out when this happened....
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I've had bowel incontinence for a year and a half but never went to a doctor because of the nature of the problem...could it be that my heart was causing it and was desteriorating but i never knew? I DO remember being unusually aware of heart/pulse near belly button about several months after having incontinence. So something probably WAS happening to my heart, I just didn't know...

Any thoughts?
976897 tn?1379171202
Doesn't sound heart related, I think you need to see a gastroenterologist. They specialise in the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas.
What is your diet like?
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Hi ED34, thank you so much for trying to help me, I apoligize if anything I say below is confusing or lacks details so please let me know if you want clarifications or more information. Again, thanks a lot.

"Doesn't sound heart related"
Good to hear that from someone I haven't grown great mistrust in lol, but what do you think the pain in left side of chest is if not my heart? I also felt sharp pains there when pulling a knob in shower. And again, after walking around some, there is hardness or a feeling like a rock is inside on the left side of my chest (i think in my hear). I've also been limping because of pain and weakness in right calf, and pain in left ankle. <This my Cardiologist knows about, but claims it's not because of my heart despite being stopped by 3 nurses while doing stress test and being hooked up to an ECG/EKG monitor and then having an ulrasound performed on me before and after the stress test. He also scheduled to see me in a year, which surprised the scheduling ladies when I walked up to them, limping because of pain in right ankle.
Also, did you look at the photo of the blood i spit out? What could that be from if it's not because there is something not right with my heart?

"I think you need to see a gastroenterologist."
I have an appointment to see a gastroenterologist on the middle of May, which is a long while from today. Because I'm suffering now pretty bad from pangs in right side of chest where bone is sticking out and pangs in the far right side of chest, abdominal pain before urinating, bowel incontinence (as mentioned above), pain in chest after certain food, constipation, and bowel movements every time I wake up when there is no constipation, I don't think I can wait THAT LONG to see the stomach doctor. I have pangs occasionally, pain in lower-mid abdomen only sometimes, constipation when I don't go to sleep and stay up for hours tired so I can endure in my condition but what other option do I have? I don't want to become more diseased or w.e. by not acting.

"They specialise in the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas."
Ok, what about kidney? Also, could I have mild pain in that kidney/liver area from kidney stones or would I have a LOT of pain if there were?

"What is your diet like?"
First, I do not drink any caffeine, no alcohol, do no drugs, and do NOT smoke. Second, I try to avoid spicy foods, citrus, fatty foods and never drink carbonated beverages like sodas.
I drink colavita oil, eat brown rice, baked potatoes with those toppings, eat soups with lean ground beaf and eat maccoroni and cheese. I've been thinking about trying Flaxseed oil too, but haven't yet.
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Update:
I just woke up and had no palpitations or anything like that, moving around still made heart beat a bit harder but nothing as bad as yesterday and before that.
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10 minutes ago I had soup with sour spinach and potatoes along with egg roll with low-fat shrimp. Just now I had another portion of soup with nuts and fish fillets. I noticed my heart started beating as I was finishing this soup. I checked my pulse, it's 104 - I barely walked around the house. It's beating now and there is this mild but irritating pain in the left side.

All of these things started after ingesting food.

Any thoughts?
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When my daughter was spitting up blood it turned out to be a blood clot in her lungs. She was smoking and on the pill  not a great combo.. That combo can give you clots and cause the pain...............Rich
976897 tn?1379171202
" I also felt sharp pains there when pulling a knob in shower"
This is very likely muscular.
"Also, did you look at the photo of the blood i spit out? What could that be from if it's not because there is something not right with my heart? "
What makes you think it's the heart? If you look at your human anatomy, the heart is not linked to anything else in your body apart from with nerves or arteries/veins. If your heart leaks for some reason, such as a burst aneurysm, then you will bleed internally and die. So, the bleeding is not from your heart.
There are just five places that blood can really originate from when you eject it from the mouth. 1. the intestines 2. the nose 3. Lungs 4. throat/stomach 5. mouth.
Yes kidney stones are painful, VERY painful and you really would know if you had those, my Wife used to cry with the pain even after medication.
A good kidney function is obviously important. Are you urinating often? do you get pain when urinating? is it the right colour?
Has anyone run any blood tests to look at major organ functions? liver/kidney etc ?
I think the gastroenterologist will probably find something. It isn't the heart, and I know it can sometimes feel like it is. The heart is connected to the vagus nerve, which connects all the organs. Sometimes when I get an upset stomach I sweat, my heart starts racing and I get palpitations. From experience I know it isn't my heart and ignore it. I think you've had sufficient tests on your heart and it's time to accept that it's fine. You need to concentrate on looking elsewhere in the body now. I hope the enterologist runs blood tests as part of the test procedure.
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It is very likely that I had blood clots in my lungs (and since the lungs are one of the five listed places from which blood can originate according to ed34), too, making sense of why there was that thick dark blood in my throat. Here is why I say "very likely." Two weeks ago I was cruising in my car when all of a sudden I felt something go up my throat, when I parked my car and spit out the phlegm with what felt like blood into a facial tissue, there were two round blobs of blood that I don't doubt were blood clots. Additionally, about a week ago a small portion of my left thigh felt tender and the temperature in that area in that leg was different from the temperature in my right leg. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that the cause of those symptoms was a blood clot. Luckily, my left thigh returned to normal after an hour or so of lying on my bed (and altering betwen relaxation and panicking lol).
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ED34, Thank you very much for your continued attention. I've been thinking about compensating you for your time and help by answering and commenting on what I have written above, as well as giving me other knowledge pertinent to addressing my concerns. If I have forgotten anything you said that was relevant to my replies then please correct me. My memory just isn't as good as it was before lol so sorry if I have. (I also can't process a lot of information as good as I used to so sorry if I repeat some questions you answered indirectly.)


"'I also felt sharp pains there when pulling a knob in shower'
This is very likely muscular."
Ok, I will keep this in mind. Thanks.

"'Also, did you look at the photo of the blood i spit out? What could that be from if it's not because there is something not right with my heart?'
What makes you think it's the heart?"
If I understand correctly, blood clots are caused by a malfunction of the heart, which if correct, and I indeed did have blood clots (I am open to alternative explanations for the tenderness and temperature change in thigh), then my heart is really the undelying cause for that blood in throat.

". . . So, the bleeding is not from your heart."
OK. Since I wasn't smoking (and never will) and wasn't on any medications except for maybe half of one Citalopram HBR 20MG pill for anxiety, what could have caused the blood clots? And if the blood in the photo linked above is from a blood clot/s, what could have caused me to have it? Could it really be Ativan anxiety medicine I was given in the hospital or something in my abdomen, like intestines or stomach?

"Yes kidney stones are painful, VERY painful and you really would know if you had those, my Wife used to cry with the pain even after medication."
Ouch :o so I can rule out kidney stones - good.
But then on second thought, kinda bad. I don't want to find out I have some kidney disease :/

"A good kidney function is obviously important."
I see. Could a diseased kidney be behind any of the symptoms I mentioned above (except for the pain in abdomen (lower mid) when starting to urinate since it's very likely my kidney is causing this, Correct?) and numbness in left side of back where stomach is (this started TODAY and in that same area and THREE DAYS AGO, with pain)?

"Are you urinating often?"
One to four times a day, so no.

"do you get pain when urinating?"
Most of the time, yes.

"is it the right colour?"
Pretty sure it is.

"Has anyone run any blood tests to look at major organ functions? liver/kidney etc?"
Yes, less than two weeks ago I had a doctor do that. I was told by that doctor that the results showed I had deficiency of water and something wrong with enzymes (forgot exactly what it was he said about them). But of course, the mild pains in kidney/liver and numbness in back (alluding to above) started several days after blood test.

"I think the gastroenterologist will probably find something."
Accompanying the incontinence I had for over a year were upset stomachs and poor digestion (30 minutes after food I'd go to restroom).And yes,  I feel dumb for not seeking treatment sooner and probably not causing some kind of organ damage in the meantime. So I really do hope the stomach doctor will find what is wrong with me and get me in a better shape, and if nothing else, I think an edoscopy procedure will ferret out something.

"It isn't the heart, and I know it can sometimes feel like it is."
I know it sounds very unbelievable that Mission hospital wouldn't treat a patient with a heart condition but I'm still doubting that they wern't treating me because my heart looked good or "strong" (to quote my cardiologist). You see, when I was at my cardiologist's place, (ends with Associates), I checked off like 5 boxes that each had symptoms I was and am having - one of them being pain in calf.

The questions I want answered are as follows (by you or anyone else):
Why am I limping because of weakness and sometimes pain in right calf and left ankle?
Why do I have blood clots (see above reply)?
Why do I have a 120 pulse when walking around for a while (eg stores)?
Why does my heart beat hard after eating (my understanding is its overworking because stomach needs more blood to process the intake, which is abnormal to have)?
Why is there a lump and bones sticking out of my chest (and I no longer have the terrible pain after eating non-bland food due to the protruding bones and lump)?
Why, far out in the past, was I have high pitched squeeling noises which made me almost deaf for several seconds and in a recent event a similar thing occured?
Why do I have pangs in right side of chest near armpit?
Why do I ALWAYS have clear mucus in my throat (broncitis?)?
In this condition, can I really wait for over a month to see an enterologist/gastroenterologist? If not, what should I do, go to a new primary care physician and ask for an appointment faster?

"I think you've had sufficient tests on your heart and it's time to accept that it's fine."
The tests are what made me worry (see my first response to you) even though my cardiologist said they were fine. He hasn't explained anything to me and his actions make me think like something is happening under the radar or, in other words, I think he's not telling me I have something severe with my heart and is waiting for me to die (scheduled to see me in a year, WTF).
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"there were two round blobs of blood that I don't doubt were blood clots."
that I doubt vey little*
976897 tn?1379171202
You say blood tests show lack of water? this means you are dehydrating. This will certainly affect many things in the body and give all kinds of different symptoms. You need enough fluid for example to keep your blood pressure up (controlled by the kidneys), and if you are low on water, then you will be low on plasma, and this will cause the heart to work harder at times to get your blood pressure up. Dehydration will cause muscular pains also and sudden rise and drops in temperature. You say you urinate 1-4 times a day which is very little. I drink a lot of tea so I go virtually every hour. If I drink a glass of water, about an hour later I urinate roughly the same volume.
When you eat food, you obviously have to digest it. The body diverts a substantial amount of your blood volume to the digestive system to do this. If your blood pressure is low and your heart is trying to compensate, things can get a bit out of hand.
Perhaps until you see the enterologist, try drinking lots more fluid. About 60% of our body weight is water, everything relies on it. I would aim at 2.5 litres a day and see if you feel any different after 48 hours.
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I will start drinking more plain water, 2.5 liters or more as you recommended (equals to about five bottles with 20 fluid ounces of Deer Park h2o) and I will post a comment here in two days on how I am doing. Also, just as a precaution, I have purchased Flaxseed oil and started off with two tablespoons 2 times a day - one dose morning and another evening or at bedtime.
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At the moment, as I am typing this while sitting in a slouched position on my bed, there is pain in the back where my stomach's situated.
(That area felt numb after I picked up my bed a few times to reach for something... it also felt numb when sitting behind steering wheel in my car.) Additionally, there is intense pressure in the left side of my frontal lobe, I read that I could be having an "aneurysm" (what ed34 previously mentioned) since steroid nasal spray for sinus congestions is not helping me. This started off with mild pressure on October of 2011 and has intensified over the months at different times of the day; when I engage in reading or talking with my mother the pressure is there and changes from mild to severe (another doctor called these tension headaches but I'm not totally sold on this as I haven't yet been offered a reason for WHY I am having them). I did have a CT scan of my head on December of 2011; however, the results from this test were normal. Should I try getting an MRI done as soon as possible? If I do, will it show the aneurysm if by chance I do have one?

Any other thoughts about what's been said in above conversations are welcome. I would also appreciate it if someone would answer my last question, keeping in mind that I won't treat as a definitive answer but rather a reflective opinoin.
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"I would also appreciate it if someone would answer my last question,"
last question in my very long reply to ed*
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I'll be here tomorrow with some news.

To all who visit and think they can help, please fill me in on anything.
187666 tn?1331176945
I'm thinking that whatever is going on should be handled by a doctor. This is a forum for patients that can share their experiences with heart disease. We're not actually qualified to diagnose or recommend treatments. We've tried to "guess" what might be going on but that's as far as we can go.

I understand you're concerned and from the tone of your messages, the anxiety and worry is eating you alive (not literally). Please be aware that anxiety and stress will also cause some chemical changes in your body and trigger symptoms. I do hope a doctor can zero in on exactly what's happening with you. And for each test that comes back "normal", I hope you gain a bit of peace from that.
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Ireneo, thank you for sharing your very warranted reminder. Please read below as I am fully aware of the circumstances I am in when posting a question such as this one.

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"Please be aware that anxiety and stress will also cause some chemical changes in your body and trigger symptoms."
I know. Unfortunate, but very true. Please be aware though that the Ativan anxiety medicine (which is supposed to reverse adverse chemical changes) is not removing the symptoms which are solely the cause of my anxiety and distress (such as protruding bones).

As I've stated in my yesterday's comment, I will be back today with some news, just hang tight.
1124887 tn?1313758491
Hi,

You seem to be misunderstanding quite a bit. That said, ruling out blood clots is fairly easy, with a quite cheap blood test; d-dimer. If you have any blood clots, the test will give a positive result.

Blood clots will NOT present as something sticking out of your chest, bones or lumps. You can't cough up a pulmonary embolus. Sometimes, it will cause you to cough up blood, but if you do, it's not clots, but again, maybe you should ask for a chest X-ray to rule out infections from your lungs?

I'll try to answer your questions:
1) With your stress level now I think a heart rate of 120 is rather slow. You seriously believe you are dying, and your body is in constant alert. When you move around, this response will get worse.

2) Everyone have harder and faster heart beats after a meal, especially when not drinking enough. It's just how your body supply your abdomen with blood to digest the food, and also keep the rest of your body alive. To do both, the heart must work harder.

3) Sorry, I have no idea what your lumps and bones sticking out is. I assume the doctor at the emergency room saw it? What did he say?

4) Could it be caused by very tense neck/shoulder muscles? At least it is in my case.

5) Probably the same as 4). tense muscles?

6) Could be almost anything. A cold, allergy, broncitis, atypical pneumonia, etc. Should be easy to diagnose for your doctor, just by listening to your lungs and taking some blood tests.

I don't understand why you should see a gastroenterologist. Your primary care physician should be able to examine this, and if he finds something concerning, he will refer you to the right specialist.

You seem very stressed and I have a slight suspicion that this is the cause of several of your symptoms. But I'm not a doctor, so I can't say for sure.



976897 tn?1379171202
"I don't understand why you should see a gastroenterologist. Your primary care physician should be able to examine this, and if he finds something concerning, he will refer you to the right specialist."

We have a gastroenterologist because Doctors can't see inside your stomach and intestines. They are real experts in the field. As an example, in 2006 I saw 2 regular Doctors who examined me having had lots of chest pains. Both sent me to a cardiologist who did an ecg, chest x-ray and echo. All were normal. I was then put onto anti-acid medication for 9 months of 2006 until the pains got worse and I went back to the Doctor and complained. Oh and blood tests revealed everything normal. I also developed a strange throat discomfort which the Doctor said was heartburn, but I knew it wasn't. After 46 years of life, I knew what heartburn felt like. He gave up and said I need to see a Gastroenterologist and be scoped. This was in January 2007. My appointment lasted just 10 minutes and he refused to scope me, he said "your condition is heart related and you MUST see a cardiologist". I argued that I'd seen a cardiologist twice, all tests were normal but he insisted and he organised an appointment for the end of February 2007. On February 12th, I had my first heart attack. Two Doctors and 2 Cardiologists missed the heart problem and it took a Gastroenterologist to be right. He didn't even have to examine me, he deducted this from questions he asked, the questions which both Doctors and Cardiologists had previously asked, yet came to different conclusions.
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Hi.  Reading through your comments I feel for you and pray healing.  My experience advises ...all new habits... Drink lots of boiled water, (keep boiled water in the fridge) enjoy lots of lemon tea, and eat many many veggies (blanch them, even if you'd prefer some for dips made with sour cream, with lots of onion & or garlic), eat walnuts, fruits, dark chocolate, and good omega free run eggs, and baked chicken,  ...stay away from all the other foods you mentioned. Its a big change but after a few days you will know the benefits.  You require a new way of life to overcome this stress of ill health. This new diet will kick start your calm, restore peace, & vitality ...Once you notice the improvements beginning, you will be filled with immense gratitude ...so your spirit will know Joy and a new song with all its endless possibilities will be all your voice can render.  new diet, new calm, new song, to carry on ...faithfully ...stick to it & Start today !  
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