(Also posted elsewhere. I need help!)
Symptoms that are seemingly simple or common cannot be put together to form a diagnosis.
For some reason, last Sunday, I had shortness of breath. I dismissed it as allergies, trying to breathe as best I could and still maintain my opinion that it was just my allergies and that nothing was wrong. I can't take deep breaths.
The following day, I woke up with chest pain. It felt worst on my right side than the left, and I felt it on the sternum too. I also had shortness of breath. I was alarmed. I'm not someone to visit doctors, but I went to mine. He checked my blood pressure and listened to my heart beat. Nothing was irregular. He told me to come back if it got worse.
On Wednesday, I went back. He told me it could be a bruised sternum from sleeping on my stomach. I happen to sleep on my stomach, so I thought that it could be likely, but I was also sceptical because it wasn't a gradual pain, it was sudden. It hit me out of nowhere. so did the breathing. He prescribed an anti inflammatory and told me that it would fix it. I kept the prescription, but I didn't purchase it.
On Thursday, the chest pain and shortness of breath was unbearable, and so I went to the ER. After 9 hours of waiting and small tests, they told me nothing was visibly wrong and that I'm probably just anxious. But I know my body. I react to anxiety differently, and although I might have had the signs of an anxiety attack, I feel that it's a lot deeper than that. They did an ECG, blood work, and a urine sample. While in the waiting room I started to feel the numbness, and that is by far the most disturbing of my symptoms.
I went home with nothing to go on. On Friday, I couldn't sleep alone. I felt that I'd wake up in a shock whenever I fell asleep, and whenever I'd wake up I'd get an uncomfortable numbness on my right leg and arm. Sometimes it stretched to my head.
I mean, it can't be so strange that they can't figure it out?