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  •  I thought that I was having a heart attack (3+ / 0-)
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    raines, BoiseBlue, TheMomCat

    once, but I didn't believe it. I drank a couple of cans of ginger ale. Didn't help. I went and got a pedicure, because I was stressed, and my toes needed it. Didn't want to be in the morgue with chipped toenails. The pain persisted.

    Finally called my doctor, who had a fit and told me to go to the ER immediately. I explained that I was getting a pedicure. There was silence--I think he covered the phone and muttered bad things--and he told me to go ASAP.

    So I drove myself to the ER. After many tests and a CAT scan, it was determined that I had costcochondritis, which is basically chest pain caused by severe emotional upset. It usually goes away after about two weeks, but my acupuncturist stuck a needle right in my chest and fixed it.

    I was lucky.

    Thank you for the diary. Hotlisted it.

    I miss Cactusgal, too! Mom, I miss you!

    by BadKitties on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:35:49 PM PST

    •  so many of us do that (2+ / 0-)
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      BoiseBlue, BadKitties

      it's strange, but if it was someone we loved very often we'd be appalled and alarmed and want to make them go to  the ER right away.

      Yet people don't take themselves that seriously sometimes. I've done it myself and sometimes, for myself, have even wondered if I don't care about my well being enough (after the fact). I am not AT ALL suggesting this for you or anyone in particular but wonder if that's part of what some people do. Or just denial. Or just human nature.

      This is why when someone I care about undervalues some concerning symptom, I ask them if it were someone they loved reporting this to them, what would they do? Wouldn't they get their loved one to a doctor right away?

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