I wanted to thank you all on your kind comments on my last post! I had never even heard of Costochondritis before, so I was surprised to see that some of you have experienced it.
Late afternoon yesterday, this happened..
I swear I’m not trying to copy you Sara!
Anyway, I was just feeling really weird all day yesterday. I went to two classes and even took an exam. I was really having trouble breathing and after my exam, I was sitting on a bench waiting for my next class, and I got super dizzy sitting down and felt like I was about to pass out.
I’m almost positive that gave me a panic attack, so I started freaking out my heart rate when through the roof, the pain got worse, and I was almost crying. I never cry either, so it was just weird. I felt like I was having a heart attack.
I calmed down after a little while, but I still felt extremely weird, so my roommate picked me up and I decided it would be best to just go to the ER. I’d rather be safe than sorry!
Long story short, I was there for over 7 hours. They took my vitals, asked me questions, did an EKG, and took a few chest x-rays.
After the looong wait, I finally got to see the doctor. My EKG was fine, but the x-rays showed that a tiny part of my lung showed a collapse. It wasn’t that my entire lung collapsed, but the holes that open and close when you breathe were closed a little? I was kind of confused, but the doctor didn’t seem too worried about it.
He said it was definitely Costochondritis, and the lung was probably a result of me not being able to take deep breaths properly. I was actually relieved to hear that it was just Costo and nothing more serious, but my lung definitely surprised me. Makes sense why I was feeling that way though!
After all was said and done, I got a shot in my butt to relax me, help me breathe, and reduce the inflammation. Fun times.
I also got this little breathing tool that I’m supposed to practice my deep inhales like 10 times an hour.
Needless to say, I’m taking it easy today and relaxing in bed all day. The doctor just told me to take Ibuprofen to help with the inflammation and pain and that’s about it.
It was definitely a stressful night/day, but I’m fine and glad that it’s all over! I hate hospitals.
Anyway, I just thought I’d give a little update. I’ll be back tomorrow hopefully with some WIAW action.
Have you ever had to go to the ER?
Has anyone had part of their lung collapse?