Over the past month, I have really been able to tell a difference in how I feel. I've been getting weaker, my blacking out has become more frequent with the blacking out time becoming longer each time. I've even started having trouble sleeping so it makes me even more tired. I never expected this. I have never had trouble sleeping so this has really thrown me for a loop. I'm the girl who could sleep anywhere.
I went to work Monday feeling tired and weak. I was running a few minutes late due to having trouble getting ready. Now when I get ready for work in the morning it's a struggle. I am usually ready for a nap after I get ready in the mornings. I'm just so weak and tired, it wears me out. Whenever I got to work, I parked where I normally park and walked to the building where we have morning devotions. By the time I got in the building, it felt as if my chest was caving in and my heart was going to beat out. Of course I couldn't find a seat to sit down in so I decided to ride it out. If I collapsed in the floor, I collapsed in the floor. There was nothing I could do about it. I learned long ago to hide how I was feeling. It isn't always a good thing but it can come in handy.
After I left devotions, I felt very heavy physically and weak. I continued to feel like this all through out the morning. I called Jacob later in the morning and told him that I would be coming home around one that afternoon. I just felt to bad to work all day.
When I got home, I was still feeling the same. I was walking through the house and stepped down into our family room/office. As I did, my body completely gave out and down I went. Of course this couldn't happen and no one witness it. As I looked up, there was my brother Chase asking if I was alright. I said yes, that I was just weak.
My parents had been doing busy so when they were both home, I told them of the day's events. They told me that I needed to call my GI doctor. I honestly didn't think anything of what happened. I just thought I was weak as usual. I called the doctor's office and found out that I should have went to the ER that morning whenever I experienced the chest heaviness and palipations. They wanted me to come on to the ER then but I made deal with them. Since I had an appointment tomorrow in Winston, I'd just come to ER then to be checked out. They agreed that would be fine as long as nothing changed; no more black outs, dizziness, chest heaviness or weakness. It sounded fair to me.
I had an appointment with my neurologist the following morning. I love my neurologist but that whole story is for another time. He has always been in my corner. I told him about the events that took place the day before and he didn't believe that they were neurologically related but he wanted to make sure by running and EEG brain wave study. We discussed my migraines and headaches that have become more frequent due to my cleaning out and diet regime. Whenever I told him how many ibuprofen I take along with my migraine medication, he informed me that with my GI condition, I am going to make a hole in my stomach and vomit blood. (LOL... I do not want to experience that. I'll back off on the IBU.) He gave me a new prescription and sent me on my way.
We got to the ER as instructed and I stated my case. I usually have a no trouble, I get to see someone from GI. This time, the one time I needed to see one from GI, I was told that I wasn't seeing anyone from GI. Oh well. Even though my doctor was being difficult, he seemed knowlegable. After an I.V., bloodwork, an EKG and heart ultrasound the conclusion was that I clean out with magnesium citrate is depleating a lot from my body. In turn, this is causing the blacking out, chest heaviness and weakness. There was nothing they could do for me. If I experience this again, I am to go back to the ER. I experience this almost everyday! I have blacked out seven times in one day. I would live in the ER. I'm still not sure what I should do whenever I experience those feelings, especially the chest feelings - those are scary. I now do not drive whenever I have days when I am blacking out, it's just not worth risking it.