Is your life stressful ? Are you allowing stress to make you sick?
All of us have stress, one form or another, from family, financial, work, and emotional all of which can give us health issues. Even if it is headaches and neck pain it is still a health issue.
Please Read this disclosure: I just want to disclose that I am not a doctor. I am a nurse. I’m not giving medical advice. I am sharing a story about myself.
The headache and neck pain are a symptom of the problem. The symptoms are what wear us down and make us feel crappy. When the symptoms continue it wears our body down and then we develop other health issues.
I am sharing my personal story of stress the caused me to have a hospital visit that opened my eyes. I hope that it may help you if you are having a lot of stress and maybe keep you from a hospital visit.
As a Registered Nurse one thing I Always said “I Never WANTED TO BE THE PATIENT” or Be on the other side of the hospital bed was a little Scary for me.
As a nurse I’ve seen a lot. So for me. It was scary for me being the patient. I guess everyone handles situations differently.
I considered myself a pretty healthy 61-year-old.
It would have been nice if a hospital stay didn’t happen. Unfortunately at some point I think we all have a hospital stay at some point. Stuff just happens!
While at work, out of the clear blue sky, I felt like I had indigestion, for the most part I don’t usually have that issue, unless I am feeling stressed but when I do, I drink soda and the carbonation does the trick. But this time there wasn’t any relief.
I continued to work and the pain remained. I then took Tum’s no relief. Later on I took Tylenol no relief with that either.
I continued to work my shift, that day was a 12 hour shift. I gave shift report to the oncoming nurse and went to the emergency department.
I decided it would be a good idea to get checked out before I went home and so I didn’t have to come back later, over night. I would have been worried about having a heart attack or something, and because I know better, when it comes to chest pain you don’t fool around with that.
After a long 8 1/2 hours I was diagnosed with Costochondritis which is inflammation of the cartridge/tissue between the rib and breast bones. I also had pain in my left shoulder and arm.
I was sent home and told to take ibuprofen around the clock. Some of the inflammation was starting to go away but not completely
Two weeks had gone by and I was working an 8 hr. shift, I was exhausted before I even got started in the morning. I felt like I was literally dragging my self to take care of my patients.
I didn’t have the pain in my chest but the arm pain and should pain had not gone away completely.
I went home and rested the entire weekend.
Monday, I was taking care of my five-year old granddaughter and I was exhausted about half way through the day. I was getting Short of breath going up the stairs. I called my doctor and got an appointment for the next day.
The Doctor sent me to get a CT Scan she told me to wait in the waiting room till she called me with results. She wanted to R/O pulmonary embolism/blood clot in the lung.
The Doctor called and told me I had pneumonia and fluid around the pericardium (a sack around the heart and that I was being admitted.
I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would have something like this.
I was admitted. The next day I had an echocardiogram which showed I had inflammation of the pericardium, this diagnosis was better than initial diagnosis of fluid around the heart.
I was in the hospital from Tuesday to Friday. The only thing good about it was I was able to get some rest from doing anything. I was not on the unit that I worked, but nurses were great on the unit where I stayed. So my hospital stay was good.
I have a new appreciation for the patients that I take care of and what they go through on an admission to the Hospital.
In conclusion, I learned, I need to take better care of myself. I know you have heard this before, If you don’t take care of your self you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. Decrease the stress in my life and that means not taking other people’s problems on myself, stop trying to fix other people’s issues. Make a decision about what I’m going to do about work.
I believe that God shows us what he wants us to see through situations like what I went through and situations you may be going through. Be aware and pay attention when you are going through situations, Listen for that little small voice/thought coming into your mind.
It just may be God trying to get your attention through your situation!
I hope that this story has given you some food for thought if you are having a lot of stress, headaches/neck pain that are wearing you down.
Thanks for stopping!
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