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No food today, because I haven’t been eating much…or been at my computer much.

Wednesday at 2am I awoke with some pretty severe nausea. After antacids failed, I assumed food poisoning…possibly because I lectured about food borne illness in class on Wednesday? Who knows, but there was not much sleeping going on. By 4am, the abdominal pain worsened and the pain started shooting around my right side and radiating up my back.

I went to work and plowed through most of the day. By 2pm, I left to go to an urgent care after giving up on my primary care for an appointment. Urgent care suspected a kidney stone, appendicitis, or gallbladder. They didn’t have the imaging equipment to treat me, and so they sent me to the ER.

I got to the ER, got an IV (after several – oww – attempts). They did blood work, an ultrasound, and a CT. And luckily, they gave me some IV dilaudid for pain and protonix for the abdominal pain.

They ruled out any organ and the ER doctor settled on “esophageal spasm” as my diagnosis, with a bit of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) thrown in there. The really bizarre thing is, I’ve never had any reflux symptoms…ever! That one threw me for a loop. But I will tell you, esophageal spasms are painful and they sent me home with some very strong painkillers in case I have any future attacks.

If the pain doesn’t subside or the symptoms persist, I am supposed to go to a gastroenterologist and get scoped. So here’s hoping this is it. My pain was most similar to labor pains (not that I would know, but that’s what my nurses kept saying) and most everyone assumed it to be a kidney stone or my gallbladder. But I am glad to escape a surgery and losing any organs. 😀

I am feeling 70% better today, but definitely babying my stomach and my intake. Back to regularly scheduled blogging soon! Promise!

Have a great weekend!

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26 Comments

  1. March 4, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Oh Nicole!!! I’m so sorry you had to go through all that! Take care and rest! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  2. March 4, 2011 / 8:55 am

    That’s awful…feel better soon.

  3. March 4, 2011 / 8:56 am

    Oh my gosh! That sounds terrible. I can’t imagine being in so much pain.
    I hope that everything works out and that this isn’t something that comes back.

    Thinking of you!

  4. March 4, 2011 / 8:58 am

    Oh nooo!! Sorry to hear about this Nicole. Get well soon!! Keep us updated. We’ll be waiting patiently for your delicious return 🙂

  5. March 4, 2011 / 9:06 am

    That sounds terrible! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  6. March 4, 2011 / 9:19 am

    Oh no, that sounds awful. I hope that’s the end of it!

  7. March 4, 2011 / 9:24 am

    I hope you feel better soon! That has got to be scary.

    And I would definitely NOT want to experience the pain of what labor feels like until I’m actually in it… yikes.

  8. March 4, 2011 / 9:52 am

    Glad to hear it turned out better than expected. Hope you feel better Nicole!!

  9. March 4, 2011 / 10:30 am

    Ohhh I’m so sorry to hear that you are unwell. I hope you get better soon 🙂

  10. March 4, 2011 / 10:49 am

    So sorry. Sounds very painful. Glad your organs are okay. Get all better very, very soon!

  11. March 4, 2011 / 11:43 am

    Ah, dilaudid – my husbands favorite pain killer! That and protonix were his lifeline while in the hospital.

    I am glad its nothing too serious and hope you are back to normal soon – have as good a weekend as you can!

    Hugs!

  12. March 4, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    That sounds awful, I cant even imagine how much pain you must have been in. I hope you’re ok, and that you feel 100% better soon.

  13. March 4, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    Oh no! I hope you start feeling better.
    Try to get some rest! Hopefully you can still have a good weekend!

  14. March 4, 2011 / 5:15 pm

    how horrible. feel better soon girl. woof! i am glad they treated you & hooked you up with pain pills. get back to 100% and stop that spasming for good.

  15. Holly
    March 4, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, Nicole – that sounds horrible! I hope you feel better soon….that must be so painful. 🙁 Get some rest this weekend and take care of yourself!!

  16. March 4, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    🙁 🙁

    i had issues with my gallbladder and kidneys during my senior year of high school and i remember having similar pains…except it was like i was being stabbed with a knife from the inside of my stomach outwards..and was taken to the ER. not fun! and the waiting was just as painful. i really hope you feel better soon- this doesnt sound fun. hugs hugs hugs. take care. xoxo <3

  17. March 5, 2011 / 8:25 am

    Man that is awful Nicole! Feel better soon 🙂

  18. Mathea
    March 5, 2011 / 8:48 am

    Get well soon! Maybe you can make some great chicken noodle soup next to heal. Or Mr. P can?

  19. March 5, 2011 / 9:17 am

    Oh no! With right upper quadrant pain I would have thought gall bladder or pancreas for sure but I’m so glad it’s neither of those things! Beware chocolate, chili, and citrus fruits. Or at least eat in moderation!

  20. Carol Adams
    March 5, 2011 / 12:53 pm

    N-
    So sorry to hear about this episode that you experienced.
    Sounds scary and painful.
    Best wishes and get back to your 100% self, soon.
    Hugs

  21. March 6, 2011 / 9:58 am

    Glad you are feeling better. That sounds scary!

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