Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pain, Emergency Room, Acid Reflux....oh my!

I woke up this morning to a pain in my upper abdomen that I have never felt in my life.  It went across my stomach at the exact area where my band sits right under my breasts and traveled slightly upward.  I could feel the pain under my chest so intensely that if I didn't know this lap band were in there, I would've thought I was having a heart attack.  I was crying and damn near screaming in pain and my skin had lost all of it's color, so I asked 4D to drive me to the emergency room.  By the time I arrived there, I had sweated so profusely from the pain that my hair looked like I'd just had a shower, I was drenched.

They took me back immediately.  I guess that's the good thing when you're in that amount of pain, they don't like you sitting in the waiting room laying on the floor yelling "Fuck fuck fuck". 

They checked for a slip.  No slip.

The final diagnosis was that I was having a stomach spasm caused by acid reflux.  They gave me something to drink which took the pain away almost immediately.  It had something in it that made my esophagus and stomach numb until the spasm stopped.

Hoping and praying it will help my revision case.  Dr. Y will be requesting the peer to peer review this coming week.


  1. Oh GIRL ! I am so so so sorry :(

  2. I'm so sorry you had to experience this. I've also had these spasms, both right after being banded, when the band was empty, as well as when I get a too-tight fill. They are extremely painful and very scary; you are right...they imitate a heart attack exactly. My doctor put me on Nexium to prevent them. It's odd because I don't have any reflux that I'm aware, nothing coming up my throat ever (at night or in the day). But I guess one can have acid reflux without any symptoms except fo these spams.

    I'm glad you went to the ER to rule out anything cardiac, and that they got you out of pain.

    1. oh my gosh, I'm so glad someone knows what I'm talking about! I really thought I was crazy and the doctor was just kind of giving me a diagnosis to placate me! thank you sooooo much for this comment, it eases my mind.

      I also don't have any symptoms of reflux, but they diagnosed it on May 5 after an EGD by looking at my esophagus.

  3. HOW AWFUL! Hugs Hollee, that is scary!