I had a very creepy start to the day. There I was, minding my own business with my ass in a chair, waiting for the water in the kettle to boil so I could have a jumbo cup of tea before work. Out of no where, it felt as if someone was squeezing my heart... a pain that radiated to my back.
I am no stranger to back pain.. having had bad flair-ups of "sciatica" (a term I feel doctors use when they have no idea the exact problem with your lower back). This was similar, only it now involved my heart.
"Am I having a heart attack or did I simply pull something??" -- I made my way to the phone and called my Dad. I knew he was probably out on his walk, but figured I could get his opinion over the phone. He at least has had some emergency response training and has also lived through a heart attack. No answer. Ugh.. so much for the convenience of cell phones!
The tightening in my chest was so bad I couldn't make the stairs on my own. I grabbed a near by walking stick (aka my pimp cane) to help me up the stairs. I don't know how I made it to the top, but I did. I stood there, leaning on my walking stick, unable to move. In the loudest voice I could muster, I got my Mom's attention and managed to sit in a chair.
It was a scary feeling to say the least. The pain is one thing, but the thought of a heart attack is quite another. Mom wanted to call the ambulance.. I said no. I hadn't even showered yet. I wasn't going any where! There was no pain in my jaw or in my arm -- I took two aspirin to be on the safe side.
Still not being able to get a hold of Dad, Mom made me promise to stay put while she took a quick shower in case I did decide to go to the hospital. Never being one to follow sound advice, I seriously debated making my way back downstairs to shower and get dressed while Mom wasn't around. If I wasn't going to the hospital, I had to leave for work in a half hour! Decisions - decisions.
Just as I thought the pain was going away, it flared up again and I decided not to risk moving. After about 20 minutes the pain subsided enough that I could shower and get ready for work.
I am now convinced it was all just some sort of muscle spasm caused from the exercising I have been doing lately. I felt fine all through work, just have a slight soreness in my chest.. like if you've ever had a bruise after hitting something -- not painful per say.. but enough to remind you it's there.
After all this drama, I was only 5 minutes late to work. I rock!