Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chest Pains Update!

So...I barely slept last night due to the pain I was experiencing. I got a few hours though & woke up around 7...tried to lay down and fall back asleep, but the pain became excruciating. I knew I couldn't wait any longer. I checked online to see if I could get an earlier appointment, and I could. I was the first appointment of the day and they were literally waiting for me at the door as I walked in.

I described what I was feeling and they immediately made sure that the hospital was ready to get me if necessary. I was upgraded to a better doctor & she came in and asked me some questions. In the end, after listening to my heartbeat, the ambulance was called off and I was given a prescription for anti-inflammatory medication.

Apparently, I have an inflamed rib. Who knows how I got it...she thinks its from the weight of my breasts weighing down my posture & causing me to sit in a weird angle. I don't care what it long as it wasn't crazy serious.

I feel so relieved to know that it's not my heart or something like that. I was nearly on the verge of tears, I was so scared when they told me they were ready to take me to the hospital if needed. This is not something I want to go through, needless to say, the topic of breast reduction surgery is now being thought about more than ever.

It's something I've wanted since I was 16...but now that I know that it's causing even more pain than just my back, I'm ready to get the procedure done. I've been on the fence the past couple of years, but I definitely think it's necessary now. My chest is very large, and it's not just because I'm overweight. It was large even at my thinnest and it runs in my family.

My mom has found a plastic surgeon in D.C. who she wants me to meet with, and I think sometime in the next few months, I'm going to go and have a consultation. Probably schedule the surgery for after graduation in December, when I've lost some more weight. I'm nervous...but excited to think about how much easier things will be after the surgery. Workouts will become less painful, clothes will fit better...I won't feel like I'm being judged all the time because my breasts are large. There are definitely a lot of benefits to look forward to :-)

But I just wanted to let everyone know that I am okay. I will be out of the gym for about a week or so and this actually could not have happened at a worst time, considering I'm supposed to be start moving boxes to the new place!! (Picked up the keys yesterday!! Super exciting!! I'll post pictures later!!) But, I'm thankful that it's not something more serious.

Thank you so much for all your support & positive thoughts. I will keep you posted on if things get worse, but for now...I'm staying positive & hoping that the medication will make the pain subside in time.


P.S. The scale at the doctor's showed me to be 264 :-) That's 20 pounds!! SOOOO EXCITED & HAPPY!! Let's hope my scale shows a good number like that for my official weigh-in next week!!


J said...

Glad it was nothing more serious. I have had inflamed ribs before, it really hurts! I've been told that once it happens its more likely to happen again. I've had it a few times. But now you know what it is an what to do, so that's good!

Me said...

Pfew! Good to hear it's nothing serious! Hopefully the medication will work quickly.
I think I would have fainted if my PG told me they had an ambulance waiting, just in case!

Leanne said...

1- I had an inflamed rib from a very. very strenuous work out session a few summers ago. It is scary. Glad you're okay.

2- Do the surgery for sure! My mom had it and so did one of my best friends and two other college friends. They all said they would do it again in a second (not that they need to, but you know) and wish they would have done it sooner.