Merrill Posted December 1, 2004 Report Share Posted December 1, 2004 OK, folks--here's a story for you. So at 12:20 a.m. last night (this morning?), I had been asleep for about 45 minutes (no ambien, taking no meds at all, just vitamins and zicam), when all of a sudden I wake to feel first a strong cramp in my left foot and then, within about a second, the cramp "traveled" to my arms. My upper arms, between my elbows and shoulders but closer to shoulder (BOTH OF 'EM) seized up with the most ferocious cramps I've ever experienced. Like the charley horse you get in your calf--only this time in my arms! (Who gets cramps in their arms? Anyone?) I'm in agony, right? So I whip out of bed screaming and collapse on the floor--just buckle to my knees and fall over, screaming. (Poor hubby.) Then of course begins the hyperventilation (is that what rapid gasping for breath is? Didn't feel like prior apnea/gasping episodes--apnea isn't what woke me anyway.) and the dizzyness and general weakness. Did I mention tachycardia? Not yet? So I'm doubled over on the floor and not at all sure what's happening to me ... wondering if I should ask for an ambulance but hoping this was just a freaky pots thing...Anyway--the adrenalin surge got my guts in gear so I crawled to the bathroom... while there I thought I could pass out--the weakness, the lightheadedness, a bit of nausea--like the worst flu I ever had (only I don't have the flu and didn't have it last night)--and the intense pain in my arms is ongoing. Going to the bathroom was way more work than I had the energy for... but hey, people with pots do hard things sometimes, right?Finally the monster that was gripping my upper arms let go, leaving me unable to really lift them. I felt so weak, no hand strength, couldn't lift a cup of water to my mouth. Oh, did I mention incredible thirst? When I first made it to the bathroom I was so hot and craved a wet washcloth on my neck; then of course the chills set in. I tried to take my temperature but since my breathing hadn't yet normalized I couldn't hold the thermometer in place. What next? I collapsed again on the bedroom floor for a while, unable still to really lift my arms much... Eventually I made it back onto the bed... Lying down made the dizziness much worse, so I sat up and cried hysterically, still gasping for breath. (Can you tell I was scared?) Eventually I was able to start talking, which helped, and my breathing normalized and I felt somewhat better. Except for the fear about what was going on and the incredible tiredness in my arms... The dizzyness passed, and I laid back down and listened to my sleep/meditation CD and fell asleep. Any guesses?I actually have some now--I've been on the phone all morning, trying to talk with various doctors... Called a 24-hour nurse hotline and was told I might have had a heart attack and should have gone to the ER (oy) but that I should definitely get ahold of my cardiologist. I didn't agree w/her guess, tho she did scare me anyway. I was able to page the cardiology fellow who assisted in my original diagnosis--he was sooo nice and put my mind at ease about everything. I do have an appointment now for the 8th with a new internist (my old one decided to retire at thanksgiving and I hadn't lined up a new one before now). I really want an MRI --Nina, are you there? I may be joining you and others in cervical spine ****; misery loves company, yes? (I don't think I ever mentioned on the forum my own chronic neck/shoulder pain that I believe now is the cause of the numbness and tingling in my hands that's been going on for months now--and may also be responsible for the arm cramps...) The doc also suggested possible electrolyte imbalance (although I have been drinking my gatorade somewhat religiously) as well as low potassium or magnesium. So I'm eating a banana and I'm gonna go looking (finally) for Opus's referral for the source of magnesium lactate.Sorry to have gone on so long; I was thinking about y'all in the middle of the night--and I wanted some way to capture and record what happened. Thanks for listening! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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