i kinda feel like an idiot.... - page 3

Last night I got home from a 16 hr shift around11pm. I smooched around on my hubby, got a snack and sat down to surf the web for a while. I started coughing, thinking "ugh these allergies suck". ... Read More

  1. by   angel_mishi
    its so nice to hear tht everything turned out okkk. i hope u'll quit smoking v soon.
  2. by   Ruthiegal
    Better to fee a little embarrassed than die from an MI or another PE. It's never silly to get chest pain and SOB evaluated! Now smile that you were not in serious trouble and do it again if you think you are.....

    Have a good one!
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    don't feel like an idiot. getting checked out when you were worried was the right thing to do!

    and since you've asked, i've been to the er with chest pain once (they diagnosed chest pain from coughing with an uri.) i went in once with palpitations and a heart rate in the 200s -- diagnosed dehydration (it was july and 100 degrees here) and stress (i had driven my step-daughter to her dance class in d.c. -- i hate to drive in d.c.!) i felt like an absolute idiot both times, but at least i didn't get naked where i worked -- i made sure not to go to my own hospital both times!
  4. by   Baloney Amputation
    I went to the ER once for abdominal pain that made tears come to my eyes, and I'm pretty tough, so this was bad. When I got the abdominal x-ray, the PA came back and said, "Your colon is twice the size it should be." I left the ER with the recommendation to take some mag citrate and stay at home while it was cleaning me the heck out.

    Yes, I went to the ER for constipation, so my reason was way way stupid.

    I would have gone to the ER with your symptoms, too. Best of luck with the quitting smoking!
  5. by   psychonaut
    Quote from southernbeegirl
    can you tell me how you quit? what did you do? any advice would be much appreciated.
    I'm not the poster you were responding to, but...

    I'm at just about 3 months into quitting (last cig 3/20) *this time*.

    My history: smoked from age 16 to 26, 'bout 1ppd. Quit with patches (full 6 week run), stayed off for ~5 years.

    Started up again, and limped along at ~ 1/2 ppd for another 4 years.

    In January of this year, I started on Welbutrin. By March, I decided I wasn't going to take it anymore (decided I wasn't depressed, just lazy; seriously, shaky hands was compromising my ability to do the procedures necessary to my job). However, I figured I'd be an idiot not to take the opportunity to quit smoking while I still had plenty of buproprion in my system.

    I didn't think the med would make a difference...I had a few old patches left from a previous attempt, and 1-2 pieces of ancient nicorrette gum. I was sure I'd have to get another 6-week supply of patches. However, it only took 2-3 days to go from one cig/day to 0, and the cravings, though there, were very manageable. As I said, I've been "sober" ever since. Plus, now I've been off the buproprion for > 1 month, and I'm not having any cravings (well, *almost* none, very deal-able). My wife still smokes, so backsliding would be very easy if I was so inclined.

    You have my very, very best wishes. I am very much a libertarian when it comes to personal habits, but since *you* have decided to quit, you have my full support and sympathy.

    I actually started working out again this week (I have gotten soooo fat in my first two years of nursing!), and I can BREATHE, halleluja!
  6. by   chenoaspirit
    I experienced the same thing. The more I panicked, the worse my symptoms became. My HR was in the 160's, I had chest pain, SOB, etc. I was convinced I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER, they even admitted me for observation. I was mortified, once I calmed down I knew I was having an anxiety attack. I knew I was fine, but they wouldnt discharge me. And after talking to several of my coworkers afterward, there have been MANY nurses experience the same thing.
    You were not stupid at all, especially with a h/o PE. Its better to be safe than sorry. Im glad you are ok. I smoke too, I wish you and I both would quit.
  7. by   chenoaspirit
    For anyone who wants to quit smoking....CHANTIX! I know soooooo many people who smoked for YEARS and quit easily. My mom had smoked for 50 years and quit with Chantix. I took Chantix, I had to MAKE myself smoke, but it made me feel "funny" and I just couldnt continue taking it.
  8. by   WannaBeNrse
    Actually, I used to get panic attacks all the time a few years ago, so I do know how real they can feel. I was even picked up by an ambulance once because I was convinced I had a heart attack (I was 20 at the time). also went to the ER a couple times. At the time, I was a smoker also, and suffered from allergies. I quit smoking four years ago. My allergies have improved significantly since then, and best of all, I do not get these horrible panic attacks anymore.

    Do yourself a favor- QUIT!!!
  9. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from chenoaspirit
    I experienced the same thing. The more I panicked, the worse my symptoms became. My HR was in the 160's, I had chest pain, SOB, etc. I was convinced I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER, they even admitted me for observation. I was mortified, once I calmed down I knew I was having an anxiety attack. I knew I was fine, but they wouldnt discharge me. And after talking to several of my coworkers afterward, there have been MANY nurses experience the same thing.
    You were not stupid at all, especially with a h/o PE. Its better to be safe than sorry. Im glad you are ok. I smoke too, I wish you and I both would quit.
    OMG thats EXACTLY how i felt! the chest pain, the tachycardia, sob...all of it and as soon as i started calming down i could have crawled in a hole, lol. they wouldnt let me leave either. even when i begged them to forget they ever saw me, lol. they were worried with my history of a PE even tho i kept saying i just knew it wasnt a PE (lol, what? im my own diagnostic machine now?).

    the same exact thing happnd to me last night! i suddenly felt like i had this snot in my throat i couldnt clear and the more i coughed, the more panicked i got. i took some benadryl and after about an hour it went away. i'm thinking now that maybe my allergies have gone haywire? i'm taking mucinex to thin that stuff out and see if thats the culprit. i felt like it was almost blocking my airway but i could still breathe. i just dont understand why i am panicking about it. i've never done this before. my legs felt like needles were pricking it, i couldnt sit down because i *thought* i was breathing better standing up. but this time i made myself sit down and calm down and it did go away. the only thing i have to compare it to was when i was taking amoxicillin and developed an allergy to it and had bronchial spasms and stridor. thats how i felt except i really was getting air in my lungs. im on nothing new, med wise...nothing i could be having a reaction to. its just weird and scary. my husband was so sweet. he hugged me when it was over, telling me how proud of me he was that i was able to calm down. and then when i went to bed, i freaked out when i put my bipap mask on. thats something i never do because i LOVE my bipap. i made myself leave it on and just prayed to God to calm me down and He did. i think i've lost my mind, lol.

    i'm definitely going to quit...wanna do it with me??
  10. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from psychonaut
    I'm not the poster you were responding to, but...

    I'm at just about 3 months into quitting (last cig 3/20) *this time*.

    My history: smoked from age 16 to 26, 'bout 1ppd. Quit with patches (full 6 week run), stayed off for ~5 years.

    Started up again, and limped along at ~ 1/2 ppd for another 4 years.

    In January of this year, I started on Welbutrin. By March, I decided I wasn't going to take it anymore (decided I wasn't depressed, just lazy; seriously, shaky hands was compromising my ability to do the procedures necessary to my job). However, I figured I'd be an idiot not to take the opportunity to quit smoking while I still had plenty of buproprion in my system.

    I didn't think the med would make a difference...I had a few old patches left from a previous attempt, and 1-2 pieces of ancient nicorrette gum. I was sure I'd have to get another 6-week supply of patches. However, it only took 2-3 days to go from one cig/day to 0, and the cravings, though there, were very manageable. As I said, I've been "sober" ever since. Plus, now I've been off the buproprion for > 1 month, and I'm not having any cravings (well, *almost* none, very deal-able). My wife still smokes, so backsliding would be very easy if I was so inclined.

    You have my very, very best wishes. I am very much a libertarian when it comes to personal habits, but since *you* have decided to quit, you have my full support and sympathy.

    I actually started working out again this week (I have gotten soooo fat in my first two years of nursing!), and I can BREATHE, halleluja!

    a nurse i work with is taking wellbutrin and she has quit too. after hearing from you both...i just left my doc a message asking for wellbutrin too!

    how long did you take it before you noticed a difference? did you just start taking it and quit the same day?


    i quit smoking when i threw that PE. i didnt smoke fore 6 months. my husband held me hostage in the house for 2 weeks after i got home from the hospital. i wasnt allowed to leave for anything because he knew i'd go get cigarettes, lol. and it worked. i used the patches and just darn quit. i could kick my own butt for smoking again!

    i wouldnt know how to act if i could actually breathe while doing something physical, lol
  11. by   southernbeegirl
    Quote from chenoaspirit
    For anyone who wants to quit smoking....CHANTIX! I know soooooo many people who smoked for YEARS and quit easily. My mom had smoked for 50 years and quit with Chantix. I took Chantix, I had to MAKE myself smoke, but it made me feel "funny" and I just couldnt continue taking it.
    i took it too but this was before they realized that certain types of people shouldnt take it. i should have never tried it with my history of addiction/depression. once i started the second week where you double the dose, i was so depressed i cried all the time and wanted to kill myself. i had no idea what was going on with me. it was the most horrible thing! it was my husband that figured out it was the chantix. i stopped it and the symptoms resolved. so a few weeks later, being the dork i am, i decided to see if it really was thechantix and i took it again. same thing happend, lol. yeah, my husband still laffs at me about that, lol.
  12. by   JB2007
    Quote from southernbeegirl
    can you tell me how you quit? what did you do? any advice would be much appreciated.
    I took Wellbutrin to help me quit smoking. I am as mean as anyone you would want to meet when I quit smoking. I have a very addictive personality, so I had horrible withdrawal. I definatly needed something in my system before my quit to take the edge off or else someone was going to get hurt. I started taking the Wellbutrin about 2 weeks before my quit date.

    Then, I joined a stop smoking support group on the web. I found a good one that was free. There was a lot of great people that are very supportive of each other at the site I joined. I also think the biggest thing was whenever I wanted to smoke I just told myself that I made it this far why do I want to start all over again.

    The first two days was the worst, but you can do it if you really set your mind to it. My biggest word of advice would be to not smoke even one puff after your quit date. Not even to "just take the edge off". That is what ruinned many a stop smoking for me in the past. Believe me it will be so nice to be able to breath easier and to smell things again. You would not believe all the things that you are missing. Good Luck! Feel free to PM me if you need a supportive person to vent to because I have so been there.
  13. by   southernbeegirl
    thanks jb!

    my doc called me this afternoon. she called in wellbutrin for me. she told me to take it for at least a week before i stop. she said i'd be more successful at quitting that way. i took my first wellbutrin this afternoon.
    thanks for all the info. i hadnt thought to find support groups online.

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