Ok, here's a question for all my friends in the chronic illness community -- how do you know when it's time to seek medical attention for symptoms that probably are just be a worsening of your normal symptoms?
I'm having one of those weeks where I know, if I call my doctor or speak to a triage nurse, I'll be told to get to an ER to be checked out.
My fatigue is way up, I'm feeling like I'm having trouble catching my breath, and my chest pain is through the roof.
But I've been to the ER enough times in the past 2.5 years that I'm fairly sure it's just a general flare from overdoing things the past couple weeks. My chest pain is probably just the costochondritis I've had in varying degrees since June 2007. The breathing is because it hurts to take a deep breath, so I don't, so I feel out of breath.
I know my symptoms are enough to get me checked out for pulmonary embolism. But I also know that the odds that I've got PE or something serious are miniscule. My current symptoms are most likely just the ups and downs of my "normal."
What about you?
5 months ago