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False alarm!

Postby oldranger » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:46 pm

Monday night as I stepped in the shower I felt a twinge in my left chest. I thought I probably just tweaked my left pectoral muscle as I grabbed the door. But it bothered me all night and given that a little over 2 years ago when I had a 90% blockage of my left anterior descending artery my only symptom was a strange "feeling". I was a little concerned despite the lack of other symptoms associated with angina or a heart attack. Markskor and I were supposed to embark on a a short backpack to a lake that I had been targeting for a couple of years. Being a relatively conservative old fart I finally decided to go into the ER. A long story cut short I checked out ok, and thanks to Medicare and supplemental insurance the visit will probably cost me nothing! Now the ER and my doc in bend were in contact and my doc suggested I take it easy, so of course I ignored
her and took off with Mark and hiked in one day what was originally planned as 2 days in. I figure we lost at most 2 hours of fishing time from what we would have had had we left a day earlier.

So the pain was real but not serious. I felt it a bit as I hiked, but otherwise I felt great. What pain I felt disappeared as soon as I started fishing!

Moral of the story: if you feel bad, go fishing! Not really but seek medical help! And don't' bull ahead until you are sure you are ready for whatever your activity requires.

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Re: False alarm!

Postby giantbrookie » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:09 pm

Hi Mike,

Glad to hear it was a false alarm. So, what did the doctor think it was? A muscle tweak as you had suspected?
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: False alarm!

Postby oldranger » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:42 pm

They didn't know as I wasn't tender to the touch. That uncertainty was why my doc didn't want me to do too much. I guess I didn't. :)

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Re: False alarm!

Postby Rockchucker » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:57 pm

Oh man that sounds scary! Glad your ok!!
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Re: False alarm!

Postby rlown » Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:30 am

Probably gas from what you probably ate when you got back to Mark's place. :D

Glad you had it checked out anyway. This place wouldn't be the same without you.
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