- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
I know the first thing everyone is going to say is to seek medical attention, which I plan to do.. I am just trying to decide if it requires immediate attention (ER tonight) or if it can wait until tomorrow or the day after. Here’s what’s up.. (kinda long, sorry)
I woke up around 6 AM Tuesday morning to get a drink and go to the bathroom, and when I laid back down, I noticed this really sharp pain in my stomach. I didn’t think too much of it because A) I’m supposed to start my period this week so I figured it was just cramps, and B) I’ve been on the antibiotic Augmentin which upsets my tummy, so I shrugged the pain off and went back to sleep.
I felt the same pain all day Tuesday, but once again tried not to think too much about it because of the reasons I just mentioned, but also thought it could be nerves. The pain is a combination of hunger pains, and the feeling you get when you get the wind knocked out of you, located above my belly button. It’s pretty much just in the middle of my upper belly area – I don’t feel any pain on the right or left sides. The nerves I mentioned are due to the fact that I am taking a final exam later today (Thursday) at 10AM, then going straight to an oral surgeon to have my wisdom teeth cut out (which is why I’m taking the Augmentin).
After feeling the same pain all day Wednesday, I started to worry a little bit and started googling my symptoms, and found that they sounded a lot like an ulcer. I read that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. pylori, but since I’ve been on an antibiotic for the last 10 days, I doubt that’s what it is. I do, however, take Aleve for headaches/muscle pain almost daily, which was listed as another possible cause.
The sharp pain is really the only thing bothering me. I don’t have a fever, no pain in any other parts of my body, no diarrhea/gas/burping, no blood in my stool, no constipation. The only other thing I can think of is a slight lack of appetite. Sometimes the pain is so bad I am doubled over on the couch, and other times the pain is mild to almost nonexistent. I took a Zantac earlier and it helped a little bit, but not much.
I was also worried about appendicitis but I thought that was more located on the right side of the abdomen, and people have always told me if you have appendicitis, you’ll KNOW.. (idk if it’s that obvious or not, just what I’ve been told). I was able to go to school today and carry on with my regular daily duties, just doing it in pain.
So, does this sound like something that needs to be checked out immediately at the ER tonight? Or do you think I’ll be okay to wait until after my final exam tomorrow and after my dental procedure to call the doctor? I hate the idea of waiting and telling my doctor, “yeah, I’ve had these symptoms for like 3 days now but I figured it could wait”, but don’t want to spend all night at the ER and risk not being able to take my final (after I already had it rescheduled so I could get my teeth out) and have to cancel my dentist appt that I’ve had for 3 months, which my boyfriend and mom have had to readjust their schedules for so they can accomodate me for the evening. 🙁
I guess I’m just trying to not to inconvenience anyone, but I don’t want to make a huge mistake regarding my health for the sake of others’ convenience. So any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks ladies!