The muscle spasms had no rhyme or reason. Left leg, right leg, abdomen, left arm, right arm, lower back, upper back. Some times it would last almost a minute, other times only a few seconds. They would come in clusters, every few minutes, but never going away for more than 45 minutes to an hour.
Monday was a holiday, and I really didn't want to go back to the hospital, so I waited it out until Tuesday. I barely got two hours of sleep on Monday night. Tuesday morning was pretty mild, a few in my hips or legs, but I called the doctor shortly after I left my friends house. While I was on hold I had a couple. I ended up having to call the doctors office back because I was driving and on hold forever. But, by the time I got home, things were kicking up again, just like the day before.
I called the doctors office back, and told them I needed to get seen. The girl on the phone told me my doctor moved last week, so I would have to see the other doctor and she was booked until next Monday. I stressed to her that I did NOT think there was any way I could wait until Monday because my potassium level was low at the ER and I was almost a week out from that point and the pain level was worse this week, than it even was last week. She told me there was nothing she could do, so before I got off the phone I told her to have the doctor call me asap.
Around 6, I finally got my call back. At that point, I had gone through almost 6? more hours of near constant muscle spasms that were getting increasingly worse. It wasn't the doctor on the phone though, it was the nurse. She knew who I was, and as I was telling her what was going on, she got upset. She told me the lady over the phone should have told her it was an urgent call and told me to go back up to the ER to get my blood drawn to see what was going on with the potassium levels because drinking 8+ servings of coconut water and 3-5 bananas a day should be helping the levels come up, thus decreasing the muscle spasms. She told me to come in tomorrow (today) and I told her the lady told me she had no openings until next week and she said "You tell her *I* told you to come in" Yes, ma'am.
I was really upset when I got off the phone because it had been several hours and I really was EXHAUSTED at that point and NYEBoy had already gone to bed because he worked the night before and had just gone to sleep a few hours ago. I decided to wait it out because they can run my blood at the doctors office. I decided the best thing for me to do was to go lay down and try to go to bed.
I slept off an on for 3 hours, waking every 30-45 mins with the spasms. Around 10, I got out of bed because I couldn't handle the pain any more. I could barely walk. I knew it was time to head on over to the ER to get some blood work. Every muscle felt like it had been exploded by a bomb, like a charley horse muscle spasm, but WAY worse, ALL over.
When I got to the ER, they put me through the urgent care type area since I just needed blood work. The doctor comes in on his little rascal chair and goes over my medical history and what is going on with me, and then he says "Well, I just think it's anxiety." What, WHAT? I just explained to you that a week ago I had LOW potassium, and the muscle spasms have continued to get worse and you're calling it ANXIETY before you even check the blood work? WTF? He tries to deny me blood work, but I insist on having it done.
After he leaves, he talks to the nurses about my eyes.. "Have you ever seen ....?" "No." "Well, go over there and look at her eyes." No, I am not going to be your fucking medical teaching moment when you're being a dick and discounting why I am here.
He finally sends someone in to draw my blood--four tubes! She looks at my hands and arms and tries to find an un-bruised spot since the guy last week tried three times to get my blood. I ask what they are testing for and she says something about anemia and I say "and potassium, right?" and she kind of brushes me off. While she was drawing the blood, she had one finger barely holding the needle in place, and the other one holding the tube. When she pulled the tube out of the little plastic thing, it fell hard and knocked the needle out of my fucking vain and she goes "Oops, I didn't mean for that to happen." WTF is wrong with these people?!?!?!
A little while later, she came in to discharge me and I asked about my potassium levels. She said "Oh, he didn't want to order that." W.T.F.?! I told her I wasn't leaving until I got the potassium checked because the nurse TOLD me to come in for that. She came back into the room and said "Oh, I guess it was in one of the panels. I guess it's low." No. Shit.
They finally gave me a script for potassium and a different type of muscle relaxer since the Flexeril just made me tired, but didn't really relax the muscles much.
I really hate this hospital. They were the same ones that told me during my miscarriage to go home and take birth control last year. But, I only went there because they are typically faster and I really only needed the blood work.
The potassium is over 3 now, but still low and not within the normal range yet. I was going to call the doctor for an earlier appointment, but I ended up sleeping most of the day (twice!) and the spasms and tingling have been very mild compared to the last few days. So, I'll just take the potassium and muscle relaxers to see if they help until Monday. If they get worse, I'll call the doctor back.
I'm really not sure what is causing the potassium to drop because I don't really have any of the issues associated with the normal causes. I guess we'll see what the doctor says on Monday. I'm really hoping I am finally on the upswing of these muscle cramps. It's very exhausting and painful to have constant muscle spasms!