I am putting this out there because I've had quite the scare this week. I went home from work on Tuesday with severe stomach cramps, light headed, dizzy, hot flashes, vomiting. To be honest, I had the same symptoms a few weeks earlier. The only thing that kept me from believing it to be the flu was that the nausea wasn't affected by food. I also noted that it coincided with my monthly cycle, which is fairly irregular and I am old enough that menopause is right around the corner so wasn't overly concerned when the symptoms disappeared in less than 12 hours. I should have been worried and am hoping that this will serve as a warning to others to get checked if something is different. A ct scan was ordered in the er, where several nurses, dr's, etc were confused by my symptoms (it progressed to an inability to breathe well because of chest pain) and level of pain without trauma. The ct scan revealed that my abdomen was full of blood. A surgeon was quickly called and I was prepped for surgery. The er dr figured it was a ruptured cyst. The surgeon had one more idea, that a simple urine check proved correct. It was an ectopic pregnancy, not horribly unusual at my age, and ruptured the fallopian tube. The moral of the story is to always get checked if something is off. If I had paid attention in February and gone to the dr then, even tho I was fairly sure of what the problem was, it would have saved me a whole lot of pain and been a much simpler procedure!