Post Edited (jodi569) : 4/5/2005 4:48:45 PM (GMT-6)
I have some chest pain for almost 2 months and I am suffering from IBS C. 2 months ago when this symptoms started I was not sure what it really is so I went to a cardiologist and did all the check ups like echocardiogram, stress test, carotid duplex, holter monitor and some blood work, the only thing they found was a very mild aortic insufficiency which my doc says it has nothing to do with your chest pain cause it is very mild to cause the pain and he thinks that the pain is coming from the stress, he sent me home with some antidepressant. after taking those for 14 days I still have pain in my chest, not only pain but also sometimes it is pressure mostly on my left side under and above the left breast and somtimes in the middle of my chest. now I realized that when I have this pain I also have some spasms lower from my chest around stomach area which moves all around my abdomin and it reaches to my chest area. that's why I think all these pains and pressures which I tolerated for 2 months are coming from my IBS. so I have appointment with my cardiologist in two weeks and I want to tell him about my new discovery. hopefully he confirms that this pain is because of IBS not because of any serious heart problmes.
Is the funny feeling in the centre of your chest, in the middle of the breast bone? And is it a strange, almost fluttery sensation? If so, I think I might have the same thing. I also suffer from IBS.
I've just missed two days of work because of a spell of IBS. I had pressure under the lower front ribs on the left side. Besides the rumblings and spasms, I also experienced some periods of irregular heartbeats. I checked this by feeling my pulse in the wrist and also in the neck. The irregular heartbeats seemed to be worsen while laying in certain positions. It would be interesting if others experiencing this could check their pulse and report back.
Yes, I have found that changing position can reduce the irregular beats. I also have periods where about every 5th beat is slightly delayed and then harder than normal. Use of caffeine or decongestants makes this worse. I've found that if I get more exercise that this funny fifth beat goes away or at least is not noticable.
I've found that if I get more exercise that this funny fifth beat goes away or at least is not noticable.
I get exactly the same - I only really notice the thumping in my chest when I am resting - especially when I'm lying down. I mentioned this to the doctor and he said that in patients with healthy hearts, it will disappear when exercising. If you had something wrong with your heart, you would become short of breath and your heartbeat would get worse.
Good luck with the tests.
While I don't have solid evidence of it, it also seems that my blood pressure goes up during IB episodes, but I have only tested my blood pressure a few times during an episode. Has anyone else noticed this?
Post Edited (filmguy) : 5/16/2005 2:36:35 PM (GMT-6)
Just thought I'd throw an idea out there...I've had PVCs (preventricular contractions) for at least a decade, since I was a teenager. These feel like skipped heartbeats - but it's actually a premature beat followed by a long pause - and they are very noticeable and very annoying. They are totally benign, however, and usually stress-related. When you think about them you are bound to experience them more. What I do - a cardiologist recommended this to me when I was in college - is when I start getting a run of them, I get up and do about 50 jumping jacks, or run around the block, or do something to get my heart rate up. This sends a signal to your heart to freakin' cut it out, and you'll generally feel much better afterwards!
I understand how easily it can be to get carried away with thinking certain symptoms are fatal! I have fibromyalgia, which has tons of funky symptoms. I guess the only reason I don't freak out with all of them anymore is because, after having them for so long, I realized that I'm still alive, and nothing bad has happened! I think that happens to alot of us who have chronic physical problems. We finally catch on that, even though they are all a real pain in the butt, they aren't going to kill us!
If you had an ultrasound in February and it was normal (except for the cysts), you don't have anything to worry about. I, too, had a transvaginal ultrasound to rule out ovarian cancer, when I was having all this bloating, etc. It's good to check these things out. But I've learned that once the tests are normal, then we have to believe them! I find it totally amazing that we can have sooooooo many symptoms that feel "fatal", but that aren't!
Also, with my female hormones, I've found it amazing how, at certain times of the month, my physical symptoms can make me go crazy.......thinking I'm dying. When those hormones aren't causing problems, then I just don't worry about the symptoms. Do you have any other medical problems?
Yes, you might have something serious, but the probability of that is very low. Just try to believe that what you're feeling is driving you crazy, but it's not fatal! I'm sure you'll be reassured after your doctor visit. Are there any foods that might be causing you problems? Might you have alot of yeast in your system? I think we really underestimate the problems that certain foods can give us (like sugar and carbs and wheat and dairy).
Anyhow....hang in there, and try to believe that your symptoms are very annoying, but nothing life-threatening. Good luck at the doctors.
I am a 25 year old male and its about 4a.m. now and I can't sleep because of exactly what you all are talking about.I take spells when I am not regular and this seems to be at it's worst at this time. Cathy your comments we're exactly what I needed to hear. Its really scary because the first thing you think of is " i'm having a heart attack" and it really feels like you could be laying on the floor in a few seconds. Thanks alot guys....it really helps to talk about it as i do also have a severe panic disorder.
i do understand the breathing wrong thing someone mentioned too, its almost like you hold your breath because of the pressure......this is all so bothersome. I am going first thing in the morning to buy some calcium. was it 1200mg you said??