Chest pain comes and goes

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okie
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   Posted 1/22/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I was wondering if you have a suggestion. I can 99% say it is not my heart. Nor do I think it is gas. The last few days I have gotten burning pain that is sharp and comes and goes. I can feel it in my back, the left side under my ribs, and angles up accrossed my chest (left side) on an angle upward from left to right. Angina or something? I left church in the middle of service last night because I was so uncomfortable. I live so far away from my dr. I hate to go to the hospital for somthing that I am sure is not a heart attack.I took extra acephix just to make sure it wasn't gas but it had no effect. Any thoughts?
thx in advance
carol
 CAROL
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puccini914
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   Posted 1/22/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carol, I went through something similar last October.  I felt like I had stabbing pain in my chest and got so scared I ended up in the ER.  After 5 hours on a heart monitor, ekg and chest X-rays and about $3800 later they determined it was costochondritis, which is an inflamation of the cartilidge in the chest.  It is very common in Lupus patients.  They gave me a huge dose of pred and sent me home with a quick taper.  It really helped clear it up quickly, but it does come back.  At least now I know it's not my heart so I don't really worry about it.  The high dose of pred made me kind of nutso, but luckily I got a horrible stomach flu so I didn't put on 2o pounds.  If you can take anti-inflammatories, I'd try that first, but if you think it could be your heart in any way, then get it checked out.  Hope you feel better soon.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/22/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Carol,

First of all, aren't you glad to be getting a thorough medical workup at Baptist pretty soon. You'll know more about your body than you ever wanted to.

I know nothing about heart problems except that they are nothing to fool around with. Jennifer's story is similar to mine when I had costocondritis although the pain I had didn't come and go.

Have you ever had an upper GI? What you describe sounds a lot like the pain I experience when my hiatal hernia acts up. It's a pain right around my breastbone and it radiates to my back. It can be debilitating. The pain comes and goes like a labor pain. Sometimes it comes on suddenly and feels as though someone is sticking a knife into me. The next time it happens I'd suggest two things. Take a big slug of a liquid antacid, then sit in a chair or on your bed and lean forward on a pillow tucked into the spot where it hurts. If you get any relief at all from that, I'd talk to your doc about having an upper GI. I have a script for Green Lizard, which is a combination of a liquid antacid, a numbing agent, and a pain med. It works wonders.

But you know I'm not a doc, and I'm with Jennifer about having it checked out if you think it might be your heart.

Hope you get the info from the hospital real soon.

Pat
SLE, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis, gluten intolerance.

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okie
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   Posted 1/22/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ladies. I'll wait until tomorrow and see how things are going. I do have some stiffing in my right side heart from my lungs making it difficult to push blood in them.
Jennifer I wish I would get the flu when I was on steroids. (that sounds stupid lol) but ever time I look at a predisone My stomach looks like a helium ballon. Pat I will try to antacid and see if that helps. thanks agains guys
love ya
 CAROL
Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD, sleep apnea, Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, provigil 200mg spirivia,aciphex,lasix ,pot.chlor.,B12 ,iNDEROL
 
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puccini914
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   Posted 1/22/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't get that line from Devil wears Prada out of my head...."I'm just one stomach flu away from my ideal size". I think I'm probably more like 6 stomach flu's from my ideal size, but it sure gave me a giggle.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 1/23/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Boy do I have a story for you...I was on the city bus (my roommate as the busdriver too). All of a sudden I started having severe stabbing chest pain. A few weeks before, I was told about my heart murmer and was told seek medical attention if I notice anything worse. I was like what the heck...I'm 27 and having chest pain. It felt like a stabbing pain then an explosion like a bomb going off in my body at my heart. My roommate freaked out (go figure freak out the busdriver) and she parked her bus. Refused to move it. Even though we were less than a mile from the hospital lol...and she called 911. So I go by ambulance...since this pain was coming in waves, it was hard to believe at first, til paramedics saw me go in a wave of it. It was so painful I would stop talking and grip something so tight knuckles turned white. We go to the hospital by ambulance. Guess what I had...severe acid reflux. How embarrassing to take an ambulance!! But how was I to know? I just had then been told about my heart murmer a few weeks prior..

That was Last Year, and I'm now 28
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
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okie
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   Posted 1/23/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi smurf, I have had somthing like that years ago. It's not something to be embarrassed about. They called it esophagial spasm or coronary spasm. Because the nerse for your esophogas do run right up along your heart and it's hard to tell the difference and you are right it hurts like crazy.

hugs


 CAROL
Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD, sleep apnea, Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, provigil 200mg spirivia,aciphex,lasix ,pot.chlor.,B12 ,iNDEROL
 
Bear ye one another's burdens
Galatians 6:2 KJV

 
 


Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carol,

Just wanted to check in on you to see how your chest pain is. I'm hoping you'll say it's gone right out the door. You have more than enough on your plate right now and certainly don't need this as well. I'm sure your heart is working a little over time to compensate for your shortness of breath, let's hope that's all that's going on. Please give us an update when you are up to it.

I've been sending a big Texas (((HUGS))) your way, maybe I squeezed you too hard? I'll try to be gentler...LOL!

(((hugs)))
Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
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Barbara Lee
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   Posted 1/25/2009 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carol:

I'm hoping that by now you're chest pain has resolved itself. As you already know I suffer all the time from chest pain. Between the RA, Lupus, and Fibro I never really know which disease is causing the chest pain at times. Is it possible that you may have a case of pericarditis? Eight times out of ten, my chest pain is caused from pericarditis, pleurisy, or costochondritis.

If you're still having issues with it I'd make an appointment ASAP and have them check out your heart just to be sure. I'm praying for you and hanging in there Carol.

Love,
Barbara
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AmyJ
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   Posted 4/19/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if anyone is still checking this but my sister has systemic sclerosis and interstitial lung disease - last night she was having such severe chest pains that she couldnt sleep. She didnt go to the ER because she thought it would go away. Now it has but I still feel like she should go rather than wait for something to come back again. Thoughts?

okie
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   Posted 4/19/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amy, So many things could be causing chest pains. I can understand your sister wanting to forgo the trip to the er if possible. It seems like doctors have taken over our lives most of the time. Then again I know you are worried. Since she doesn't have the problem tpday I would say it's probably something she should mention to her rheumy. It could be sure needs steroids she could have inflamation which is very common for us sickies. I know it's hard to be in your shoes but she is going to do what she is going to do. You can be supportive butyou also need to be concerned about your own health. Stress is not good for anyone. You might suggest she contact her doctor but after that there's not much you can do.
hang in there
hugs
carol
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mrskled
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   Posted 5/13/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
  I had similar chest pains also that would come with activity or even wake me out of a deep sleep.  Ended up being that I was throwing pvc's.  Dr put me on blood pressure meds that stabalized my bp and the chest pain.  It is very painful and scary.  Def follow up on that !
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