Hi Clarky and Welcome to the HealingWell Cardiac Forum!!
There are so many things that can mimic heart disease that at age 23, I will hope that this is not what you are up against already! However, with that said, you certainly don't want to take chances and I would strongly advise you that if you are having chest pain, along with left sided jaw, arm back, or neck pain that you head for the Emergency Room and get yourself checked out thoroughly-including a stress test!
Do you notice any SOB (Shortness of Breath)?, Tight feeling in the center of your chest/sternum area? Do you have any nausea? How long does this pain last? Does it come on after exercising all the time? When you're sleeping?
One of the biggest mimics of Heart Disease is GERD or gastric erosive reflux disease. When you drink alcohol this can really bring this particular problem on. The gastric acids actually come back up the esophagus causing such irritation of the esophagus that it will literally wake you out of bed, causing chest pain and left sided arm pain in some cases, too. I know, because I do have GERD as well as heart disease.
I would suggest cutting back on the alcohol to see if this helps you out. If not, then don't fool around and like I mentioned earlier, get to the ER!! Please let me know how you are doing, and keep us posted here!
Clarky, you probably do need to be seen again by your Dr. One other test that I can suggest just to rule out GERD or reflux disease is a Barium Swallow. It's fairly simple-you drink something that shows up while they have you lie down and X-ray you from the throat down to the stomach.
If that is negative, then I would agree that you need more heart testing done to see what's going on!
Good Luck and Best Wishes to you!! Teri
Please keep us updated!
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please tell me, if your sharp pain is for one second or more. one of my friend she have same thing but doctor told her its a nerve pain.do you have shortness of breath.I have same problem I am taking nexium(omeprazole), but not regularly.but my pain is still there.ask your doctor to order stress test and echocardiogram to make sure everything is ok.
some its due to esophageal spasm, like I had before. but,yes dear, go to the doctor again and ask for stress test or cardiac CT scan . every thing will clear if its related to heart or some thing else. I will pray for you.
dear please let me know how is your pains?