Sharp shooting pains

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
34 posts in this thread.
Viewing Page :
 1  2 
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

clarky
New Member


Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/4/2005 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
hi all this is my first post so bare with me.. ok where shall i start, im male, 23 and ive started having problems with my heart over the last month or so, the days after ive had a drink of alcohol i have a constant dull feeling in my heart and every now n then i get a sudden sharp shooting pain up my left side just where my nipple is and the bad ones seem to go right through my whole body.. i get these wether im resting or doing excersise, ive been to see a doctor and i had an ECG and blood test and they said there wasnt any problems and just said ive probably got a bit of heartburn and need to drink less and do more excersise, now i know its not that cos its different i keep thinking im gona die all the time and find myself awaiting my next shock, ive been looking at forums online and information and i cant seem to find out what it is does anyone know? btw i drink once a week tho i do drink a lot, like 20 pints or litre of vodka in spirit terms, ive managed to cut down my alcohol and im doing a lot more excersise and eating better but the pains are still as bad if not getting worser and worser.
 
 

Teri16
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 5230
   Posted 5/4/2005 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Clarky and Welcome to the HealingWell Cardiac Forum!! tongue

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!

Teri tongue


"Because he is he and I am I."......E. V. Lucas

"I Hope You Dance".............LeeAnn Womack
 
Please allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating:


clarky
New Member


Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/4/2005 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
hi thanks for replying, it last about 3 days but is at its worst the day after ive had a drink, i sometimes get pains down my left arm and a little pain where my wrist is, i dont get out of breath tho or have pains round my neck. its a constant dull/pressing feeling with little shocks now n then some being worse than others, theyve not woken me up before and when im drinking alcohol the pains go away. im going to book into my doctors again this week, im sure its my heart muscle thats damaged thats the closest thing i can put ti down to

Teri16
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 5230
   Posted 5/4/2005 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   

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 tongue

Please keep us updated! yeah


"Because he is he and I am I."......E. V. Lucas

"I Hope You Dance".............LeeAnn Womack
 
Please allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating:


Teri16
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2003
Total Posts : 5230
   Posted 5/4/2005 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
PS Also, perhaps a check on your gallbladder or another type of infection should be looked into! Teri :)
"Because he is he and I am I."......E. V. Lucas

"I Hope You Dance".............LeeAnn Womack
 
Please allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating:


ChevyAsylum
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 84
   Posted 5/4/2005 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll give you my straight-out opinion....and you can take it for what it's worth. I'm a recovering alcoholic. I've been sober for over 13 years. I don't say this to brag, just to state the facts.

When I was drinking, I had all sorts of symptoms. Heart arrythmia, pains in the chest, more gastro-intestinal problems than I want to list...and the list went on. I kept drinking anyhow. When I drank, it numbed the symptoms...or at least I got to where I didn't care about them.

I finally got sober at the age of 44. Many of the pains and complaints went away when I stopped drinking for good. Some didn't. I went on to have the 1st of 3 MIs (heart attacks) at the age of 49. Since then I've had 2 more MIs, my gallbladder removed and quadruple bypass surgery. At the moment, I'm considered to be 100 percent disabled due to Coronary Artery Disease (CAD.)

I have no idea how much of my medical issues (if any) were caused by my drinking. But I know that drinking masked the symptoms and caused some of its own. At least today I can pretty much attribute cause and effect with the things going on in my body...I don't have to wonder if it's an extra bad hangover or acute alcohol poisoning (not always fatal...but darned unpleasant.)

One of the things that kills many alcoholics is esophogeal hemmorage. When this happens, a blood vessel in the esophagus bursts and the alcoholic bleeds to death while vomiting up his own blood. Not a pretty picture. But it does happen.

I know that when I was drinking, I didn't want to stop...period. I wanted to be able to continue to drink, hoping that I'd be able to keep it under control, or not caring whether I did or didn't. I only quit when I came near enough to death to see white lights coming toward me. No, I'm not kidding. It was the first of several near-death experiences I've had and when it happened, I got the message that I had to change my ways. Simple as that. I went to AA and haven't had to drink since. It hasn't always been easy...some times have been rough. Not in fighting the craving to drink, but facing life without the aid of alcohol. Quiting drinking isn't hard. Living life on life's terms is.

If I were in your position, Clarky, I'd see if I could go 90 days without a drink. That's about how long it takes for the effects of heavy drinking to completely clear the body. In AA they say, "stop drinking for 90 days. Then, if you're not happy, we'll happily refund your misery." If you could do this, you might just be able to see what symptoms remain and what goes away. It's up to you, of course. I'm just glad that I don't have to drink today.

Best of luck to you.
Ray

ChevyAsylum.com


ithurts29
New Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 3/31/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
hello ,my nam is michael i am a 28 year old male and i have been dealing with rea real sharp chest pains that last for at least five minutes or sometimes more,their is a history of heart problems in my familly,but i am only 28 years old and it scares me,i also have very sharp pains in my lower abdomen area,in the center and i would like to know what causes this or is it seriuos ,o please someone let me know

els
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 4/1/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi michael, welcome to healing well forum, we are happy to have you join us here.  If you are having any kind of chest pain at all then you should go to the ER or get to your doctor ASAP.  Never let any kind of chest pain go unchecked.  Even though you say you are only 28 keep in mind there are lots of people out there that are this age with some pretty serious heart problems.  I was 31 when I was diagnosed with Sick Sinus Syndrome, Septal Defect and Bradycardia which I got a pacemaker for.  I am now 33 yrs old and it is still a shock sometimes to think that I have a pacemaker to keep my heart rate up.
Plus, you mentioned a big thing in your post here...you have a family history of heart problems.  So, that means you could be predisposed or have a higher risk to heart disease.  Please if you continue to have chest pain get it checked out.  Let us know how it goes and feel free to keep posting here...take care

Elisha
Co~Mod: Depression
Moderator: Heart & Cardiovascular Disease
http://www.healingwell.com/donate


king1234
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 491
   Posted 4/1/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Clarky

I have similiar problems. I have had sharp shooting pains in my left chest under my breast plate, that seems to dart around (not localized). The pain will come out of nowhere and last for a second. I have had these every single day for 2 months straight. I had an EKG and Echo and everything came back fine. They think it is GERD and they gave me meds for it. We will see if it helps after a wk of taking it, if not I am back to the drawing board. I do not get heartburn so I find it hard to believe that I have GERD. I am under a lot of stress, and prob drink about 2 bottles of wine a week. I am a 32 yr old female who is very in shape so I do not know what could be causing this. Pls keep us posted

Hopes
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 4/2/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to let you know that if it is GERDS related, it might take more than a week for the medication to work really well and sometimes you have to try different medications to find the one which works best for you. ?? Frustrating! Good Luck
 

dj0770
New Member


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 4/3/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Huh. I just read the replies and I guess its good to know that I am not alone in my feelings. I was having random pains - chest, neck, leg, arm. none of them at the same time. I went to the hospital & they tested me for Lyme Disease. Guess what I have? Yup you guessed it, Lyme disease. But if I'm being honest, today I feel like its something more - I got to my PCP in 2 days, so hopefully all will be fine till then. Before all the pains were a dull ache, now they seem more sharp.

king1234
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 491
   Posted 4/4/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Hopes! My sharp pains are not as consistant as they were so I am HOPING that iits due to the GERD medication and therefore GERD related. I will keep everyone posted! Sure doesnt feel like it would be GERD, it feels like it should be heart or chest related.

AnnieInOz
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2003
Total Posts : 3626
   Posted 4/5/2007 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Excellent post, Ray.   Well put.....best of luck.

Neurogurl
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 373
   Posted 4/6/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Els, I wanted to say that one night I was having severe chest pain. Before deciding to go to the ER I called my primary doctor who was on call that night. I described my symptoms to him and he asked me to press on my chest where the pain was coming from (which was under my left breast). He asked if I was able to bring on the pain when I pushed. I said no and he said then its not an emergency. Have you ever heard of this self test before???

els
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 4/8/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Neuro, No I have never in my life heard of this self test before!!  Has he come up with a diagnosis for you as yet?  Or are they still looking for a heart condition?  If they are looking for a heart condition...then pushing on your chest to see if you can cause pain isnt going to be an indicator of anything....that makes no sense what so ever.

Elisha
Co~Mod: Depression
Moderator: Heart & Cardiovascular Disease
http://www.healingwell.com/donate


kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/10/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
hi
I have same problem . sudden sharp pain anywhere  on left side of chest since 1year .some time sudden pressure for a second .some time pain like a sting.I m checked by cardiologist, ct scan is done every thing is normal.I had esophgeal spasm last year . I do not what could be the cause..............plz  plz let me know----------
king1234 said...
Clarky

I have similiar problems. I have had sharp shooting pains in my left chest under my breast plate, that seems to dart around (not localized). The pain will come out of nowhere and last for a second. I have had these every single day for 2 months straight. I had an EKG and Echo and everything came back fine. They think it is GERD and they gave me meds for it. We will see if it helps after a wk of taking it, if not I am back to the drawing board. I do not get heartburn so I find it hard to believe that I have GERD. I am under a lot of stress, and prob drink about 2 bottles of wine a week. I am a 32 yr old female who is very in shape so I do not know what could be causing this. Pls keep us posted

kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/10/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
please let me how are your pains . gone or still there, what your doctor said
clarky said...
hi thanks for replying, it last about 3 days but is at its worst the day after ive had a drink, i sometimes get pains down my left arm and a little pain where my wrist is, i dont get out of breath tho or have pains round my neck. its a constant dull/pressing feeling with little shocks now n then some being worse than others, theyve not woken me up before and when im drinking alcohol the pains go away. im going to book into my doctors again this week, im sure its my heart muscle thats damaged thats the closest thing i can put ti down to

mattuk
New Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 6/21/2008 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 23 and have very similar symptoms aswell. Sharp pains in the left of my chest, dull heavy feeling on my chest, numbness down my left arm, starting off mostly after alcohol. Now if I drink, they seem to last weeks at a time.

Have seen 3 different doctors, had various EKG's, BP tests, X-Rays, but all have came back negative. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux, but I seem to be last on the hospitals list of priorities due to the fact im still waiting to be contacted by a gastro specialist.

I am currently taking Omeprazole which sometimes seems to calm me down, sometimes not. Generally I dont really feel I am getting much better, and recently it has been waking me up early morning.

Obviously im very concerned as I am convinced it must be my heart, and everytime I get these pains and palpitations, I fear for my life - Which sounds extreme, but is sad but true...

Any advice?

kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/22/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   

hi dear,

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. 

mattuk said...
I am 23 and have very similar symptoms aswell. Sharp pains in the left of my chest, dull heavy feeling on my chest, numbness down my left arm, starting off mostly after alcohol. Now if I drink, they seem to last weeks at a time.

Have seen 3 different doctors, had various EKG's, BP tests, X-Rays, but all have came back negative. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux, but I seem to be last on the hospitals list of priorities due to the fact im still waiting to be contacted by a gastro specialist.

I am currently taking Omeprazole which sometimes seems to calm me down, sometimes not. Generally I dont really feel I am getting much better, and recently it has been waking me up early morning.

Obviously im very concerned as I am convinced it must be my heart, and everytime I get these pains and palpitations, I fear for my life - Which sounds extreme, but is sad but true...

Any advice?

mattuk
New Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 6/23/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
In a new turn of events I went to the doctor today and have been prescribed beta-blockers, I think my Dr thinks its anxiety, im not really sure though because at the time it started I wasnt anxious at all...

Generally very confused and worried now!

kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/23/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hi, mattuk

doctor should give you beta blocker if you have fast heart rate or heart murmur.did your doctor told you why he prescribed beta blocker ? I allready tried those too but no effect. just use it for one week and see if its working. if your heart rate below 60/min do not take it. let me know if it help. and describe me more about your pains . I want to know if its really similar with my pains.

mattuk
New Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 6/24/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
He didnt really say alot, he just said try them for 10 days and see how I feel, but I think im going to want to see him again alot sooner than that. Yes, the beta blockers seem to help a little so far, but as soon as they wear off my palpitations get bad, last night i couldnt get to sleep for nearly 2 and a half hours, its was absolutely horrible and very scary.

My symptoms have pretty much escalated from a nigglinghaviness in my chest to occasional sharp pains, and a sort of dull feeling of weakness in the left side of my chest. Like something isnt quite right, and at any moment something bad could happen. Aswell as the weakness in my left arm, occasional light headedness.

Ive had ECG's, but nothing seems to show up. But im worried it seems to be getting worse so I am considering going to the hospital yet again and getting more tests. I just wish I could see a specialist so they could tell me what was happening...Very very frustrating

kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/24/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   

hi mattuk,

 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.

GOOD LUCK.


kindu
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 6/30/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   

hi, mattuk

dear please let me know how is your pains?


SEGrether
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 7/7/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.

Wow, I'm amazed to find so many people with similar symptoms. I'm a 19/F and have been experiencing sudden sharp chest pain. It only lasts for about a second or less and then fades. I've been feeling this about two or three times each night... it doesn't seem to bother me during the day.

Any thoughts? I'm trying to decide if I should schedule an appt. with a doctor. Thanks!
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
34 posts in this thread.
Viewing Page :
 1  2 
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, December 22, 2014 3:56 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,302,514 posts in 255,633 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 159881 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, lisvarner77.
353 Guest(s), 18 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
achievinggrace, Katebirch, Jimena, LymePickle, garylouisville, LeanneRachel, Cardamon, Daesin, A Yooper, Girlie, Mickey Childress, Sherrine, CJ-Kenji, WAORGANY, ks1905, InTheShop, Old Mike, Katmom


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer