indigestion and jaw pain

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jackievar
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   Posted 3/28/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
   I just had a nuclear stress test that came back okay, but I've been having indigestion where the pain goes into my jaw and burns for about three minutes.  It's really very scary and I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced this sort of thing and should I go back to my cardiologist and ask for more tests?  It's very frightening.  I break out in a cold sweat and get very pale and clammy, also.

els
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   Posted 3/28/2006 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi jackievar,  Welcome to healing well forum.  We are glad to have you.

I haven't heard of indigestion going into the jaw before.  Have you been tested for GERD? or are you taking anything for it?  I know that chest pains with heart problems can radiate up into the neck and jaw area.  I would suggest perhaps checking with your cardiologist again.  Hopefully another member will come along with some words of wisdom that I am lacking here.  Take care....


~elisha
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Aldo
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   Posted 3/28/2006 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jackievar

Nuclear stress test aren't that reliable sometimes. If I were you I would rule out Gerd, so that you can tell if the pain is due to heart disase/CAD or Gerd. If you keep having what you may think is Gerd, you could end up having a heart attack. I have never heard of indigestion causing anyone to break out into a cold sweat and getting very pale and clammy, nor have I ever heard of heart burn causing pain in the jaw. All these signs are symptoms due to cororary artery disease/heart attack warnings.

Try to stop the "so called indigestion" by taking the best otc meds for indigestion, or see your doctor and ask for "the purple pill type med". If you continue to have pain like indigestion then it could be something else much more serious.

I have a friend whose SIL just passed a nuclear stress test. She continued to have chest pain and other symptoms. The doctor agreed to a cath. Before the cath could be performed, she had a very bad heart attack and emergency bypass x 5. I think she is 42 years old.

Good luck and don't wait around too long. If you think you are having a heart attack, chew up 2 adult aspirins (I know, yuck) and call 911! It is better to be safe than sorry. If you were to have fast acting nitroglycerin, use it, of course! Some PCPs will give anyone a prescription for the nitro if the patient feels they need it, due to undiagnosed chest pain. It's good stuff to have around for us cardiac cripples, lol :)

Rj

jackievar
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   Posted 3/28/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 Thanks for the replies.  I knew that's what I had to do.  Just thought I had everything cleared.  But I just don't feel right about this.  I will call right away and get checked again.  I'll keep you posted. sad
Still would like to hear from someone who has actually experienced the jaw pain.
 
Thanks again.

Aldo
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   Posted 3/28/2006 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I experienced the jaw pain only during a heart attack and not since. That has been almost 3 years ago. It was a glowing, dull ache that radiated from my heart. The same dull ache traveled into my left shoulder and down my left arm.


Audrey S
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   Posted 3/29/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jackievar,
I have had the jaw pain since September of 2003....I went to my Dr. and they diagnosed me with all kinds of things...sent me to the dentist several times even an endodontist...I requested a cardiac work up twice and the Dr. yelled at me that it wasn't my heart and not to ask again.   After 7 months of this unrelenting pain in my Left lower jaw...I had a heart attack.  Then the HMO spent the next year trying to cover their butt, including trying to make me into a psych patient.  I still have a very irregular heart and at the last check was having 7-10 PVC's per minute...PVC's are considered normal in the medical literature but they are talking about up to 500 per day not 18,000 per day.  I am no longer with the HMO, but the crap they wrote in their notes to discredit me follows me around today.  Jaw pain is real and can be cardiac related but it really needs to be evaluated thoroughly. My jaw pain is consistently between the first two molars on the Left bottom jaw...it can be dull, achy and then comes on strong...or can be sharp or almost stabbing at times...Nitro usually relieves it with one or two tabs.   When I have had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital the pain finally radiated down to my left shoulder and across my chest but for me that is a late sign.  Please have your pain followed up on and make sure you are correctly diagnosed.  My doctors even suggested I had gerd....so we did the little purple pill, and all it did was give me a rash.  They put me on a different pill and then I did have acid reflux.Which should be not good but it at least made me positive my jaw pain was not acid indigestion/gerd as suggested by the doctors.  My husband had a blip on his EKG prior to an elective shoulder surgery....they whisked him into the cardiologist that very day has been through all the tests....all NORMAL...not once have they questioned his mentation.  But a women in her 40's with chest pain, that seems to be where the Doctors go first "Are you sure your not depressed?"  "Are you having anxiety," it is really quite disgusting.  Today I went to the doctor and he became angry when I told him I wouldn't take Xanax and was not interested in Atavan or any other sedative.  Anti depressants and Anti anxiety meds seem to be the Dr.'s solution to women with symptoms....just like valium was given to women in the 1970's.  Sad business really.

els
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   Posted 3/29/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Audrey,  I am really sorry that has happened to you.  It is really a shame that medical professionals go so far to treat patients this way.  It makes me pretty upset when I hear of it.  You are correct though that whatever the doctor "chooses" to document in your chart is going to follow you around for the rest of your life and effects your care there after.  I have several physicians for different illnesses and have only ran into this problem one time.  I truly hope things get better for you.  Please let us know....Take care

~elisha~ 
 
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