Killing me slowly...

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

Recently for the last month I have been suffering from chest tightness and sometimes chest pains.

I have been to the ER 3 times now all in which my ECG and blood work have been perfectly fine, as I am typing now I'm suffering from tightness and palpitations :(:(.

On all release forms from the ER the diagnosis has been either muscular skeletal or anxiety, which really sucks considering this feels so real. The only thing that was of concern
was there was a Q wave in my ECG that was out of place however after 3 ECGS the doctors have concluded that it is just a normal part of me eyes.

Even so with the all clear from the doctors from the ER on three occasions I decided to chase up and see a cardiologist.

I had another ECG there along with a ultrasound of the heart and Low and behold! everything was fine and dandy accept for the Q wave but that has always been there.

Unfortunately I could not get a stress test done due to my weight (134KG).

The problem is, these pains never come on from exercise or strenuousness activities these bad boy symptoms seem to strike most of the time when I'm attempting to get to sleep which is really what is killing me. I find myself often having to watch a movie on my iPod in bed to comfort myself and even after doing so I find that I can't sleep, often turning on my side attempting to get to sleep only to minutes later be forced to lean upward because of palpitations or chest pain. ( Which I think is anxiety related because this only strikes at night.. confused )

I also might add that, sometimes the pain comes on after eating ( surprise surprise! ) and is usually in the lower right middle just under my right breast. Currently at this moment I'm experiencing the usal this is why I'm posting on here. I've been unable to sleep and considering I went to bed at 12:30 after a shower and it's now 8am I think you can understand why I have posted my current situation.

I'm 18, Male and reside in Australia.
I weigh 134Kilograms and my height is 6.4 (Tall :) )

Anyway, It feels good to get this off my chest and share with you all. It helps allot have support going through something like this, not that I don't already get that from my Family and girl friend. But every bit counts, I hope some people can relate because this is just terrible it's like torture.


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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 2/26/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to here this! I think there may be something to the fact that the pain comes while lying down or just after may be a GI problem not a cardiac issue. The ER is only trained to treat what is life threatening, and when they see you are in danger they send you on your way. Perhaps you should consult a gastroenterologist...and in the mean time there are meds that can help with the anxiety this is causing and help you sleep. There is no need for you to suffer. Find a Dr. that will listen and you feel like you can trust.

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/26/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your advice :), I have no problem in exploring all avenues in the case of this problem.

I will try to get an appointment soon with a Gastroenterologist, however I would like to see some other relations from members situations to myn.


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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 2/26/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd like to start off by saying WELCOME TO HW! You have found a great place for support and understanding!

Definitely seek the consult of a gastroenterologist. I work in the medical field and know that this is the second line of action after ruling out a cardiac source for your chest pain. Your symptoms could come from a esophageal stricture, or narrowing, gastroesophageal reflux, an ulcer, or perhaps something with your gallbladder. They will be able to rule in or out the majority of problems by doing an EGD, also called an upper endoscopy, by sedating you and placing a camera through your mouth, down into the esophagus and stomach. It is quite painless and you really don't remember much of anything because of the medications they give you beforehand.

I must also say that I am NOT A DOCTOR, so please consult yours to send you on to a GI, if your insurance requires a referral.

Best of luck to you, and please do post back and let us know how it goes. Apparently, your 8 a.m. is my even you posting at night works out and you should receive a response!
Edited to add:  Perhaps you could start off now by keeping a record of what you've eaten before the symptoms start, you may find a link.  Maybe something spicy or acidic sets it off.  You will be one step ahead of the doctor then because he will likely ask you if you've found a correlation between food and the pain.  You might also try antacids like Tums or Rolaids...or perhaps some Pepcid or the like....this way you can tell him what you have tried and if it helps or not.

Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and baclofen
To handle yourself, use your handle others, use your heart
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

Post Edited (Mochiah) : 2/26/2008 3:03:39 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/26/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome  to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I am glad you have had the heart problems looked at and if the cardiologist is satisfied then I would feel comfortable. If you still feel it is a cardiac problem there are other tests to run.
You might possibly have a Stress Thallium Test:

A Thallium Stress test looks at the blood flow to your heart muscle at rest and during stress. During a stress test, a radioactive material called Thallium is injected IV to mimic physical activity on your cardiovascular system.
RE the ER physicians they are trained in Family Medicine and go on to become certified in Emergency Medicine so they are very capable at diagnosing medical conditions other than heart attacks..............they see minor problems day in and day out.  You mentioned an area on the right side, have you had a complete physical and has anyone looked at your gallbladder?
I think you have received some good ideas here and as pointed out we are not professioanals so please continue to try to get to the root of your cause.

However, chest discomfort is also a sx of anxiety and is experienced by many. 

Take care and keep posting.


Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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