Anyone get chest pains when they they exert themselves?

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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Today my dd realized she hadn't packed her sneakers for gym class and I sprinted back to the house to get them. Afterwards I had burning chest pain. Also whenever I mop for some reason this happens. I do have seeing a cardiologist on my list of things to do, but I would like to deal with one thing at a time and I have something else going on right now. I guess I haven't been that concerned because this has happened to me for years. I did go to a cardiologist about 6 yrs ago for heart palps and everything was normal. I'm wondering if it could be as simple as me needing to breathe right or me just being that out of shape. I am thin and don't smoke, but I don't exercise either. I can run up and down my stairs all day doing chores and I don't usually have this problem, only when I'm rushing somewhere or mopping. Anyone have a clue?

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   Posted 10/30/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
yes! chest pain and chest tightness. i totally identify.
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   Posted 10/30/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to chest pain. I usually don't worry about it till it starts crawling up my chest to the jaw and shoulder which is when I know it ain't anxiety. Believe me this is not how you want to find out the difference. You should see a Doc, take that off the to do list and do it. How's your blood pressure?

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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Do try to get in to the doctor, but this could be lots of things, including reflux. (Do you bend over or lean over when you mop? Bending over's a reflux trigger for some people.)

Anyhow, don't fret, but do try to put this on the "to do" list. You'll be glad you did.


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   Posted 10/30/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   


It is a bit funny that you can run up stairs okay, but mopping gives you pain (I would make someone else do the mopping if I were you - good excuse!)..I think a visit to the doc might be in order just to check things out. Now no more mopping okay?!


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   Posted 11/1/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
If only I had someone else to do it :-). I do lean way over when I mop. I wonder if it is something to do with reflux! Thanks for your input everyone. I will see a cardiologist in the next couple of months.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paniccu.
Nice to see you still about,
I seem to get this too, but its only in certain situations, strangely, i found grapefruit helped a lot, don't ask why, it just did,
If i am in a hurry, "Physically or Mentally" it seems to come on, and i think it does have something to do with breathing, because "in my case, i seem to breathe much more shallow.
I also find the sensation travels down the arms, which worried my Doctor, but all the tests were fine, and an ECG right in the middle of feeling like this showed up nothing.
But, always good to get a Doc's opinion,

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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree It is best to get opinion from Doc
I have severe probs with breathing and it is when I am exerting self most times or something in the air I think ........
My chest feels like it has a ton on it and believe me it hurts..........
I hope you find out whats going on and keep us posted......Luvs

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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,
just checking in. I am fine. I finally stopped having chest pains yesterday. I think it was the viscious cycle of shallow breathing causing anxiety, pain, anxiety about the pain, pain made worse from anxiety, etc :-). You've probably all been there and can relate. That's why I love this site! Brownleaf, I think you are right about the symptoms being brought on by either hurrying mentally or physically or both. That's usually when I get the pains. I got freaked out because they weren't going away, but I've been feeling extra anxious lately so that might explain it.  I am supposed to schedule a stress test with a cardiologist because of what happened to my brother (heart attack at 54) anyways. Is that the test you were talking about Brownleaf? I'm nervous about that test because I feel like I will have a PA during it. I guess that's a good thing though, then they will be able to see what's happening?
I've realized lately that my anxiety is starting to reach an unacceptable level for me and I need to be proactive about it. I don't have many PAs anymore, but I just feel very unsettled and anxious. I'm taking yoga class once a week and I just found some yoga shows on tv so I can try to do it everyday. I'm also going to make myself walk outside, even if it's just for 10 minutes. I walked with a friend for an hour today and I felt great. If that doesn't work I may have to do the therapy I've been putting off forever. Times are tough financially right now though, so I think I'll try the free exercise first! Thanks for all your continued support.
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