Stress? Shortness of breath + Chest pains + abdominal pains?

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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/27/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello people.
I'm quite worried by all these stuff in me. So, I hope you guys can give me some advice or share with me some stuff. (: thanks! So, here it goes:
 
I've experienced a couple of things but shortness of breath is the main concern.
 
- Shortness of breath: I feel it even when sitting down, doing nothing. It's like, I have to gasp for breath suddenly sometimes. I don't have any asthma. I've seen the doctor after 2 years of it [whereby it didn't bother me that much until 2 years later] I went to the doctor. I had a blood test and she said I'm perfectly fine. She said that it could be anxiety or stress. However, this shortness of breath happens even when I feel relaxed.
 
- Pressure above right breast: I experienced this recently, around 2 - 4 weeks ago. I feel a pressure just above my right breast sometimes, usually when I brisk walk [which I do very often] and dragon boat [I dragon boat weekly but I didn't start training until 2 weeks ago, after 3 months of break]. This pressure thing will be gone after taking in deep breaths and resting for a minute or two. The pressure thing is quite bearable, but of course the pressure gets higher when I start taking deep breaths. Hence, I take in deep breaths slowly.
 
- Sharp pain at left chest: I tend to feel sharp pains occasionally on my left chest. Sometimes, I wonder if it's the chest, the lungs or the heart cause these pains. It happens sometimes when I'm reaching out to grab something. And sometimes, I don't move and the pain will come suddenly. And sometimes, not very often, I feel that the pain was caused by the heart as everytime it beats, I feel a sharp pain. This pain which I feel is caused by the heart never exceed 2 beats [which means 2 sharp pains]. As for the other sharp pains on the chest, they are usually like, 2 - 3 times and it stops by itself. Usually, I'll automatically freeze when I feel the pain. In fact, last time, I felt like something pierce into my heart or lungs. But now, it's usually what's described above. It happens like once or twice every one or two weeks I think.
 
- Abdominal 'pain': I'm unsure what is it. But it feels as though I've got slight gastric pains daily especially during late morning, to afternoon. I hardly experience that in the evening though. It's like my stomach will start having this 'reaction' thing, like the hydrochloric acid is mixing up and stuff. I don't exactly feel hungry but it's like, I feel sour in the stomach. It can be annoying sometimes as I'm having lessons. I don't think it's heartburn cause I hardly feel the sensation at my chest area. I also don't taste the weird acidic taste in my mouth. So, I doubt it's heartburn or something.

Another abdominal related thing is, I feel like there's a lot of air in my intestines. Every now and then, daily, I'll feel there's this peristalsis movement or what at my intestines. Sometimes, they make weird sounds though they can be soft. It feels like a pressure too.
 
I guess that's about it for the main things I'm experiencing. They are worrying me. Anyway, I am a 15 year old female. I am of acceptable height and weight. I suppose I am healthy, at least physically for sports, as I score full marks for fitness tests. I also eat at least 2 kinds of fruits and vegetables daily. Sometimes, I drink fresh fruit juices [orange + green apple + carrot + celery] in the morning. It's purely fresh as my mum blends it herself. I think MAYBE the fruit juice will cause the 'gastric thing' in my stomach, though I don't think so.
 
I really hope you guys can help me. My parents think that going to the doctor is a waste of money and I didn't really dare to tell them about what I've been feeling. They see me as perfectly fine and doubt I have those problems if I told them. Supposingly, according to people, I should be having a high stress level as I'm one who concentrates a lot on studies and handle a lot of commitments and leadership positions. Hence, MAYBE, stress caused those problems.
 
Hoping for replies real soon. Thanks!
 
lots of love,
jaslyn

Post Edited (iliketostudy) : 5/28/2007 9:27:47 AM (GMT-6)


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/27/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jaslyn.  Welcome to the forum.  Anxiety can bring on many symptons.  I've had shortness of breath just sitting.  It comes out of nowhere.  Stomach problems is another sympton as well.  It can even cause chest pain.
 
However, I would definately tell your parents again and go back to the doctor.  You may need further testing done.  Sometime blood work is not enough.  If you have more test done and they are normal, then a doctor can rule out other medical problems and narrow it down to anxiety.  Definately let your parents know what you are feeling!
 
Continue to post with us and please keep us updated!
 
Take care Jaslyn,
Mary

debaser
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   Posted 5/27/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Except for the shortness of breath, these are all GERD symptoms. And they can be panic/anxiety symptoms, too. Lay off those fruits for a few days and see if that helps. Or try an antacid like Maalox or whatever to see how that goes. If you are having GERD symptoms, anxiety WILL make them worse.

But that's kind of puzzling to me because a 15 year-old shouldn't be having those sorts of stomach troubles yet. Anxiety, though...

You have to see a doctor. To hell with what your parents think. You deserve to feel well.
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pilehead
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   Posted 5/27/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know for sure about those symptoms but that was one heck of an insightful post, for a 15 year old or not. But if it concerns you that much then a doctor's visit is in order. My advice to you: Take your original post WORD FOR WORD and show it to your parents. Don't change anything at all because your concern comes across clearly. That should be enough to get them to listen. And I'd go even further than that and show your post to your doctor! I know, for me, that sometimes when I sit in the doctor's office I have a difficult time describing exactly how I'm feeling, and you've already done that pretty well. No need to mince words :-)

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   Posted 5/27/2007 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I can pretty much agree on the GERD...Also the shortness of breath, gasping feeling like your not getting in enough air, well I have been going through that for some time now...I just saw one of my new doc on Thursday and he says it is due to the aniexty. 

He asked me if I sigh a lot...Yes, I do especially when I go to bed, I find my self sighing...It's my bodies way of trying to relax...

I would suggest you see an gastroenologist, (stomach doc) and then an MD for the aniexty....

 


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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/28/2007 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello people, I really really appreciate your replies! (((:
 
To Sunshine1108 [Mary]: Hello, well, I really hope that it has nothing to do with cancer and heart problems. ><  I did some readings on health websites and sometimes, I think I'm not anxious or stressed at all. Like I said, I think. Thus, I don't exactly know. I've thought of going to the doctor alone but just worry that I may not have enough money to pay. =X That's kind of silly, but yeah. In addition, if I'm not wrong, I believe I have orthostatic hypotension cause whatever symptoms that's stated on the net regarding that suits how I feel. Also, I've got eczema, but not very serious. Rarely comes. thanks! [I like this forum. It helps. :D]
 
To debaser: I'll go read up more about GERD and see what is it. I can't exactly lay off fruits cause my mum makes it 'compulsory' everyday. Last October, I had a really bad gastric that I almost vomitted thrice in 6 hours. My friend told me to keep antacids with me daily. So, I bought some antacids [my first time consuming them at that time] and took it for a week. The gastric thing didn't come back until 1 or 2 weeks later. And from then on, I've been kind of feeling what was described. I didn't take antacids though cause I know that too much antacids are not good and also, the 'pain' I felt was bearable. By the way, the antacid I use is Gelusil Antacid. This morning, I tried taking antacids again when I felt the gastric thing. Of course, it went off. But I think I felt it again during late afternoon. Anyway, thanks a lot! I'll try to go to the doctor asap.
 
To pilehead: Thanks a lot! I need to try an tell me parents. I don't exactly have that 'courage' to tell them. ><
 
To Shortstop: This shortness of breath thing can be annoying. =X  And indeed, I self sigh every now and then, not specifically when I go to bed. I guess maybe it's my body's way of relaxing. My cousin is a gastroenologist in a hospital. I'll try to ask him to check on me. But again, I need that 'courage'. >< Thanks for sharing. (:
 
Hope you guys can share more if possible.
 
Lots of love,
jaslyn

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Jaslyn
You have been given great input
I would definitely lean towards Gerd and get the doc to check you out as well

I am a parent of a teen and she doesnt like to come to me about her health but she is much better off if she does

LOL I am not a lion and wont eat her up I would take her to the docs ......
I am glad you found this site and do so hope you will stay with us

Take care n keep us posted

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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello. Thanks a lot! I seriously wish I could tell them right away. But still, I need to gather that 'courage' thing I was talking about. It's kind of weird. I've got the confidence to do anything but no confidence to tell my parents about this. >< Oh wells. So, is GERD some kind of serious disease? =X It seems to be quite common on this forum, from what I've seen.

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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldnt say it was life threatening sweetie it is a tummy problem and alot of ppl with a/p have it
Quite common and easily treated.........
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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/28/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh I see. I've read about GERD and think my symptoms are quite similar to it. In addition, indigestion too. Well, I eat too fast I think. =X In school, I hardly have time to have my lunch. It's either I skip lunch or eat fast. Hence, maybe that aggravated the whole problem, causing me to feel that daily. Sometimes, I'll have nausea periods like, if I scent, see or think about food, I'll feel nausea. Other times, I may feel nausea when I scent meat.


Post Edited (iliketostudy) : 5/28/2007 8:14:05 AM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
GERD is more typically known as indigestion or heartburn, but it can actually have a wide range of symptoms. It's very common. Left untreated it can eventually cause throat cancer in some people, so yes, even though it's a common problem it's still best to treat it.

The fact that antacids helped is more evidence in favor of GERD.

You have to learn how to stand up to your parents. This is YOUR body we're talking about. If you mother gives you fruit and it makes you sick, refuse to eat it. If they won't let you go to a doctor, that's just insane. Every parent wants their child to be happy and healthy. If you talk to them and they really won't let you go, go anyway. Again, it's your health.
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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I see. Thanks. I'm trying to. I'm going to see my cousin who's a gastroenologist, this sunday. I'll try my very best to tell him about it. For now, I hope the next few days I can get myself to talk to my parents. I think there's just some miscommunications. =X 
 
Anyway, I've visited your blog. I must say that it's inspiring and interesting. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks, once again. People here are very nice and helpful. :D

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   Posted 5/28/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Oddly enough, a gastroenterologist diagnosed my panic disorder after having ruled out all other problems. He was clearly thinking out of the box with that one...I'd been to a bunch of gastros before and anxiety nor panic was ever mentioned. But even if you just have GERD and that's what's causing your anxiety, then you're going to the right person.

In the meantime, don't worry a whole lot about taking those antacid tablets. Unless you just gorge yourself on them, they won't hurt you. Just make sure you have some fiber in your diet if you take a lot of them.
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happypills
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   Posted 5/28/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new to this forum. This is my very first post.

You appear to be very mature for a 15 year old.

I have been experiencing shortness of breath (SOB) since January. It's worse some days than others. It feels like I need to take a deep breath and sometimes I feel like I can't. Sometimes I feel like I'm being smothered. It has gotten better since Jan. although not 100%.

When I saw my GP back in April, he asked me do I feel like I need to take a deep breath or does it feel like I'm huffing and puffing like I just had a workout. I told him that it feels like I need to take a deep breath all the time. That's how HE distinguished the SOB has anxiety related. In any case, he did a blood test, checked out my Thyroid funtion. Additionally, I went to see a pulmonary specialist. He did a chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. All tests came back normal. (it took a month for me to build up the courage to do the CXR, I was so scared that I had a serious disease, and still do sometimes :0(

My GP gave me a script of Xanax. When I take it, it seems to help. But I only took it a feel times and decided to not take it on a daily basis cuz it is highly addictive and has bad withdrawal side effects. I saw a psych recently and he gave me a script of Klonopin and Paxil. Klonopin is better med cuz it is less addictive. I also don't take it on a daily basis. I haven't started on the Paxil and don't think that I can cuz I found out that I might be preg! :0( VERY UPSET AND WORRIED about THIS!!! I did not plan on this at all. I am suffering from anxiety and depression and this is the last thing I need.

Anyway, if you have anymore questions about my experience with SOB, feel free to ask!

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   Posted 5/28/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey. I'm on Klonopin, too. I don't think you're supposed to take it when pregnant, either, so it's good you don't take it on a regular basis. This way you can just stop and don't have to go through the long tapering process. That's bad for your anxiety but better for your baby.
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happypills
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   Posted 5/28/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
To Debaser

hey, this is actually Raine9 from Medhelp, "J" from Yahoo.

You turned me onto this site and I decided to give it a try. I don't know if I am preg yet but it doesn't look good. I will be getting blood test tomorrow. This is absolutely horrible. I was gonna start taking Paxil and need the Klonopin when my anxiety symptoms get bad. I can't take any of it if I am preg.

We did not plan on this. I was gonna go for a tubal ligation but procrastinated. I don't know how I'm gonna handle it if it does turn out that I am.

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   Posted 5/28/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, R/J/HP

I've read that some people take SSRI's while pregnant but under very close supervision. If it were me I wouldn't take the chance, but your doctor will know how to advise you. It seems like I read once that some pregnant women actually have LESS anxiety while pregnant. Maybe it was Harry who said that....I don't know.

Wish you the best, though!
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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/29/2007 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
To debaser: Okay. I shan't worry about those antacids for now. Actually, I ALMOST mentioned this GERD thing to my parents this morning, but I didn't. Probably I'll try it tonight. So, do you suggest I return to consuming antacids or just leave the problem alone and let it stop by itself?
 
For me, I've never seen any gastros or any specialists before. Although I know my symptoms can be other more serious stuff, I don't mind finding out. I don't care if it's a serious disease or not, I just wish to find out what's wrong.
 
To happypills: hello. (: I'm new too. haha. Well, I think my SOB is kind of similar to yours. I experienced it [or at least noticed it] 2 years back and I did nothing about it. It wasn't my concern until last year when I felt that it got worst. Like I was taking in deep breaths more often. It made me 'beg' my parents to bring me to the doctor to confirm that nothing is wrong, or if someting is wrong, I can get to know about it earlier and start treating it. Again, it took me a lot of courage to tell my parents. I was brought to the doctor 2 months after repeated pestering. The doctor was some doctor at the clinic. She said I'll have a blood test. So, I took the blood test and it showed nothing wrong. She even said I'm perfectly healthy. She said it could be anxiety or stress and asked me to refer to the cardiologist at the hospital. Apparently, I didn't visit any cardiologist.
 
From what you described, IF I'm diagnosed with something similiar to your condition, I have to be on Xanax, Klonopin or Paxil? =X And, is this SOB thing a chronic condition?
 
 

Post Edited (iliketostudy) : 5/29/2007 7:19:51 AM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know. Until you see your gastro, I don't see why you can't take antacids if they help you feel better. Just don't over-do it.
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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/29/2007 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Okay. How bad can GERD get?

I think today was quite bad compared to other days when I have it. Antacids didn't exactly help. I took it and it was gone for a few minutes and it came back again. Then I felt so weak like I couldn't walk properly.

But I skipped lunch today cause I didn't have time to eat. So, maybe that made the condition worst for today?


Post Edited (iliketostudy) : 5/29/2007 7:20:23 AM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 5/29/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
GERD can get really bad, and I found that when I had really high anxiety NOTHING would would work to get rid of it. I don't think weakness is a GERD symptom, but it can be a panic attack symptom. I used to experience extreme fatigue after some panic attacks.

If you have GERD it is not advised to skip meals. You're supposed to have five or six small meals per day. Skipping meals will make it worse...I suppose because food can absorb acid. At least eat some crackers or a little bread now and then.
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jaslynology
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   Posted 5/29/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I see. No wonder nothing much worked today. Oh well. Actually, I don't quite understand this whole panic attack thing. Like, I have no idea when I have a panic attack or what. Can you tell me alittle about it, please? (:
 
And, I don't know that if you have GERD, you're suppose to take 5 to 6 small meals per day. Looks like a lot. =X
 
thanks. (:

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   Posted 5/29/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, the SOB started in Jan. I have noticed it in the past but it usually went away after a few weeks. So I didn't worry about it. Seeing a cardiologist may not be a bad idea. Sometimes shortness of breath can be related to the heart. But you are very young so the docs can easily rule out most serious diseases. It's a little scarier at my age, 36.

Xanax is not a good choice. It is highly addictive. Don't let you docs give you Xanax especially for your age.

On a personal note, just found out that I am not preg. Very relieved.

I really hope things get better for you, you are so young. You should be enjoying life and not worry about things like this. Leave the worrying to your parents. I have 2 small kids and I do all the worrying. That's why I have anxiety (lol)


God bless...

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   Posted 5/29/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Jaslyn

Lots of info here already......this is my 2 cents yeah

Many of the somatic symptoms such as pain, weakness,  fatigue, abdominal pain remain unexplained by identifiable disease even after extensive medical assessment. Several general terms have been used to describe this problem somatisation, medically unexplained symptoms, and functional symptoms.

Some common functional symptoms and syndromes

  • Muscle and joint pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Low back pain
  • Tension headache
  • Atypical facial pain
  • Chronic fatigue (myalgic encephalomyelitis)
  • Non-cardiac chest pain
  • Palpitation
  • Non-ulcer dyspepsia
  • Irritable bowel
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia

You have described sx that lean toward gastro, however I would not want to guess at the shortness of breath.  You are very young for cardiac disease but with all you sympotoms, IMO, you should have a good physical bye your physician as well as a EKG.  I believe your physician will refer you to gastroenterologist.

Your posting was very informative, thank you.

Keep us posted as we care about you and a Huge Welcome to Healing Well.



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/29/2007 11:24:26 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/29/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Happy Pills

Hello, I am Kitt and Welcome to Healing Well.

I am glad your physician started you on Paxil and the Klonipin can be addictive so please make sure you use it as prescribed. 

I am weaning off benzo now as I had been on one kind or another for 25 years, now they say it is not good for me.........ouch.

It is a very slow process but I can do it. So if you can make sure you and your physician agree that a benzo (Klonopin) is not a drug you want to use for an excesive long period of time you will be better off in the long run...........I wish you happiness and a sunny day.

I am not a professional so this is my personal opinion only. yeah


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