chest pain dont know what to do about it

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LIssah40
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   Posted 7/22/2018 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I'm a 18 year old boy that has been experiencing chest pain on his left and right side after eating at a fast food restaurant on Sunday. The chest pain I feel is sometimes sharp and a little burning. This pain has caused me to go to the ER twice with both times the docotrs' tests say that I'm perfectly fine and that what I'm experiencing is either chest wall pain (costochondritis) or GERD. As I look at other people's discussions they have shortness of breath or nausea. For me I only have chest pain with constant throat-clearing and belching. The chest pain has gotten better over the past few days, but I still tend to feel mild pain that still bothers me on the left and right of my chest. This chest pain has caused me to stay up late and worries me to the point that I may be encountering either a heart attack or even worse sudden cardiac arrest (I heard of a man that had chest discomfort and was treated with no problems and sent home, but a month later died of sudden cardiac arrest which terrified me)

Can someone tell me if something bad could happen to me or am I fine and just overreacting over something silly.

PS: I have frequently looked at my heart rate and normally it stays the same at around 68 or 69, but sometimes however it jolts to over 100 and has peaked at about 180 bpm and then lowers down to 38 bpm and then goes back to normal. Is that something to be concerned about as well?

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/22/2018 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, LIssah, and welcome! Yes it’s scary when you get chest pains but it can be caused by gas and acid reflux. I’m glad you saw a doctor and were checked out. You are so young that I really haven’t heard of people your age having a heart attack.

I’m not a doctor but have gotten chest pains from gas, GERD, and have had costochondritis. Since the doctors have told you twice that you are fine, then I’d lean toward these other things. My doctor has me taking Gas X for gas. I take the extra strength ones and he said I can have up to four a day. Usually one does the trick. I also take Tums for GERD. That’s acid backing up into the esophagus and can feel like chest pains. I haven’t had costochondritis for a long time but for me it feels like a tight band around me and makes it hard to breath plus I feel like I have sore muscles around my rib cage. If you go into Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum...you will find a link about costo and you can see if this sounds like what you are experiencing.

You should avoid gassy foods like cabbage, onions, soft drinks. I’d avoid acid causing foods like tomatoes, fried foods, spicy foods, etc. until you know what really is going on.

If you don’t have a primary care physician, it would be a good idea to get one. This would put your mind at ease. Anxiety can cause chest pain. Try to get a board certified doctor. Then, if these chest pains were to continue, they could refer you to a specialist. I really don’t think there is a huge problem because this just started after eating at a fast food restaurant. I bet you won’t eat there again! 😂. Yes, laugh! Relax. Being tense doesn’t help at all.

Let us know what you try and if it has helped you. At your age you should be thinking about dating and what the best movie is in your theater...not heart attacks! Feel better!

Sherrine
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LIssah40
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   Posted 7/24/2018 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding so I do not look like I am the only one with this issue lol. Today I ended up going to my doctor and told him all the issues coming from chest pain to the 2 second severe headaches I've been encountering. He ended up saying all the symptoms were a part of acid reflux (GERD like I was thought to have). He prescribed me Zantac so I hope to see improvement in these 2 weeks. Wish me Luck

Chutz
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   Posted 7/24/2018 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LIssah40~

Glad to hear your doctor helped you. Sure do hope the Zantac works for you.

Warmly,
Chutz
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Azgram
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   Posted 7/26/2018 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I stumbled on a weird trick that stops my costeocondritis attacks: when it starts, I drink ice water, really cold, it seems to shock the nerves in my chest into stopping the cramps. I know it sounds crazy but it has worked for me for years. I figure if they ever don't stop, I'll go to er. Try it.

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/26/2018 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
LIssah, I’m glad you got the help! I was thinking it was just acid reflux and the Zantac will help you. My doctor has me on Pepcid AC. These two medications are pretty much the same type of medication I believe. I hope this post finds you feeling a whole lot better.

And, Azgram, thanks for sharing what works for you. It could work for others. I drink ice water all of the time and maybe that’s why I’m not being bothered so much with costo anymore! Now that would be “cool”. 😂

Sherrine

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Azgram
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   Posted 7/27/2018 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, I drink ice water all the time too & I never thought about it until you mentioned it, but I think it might be why I don't have attacks very often ! I was told by,two doctors that my blood test showed that I drink too much water!! I never heard of that before! Any way I love your "cool" comment! 😄😄

BoatyMcBoatFace
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   Posted 8/7/2018 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had the same problem, so severe I couldn't eat solid food for a week, I went to a chiropractor who said it was a nerve issue rather than heartburn or a hernia (what I initially thought)
The manipulations really helped.

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/7/2018 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Boaty, and welcome! Thanks for sharing your experience. But I think in Llssah’s situation it was from acid reflux. They started feeling bad and getting the pain after eating at a fast food restaurant. That will do it to me too! 😂. Gas can cause the chest pain also.

But now, with your experience, our members have another thing to try. Thanks, again!

Sherrine

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