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   Posted 1/21/2008 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
The last few days, I've been having some chest pains. And it seems to get increasingly worst. The last time this happened, I ended up in the ER because it got so bad I was having trouble breathing and I was gasping for air. It always seems to be my left side that bothers me worst. It hurts to take a deep breath and laying down is uncomfortable because it just feels like there's more pressure against my chest when I do. I'm trying my best to stay calm and breathe normally. But the pains are increasing.

But this is just really bad timing, because I'm going back to college. And my first day is on Tuesday, and I can't be feeling like this. After months of doing okay.

I'm hoping it's just a fluke. The last episode of chest pains I had was last July, and I never did find out why. I spent a few days in the hospitals and they never did give me an answer to why it happened because all the tests came back inconclusive.

Wish me luck.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Heidi . . . Get thee immediately to the hospital girl!! Don't fool around with this.


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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Heidi, I agree with Rosie, especially since the pain is so bad. It might be some inflammation, or pluerisy, or it could be your heart. It's better not to take any chances. Let us know what you find out.

Take care
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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought of pleurisy too.  Don't mess around with any kind of chest pain, ever.  This disease puts us at a much higher risk of heart attack, stroke, etc.  Please see someone right away.
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   Posted 1/21/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I vote go to the ER too. Let them check you out and give you somthing. Let's face it if you are hurting that bad you won't be able to study anyway. Please get it checked out and let us know
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   Posted 1/22/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope you did go to the er, it needs to be checked into to make sure things are ok and they dont worsen, I left my chest pain until the last minute and maybe if I didn't I wouldnt be flaring so bad now.

take care
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