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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
i am a 20yr old male, 6ft 1 16 stone never smoked, i am not a stressed person i work in front of a computer 8 hours a day which is a fairly easy job
For 6 weeks now i have been having sometimes severe chest pains. this is mainly on the left side of my chest but can sometimes move to the centre or the right side. it is like a sharp shooting pain or can rarely be a crushing type pressure feeling. this does not happen with any specific move it can happen when i am just sitting down or excercising it does not matter.

I also have had a few palputations, in which my heart seems to speed up considerably and thump harder than ususal, this is not painfull just extremely scary and disstressing, this is again not brought on by anything specific but leaves me with the feeling that i am going to die

I have been spent two nights in hospital (two seperate occasions, the first was 2 weeks in the second was five weeks in) the both times they did an ekg, blood tests, xray, blood prussure and pulse and all came back perfectly normal, but i recieved no answers to why this was happening to me, the only answer i really got was that i may have a chest infection in which they prescribed me antibiotics that have not seemed to ease the symptoms
i am scheduled for a treadmill test and a 24 hr monitor on wednesday
i just have a few questions
Am i to young to have an heart attack???
this has been going on for just iver 6 weeks, if it was life threatining wouldn something have happened to me by now??
Could a chest infection last this long, and cause these symptoms



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   Posted 6/22/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
(((Ryan))) gentle hugs for you
My opinion is.......if it were life threatening, they would not have released you from hospital.  I cant help there anything new going on in your life right now?  Your description of your symptoms sound like me a few years ago.   I was so sure I was going to die, and it just made everything worse!!!   It turned out to be anxiety/panic attacks...and let me tell you, they are so frightening, because the heart is pounding, you are terrified, you get clammy and nauseous, even dizzy sometimes.  They did find that I had Atrial fib, and I take meds for that.  You say you are doing the treadmill? (that is a stress test), have they mentioned putting you on a halter monitor?  You wear it for 24 -48 hours, and it records every beat of your heart. 
Try deep breathing when you start feeling anxious.  In the meantime, please keep us updated about how you are feeling.  Dont suffer in silence, it makes things so much worse.   I wish I had come in here earlier, you have waited quite a while since you first posted this.
Take care hon

P.S  I forgot to add, that yes...sometimes it takes awhile to get rid of a chest infection.  there are times that the first med they prescribe doesnt do the trick, so they have to try something different.

I hope this has calmed you a little 

Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(May 1, down to 1 mg/daily), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin, methotrexate

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Post Edited (ericsmom) : 6/22/2008 5:05:10 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/24/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there

I wish I was getting seen to like you are! I am 23 years old and I have been having chest pains for a good couple of months now, and on my 1st 3 trips to the hospital they were more than happy to diagnose me with GERD. I was never convinced I had an indigestion problem, but went with it none the less, not bring a doctor there wasnt much I could say.

However, I went to the Doctors yesterday and he seems to agree that it is nothing to do with GERD, and maybe more Anxiety. The thing is, I really dont know what would have bought the Anxiety on as at the time it started I was backpacking round Australia and having the time of my life!

I am now convinced it is my heart, and have been prescribed Beta Blockers to 'see how I get on' and they seem to help a little, but purely just mask the increasing pain. I have all but given up with the hospital as every time I go in there they dont seem to be interested in testing me further than an ECG as they think I have GERD. Also my Dr wont refer me to a specialist as he wants to see how I get on for 10 days.

I just feel like I am in limbo right now and dont really know what to do, I just wish I could get some tests done to find out what was actually wrong with me. Gotta love the NHS!

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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Mattuk,
I"m sorry that your doc is making you wait it out, it is a lonnnnnng wait when you are worried about your health. I dont know a thing about Gerd, but know several people who suffer from it.  Although you are very young, you can still suffer from anxiety.  There are so many people who haved rushed to the ER thinking they are having a heart attack, to eventually learn it is anxiety.  I am sure after 10 days, and you still have chest pains, your doc will probably do more extensive tests to see what is causing these pains.
I have 2 sons that thought they were having heart attacks, and it turned out to be anxiety, they are both in their 20's.
The thing is, they didnt have on going discomfort, it was more like sudden episodes.
I hope you get some answers very soon hon, you are much too young to be worrying about health problems.
Just curious to know if anyone in your family ever suffered from anxiety or depression.
Backpacking across Australia eh?  I am so envious that you got to do something sooooo exciting!!!!!
Where are you from?  I am in canada.
Please keep us updated on everything, I am very motherly and will be thinking of you till you do tongue
Take good care,
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(May 1, down to 1 mg/daily), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin, methotrexate

What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger

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