Dont Know wat Else to Do...Is it Serious???? Please help!!

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi There

My Name is ryan i am a 20yr old male, i am 6ft 1 and just over 16 stone

I work in front of a computer 8 hours a day, whic is a fairly easy going job, i am not or have ever been a stressed person i am very rarely ill

My Story lol

For the past 8 weeks i have felt terrible, it really really been the worst two months of my life, I will explain my symptoms in full below:

Chest pain/Discomfort


Chest pains

This started about 8 weeks ago when i was lying in bed i had sudden sharp sjootig pains on the left side of my chest, ever since that night the pain has varied. Sometimes it can be a sharp shooting pain, or sometimes it feels like a pressure. It has no specific area sometimes on the left(mostly) sometimes centre sometimes on the right. Some days it wont be as bad as others , and some days it will be bad . on a pain scale i would say at worst it is a 5/10 but normally a 2. I sometimes get like a numb shoothing pain down my arm also, not normally with the chest pain but separate


Now these are really really getting me down, these started the same night as the pains 8 weeks ago, at first I would only have them like once maybe twice a week. But for the past week I have been having them without fail every day and night, my heart speeds up considerably and thumps real hard to the point where you can see my clothes moving. Also last night it felt like it slowed down and my heart seemed to flutter. They are not painfull just extremely freightining and distressing..Why would these be happening?? I have never suffered from them ever before

Other symptoms

Now these symtptoms may not be related to the chest pains at all but I have had these for at least 5 weeks. First of headaches, I have headaches throughout the day which feel like a big pressure on both sides of my head and behind my eyes, it also makes my face feel numb and tingly, BUT it is not numb because if I pinch or poke it I can feel it

Cough, I have had a cough for about 4 weeks and I cough up a greeny yellowish type mucus, I don’t know if this is related to the chest pains, but assume it is because this is normally due to a chest problem

I have spent two night in hospital (on separate occasions) due to this. The first time was like 4 days after the symptoms started, where they did an ecg, blood work, xray, blood pressure etc and all came back absolutely normal.

The next time i went to th ER was like 3 weeks later, in which again they did an ecg, blood work, xray etc which again all come back normal

They prescribed me omeprazole which has not seemed to ease these symptoms

Last week i did a treadmill test and had a 24hr holter monitor, i am still waiting for the results

But my question to everyone is

DO you think maybe i have had an heart attack??if so wouldn’t they have picked this up at er??

Also if i had a life threatening condition wouldn’t something serious have happened by now??

I personally feel that there is nothing else I CAN DO as I have been to hospital twice seen various docs etc, I am at my last wits and lost I just want to be normal again


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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to see you came back Ryan, I was kind of worried.

I wont repeat the reply I made to your other post, but wanted to add that..Selmer..I didnt even think of GERD!!! I touched on the subject of anxiety on your other post, and perhaps it may play a role?  Wondering what is wrong with yourself can give one very high anxiety. 

I know that I have to watch my caffeine intake as will cause palpitations too.


Take care,


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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
you really need to tell some one about the coughing up greenish yellow, that is possibly a chest infection which would explain the pain you are having. gonuts confused
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 7/4/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
dear ryan,

oh my god your symptoms are the same like mine. its year all ready I suffering from these sudden sharp pains in my chest. some time its in left arm but not same time with chest pain . I m so depressed what cause the pain . I cried some times and just look at god 's picture with tearfull eyes when I m gonna be back to normal life. I had all the tests done even cardiac ct scan is done every thing is normal... then why I have these pains. I has esophageal spasm last year but its resolved. please keep posting.....

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 11/28/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
colapsed lung?
  • UC 15 years - Colazal
  • pneumothorax 2x left side

Miss Helen
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 11/28/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
collapsed lung is very easily found with an x-ray and pulse-ox. I would hope that the physician had already ruled out collapsed lung.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 11/28/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ryan,
I am feeling the same way you are. Chest pain and other symptoms, but all tests came back normal.
I hope we find our answers soon.
Do update us.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/28/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Ryan,
I hope you are still around on this website, if not posting, at least reading.  Your post is from back in July of this year, but I hope you still get to read this.
You are young, only 20, so I almost feel as if I am giving advice to my own son.  Yellowish greenish mucus doesn't sound good to me and it doesn't sound like anxiety or bad diet either.
I don't think what you were having was a heart attack, but you could have a potentially serious lung or heart condition and you should pursue further testing and treatment.
Ryan, I have recently been through one of the toughest fights of my life trying to get my heart condition (PFO) diagnosed and treated.  My advice to you is to continue to be persistent.  Your health and your life depend on it.  Maybe it is nothing, but maybe it is something serious.  If nothing else, have all the testing done so you can have piece of mind.  There are some types of holes in the heart, like Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), that if big enough can eventually cause serious lung complications.
You COULD have something serious, Ryan, and as a mother and as a patient I encourage you to pursue testing with pulmonologists, cardiologists and anyone else necessary.  Have the cardiologist do an "Echocardiogram with Bubble Study."  Simple echos don't usually detect holes in the heart, but when they inject the saline bubbles, the hole(s) are more easily detected.  I hope you have good insurance, but if not, it doesn't matter.  Your health and your life deserve the best treatment that money can buy.  You can DEMAND tests from doctors when they are trying to brush you off because they think you are too young or too seemingly healthy to have a heart condition.
Fight the good fight for your life, Ryan.  It may be nothing but it may be something serious.  Persistence and perseverance are qualities and skills that you will have to use many more times later in life anyway.  This is a perfect situation for you to put these skills to practice.
I wish you all the best.  My hunch is that your situation is serious (although my sincerest hope is that it is not).  I truly hope that you will keep us posted, but, if not, I wish you all the best in your quest and your future.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/28/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ryan, I also forgot to mention to have doctors do MRIs of your lungs and heart. Chest X-rays can sometimes miss detecting fluid in the lungs.

Also, if you don't have good insurance, there are many foundations that can help you pay your medical bills (Larry King Fdn for example).

Good luck to you,

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