Chest pain--again!!!!

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enufworry
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   Posted 8/6/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
 Well here it is again---I just think I am going to go out of my mind!!!!  I have a 4 hour break in my day before I have to go back to work and I spent the first hour at Urgent Care getting an EKG---normal---of course.  Although the Dr. said that EKG  often does not actually indicate a heart attack.  I am spending the next hours on this computer talking to strangers about my stupid chest pain!!!  It's NOT GOOD!!!!!
I was driving to work this morning and I got this clutch in my heart and then burning pain in the middle of my chest.  It lasted for hours and then got less but drifted to my left arm and left side of my face---kind of a tingling.  I get anxious and distracted and can't think quite straight---the pain continues ---maybe gets a little better over time.  So I called my cardio doc to make an appt to come in and discuss an angiogram---I am TERIFFIED!!!!!of that test----but I can't stand to live this way any longer and if I die during the test----I don't even care (right now).  The women asked me about the problem and I made the mistake of saying something about chest pain....she said I should come in immediately!  If this was the first time I felt this kind of pain (it's always a little different---but generally the same)  But this is the 800th time I've felt this and the 500th time I've rushed to the ER for NOTHING!!!!!!  I have to go back to work in an hour and I have a full day of work tomorrow---I can't afford to mess with this over and over again!!!!!!!  I have MVP/dysautonomia----which causes chest pain and anxiey which does too.  I have had EKG, Holter Moniters, Stress test with and with out contrast, the new fancy 64 CT scan.  My blood pressure is low, I don't smoke or drink,  My hdl and trigl are good (my overall number is high),  I just gave in a few days ago and started taking 5mg of simvistatin. the only "marker" I have is that my dad's family all had heart problems---so I think I get extra scared.  My chest hurts, my upper  back hurts, my diaphragm hurts, my arm hurts.  The urgent care doc pressed on my chest and said that it might me that Chondoco.......the rib thing.  My cardio doc is gone for the day and I just feel so helpless and overwhelmed!
 
Most of the time I can just ignoe it---but NOT TODAY for some reason.  I don't think I have ever written like this before---actually I fell better---but I am sorry for the rant.  If there is anyone out there with some words of advice/comfort or just understandin---I would really appreciate it.  I'm not much of a computer person---so I'm not on here much---but I don't know what I would do without this forum when I get desperate.  Thank you again

enufworry
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   Posted 8/7/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Well to any that are out there---I finally succumbed at 11:00 p.m. and went to the ER. Actually I flipped a coin and "heads/go" won. Was there til 2:30 a.m. and of course NOTHING was wrong. havent done that for months---so I guess I can be happy for that---but When I'm in the middle of it it just seems so big and impossible to deal with. Fortunalely the ER doc was really nice and understanding so I didn't have the usual shame attack too. Life is good today and I will be grateful for my life, my family, my work and my apparent health! Also grateful for this forum where I can vent AND get support.

SouthernHeart
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   Posted 8/7/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad everything was ok and that you had it checked out.

I frequently have chest pain and take several meds daily for it.I have sorta learned when to go to the ER with mine.I take Imdur once a day for my chest pain,ranexa twice daily(ranexa is a preventative chest pain med you take whether you have pain or not),and also nitro when I have an acute attack.

Most of the time my angina is a squeezing sensation along my sternum or a heavy feeling in my chest that extends to right by my left armpit.When I had my heart attack last September I had left forearm pain for 10 days not knowing that I was building up to a large heart attack.I finally went to the ER when I began sweating heavily,started having more traditional chest pain,and when I became short of breath.

Because I have had a heart attack,a triple bypass,and 4 stents I stay on top of any chest pain and I get help sooner.

I understand the fear and anxiety you have experienced and I hope you feel soewhat reassurred with your good results at the ER.

DonnaB

enufworry
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   Posted 8/7/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Donna,
I'm glad I finally went to the ER I guess.  I am going to see my cardio doc next Tues. and ask him about the meds you mentioned----maybe helpful.  Also set up angio.
 
I guess what's so scary is that it could be something or nothing.  You had your pain for 10 days without doing anything about it and it turned out ok---but what would have happened it you had waited for the 11th day.  It's all so difficult to know.  I have never been diagnosed with angina---but I sometimes have that squeezing pain---and then it's still nothing.
 
Thank you for taking the time to respond---it is always so comforting to know that I am not alone. I have plenty of friends who love me (and they try to be helpful)---but no one knows but a "fellow sufferer" what the fear can feel like when the issue is life threatening and you just never know.

alan in stagecoach
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   Posted 8/8/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
HEY GUY,  GETTING AN ANGIOGRAM IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO AT THIS POINT.  I'VE HAD 3 AND THEY WERE NO BIG DEAL, BELIEVE ME.  AND I'M NO MARTYR, EITHER.  I HAD THE SAME INDICATIONS AND SYMPTOMS YOU DID BUT I HAD HAD A HEART ATTACK.  I KNOW IT'S SCARY BUT NOT KNOWING WHAT'S REALLY WRONG IS MUCH HARDER TO DEAL WITH THAN WHAT'S GOING ON.  CONFRONT IT AND YOU'LL BE FINE, BELIEVE ME.  I HAD MANY PANIC ATTACKS AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BEFORE I DID ANYTHING.  GOOD LUCK AND JUST TRY TO STAY COOL DURING THIS PERIOD.

enufworry
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   Posted 8/8/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alan,

Thanks soooo much for your kind words and you encouragement.  I think you are right about the scariness of not knowing----it's really not worth it anymore.  You had 3????---you really speak from experience!!!  My cardio doc has put in a referral for one soon.  I'm still a little scared about the whole process--but I believe that it will be fine and I will finally know what I'm dealing with. 


alan in stagecoach
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   Posted 8/9/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Enuf!

Glad you got my note.  When I had my heart attack in December and was given the angiogram, they found two blockages and did two stents at the same time.  When I tell you I felt nothing, I felt nothing.  The only thing is the little sting from the numbing agent used before the catherter is inserted.  I  did so much research and study online before I had my surgery two and a half weeks ago!  I felt it's my body and heart and I wanted to know as much as possible so I could ask intellingent questions and understand the answers.  Being prepared and informed is the best thing you can do.  Plus you have to have a good rapport with your cadiologist and surgeon which I am most fortunate to have.  Keep in touch and let me know what's going on.  Good luck!    Alan


DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/11/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi all.  I too was scared to get angiogram, women in particular have more problems because our arteries are so small, but it was good I went in,  no chest pain, really nothing major, just high ldld level and fear    my big motivators.  I have actually had it done twice in two days, You are really haveing anxiety problems enough, that will certainly mimic heart problems.  Just fyi   heart attacks are caused by a clot that develops near plaque,  everyone over 40 has cad, so taking a baby aspirin a day would be a good thing to do for anyone.

enufworry
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   Posted 8/11/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again Alan for your encouragement.  I feel pretty determined to do the angio----just for the reasons you said---JUST TO KNOW!!!!
 
DREAMGIRL---I understand fear as a motivator---yes I do---I am just so sick of this long stretch of fear this time----I'm just plain READY.  I know that much of my symptomatology is anxiety---but it's so hard somethimes to just chalk it up to neurosis---after awhile I just need to know...I have been seeing an acupuncturist for about 4 months or so and drinking some of his herbal tea mixture---when I started on the 5mg of simvastatin, I stopped the tea and low and behold my pvc's and that awful adrenelin rush and then chest pain came back---so I have a lot more symptoms this week than I have had in months.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do actually, but the angio will be a good start.  I want to go back to the tea---but my chol. #'s scare me a bit.  Anyway, I'm not too sure what I will finally do AND thanks for the asprin reminder.
 
 
 

mslice3000
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   Posted 9/5/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry if this sounds rude but I have chest pains and anxiety but I'm only 20 I have had an ekg stress, test and ultra sound and everything looks good but I was just wondering how old you guys are thanks,

enufworry
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   Posted 9/6/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi mslice, sorry to hear that you are struggling with chest pain and anxiety.  I was about 20 when I was first diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse because of similar symptoms.  I didn't know much about it but later found out that for me---it was an explanation.  It has been a loooong time now, I just turned 63----and I still get nervous when the chest pains come.  I hope that you will find a good doc and get some relief.  Stick close to this forum it has been a real place of comfort for me when I have been worried or had a question.  Best of luck to you.
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