I agree with ELS. Do not ignore any kind of pain in your chest. Your body is trying to tell you something.
I am not a doctor, but from my own experience I can tell you that diet and lifestyle can probably fix your problem. Like you, I had a history of substance abuse and began havig some problems myself. I looked to nutrition and lifestlye to repair my body and I am great now. I am 50, I have 10% bodyfat, I feel great, workout three times per week for about
30 minutes, I eat very healthy, (lots of greens, no sweeteners, clean protiens) and I can compete with anyone in their late 20s and be competative.
I still would check out another doctor, but there are many instances of issues that they have not seen enough to be familiar with. I know of a few people who stopped eating anything with artificial sweetners and cleared up a lot of problems that were stumping the medical doctors. I guarantee that if you go after healthy nutrition your condition will improve maybe even completely. There are lots of sites with health and nutrition information. If you just change one thing at a time, you can build on that success and make other incremental changes, in addition to seeing a second doctor. Hope this helps.
Post Edited (guitarmanmarty) : 9/24/2008 3:05:44 PM (GMT-6)