Left Arm Discomfort

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 10/25/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on a beta blocker (bystolic, 2.5mg daily) for about 6 months now. This was all due to a chest infection I had back in February that the doc thought sent me into atrial fibrillation. He thinks now it might have been a fluke due to the infection, but wants me to stay on the bystolic for a year to help keep my BP down. Anyway, that's just for background.
Since I've been on the bystolic pretty much, I've had discomfort that seems to center in my left arm. I don't have what most describe as angina in the chest area, mainly just the left arm. I do, however, seem to have chronic muscle pain in my left chest area. It seems to move around, and right now is centered beneath my left breast, feels like it might be around the ribs. But my question is about the discomfort...it worries me a bit, since I know a lot of left arm pain can be cardiac-related.
It's almost always a dull pain, not throbbing. But today, I did feel some sharp shooting pains right above my armpit area and into to the top of my left arm. That got me worried, thus the reason for my posting. I've monitored my BP closely for a while now, and nothing there is out of the ordinary. The pain is what is worrying me the most, aside from the occassional palpitation that takes my breath away (no pain involved there).
Please let me know your thoughts on this, and thanks in advance!

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 11/2/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having left arm pain too, with no definite explanations for it. I hope you'll find your answers, if you haven't already.

Johnny Knee Bone
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 11/3/2008 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I would say head to the dotors asap or go to emergency at the hospital where they can assess things a little better . not much point in trying to tough it out if its testing your wit and besides your symptoms sound like something you should be cautious about . I know that feeling in the armpit area I survived an MI (heart attack) almost a year and a half ago.
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