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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/30/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I hate to say this, but I get almost daily chest pains.  Sometimes sharp, othertimes more achey and feel like there are under my rib cage.  Some times it seems like I just missed a beat or lost my breath for a second.  Often goes along with left arm "discomfort" as i do not want to say it's painful.
This has been going on for well over a year.  It's all off and on.  I can go a week with no problems then 2 weeks with everyday pain.
Ex-Smoker - have not smoked for 1 1/2 years
Drinking - on and off but usually will over do it if I drink Sometimes 2-3 days a week and sometimes 1 once a month.
Age 33 male
Slightly over weight - need to lose about 20 pounds
Very sedatory lifestyle
NO History of any heart disease or heart problems on either side of my family at all. 
Normal Blood pressure - last was 129/78
Cholesterol - Slight problem here - Total 177, LDL 72, HDL 40 and triglycerides320  I think the high triglycerides are from drinking and diet/lifestyle. These were fine 6 months ago and now they were high.  I am re-testing in a few weeks to make sure I was fasting an all that. 
What I know I have - Anxiety/Panic disorder and Asthma.  Yes two things that can cause chest pain.  I just find it hard to belive
So I have had the following tests:
Several EKG's all said they were fine
Blood test fine
Stress Echo - Fine
CT Scan for clots - negative
Several chest X-rays - Dr says it's fine
Scan for arterial plaque - all o.oo
I find it hard to beleive that anxity can cause real physical pains like this. I also wonder how asthma can cause this and asthma meds (inhaler) do not get rid of it.
I think maybe I have a problem with GERD but I have never been tested.  Some days I have pretty bad heart burn, but that's not soo bad the past few months.
What next?  When these pains come out of no where I instanly get anxiety and panic that cause shortness of breath and other symptoms, but I feel the pain comes first and may be causing the anxiety and not the other way around.
Any advice?  Is there other tests i should have?
Thank you so much for anything. blush

Post Edited (pnod) : 12/30/2008 7:16:42 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 12/30/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
have u asked
abt a 'angiogram'?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 12/30/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi pnod,

Have you seen a cardiologist and what did they make of your symptoms?

I too am having similar symptoms, in fact i am having chest pain and tightness as I am typing this.

Have you tried to do something about your lifestyle and weight?

Doctors can always point to something like weight, etc. if they can't FIND anything that appears to be wrong.

I'm sorry I can't help you. Just letting you know I'm feeling the same way.


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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/31/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fara i have not asked about that.  I wonder if I should.
I have not seen a Cardioligst and that might be the problem too.  Everything was either from my GP or emergency room visits.  Except for the plaque scan and stress test. Those were done at a heart center by a cardioligst.  I never got the chance to explain my symptoms they just did the tests and reported back to my GP.
For 2 years I have blamed it on anxiety, but about a year ago I started thinking something was really wrong because the pains would come out of nowhere, not like I had anxiety and was feeling these symptoms.  Also, it may be because I have taken them so long, but my anti-anxiety meds do not get rid of the pain.  They make not worry about it so much though...
Thanks for the replies.  Some times I feel I am just a hypochondriac.  I got a cramp in my leg just about a year ago out of nowhere and it hurt for a few minutes.  I swore I had a blod clot and went to the ER and they said it was all fine.  My leg has been hurting for a year now.  Maybe I should be asking questions in the anxiety forum but i reall appriciate the comments.
Do people with heart diease or angina feel something all the time or just once in awhile?  Would any one mind explaining what it feels like it?
Thanks a bunch
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