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