Left Arm Pain Concern

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49ibs
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   Posted 11/8/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a 50 year old male. I am new to this forum.
 
A brief history. I have recently been diagnosed with IBS -c  with hepatic flexure syndrome, I control the pain with Bentyl daily. I also have acid reflux, and osteoarthritis. My family has a history of stroke. I have had an abundance e of tests in the last year – colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT and MRI of neck and brain, couple of ecgs (most recent August 1st of this year). I have had a couple of visits to ER with chest pains in Feb of this year) and suspected stroke (my gp called it a TIA). All tests were normal. I have taken avapro for high blood pressure and  Lipitor for cholesterol for the past 10 years.

My concern is left arm pain located on the inner part of my upper arm. This pain can happen at any time can be sharp or a dull ache. There is no chest pain or shortness of breath with the pain. Can this pain be heart related? Thans for your help!

stkitt
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   Posted 11/8/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome 49ibs,
 
I am glad to have you with us.  Pain, discomfort covers a wide spectrum of pain  or discomfort,  (Subjective).  Referring specifically to the question of arm pain during a heart attack , the emission spectrum of pain that radiates  to the arm is wavelike and there is a variation in its intensity (sharp or dull).
 
I took care of a man once that had Left leg pain and he was having a heart attack so when in doubt,  call you Dr. or seek treatment. 
 
Again welcome to the forum.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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49ibs
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   Posted 11/9/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt
 
Thank you for your reply. Sometimes I think I just let my worries get the best of me.
 
Thanks again

stkitt
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   Posted 11/9/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
49ibs,
 
Welcome to the club of the "what ifs?".   I think I am a founding member and have gone round and round on the circle of worrying. 

When you find yourself wondering, "What if..." Stop! Take a deep breath; breathe in through the nose, hold the air in your lungs for a count of four, then slowly let the air out through the mouth. While you are doing this, consider the possibility that you are being unrealistic.  Focus on positive or neutral outcomes. This is one thing that works well for me.

Please know I am here and that I care.

Kindly,

Kitt


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49ibs
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt for your kind words!!! I will give it a try. Just curious I you ever heard of Bentyl having side effects that are similar to angina symptoms? I have been taking the Bentyl for about 2 months it really helps with the IBS pain but the side effects really stink!

stkitt
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   Posted 11/9/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,
 
The most common  side effects I found for Bentyl included but were not limited to blurred vision; constipation; decreased sweating; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; lightheadedness; loss of taste; nausea; nervousness.
 
Tightness in the chest was listed as a severe reaction so you may want to ask your Dr. about the Bentyl just to make sure it is a good drug for you and safe.
 
I wish you peace,
Kitt
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dancinheart
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   Posted 11/11/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
redface  Kitt the breathing technique u told ibs to use I have been using for quite awhile but the meditative anti" What If "reality grounding technique u spoke of is a great idea. Thanks for the tip.  Glad I found u on this sight.
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