sharp stabbing pains in left chest

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   Posted 3/22/2011 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I am usually on the lyme board as I have lyme and co-infections.  I know lyme can cause heart problems.  I am being treated and have had many symptoms but have been feeling better recently.  I therefore started back on the treadmill, just walking.  Last night, 20 minutes after walking on treadmill for 20 minutes I got severe stabbing pains in left chest which got worse when taking a breath.  I have had this a couple times before but never to this extent.  Everything I am reading says if it was my heart it would have spread to arm, back, jaw, etc.  I was having heart palps all day but that is common for me. 
Can anyone tell me if they have ever had this kind of heart pain.  The one thing that worries me is that it came on after the treadmill. Thanks for any help you can give. 

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   Posted 3/22/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
To  be on the safe side, I would contact your Dr.

The classic symptom is a crushing left sided or mid-sternal chest pain which may be triggered or exacerbated by exertion, but it may also occur at rest. The pain may be localized or it may radiate to the left arm, elbow, the back, the jaw or ear lobes.

However, the symptoms may be more atypical and present as shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, or just isolated arm, jaw, or back pain. There may also be anxiety, nervousness or feeling of impending doom.

A first chest pain should never be ignored. In general if a chest pain is aggravated by a change in body position such as twisting or turning or by pushing on it then it may indicate a muscular source for the pain.

 There are some heart attacks that go entirely unnoticed.

Undiagnosed, or "silent," heart attacks affect nearly 200,000 people in the United States annually. As many as 40 to 60 percent of all heart attacks are unrecognized, studies show.

Big breath and call your Dr. for further instructions.


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