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Catrena R
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   Posted 9/10/2012 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You may have seen my post in chronic pain, but I thought it might be worth a shot to post in here.

In December of 2011, I had the typical symptoms of congestive heart failure. Extreme swelling in my legs and feet to the point of not being able to walk. I had multiple pleural effusions on my lungs. They told me my heart was producing a t word that I cannot remember and I needed to take aspirin. I was given an echo, an EKG, chest x-ray, the works. I spent 48 hours in the hospital and was told I did not have any damage, as in cardiomyopathy. I was put on lasix and lisinapril - not sure how to spell that - and I lost 8 pounds in the 48 hours I was there. After I went home, I had a variety of symptoms. I was blacking out constantly, heart palpitations, dizziness. The symptoms became easier to manage after awhile.
I was switched to atenalol and taken off the lasix.
Fast forward to about 2 months ago. I had center chest pain, and breathing problems. I went to the ER because it was 1 am and I thought I was having heart failure again. They said I had bronchitis. I had no cough. I was given antibiotics. A week and a half later, no change, I went back to my doctor. He gave me another antibiotic, a steroid and an inhaler (advair). I actually got worse. A couple of weeks later, I went back and complained about the chest pain/breathing problems again, they put me on another antibiotic. When that one caused problems with nerve twitching, I was put on a different antibiotic.
Obviously there is no change. I have been to the ER a couple of times for this. I have had a CT scan, multiple chest x-rays, my blood work is normal. My oxygen level is 100%.
The chest pain is right down the center, and it feels like a dull ache. You know that feeling in your back when it needs to pop? It's like, pressure? It feels like that in my chest.
My breathing problems are horrible. It feels heavy in my chest, and like someone is sitting on my chest. I have to work to get a full breath.

Does this sound anything like a heart problem?
I have considered angina, and I also saw that some of my symptoms match up with cardiomyopathy. I have been to multiple doctors, and they have no idea what is wrong with me.

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   Posted 9/10/2012 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds a little bit like anxiety attack. They can feel like a heart attack. Check anxiety forum and see if that is what it sounds like there.

Best wishes in figuring out what is going on.

Hugs, Karen...
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Catrena R
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   Posted 9/10/2012 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
It isn't anxiety, I have had this constant pain in my chest along with breathing problems for two months. When I say constant, I mean all the time. I have had not had even 1 minute of pain free time in two months. I have anxiety disorder and it is controlled with medication. I am very familiar with my anxiety, and have a very good handle on my condition. This is not anxiety.
Someone else suggested that this is costochondritis. My chest is uneven when I lay flat on my back. The left side of my chest is higher, and the left side of my rib cage sits higher than the right. It wasn't like this before, so I am going to assume it has something to do with that. Seeing as how I had congestive heart failure 9 months ago, and I have high blood pressure, there is a chance that this is my heart.

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   Posted 9/11/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so surprised doctors arent pursuing this. Have you had a heart cath? I wish I could be of some help. I would suggest looking into a healthy diet, not that it tastes good but it might keep us alive a little longer. Theres lots of caring folks in these forums.

EDIT: I am reminded to put in that I have had anxiety probs in my past, and I have heart disease also. And a few other maladies. Anxiety of course does strange things to us in the long term, such as heart palpitations which I also have. I am on a beta blocker and feel much better for that and for slowing down my otherwise rapid beating heart and pulse rate prior to. I will say that I used to handle stress and anger but in the last 6 months I have to be very careful about that. Ive had 2 angina attacks stress related.

Post Edited (greetingz) : 9/11/2012 3:56:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/3/2014 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I to am having the same problems right now. Kind of feels like when you swallow air when you took a drink of something. I was in a wreck 2 weeks ago and have a fractured rib. But not once did the er dr do a cbc to check for blood clots, and that worries me.

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   Posted 6/24/2014 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to get some input from others people, I am 52 have  been having cp on and off for several weeks , normal ekg, and nuclear stress test. I do have GERD, and fam hx of heart disease. Otherwise very healthy, just don't know if need to persue with heart cath , I have taken nitro when I have cp and it does help.. So that make me a little more concerned... Just wanted to get so outside input
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