Constant chest pain

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 11/30/2012 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am an 18 year old male with severe chest pain on the left side that radiates to my left upper back and pain in my left side of neck, arm and jaw. With any type of physical activity the pain gets worst then I start to experience shortness of breath and light-headedness. also I have heart palpitations. about a year ago I took these pills for about a month an a half and then I smoked a joint with my friend. I was rushed into the hospital and they told me i was fine. ever since that incident this pain started from doing vigorous activity then slowly got worse and here i am a year later. I also believe i got heart disease because i took these pills called Vimovo and they gave me extreme amount of chest pain and I read online do not take these pills if you have heart disease. I also got many ECGs done, ECHO and a holter moniter and they say everything is normal.
i need help! first i want ur opinon then i need your help on how i can convince my doctor to get me an ct angiogram because i am positive i have an underline heart condition that is not being picked up. and if the ct angiogram is negative then ill know these doctors are right and if it is positive they can handle it from there and i can tell everyone im not crazy.

also i had a blood test while i was experience those extreme chest pains from vimovo, i do not know what the blood test was about but they said i had a high amount of white blood cells. but they did not seem concerened about my heart. please help me out here.

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/1/2012 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Any chest pain lasting more than a few minutes is considered an emergency and should be evaluated by the ER (or doctor's office).

In terms of outpatient care for stable patients, there is a protocol that is followed for evaluating chest pain--based on symptoms, exams, chest x-ray, initial EKG and ultrasound of the heart. From there, the plan is made for other testing--cardiac or otherwise. I am being worked up for chest pressure and PVCs and it is not a straight line to an angiogram. I've spent about one month getting an echo, stress test, blood work and holter monitor.
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