14 year old, heart help please.

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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/25/2012 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
So uh, hello everyone.

I'm a 14 year old male with a couple questions about heart attacks and how they feel. But first, a little about me.

I'm skinny and tall (about 120-130 pounds and almost 6 feet tall)
I don't get a ton of exercise. (I'm a gamer type, but I still do try to get some exercise everyday)
I eat very very healthy (No outside food, cook everything at home. No sugar/allergic stuff).
I do have POTS (Pretty much it's where my pulse races and I lose blood pressure when I go from laying down or sitting to standing up, it's caused by rapid growth)
I have had an EKG recently ( I was in the hospital about 3-6 months ago due to my POTS issue, to which they did an EKG and said everything was perfect)
Have a panic disorder that makes me feel very nervous.

Anyway, enough of that.

Pretty much, I've been having a couple issues with my body that I really need some help with, or at least advice.

I sometimes get a achy chest/left arm that comes and goes (as in it will go away for 3 or so minutes, come back for a little bit, then disappear and repeat). This pain can be in different places in my chest, but it always hurts the same. It's just a very dull ache. In fact, I currently have it near my left ribcage area.

Now, normally I wouldn't be worried at all over this, as the pain is almost nothing. That was before I searched my symptoms online and read that every and all chest pain should be taken to the emergency room. Now, as I do have a panic disorder, this makes the pain much worse and makes me feel worse. This pain does not go away with rest. I do know sometimes this pain is gas, as I burp and it feels better, but I'm not sure this is always the issue.

I've asked my mom about this (shes a nurse) and she says that me having a heart attack is just so rare, there's almost no chance. It still scares the heck out of me though, because I don't want to have my heart stop while I'm laying in bed.

I've had this pain a lot recently, as my panic has gotten much worse. I have it maybe 20 times a month? Is there any chance I could have a heart attack that much?

I'm sorry about bothering you guys with this, I'm just not sure what to do. It really scares me.

Also, during this whole pain thing, I don't have any other symptoms of a heart attack. No sweating, no vomiting, no nothing. I just don't see how gas could cause pain in my arm, though?

Thank you guys for help.

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   Posted 12/28/2012 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell,
I know it can be scary when we feel something may be wrong with our heart.  I would kindly suggest that you revisit the problem with your Mom as she is a nurse and be sure to let her know how concerned you are.  If you feel you would like to be seen by a Dr. ask your Mom how she feels about this ?
Knowing you have POTS I am sure you would like the reassurance of a Dr. and I suspect your Mom would go along with that if she knows how concerned you are.
Be well and know we care.
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   Posted 3/4/2013 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Skyblue,
My  first child had the pain in her legs when she was around 10 yrs. old.  Someday it came and went; someday it stayed there for the whole day.  I took her to see her  doctor and she suspected that my daughter had the growing pain.  Come out it was true.  it lasted for about 3 years and when the pain botherd her so much, I let her take some tylenol or motrin.
My second child had the pain around the chest area when he was about 12 yrs old.  The pain was moving around, not staying in just one spot.  We were scared.  Because nobody wanted to mess around with the heart,  I took him to see Pediatric Cardiologist.  After examing him, he told me that my son had the growing pain and recommended my son taking tylenol or motrin when it bothering. It lasted about 2 years and now the pain is totally gone.  He is very healthy now.
My youngest son, 12 yrs. old,  had the pain in his chest 2 months ago.  This time the pain've lingered longer, 2-3 days.  I took him to see his doctor.  Growing pain.  Now the pain has gone and has not come back.  But if it come back, I will not be worry because I know its name.
You should ask your mom to take you to see a doctor, at least for the sake of your mind.  I hope your problem  just the same as my children's.  One more thing, my children do not play game. They enjoy outside very much and it helps relaxing their mind. You should go outdoor to enjoy the bluesky; it will lessen your  panic.
Go see your doctor and let us know how you 're doing.  Good luck!
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