I am in a rather common situation here. I am eighteen and I have been having chest pain since I was 16. The chest pain only comes after exercise and with EXTREME, and I mean extreme, stress. The pain is a dull ache in the center and left regions of my chest. No matter what test is preformed on me, it comes back normal. I have spoken with a pediatrician about
this, back when it started and I was still seeing a pediatrician, and a PCP. They both had me run the gambit when it comes to cardiac tests and it came back normal. I spoke with a pediatric cardiologist with Children's Hospital of California and he told me that everything was normal. The only issue that has ever been found is a bicuspid aortic valve, which is not causing any issues with my heart. I have been told time and time again that my problem is nothing more than anxiety. Well, I am going to try an anti-anxiety medication and I really am hoping that it helps. However, I don't get why anxiety would cause pain when I exercised. This problem has been progressing to the point that I can no longer climb a flight of stairs, walk for more than maybe 30 minutes, or run for more than 5 minutes without feeling intense pain, feeling like I am going to faint, and huffing and puffing for air. I have been told that it might be asthma, but I have tried an albuterol inhaler multiple times with no success. I have hypertension that is controlled through the use of lisinopril and atenolol. I have a bicuspid aortic valve. I have a BMI of 31.5. I am overweight by about
30 pounds. I rarely eat healthy foods. I rarely exercise. I have undergone multiple echocardiograms, multiple stress tests, a stress echo, and multiple EKGs. None of these have ever come back abnormal. I have been denied both a nuclear stress test and a cardiac cath based mainly on my age and the fact that all other tests have come back normal. I have been denied a chance to speak with a cardiologist by my PCP because she feels that my entire problem is anxiety based and that no matter how many people I speak with I will never be at rest. I just feel like I am at a loss here and I was hoping that someone might be able to help me. I recognize that it is wildly unlikely that I would have any kind of heart disease at my age, but I really don't know what else to think. Thank you all for your time.
Post Edited (ACerulean) : 2/23/2013 6:05:23 PM (GMT-7)