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   Posted 8/3/2013 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm Andy, I'm 34 tall and slender build and I've been having some very strange symptoms.

Please forgive if you have read this post elsewhere, I am trying to get to the bottom of my issues and as a result will need to post this in a couple of places.

My symptoms include some heart palpitations and extra heart beats which my doctor has identified as ecotopic heart beats (Extra beats). I also get sharp pains around the chest area. This includes the centre of the chest and slightly to the left towards my shoulder. Pain under both sides of my ribs though not very often together. I get sharp pains down my left arm though it seems to move around somewhat. I can often feel it in my middle finger forearm, under my armpit and into my shoulder, often behind my left shoulder pain. I also find pain in the middle and lower parts of my back.

I was also diagnosed with a small Hiatus/hiatal Hernia. I get allsorts of stomach pain ranging from heart burn to sharp pains in and around the stomach both left and rights side of my lower intestins. Sometimes the pain is so sharp it can double me over. The pain sometimes runs into the centre of my stomach.

I also find I sometimes get quite dizzy and feel somewhat panic. I don't really have a full panic attack. Just a general feeling of being really unwell and discomfort. This lasts for hours. Not the normal ten or twenty minutes that you might expect from a panic attack. I also find I feel this way before a bowl movement.

I feel bloated after most of my meals. I have frequent visits to the toilet but don't often pass much. After a few days of this I tend to pass quite a lot on each visit throughout the day. Visits can be up to five times in one day.

I sometimes get a dull pain in my lower left jaw and sometimes a feeling of strain in my right arm though not often. I have noticed a feeling of general fatigue most of the time. I eat well and excersise often. Infact I consider myself quite fit. I do a lot of cycling and a bit of swimming, and spend some time stretching.

Naturally as you might imagine I have had many visits to my doctor. I've had blood work done on my heart and many ECGs (EKG) which all comeback normal apart from the extra beat which my doctor spotted when he was checking my heart rate. I have a low resting heart rate, which is in the mid forties. I am told it's because I am fit.

All this has had me at a loss. I am an educated guy and have conducted a great deal of research. I have an open mind and try not to get carried away. The doctor suggested it could be anxiety. I strongly disagree as I have nothing to be worried about. Apart from my symptoms that is. All this is really getting in the way of my life. The other day I was in the band and began to feel faint. No reason, I was not upset or tired and my diet is good.

I start a professional teacher training course in September. I need to try and get some answers. If anyone has any thoughts. Please get in touch. I live in the UK and the doctors round here are not great. I need to figure this out somehow.

Many thanks for reading this. Sorry for the spelling.

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   Posted 8/3/2013 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am sorry to read of your many issues and I am sure this is not a pleasant time for you.  After reading the many physical problems you are having I would suspect you have a lot more stress and anxiety than you are aware of.
It is good to know that you have been checked out for any cardiac problems but am wondering if you have seen a GI specialist to consider problems with your stomach - GERD, Gall Bladder and just a all around work-up for any intestinal disorders.
I do not know of many people with as many physical problems as you that would not feel anxious. People who are dx with physical disorders/disease often develop generalized anxiety from worrying about their health.
Anxiety can also cause physical sx which makes it hard for the Drs. to determine what is going on.

No list is all inclusive, but here are the common anxiety symptoms as they are often described.

Variations in heart activity: faster, slower, skipping, louder

Feeling light headed and/or dizzy

Labored and impaired breathing

Pain and/or heaviness in the chest

Numbness and/or tingling in the toes, fingers, and scalp



Feeling weak

Urge to run

Bodily trembling

Voice cracking or trembling

Various pains: back pain, headache

Stomach upset

Urge to urinate or have a bowel movement

Feeling "hyper"

Feelings of head expansion or contraction

Visual disturbances

about now you are thinking but all of these sx could also be caused by physical problems and you are right.

Keep on seeing your Dr. or look for second opinion to sort out what is going on.

Coming here and sharing with us is always a good thing so keep us posted on how you are doing.



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