Do i have unstable angina?

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LanceStone
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   Posted 2/25/2014 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I am 26yr old male who has been fairly lazy these past couple months, mixed in with terrible eating on a daily basis. I started having pressure on my chest and shortness of breath last Thursday. I decided to go to the ER, where they ran an EKG, Chest X-ray and drew blood. The doctors in the ER and my M.D both said i had a perfectly healthy heart. They diagnosed me with GERD, which my mother has too. 5 days later and the pain has subsided a little, but it still comes and goes. I also have random pain in my jaw, back, shoulder, stomach, and numbness in my face arms, shoulder. When i start moving around and walking, i feel better, but when I'm at rest i feel the pressure on my chest. I ended up visting the ER again a few days later, and they ran some more tests, and ended up telling me my heart was perfectly healthy again. I looked up symptoms for unstable angina and i match all of them, except sweating/vomitting. When i try to do any type of exercise the pain seems to completely go away, or subside. My question is, am i too young to have this disease? Do you think i have this disease or do you think it's something else(maybe an infection or nerve damage)


Btw i grew up eating very healthy, and have had a tendency to binge eat. I've eaten cookies and ice cream every day for months before.


My symptoms that match unstable angina. Again the only two that didn't match are the ones i didn't post which was vomitting/sweating

Chest pain or pressure
Dyspnea
Dizziness or sudden weakness
Fatigue
Pain or pressure in the back, neck, jaw, abdomen, or shoulders or arms
Symptoms that occur at rest; become suddenly more frequent, severe, or prolonged; are a change from the usual pattern of angina; and do not respond to rest or nitroglycerin

Post Edited (LanceStone) : 2/25/2014 3:05:30 PM (GMT-7)


JungRulz
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   Posted 2/25/2014 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
No one here can answer this question. The only angina I'm aware of at rest is Prinzmetal's Variant Angina. Looking up unstable angina, I see that it also manifests at rest.

Frankly, it's unlikely that it's angina. I trust you expressed your concerns to the ER Doctors? If you have concerns, consulting a cardiologist may be a good idea. After that, with the broad range of symptoms, consult your family physician or a good internist.

Let us know how it works out. Don't fret needlessly, I've been through so many things in life that I thought very serious that weren't.

LanceStone
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   Posted 2/25/2014 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
JungRulz said...
No one here can answer this question. The only angina I'm aware of at rest is Prinzmetal's Variant Angina. Looking up unstable angina, I see that it also manifests at rest.

Frankly, it's unlikely that it's angina. I trust you expressed your concerns to the ER Doctors? If you have concerns, consulting a cardiologist may be a good idea. After that, with the broad range of symptoms, consult your family physician or a good internist.

Let us know how it works out. Don't fret needlessly, I've been through so many things in life that I thought very serious that weren't.


Exactly! The pressure is the worst when I'm sitting down. Not really when I'm laying down, but sometimes I'll get sharp pains in certain parts of my chest.

The ER doctor said he tested for it with the EKG, and said my heart was perfectly healthy, along with my family doctor. But why am i still having all these symptoms? And shortness of breath is not related to GERD, nor is pains in all those places(back,jaw,arm,shoulder) And I'm not one to have anxiety, so i ruled that out. What makes you so sure it's not unstable angina? My age? I've ate pretty unhealthy my entire life :\ ... Though the last 5-7 years i have been staying active mostly in the gym ext... It's been 5 days btw that I've had these symptoms, and does GERD last that long?

JungRulz
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   Posted 2/25/2014 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
One question. Is it shortness of breath or labored breathing? Labored breathing and GERD may be related. The esophagus passes through the diaphragm, inflammation of the esophagus or a hiatal hernia may cause issues for the diaphragm.

I had labored breathing for a few months, I suspect tension, as I can feel my diaphragm in a knot. But it had a component of shortness of breath to it, while walking and talking, I went to my cardiologist, did a stress echo, all was well. A few weeks later it finally went away.

LanceStone
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   Posted 2/26/2014 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
JungRulz said...
One question. Is it shortness of breath or labored breathing? Labored breathing and GERD may be related. The esophagus passes through the diaphragm, inflammation of the esophagus or a hiatal hernia may cause issues for the diaphragm.

I had labored breathing for a few months, I suspect tension, as I can feel my diaphragm in a knot. But it had a component of shortness of breath to it, while walking and talking, I went to my cardiologist, did a stress echo, all was well. A few weeks later it finally went away.


What is labored breathing exactly? My shortness of breath tends to come on when I'm sitting down in a chair, and goes away when i start moving around. I also noticed when i tend to move my arms together like I'm going to give someone a hug, i notice some strange pressure in my upper chest

LanceStone
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   Posted 2/26/2014 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
It is day 7 and i still have the pressure come and go in my chest. It seems more consistent today though. Also the left side of my face feels numb/tingly like it did a few days ago.

stkitt
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   Posted 2/26/2014 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Lance,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  If you are still having problems perhaps you need the opinion of a GI specialist if what you have is GERD or a Cardiologist if you are still concerned it is heart related.
 
Anxiety can cause many symptoms too.  If your heart is in good health and everything checks out, it's extremely rare to have any heart condition. While chest pains associated with anxiety attacks can occur at any age, they're more common at ages when coronary disease is rare, between the ages of 20 and 40.
 

Any advice that is given here is given by lay people based on their experiences in dealing with the same situations and based on their research. HW should never take the place of a medical professional, therefore, I would encourage you to seek out the care of a professional.

The ER is not meant to be used for your primary care as they deal in acute care and only investigate the complaint you present with.

I wish you well,

Kitt


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LanceStone
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   Posted 2/26/2014 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt said...
Lance,
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. If you are still having problems perhaps you need the opinion of a GI specialist if what you have is GERD or a Cardiologist if you are still concerned it is heart related.

Anxiety can cause many symptoms too. <span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'> If your heart is in good health and everything
checks out, it's extremely rare to have any heart condition. While chest pains
associated with anxiety attacks can occur at any age, they're more common at
ages when coronary disease is rare, between the ages of 20 and 40.
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<span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";'>Any
advice that is given here is given by lay people based on their experiences in
dealing with the same situations and based on their research. HW should never take the place of a medical professional, therefore, I would encourage you to seek out the care of a professional.
<span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";'>The ER is not meant to be used for your primary care as they deal in acute care and only investigate the complaint you present with.
<span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";'>I wish you well,
<span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";'>Kitt


EDIT::: Is coronary artery disease rare for someone my age, even if I've eaten terrible for a good amount of my life?

Thanks for the response, as i said before I'm not one to have anxiety, and does anxiety cause pressure on the chest? Also, does it cause other symptoms that I've mentioned back pain/pain above left shoulder/ random pain in my jaw, numbness tingling, and dizziness sometimes when i stand up and start walking.

JungRulz
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   Posted 2/26/2014 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Labored breathing, just difficulty taking breaths. Mine seems to come from tension, it feels like the diaphragm knots, it's had to breath. Shortness of breath would mean the sensation of not having a sufficient amount of oxygen, as if you held your breath for too long, the feeling you get until you again get enough oxygen. My recent visit to the cardiologist was during a period, for me, of labored breathing, which I'm used to, but was accompanied by shortness of breath while walking fast and trying to talk. Testing was good though. Eventually the labored breathing subsided as well.

LanceStone
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   Posted 2/27/2014 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Guys....?

IanW
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   Posted 1/24/2015 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LanceStone. Almost a year since you had your symptoms. Did you find out what the problem was?
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