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Xavier Flatbush
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/21/2014 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hi I'm a 40yo male, 6'2" 270lbs. For about the past month I have been experiencing slight pains in my chest, left shoulder/forearm, left armpit, left back shoulder blade, and up the left side of base of neck (seems to be most prevalent of pains). The pain is more of a nuisance than anything, it;s not severe at all, and doesn't last long, just a dull, localized ache-but very scary. I also have had sporadic palpitations.

I do suffer from panic/anxiety, so that doesn't help at all.

Just this past weekend I was placed on BP meds (forgot name), and cholesterol meds (Zocor 40mg). BP is actually normal lately, resting pulse rate is usually around 75. BP was normal at Doctor visit too.

good news is, I have been eating better, dropped about 20lbs in last six months. My bad cholesterol was around 250, it was over 300 about a year ago. However I have never had these type of pains.

This weekend I had normal EKG, I am scheduled for an echocardiogram (chest/carotid) next weekend.

last year I had an echo, and chest x-ray, all which came back normal. about 3 years ago i did a treadmill test, normal as well.

long story short, if possible now :) I am very worried, I have my 3rd baby on the way, and just scared. I'm committed to staying on meds, which I had strayed from in past, and just having a healthier lifestyle. Very scared of possible surgery. Wondering if that is usually the case for such a diagnosis, or will lifestyle/meds do the trick.

I look forward to any words of advice. good luck to all out there.


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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 5/22/2014 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are pursuing this, have spoken to your doctor, and had some testing, yet nothing significant was discovered, you have reason to be reassured. It seems to me that your doctor would accelerate testing if he/she was convinced your pains were cardiac in nature, such as admitting you to the hospital for continuous monitoring and tests. Doctors will do tests to rule-out problems, where they think it unlikely that a specific disorder is causing the symptoms, but just to be safe, they do the tests. You haven't been given a diagnosis as of yet, so I think your worrying a little bit early. Specific concerns should be expressed to your doctor though.
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