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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 8/17/2014 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Katie, im am 24 years of age and have been experiencing chest tightness and numbing of the left arm for a few months now. I did go to the doctors and was reassured that everything was ok, that my blood pressure was normal and my heart rate was too, they gave me some gell to rub on the effected area, but had very little effect.
The syptoms still persist and i am getting increasingly worried. I am going to book an appiontment for hospital to try and get down to the bottom of it, but do you have any advice to try and relax me as i am offten reduced to tears i am that frightened cry

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Date Joined May 2014
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 8/17/2014 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome,

if your doctor listened to your heart and examined you and was reassured that everything was ok, then maybe you might want to ask him why you are feeling the chest tightness. and maybe for a mild anti anxiety agent. if he/she does not - then I would perhaps check out a cardiologist. you might have a pinched nerve, or something.
at 24, you are very young, and try not to worry. this is a good forum, many wise people here with experience and dedication. best to you. :-)

Miss spice bomb
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 8/17/2014 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katie!
Sorry your not feeling too good at the moment,
Has your doctor ordered an ECG?
If not get one!
They can tell a lot from a tracing of your heart!
It will probably put your mind at rest!
Maybe the chest tightness is gastric in nature? My hubby has gastric problems that can mimic heart pains! And I say this because he had a heart attack at age 26 ( he is 37 now) and his heart attack symptoms were very severe chest pain and very painful achy arms, there was not any numbness as your describing, so try not to worry too much!
Maybe your anxiety is causing you to feel pains as I speak from personal experience!
My anxiety can cause an array of symptoms!
If your really concerned get yourself checked out as i said certain tests can put your mind at rest!
Sorry i cant be much help! But I'm sure you will be just fine!! xx

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 8/17/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry Katie, hope things are improving. I would be more concerned if this was an acute problem that intensified quickly. The fact that it's happening over an extended period of time would make me wonder if something else was going on that isn't cardiac related. Maybe muscular or nerve related combined with diet or possibly the gallbladder?

Always good to get checked out, if for nothing else piece of mind is worth a lot. Best of luck!

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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 8/18/2014 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much everyone for your support, i will try the doctors again before going to hospital and ask for an ECG like you suggested, i will keep you posted, thank you again xx
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