Chest discomfort, normal test results

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tanns
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   Posted 6/12/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I am not sure where to begin but I have read so much on this site and the support is amazing.

A year and a half ago I had a panic attack out of the blue. I did not know that it was a panic attack (actually multiple ones) and thought I was having a heart attack. I had numerous tests done over the next year. I saw 3 cardiologists in my town and 1 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. I have had the full run of tests over the past 19 months, all with normal results. I have had numerous EKG's, 3 echos, 2 holters, 2 event monitors, stress test, nuclear stress test, CT-Angiogram and a stress-MRI. Probably something else I've left out. I have to say this, I'm not an anxious person and have never had any history with panic, anxiety or uncontrollable stress.

I continue to have daily chest discomfort. I didn't do too much searching online at first but when I started to look I found that I have so many symptoms listed under womens symptoms of heart disease. I have horrible, severe heartburn (yes, I've seen a GI doc (2), nausea and gi problems (usually after chest discomfort starts), I have what I call unexplained anxiety (although these symptoms and no diagnosis could be causing that), my neck gets sore from my chest up through my neck and into my jaw and teeth (only on the left side, of course). Right now I am convinced I am in the middle or beginning of a heart attack which is ridiculous considering the tests I've had. Tonight is the worse I've felt in a long time. My family has been pretty supportive but is not phased by my chest weirdness much anymore.

Is it possible to have heart disease even after being checked out so thoroughly? Can someone show signs and symptoms of disease but yet have it undetectable till later? In all honesty, not one of the cardiologist has seemed to take me seriously. Even the Mayo doc, who was great for the most part, asked me about my stresses before he examined me. I thought that was odd.

I don't want to make this horribly long and start rambling but I'm pretty freaked out about now. I am 35 and have a history of heart disease in my family although my parents are fine.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions or stories that are similar?

Thank you much.

oakley
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   Posted 6/12/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
are you there, hun?   I a
m oakley...come to the chat room
...just click on chat and go from there...

tanns
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   Posted 6/12/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried, I keep getting logged out. I think.

oakley
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Tanns, do you need to talk?
I was on chat
come back..i want to help, I am a 44 year old female who had panic attacks ...I know how you feel notgetting answers...God loves you, Oakley

oakley
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell me about you?

oakley
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Just keep trying to get on chat ..you should not be getting logged out like that. Peace and love , Oakley

oakley
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   Posted 6/12/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   

oakley
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   Posted 6/13/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Tanns.......Let me know how you are doing. I am sorry we had trouble   
connecting there last night. Please let me know.God bless, Oak

tanns
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   Posted 6/13/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oakley,

Thanks for checking in on me. I made an appointment with my cardiologist today and they did and EKG and he said it looked great. He also went over my CT-Angiogram again and said it was fine too. He has NO explaination for the chest discomfort and really can't do anything else for me. He did, however, give me a number of a doc who is an internal med MD and also a naturpath. He said it can't hurt to give it a try! So, that's where I am.

I still have the chest discomfort and the pulling sensation in my neck and jaw. Still is scaring the heck out of me but I keep saying, "it's not your heart, it's not your heart"!

Thank you so much for checking in. I really appreciate it.

oakley
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   Posted 6/13/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so welcome.I am so relieved to hear from you. I really do put my heart into compassion and I want you to know I am there for you. The wonderful friends I have made on this site make all the difference in my days being good now. Please stay in touch. E-mail me. If you have yahoo or msn let me know. We can chat there too. It usually helps to talk to someone about what is on our minds. I had such similar symptoms, I would like to share with you how it has all turned out. In Christ's love.....Annie Oakley

kerryann060
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   Posted 6/14/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer with the exact same thing but now i seem to be getting the pains in the left breast an in the top of my left leg, my arms and my back at times.......... they are dull sharp shooting pains and the heart palputations are regular too not sure whether to go back to t hospital again for the 4th time or do i just live with it.................:(

oakley
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   Posted 6/14/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   

hi Kerry !

How are you right now ? I am a little concerned about your symptoms because of the shooting pain...How old are you ? Have you been to the doc with all these symptoms? Let me know. Please. My email address is above and we can chat on yahoo or msn too, and the chats here. You let me know. I am a 44 year old mother of two who really does care about you. God bless, Annie 


kerryann060
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   Posted 6/14/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again i am 27 yrs old and yes i went to ma docs loads of times with the pains an he said its down to anxiety i have been to the hospital numerous times and ad ECG's, blood tests etc and they say my heart is fine so am just wondering if it anxiety as these pains only seem to happen at nite wen am at home on my own my msn address is angelfromheaven06@hotmail.co.uk ..........the pain in my leg is like growing pains i have recently started doing more exercise and eating healthier could i be overdoing it or shall i go back to see my GP i just dont want to be turned away again with them sayin its anxiety...........................:)

oakley
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   Posted 6/15/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Tanns...how are you
 ???? Posta quick message here to let me know. Look forward to hearing from you. God bless, annie

tanns
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   Posted 6/15/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing okay. Thank you. I am having a really, really hard time accepting that these really physical chest pains and weirdness are not cardiac related. They symptoms are so classic for it. They are really interfering with my life and my family. I should, I guess, be on the anxiety forum!!

Thank you for checking in on me!

oakley
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   Posted 6/15/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hello, dear ...
I understand your frustrations...I went through the same thing , so sure I was having a heart  attack and three months later...a stroke. Neither has happened...thank God. I hope you join us on the chat room again. Anxiety is quite often where we gather...but just look at the list for where people are and click on that room. If you would like to Email or talk on msn or yahoo , let me know. I know we can help each other, trust me I have reached out here on Healing well and found compasion and love. I have a list of friends now here that I count my blessings for. Write back..good to hear from you. Have I told you that I am a 44 year old mother of two from South Dakota ?? How about you ? TTYL, Annie

tanns
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   Posted 6/16/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having these chest issues for going on two years (november). I am quickly realizing that either they are getting worse or I am getting more paranoid OR both! I don't feel any better today than I did yesterday, two months ago or last year. Every day I am feeling some sort of discomfort and paranoia. I was completely normal Nov 21 '05 then BAM Nov 22 it all started and has gone downhill from there. I don't feel normal anymore but I feel normal. If that makes sense. I feel like I'm not describing something accurately enough and that is why my diagnosis hasn't been pegged.

I'm 35 with two little ones and we live in Florida. We've visited South Dakota a few times (actually drove through it) going to Washington State. We always stop at Badlands and Rushmore and do a hike or two!

Thanks for listening!

oakley
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   Posted 6/17/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
The very next time you plan travel thru here I want a phone call. We will go have lunch !! I want to ask you if you have tried any other ideas not related to your heart. sometimes , the less obvious, finally make sense. I was dealing with very uncomfortable chest pain , also. All the heart tests , and lung tests came back normal, thank you Jesus. Bit , I still felt this feeling....In the ER they told me I surely have Gerd...I thought, ok, fix it ! I am on Nexium now , one a day. Super good medicine, no side effects for me. I beleive it is helping. My Chiropractor is the Doctor who taught me the most about Gerd, can you believe that ???He si such a wise man. Gerd can cause symptoms very much like a heart attack. Next, I asked this Doctor, the Chiropractor again if he thought I might have asthma ? I smoked for 26 years, quit on March 3rd, because I was at the ER , thinking I was having the BIG one. Hence, all the tests. I was there for three days. Got LOTS odf REST, which I needed but my heart and lungs are fine, Amen ! Back to the Chiro Doc and asthma. He checked my lungs by listeneing and said, NO, you have bronchio...something or other. I need to find the paper I wrote it on, then I will let you know. He suggested singulair though to open up my lungs to their full capacity. I am on that and zyrtec , with no side effects, as well. The reat of my chest discomfort is still a mystery, though I know I need to lose about 20 pounds, take pressure off my diaphram. i ma not fat but it all goes to my tummy.... I also need to exercise......some people say the F word is bad...I say that about the E ____Word, LOL. The only other problem I have causing chest discomfort is anxiety, and I know all about that. I used to have panic attacks ...BIg ones. I get anxious at times because I have been thru alot in life and it hurts sometimes to remember. I do deep beathing and avoid situations that really make me uncomfortable .....we are supposed to do that....God does not want us to suffer needlessly and I believe putting your self or myself in situations that we don't like , does just that...and others need to undertsand ! i also have a Huge support systen in place to handle any stress with.......I go to Him... I call for Him....I reach out to Him ..and I sit quietly with Him and say....... Jesus, take the fear out of my heart........God bless........................Write back soon......And remember we can Email or talk on msn or yahoo, too. In Christs love..everyone is someone , Annie

CNSKris
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   Posted 6/18/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it possible that it could be something to do with your nervous system? That causes shooting pains and it can mess with the your heart rate. Having angina can cause you to panic a little. but usually if it is a panic attack the anxiety would precede the angina. GERD can also cause some wicked symptoms (my throat and mouth burned out once). I would get that checked first. Second, if you have an array of neurological symptoms it is possible to have the CNS version of Lupus and it can cause neurological and muscular problems with the heart. They can't really see that and it is hard to catch on the monitors becuase it comes and goes. My heart gets so bad I would swear the EKG would pick it up but doesn't. The doctor will hear it though.

Don't know if you are a single parent like me, but for 8 years they drilled it in my head it was just stress and it must be anxiety because I was single. Never understood that, but that is what they thought. However, it wasn't the cause. You know you. If you are generally calm and can handle stress you know it. If not, you would know that too. Chances are they haven't found the cause. My guess is it isn't too severe, but the getting worse doesn't sound good. My thoughts are to check out the GERD to see if that is the cause and if not, ask for suggestions on some other non-cardiac causes and/or get a heart catherization done. Personally, I think you would know if you had anxiety. Just like I knew I didn't have depression or somatization.

I'm pretty sure when young women come in with heart symptoms, they think we are nuts. I'm just about 38 and they still blow me off with heart issues. Somehow I am too young for those problems. Not so, I'm afraid I had pericarditis, mitral valve prolapse/regurgitation and now an enlarged heart. Just no heart attack yet thank goodness. But you know when something is not right in your body. It may or may not be your heart. Perhaps something near your heart causing it. I have had muscle spasms and costochondritis that also felt like a heart attack, just without the pulse and systolic problems. I hope you find relief soon. Thankfully, they did do an extensive check on you.
  Best wishes,
 
  Kristin
 
  Dx:  Lupus CNS 11/2005; Current - kidney disease, enlarged heart, MVP/regurgitation, dementia/Alheimer's (improving); GERD; blood clots in eyes/vision loss, narcolepsy, rheumatic arthritis and arthralgia, IBS, ovarian cysts, raynauds, EBV/CFS, mild inflammation of liver and spleen. Rx:  Atenolol, Aricept, Flexeril, Motrin, just off Provigil 
Previous 1996-2006 - discoid rash, hemi-pelagia, migraines, hands/feet sensory loss, anmesia, PTSD/Depression, imbalance, weakness and muscle spasms, shooting pain, dizziness, fine motor movement problems, miscarried 2 children & severe complications w/2 I managed to get out, False positive syphilis, swollen glands, high fine speckled & homogeneous ANA; Positive IgM; constant staph and strept UTI infections, colonitis, pancreaitis, gastritis, costochondritis, pericarditis, high Methylmalonic acid, high Epithelial cell counts, off and on low red/white or pallet counts, hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease, postural hypotension, dyspnea, periods of hypertension/hypotension, lipedemia, mouth/lip ulcers, pneumonia, skin tightness/hardenes, ligament conjectures, weird purple pimple rashes on legs, hypopigmentation (leopard spots) on legs and arms, vein swelling, abnormal menustration, uterian fibroids and some of the current problems.  Rx: usually Toridol, nerve blockers and antibiotics. 
 
  P.S. You asked....  Probably forgot a few.


at wit's end
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   Posted 9/13/2007 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Oakley, I believe I have chatted with you through this forum before through posts. My husband and I went on vacation August 24th for 8 days to the beach. We stayed in Mobile Friday night and then hit the beach Saturday afternoon. Saturday morning we went to Bellingrath Gardens and then to the U.S.S. Alabama battleship. Well, upon descending set after set of steps throughout the ship to get to the top deck I started getting really tight in my chest. My husband and I had shared a Dr. Pepper before going on the ship. As I suffer from acid reflux I figure it was the carbonation in the drink causing the problem. I never had another problem as we walked twice a day for exercise with me having no absolutely having no pain or chest tightness upon exercising. Then last Wednesday while my husband and I were walking I suddenly got very dizzy. I've been on and off dizzy since then. I have been suffering from sinus problems for the past two weeks also and am thinking it has my inner ear messed up. Two nights ago my husband and I got some fast food Italian out. I didn't get anything with tomato sauce, got fettucine alfredo with chicken instead which is the buttery white sauce. After eating that I started hurting really bad behind my breastbone and in my back along with belching. And again this morning, the same thing. And this after eating only one pancake with butter and light syrup and half a glass of milk. I still am having tightness in chest behind my breastbone and a slight ache in my back. I had the full range of tests on my heart back in early February for this same thing. Everything showed fine. I do not have any discomfort upon exercising even now. But have tightness after eating anything more than a sandwich or bowl of cereal. Should I be concerned??? I am worried.

mike507
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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
 Some one help  help help me please
 
hello tanns i am a 35 year old male and having the same problems i get sharp pains in my chest, then i start to past gas or belch, then i get dizzzyness, like perssure in my head, my hands swet,i also feel like presure running all thru my vains in arms and some sharp pain some time at back of head.
 
i constantly feel pain in my left shoulder and some times move around,  i was in er room 4 times in past3 weeks in two different countries my cardilogist is supose to be best in this side of world, he told me he see no signs of nothing. and sent me home, two days later i could not take it anymore so i went back to er again, the doctar on duty checked me did ekg was okay and was taking me serious but then he called my cardiologist then i see him act different he prescribed tafil for three days and say go beach try relax, i am not a panicky person i never worry so much about nothing, i just i no my body and it is not right but no one is listening to me any more, i ven went to gastrologist to check out acid reflux he gave me nexium to take for month it is 4 day now and i still have my symtems ,even to day i was walking in street and got light headed and had to sit down,  Now some time my nose get stuffy also and all sudden when i drink something i can breath so clear, please if any one have thease symptoms like this let me no i need help bad.
 
e mail me .  pirate.242@hotmail.com
 
 
 my choles count is 150 because i take crestor 10, i have hy blood pressure but i take cozar 50 so is always like 130 over 80 nder control. but

greenhope
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   Posted 10/20/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Mike, I am sorry to hear about your symptoms.  I am not too familiar with some of them, but I am all too familiar with "brilliant" doctors brushing me off as if nothing is wrong.  It turns out I am really sick and getting progressively worse.  My diagnosis is I have a PFO (hole in my heart) with an ASA (floppy/flabby wall between left and right side of heart) that has caused some serious complications.  I invite you to read the threads on "PFO closure with transcatherer."  We have a great group of people who support each other and you may learn something from our experiences.

My strong recommendation to you is that you seek a second opinion from another cardiologist.  My first cardiologist brushed off my symptoms as if they were nothing.  I insisted on having tests done and this is when some of the findings of my condition were made.  And even then, he was playing off the results of the TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) as if they weren't that significant!  I immediately switched cardiologists.  The one I have now is also an interventional cardiologist and the first time I went to see him, he literally spent about 30 minutes with me analyzing my tests result and actually thinking things through with me to help me make the right decision.  My second neurologist (my first is considered a "brilliant" neurologist in his field but gave me a diagnosis of "migraine with aura" which later tests showed was actually a minor stroke) also saw my tests results and said I should have the PFO closed as soon as possible.  And my pulmonologist?  I saw him outside the patient room and he actually spent about a full 10 minutes just reading my results so he could come in and talk to me about them!  Wait, isn't this what doctors are supposed to do? I felt that my first cardiologist barely glanced at the test and brushed me off.  My pulmonologist said that he strongly supported my decision to have my PFO closed because it was causing extra burden on the right side of my heart, my valves had mild to moderate regurgitationas a result and I have "borderline pulmonary hypertension."  I was coughing very badly for a while and had 3 upper respiratory infections in the past 6 months (I am normally very healthy and hardly ever get sick), so I knew something was going on with my lungs.  Thankfully, my lungs have not yet been affected, but they would have if I had waited longer or done "nothing" which is what my first cardiologist and neurologist pretty much suggested.  Thankfully, my 3 new doctors are awesome.  I am having the PFO closure procedure done this Friday, Oct. 24th.

My strong feeling is that you have something physically wrong with you and I sense that this is also the way you feel.  Go with your instincts.  They are usually right.  I know mine were.  And I did not let any super doctors tell me nothing was wrong with me when I could FEEL myself physically deteriorating.

Please keep us posted.  I wish you the best of luck in your quest.  It is a difficult journey, trying to figure out what is wrong with you, but we are here to provide words of support and encouragement whenever you need them.

Greenhope

 

 


Pinks
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   Posted 10/27/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Greenhope, your post made me want to persist in finding out what exactly is wrong with me instead of listening to the doctors telling me it's all my head.

::Pinks::

greenhope
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   Posted 10/31/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pinks, I'm glad my post has helped you to persist with doctors. 

Take care and please keep us posted!

 


Pinks
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   Posted 11/2/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
By the way, is tanns still around on HW?
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