question about chest pain

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   Posted 8/15/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a otherwise healthy 17 year old girl (I eat very healthy foods and never have health problems), but over the past month I started to get chest pains. It all started one Saturday when I was watching TV, all of a sudden I got a really sharp chest pain that lasted maybe 3 seconds, and a couple minutes later  I got a second one. When I went to sleep, I could hear all these gurgly noises in me like there was bubbles from gas in my chest and abdomen. Well, I still have these chest pains, they're not as strong but they're in my upper chest area and I still have a lot of gas/burping. For awhile it was really bad, I had so much gas in me I could barely eat so I lost like 4 pounds and thats a lot because my weight is 112 pounds. Well, my doctor (who is a specialist in gastrointestinal area but i dont remember what kind of doctor its called) said she really does not think it is a heart problem and that is it gastrointestinal, like maybe a bacteria because I've been having diarrhea/really soft stools for a couple months. I took some lab tests but they still dont have the results, and on Friday I'm getting an upper endoscopy done. I would really appreciate your opinions on whether this could just be a gas problem like she thinks it is. The thing that makes me wonder is because I'm getting the pains higher up in my chest, so could gas really reach there? The pain is very brief and its not like Im in agony, but it scares me and it happens regularly throughout the day. I cant think of any reason why my heart would be unhealthy though...Thanks for reading this

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   Posted Yesterday 3:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello umm!  As an otherwise healthy 17-year-old, there is little reason to think this is a heart-related issue.  Yes, gas can reach far up there - some people feel gas pains in their shoulders! - but it's good that you are getting that upper endoscopy.  It's a really easy test (you'll be semi-conscious and probably won't even remember the majority of it) and they will take biopsies of your stomach and upper small intestine to check for things like inflammation or infection.  Sometimes a bacteria called H. pylori can cause ulcers (which cause pain in your epigastric region - above your belly-button) so they will be able to check for this as well.

Have you taken any medications to help alleviate your pain when you feel it?  Any antacids like Tums or Pepcid or anything over-the-counter like that?  You might want to give it a whirl next time...

You might try posting on the IBS forum; there are a lot of members there who are knowledgable about various stomach pains.  You can ask any question you want, we've heard it all.  I hope your test goes well and you start feeling better soon.

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   Posted Today 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Another thing to consider is GERD also presents with sharp pain.  Often it can be confused at first with heart attack like symptoms but at 17 yrs old I would think it is very unlikely.  Please do keep us up to date on how everything goes.  Take care

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