Worried about possible heart or stroke symptoms

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49YearOldMale
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   Posted 8/28/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 49 year old male of average weight and height. Over the past few days, I have experienced slight pressure (2 out of 10) over my heart, spreaded numbness over the left side of my skull (left chin, under ear, and generally left rear part of head), slight tingling on my left arm joints and flnger tips, slight tingling in my left leg and left joints, and a feeling that my left throat has a blockage of one of the arteries - accompanied by 3 out of 10 pressure on my throat. The pressure on my throat is somewhat relieved by massaging the aft of my neck (behind the pressure on my throat).

I have recently experienced much stress in my family. Wife experiencing stroke and family member with cancer - which I visited today.

I am very stressed out, but I do not believe that the source of this numbness and tingling is entirely stress-related.

I am in pretty good health, but my diet has been fairly unhealthy (fatty) for some time. I have changed all that, but I am worried that it may be too late, simply to change the diet.

Opinions? Recommendations?

Thank you!

49YearOldMale

Jjc2007
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   Posted 8/28/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Go to the emergency room and get checked out. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind, or the gift of avoiding the worst results.
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49YearOldMale
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   Posted 8/30/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Selmer said...
There are so many sites with good descriptions of the danger symptoms

Here is one with heart attack and stroke... You'd better read it. Especially about stroke

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3053

I'm not sure why you would wait at all if there is even a 10% chance of it being something serious.
In some instances, measures can be taken to greatly lessen the damage if caught earlier rather than later.
I'd go now if I had those "left side" symptoms.

Selmer


Hello Selmer,

Thank you for your reply. I think you are correct. I did go to the ER, and they ran a series of test on me. CT scan of my head, blood, and EKG. They said the EKG was normal, and that the CT scan didn't show any evidence of a stroke. But...I still have symptoms of slight numbness on the left side of my face, left arm, some dizziness, and loss of orientation. I called my regular doctor for an appointment, so I guess I'll go that way. Any other recommendations? Or do you think I should try a different ER? My BP upon arrival at the ER was 149/90, then after they gave me accommodate (a relaxer?) my BP dropped to 119/70. I am very puzzled. I wonder if maybe I have something that is causing constrictions under my skull? They also did a sonogram of my neck arteries which they said was good. I just want to know what the problem is.

49YearOldMale
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Selmer said...
Well, your BP seems fine and all the other tests were OK...... I don't think you need to rush to another ER.
See your own doctor without waiting too long.
However if your symptoms change in any way for the worse, then you would want to take other action.

Not being a doctor, I don't know what to make of your symptom mix.
Normally if there numbness would either be above or below your neck....given where the nerves go. But in your case you have face and arm numbness. Thats why stroke was a concern, but they've mostly checked you out for that.
If it were some weird inner ear thing, I don't see how that would make your arm numb.

OH well, thats why we have doctors instead of just internet forums.

Lets us know what develops. You were wise to go to the ER.
BTW, its not impossible this will all go away by itself.

However, if you get any new "one side" symptoms, then I wouldn't hesitate to go back to the ER.
Especially if its something like darkness or reduced vision in one eye only. IF you lose vision in one eye get to emergency room right away.


Hello Selmer, thanks again for your thoughts, and I agree with your logic. I know from experience that sometimes ER doctors and crews do not see the problem, or don't do a particular test that may reveal what the problem actually is. So...for now, I'll keep an eye on what's happening. I still have a stuffy feeling in my heart area, some numbness in my left side, left arm, and left foot & left knee, but if anything goes worse, I'll be at the nearest ER.

49YearOldMale
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   Posted 9/4/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Selmer said...
Well, your BP seems fine and all the other tests were OK...... I don't think you need to rush to another ER.
See your own doctor without waiting too long.
However if your symptoms change in any way for the worse, then you would want to take other action.

Not being a doctor, I don't know what to make of your symptom mix.
Normally if there numbness would either be above or below your neck....given where the nerves go. But in your case you have face and arm numbness. Thats why stroke was a concern, but they've mostly checked you out for that.
If it were some weird inner ear thing, I don't see how that would make your arm numb.

OH well, thats why we have doctors instead of just internet forums.

Lets us know what develops. You were wise to go to the ER.
BTW, its not impossible this will all go away by itself.

However, if you get any new "one side" symptoms, then I wouldn't hesitate to go back to the ER.
Especially if its something like darkness or reduced vision in one eye only. IF you lose vision in one eye get to emergency room right away.


UPDATE: Same symptoms, different day. I decided to re-peat my visiting to yet another local ER. This time, I figured I would visit the city's so-called Heart expert - or at least the one that supposedly is best at cardiac and stroke work. Long story short, after 11 hours in their ER, X-rays, many EKGs (12-lead), blood work x3, and continuous monitoring the entire time, I finally think they got it right. They diagnosed me with Costochronitis, a kind of annoying litle disturbance of the muscle and/or tissues surrounding the rib cage in vicinity of (you guessed it) the heart. See this story for some humor on the subject http://quixoticoptimism.typepad.com/qo/2004/03/index.html

Well, anyway, it looks much better for me this week than it did before my last ER visit where they FINALLY diagnosed Costochronitis. Three (3) 800mg motrins a day, and the irritation seems to be going away. Imagine that. Bye bye stress. Back to the jogging circuit.

Good news. Thank you God.

at wit's end
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   Posted 9/6/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I went through the same thing back in early February. I am a 47 year old female who was having severe tightness in the middle of my chest. Was highly stressed out, still am. They ran the full range of tests on me, keeping me overnight hooked to a heart monitor, doing blood work several times a night, had me do a stress test the next morning and then front and back chest scans. Found nothing. My husband scared me last night. We went walking for exercise which I do regularly and I started getting severely dizzy. Had to grab hold of him and stop for a minute. He just had to mention that he hoped it wasn't my heart. I have been tense in my chest and back since he mentioned that last night and am having a burning gurgling in my chest. I do suffer from acid reflux also and have had sinus problems over the past week and a half, hoping this dizziness is from a problem with fluid in my inner ear as they have been hurting on and off for about a week and a half and my teeth have been aching. I have sinus problems quite often, especially in changes of weather. And I made the mistake of reading about the symptoms of heart disease in women which include dizziness, tightness or pressure in the chest, burning in the chest or upper abdomen, which I have battled for about a month on and off, but I belch with mine, so I figure that is acid reflux flaring again. Not to mention I have had the above the eyes sinus headache for a while now along with tenderness in my face. And when we visited the U.S.S. Alabama battleship not this past Saturday but the Saturday before I started tightning up bad in my chest climbing level after level of stairs to get to the top deck. Of course, I had just drank some Dr. Pepper also which I usually have to avoid carbonated drinks cause they cause me problems. Took two days to get over that. So I hope this time this stuff is not my heart. I have worked myself up into a nervous state again where I tighten up in my arms also.  

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  so glad you got a diagnosis.  very interesting to me since my sister has been diagnosed with the same ailment.

at wit's end
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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, the tests they did on me the next morning before the stress test was a test to look at my front and back heart wall. I laid on my back really still as this machine slowly turned all around over me taking pictures of my front part of my heart and then i had to turn over onto my stomach and lay still for it to take pictures of the back part of my heart wall. Nothing showed anything. I very rarely eat bad and my diet primarily consists of salads with grilled chicken and grilled chicken sandwiches. I eat bananas a good bit, and yogurt, try to eat vegetables as much as possible. I avoid fried foods like french fries and onion rings, etc. No fried chicken. I might once in a blue moon get a hamburger with some tots or fries, but that is rare. I have to avoid alot of stuff that is acidic like tomatoes, and spaghetti because of the sauce and no chili whatsover, no pizza because of the tomato paste. And I eat nothing but bran flakes for breakfast. If I have eggs I use egg beaters or eggland's best eggs that are organic, have turkey bacon, never eat any pork and always try to buy the leaner ground beef for hamburgers. Usually buy 96% lean 4% fat. And I drink plenty of milk for the calcium side of things. Avoid coffee most of the time, and drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks most of the time. I cannot even drink low acid orange juice. I take fish oil 3 times a day with meals. Had laid off for a while to see if it was causing my heart burn but have started it back as my doctor wanted me on it to help my good cholesterol level up. I have good cholesterol but my good is not as high as she would like. And I exercise regularly.  

at wit's end
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   Posted 9/7/2007 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my husband had to scare me and make the suggestion as to whether it was my heart causing my dizzy spell. Actually I was just trying to say I do not eat the kind of foods very often that are major artery cloggers. Totally do not eat pork at all. As for the Eggland's eggs, I might have a couple of them once every couple of weeks. I don't buy foods full of fat is what I am saying which can cause fat not only on your body but around your heart also. My husband is the one that has the high cholesterol and won't take his medication for it. I do not have any known history of heart disease in my family, I have asked. But a person can still develop heart disease by not doing right and eating healthy and by not exercising. I eat alot of salads. And the turkey bacon we eat is low in fat, 2.5 grams, has only 35 calories per slice, and the cholesterol is 10 mg. or 3%, which isn't much. And the only time I consume that is with eggs, which there again, is only every couple of weeks, or maybe even just once a month, which actually is more the case. I guess I better stay out of this forum on this topic as it really doesn't pertain to me. Sorry.  

at wit's end
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   Posted 9/7/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I probably do eat alot better than many people. And I have gone back to taking my fish oil to raise my good cholesterol level. Had laid off of it for a good while. Was afraid it might be contributing to my heartburn or reflux problem. But I need to keep my cholesterol as good as possible. But both of my parents that adopted me have both gone through heart attacks and angina and open heart bypass surgery. And my dad has had carotid artery surgery on his neck and has a stent if that is how it is spelled in a artery in his heart. As for my birth family, my birth mother is diabetic, last I heard had to take pills, may be taking shots now, but I don't know, and has alzheimers, her mother who is now deceased had alzheimers, my brother has insulin dependent diabetes now, was just having to take pills, and my half sister has low blood sugar. So if I can keep from developing diabetes I will be lucky. I have a horrid fear of needles and don't know whether I could stand having to check my blood sugar several times a day and take shots.

at wit's end
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   Posted 9/8/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah Selmer, I know. My brother is overweight and I am a little but not much. But my half sister and half brother and birth mother are all severely obese. When we walked the other night and I had that severe dizzy spell that made me have to stop for a minute, it scared him. He had to make the comment that he hoped it was not heart disease causing it. I do experience discomfort in my upper back at times when I have an acid reflux problem. And back pain can also be related to heart disease. But I exercise regularly. I can walk easily 1.6 miles and not have any discomfort in my chest when walking. And I can walk over a mile on our treadmill any day and not have any discomfort. But I am still having headaches and dizziness. I notice when I lean my head over to the side like I just did to put some ear drops in it, I got very dizzy. So that is a inner ear disturbance. But I also develop tightness in my chest and back, but also when highly stressed from worry. And now he has me worried again from his comment, and probably for nothing. I have had a complete heart checkup and everything was fine. So I just have to convince myself there is nothing wrong.

louwho72
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   Posted 3/27/2008 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
49, I have panic and anxiety attacks,, What you have decribed is what I go through with anxiety. I would still see your doc, but like I said I have numbness in my arms, face, legs,, I have pressure in my chest all the time,, I think that is acid reflex,,,,, I just wanted to put my 2 cents in..
Anxity is bad, really bad, but they do have meds out there,, it sounds like your life is full of stress,,, I hopt things gets better for you,
 
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