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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Still having a pretty bad time, awaiting my review and barium results

I was wondering if anyone experiences sharp twinges of pain right over the heart? I know its not heart attack because dad had 3 and he never had sharp pain over the heart, but this hurts a lot. Ive experienced it a few times, like a stab, really alarming, almost like being electrocuted. I wondered if it could be GERD related.

Also, I have slowly developed a chronic cough/wheeze. Is this common? Its like there is fluid behind my vocal chords in my airway that i cant cough up, its like drowning.

I am also getting headaches, at the base of my neck.

Does anyone relate to any of these feelings?

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   Posted 3/20/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are having any unusual pain that could be heart pain you should seek immediate medical attention - like the ER. Women often don't have the same symptoms as men. My mom had pain only in her back from a heart attack.

Of course it could be GERD or a hiatal hernia too. I've had a heart attack with center of the sternum pain, and I've had a really bad hernia with exactly the same pain. You can't tell without a diagnosis. Sharp or dull doesn't make a difference.

At least call your doc right away. If you wait and it is a heart attack you are killing off heart muscle.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you are struggling so much. I sure hope your tests and doc can offer solutions. Alcie is right...don't mess with heart pain/chest pain, and women have quite different heart attack symptom from each other and from men and visa versa. My GI doc ordered several heart exams such as an ECHO, Thalium Stress Test, etc. to be sure my heart was alright and to confirm chest pain, etc stemming from my esophagus. Yes, this could (needs confirming not assumption) be esophageal/hernia in origin, as well.

The cough and wheezing also can be from GERD, but it is wise to have it checked by a pulmonary specialist. When I did, he immediately wanted it treated with two inhalers and nasal spray to reduce the mucus. It helped a lot. Actually, it was the pulmonary specialist who explained to me how and why it was esophageal. In addition to the cough and wheezing, I haven't had much voice (sometimes none) form more than 6 months steady. Prior to that I would loose my voice several times a year and be hoarse most weeks. Now it is constant.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again guys. I'm sorry, I should have mentioned that I did go to A&E (UK version of ER) with this pain, and all the ECG type tests were clear. I do worry about my heart because even though I am pretty young for heart stuff (35), my family has a history of heart probs, I had an uncle who died aged 30 running for a bus, heart attack. So my first thought was to get it checked out.

I am going to mention all this and more at my review, and ask for referrals to a more relevant consultant. Like the members here have said, ENTs know nothing about this!!

Thanks for your replies.
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