Should I go to ER??

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Jason Trellium
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   Posted 5/19/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Completely new to this forum, so I apologize if this is old hat. I've been having lots of ulcer like symptoms over the past year or so. Occasionally I get heartburn. But last night (it's 2pm my time now) I began having intense chest pain. After reading a bunch online I figured it was intense heartburn. But now, 16 hours later, it's still there -- although not as intense. I feel rundown - and there's definitely still pain centered under my breastbone -- made worse by deep breaths. I've taken Prilosec OTC double dose on an empty stomache last night and this morning. I've taken a bunch of Tums. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions appreciated. I assume if I go to the ER, I'll wait for four hours and they'll tell me it's heartburn...

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   Posted 5/19/2012 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Making no judgments or assumptions, I would suggest that if you feel you need to go, you should visit the emergency room (especially if you're not familiar with this type of pain). Basically, you're having unexplained chest pain that none of us here can diagnose. Better to be safe than sorry in my humble opinion.

Post Edited (aeshleyrose) : 5/19/2012 1:18:43 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/19/2012 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Ashley - either go to the ER or contact your out of hours GP for advice. If it turns out to be heartburn at least you'll have eliminated some of the worry!

Hope you feel better soon,

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   Posted 5/19/2012 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others, if you feel you should go to the ER then go and know most ER's will not leave you sitting in the waiting room if you are having chest pain and feel it could be heart related.
Good luck and do lets us know what you find out.

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Jason Trellium
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   Posted 5/19/2012 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it's been about 24 hours now and I'm still getting some stabbing pains in my chest when I breathe. What's crazy is: I'm in Chicago and there's insanity downtown. I'll get up extra early in the morning and go... hopefully there's no violence! But it looks like that's what the kids are itchin for.

I just can't believe that heartburn could mess you up this bad. I mean last night was a 7 and Im down to 3 when I breathe deeply. Feeling moopy... very moopy...

Thanks for the replies, I just don't think the ER is in the cards right now, I'd just wind up getting caught in the mess down where my hospital is I think...

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   Posted 5/19/2012 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
If you don't want to battle traffic -Call an ambulance!
This does not sound like heartburn to me. It sounds serious to me.
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