Variety of symtoms

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Date Joined Oct 2012
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   Posted 10/30/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay so I was at work a month ago, had chest pain for several hours, then all of a sudden felt like I was going to pass out,had a racing heart. Taken by ambulance to ER. EKG fine. Told it was panic attack. Saw a cardiologist next day to be sure as my 3o year old brother had widow maker heart attack in April. Echo and stress test were fine. Doesnt seem to be heart related. Another dr. prescibed ativan for panic attacks. Helps sometimes. Also prescribed protonix for "atypical chest pain". I am having to take the ativan at least once a day, and quite often have pain in my left shoulder and in my arm pit. Any ideas? If this is panic attacks, thats fine, but I'm not convinced.

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   Posted 10/30/2012 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to the Forum.  You may want to seek out the opinion of a second cardiologist with your family history for some further testing if it is called for.  Also you may want to make an appointment with a Gastroenterologist you could investigate your GI system.
If there does not seem to be any physical reason for your symptoms talk with your PCP about therapy to help with anxiety.  You lost your brother less than a year ago and I am so sorry.  This could be the cause for some of your anxiety - losing someone so close to you is going to bring  you all kinds of feelings so let the feelings in and know it is OK to grieve.
We also have a great A & P Forum if you want to drop in and post a bit about your problems and see if we can help you.
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   Posted 10/31/2012 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your response. Im a little more freaked out now though. Do u think I need another opinion based on my brother, or just that my symptoms dont seem to match panic attacks? Im sorry.
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