I went to my doctor a little while ago with chest pains. He said it was non cardiac and probably acid reflux. I'm an otherwise healthy, active 24 year old and I've had blood tests and an ECG Part of a routine 'work' medical, so anything more serious seems unlikely, but recently I've been worrying about the pain a bit more. Wonder if people can address a few points. Are these normal?.....
1) It happens predominantly when I'm stood up - was told by a friend acid reflux would only affect you lying down. This doesn't sound correct to me, but thought I'd check!!
2) It happens frequently and not necesarily soon after food
3) The 'pain' is usually fairly mild discomfort, although it does sometimes come on stronger. What worries me is the position - usually off to the left hand side, about 2/3rds way up my sternum. Exactly the spot the films lead you to believe people clutch during a heart attack! I do get discomfort on the right hand side, but this is far less frequent.
I haveve also had other GERD symptoms like an acidic feeling, tickly throat or a swollen feeling in my throat. What's strange is they seem to alternate - one is the predominant symptom for a few weeks, then they dissapear for a bit or swap over! I also seem to be having more bowel movments.
Recently I've been having pains in my arms, again principally my left. These come and go in one place at a time (these don't pulse down my arm or anything) and aren't specifically linked to the chest pain. I think they're orthopedic to be honest, but they're a bit worrying when you also have persistent chest pain on your mind!!
Logically I shouldn't be worrying - as well as my age and an OK from the doctor I'm a keen mountain biker and several times a week I put my body through the sort of think that would probably kill someone with a genuine heart condition. I don't experience any more pain at these times, if anything it eases when I do excercise.
Sorry, excuse me waffling on - I'm just a bit anxious and in need of reassurnace