Hello. I am new here, just registered today because I had my second really severe bout with heartburn/chest pain last night and NOWHERE can I find a real description of the pain.
My chest pain feels like a sharp, shooting pain off to the left of the center of my chest below the breastbone (yes, around where my heart is). It hurts more when I take deep breaths. Everything I have read has said that it is a burning in the center of the chest, but then it also says most people confuse it for a heart attack.
Reason why I am concerned is:
About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with GERD. I was put on AcidPex then. Later I learned they couldn't diagnose GERD by simply listening to my stomach with a steth. So I stopped taking the meds because I thought it was a sham. Then I got pregnant and couldn't take them anyway.
I just had my daughter 15 weeks ago. I had a c-section. I called in to make an appt. for a Kidney Stone and listed some other symptoms and the internal medicine nurse called 911 for me! They got here and wheeled me off to the ER. Because I mentioned chest pain they fear embolism. --- I got to the ER and they started to focus on aneurysm. I was so confused. After 7 hours there - an EKG, chest x-rays, blood work, and palpation exam - I was released with an unresolved case.
I went to the doctor and because I feel like such poo, the doctor wanted to put me on an antidepressent! The only reason I'd ever be depressed is because I feel utterly gross and no one can tell me why! I didn't fill that perscription, obviously, + I am breastfeeding. In the meantime, the ER said "probably indigestion". The doctor said "all symptoms of anxiety". This is RAGING chest pain. It last just a couple hours, but really, really hurts. It is frightening. I take TUMS (cause of breastfeeding), but I can't tell if it does a darn thing.
I need to know what heartburn feels like to get closer to a diagnosis here. My blood pressure is always great. My heart rate is always high (but I am 101 lbs and it always has been high) - I run 100 b.p.m. on average. This pain leaves me clutching my chest, but it is always gone by morning (it happens in the evenings mostly, small episodes in the day that last minutes now and again).
I'd LOVE any descriptions you could give me, sufferer to sufferer.
Thank you SO much!