Share this:
brrn
@brrn

Posts: 1
Joined: Jan 14, 2019

Chest pain > a month

Posted by @brrn, Mon, Jan 14 9:39am

I have been having intermittent mid chest pain for over a month. It happens daily. The pain radiates up my neck into my jaw and continues up into my temples. At times it radiates across my shoulders in the front. I have had type 1 diabetes for 47 years and it happens whenever my glucose gets high and with any minor exertion. I do not have any GI problems such as reflux.
Has anyone ever had this or does anyone have any suggestions?

REPLY

Hi @izzylt123,

I moved your discussion and combined it with this one started by @brrn, so that you can meet others who are also talking about chest pain and similar symptoms.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

Since you posted your message in Nov. 2018, may I ask how you’re feeling now? Have you undergone further tests?

@izzylt123

Since the beginning of this year, I have been having intermittent chest pain. I've been to the ER three times this year twice in the past two months, I currently see a cardiologist, and I have had almost every test done, chest x-ray, labs, echo, CT, CT angiogram, stress test, Holter monitors, and multiple EKG's and no one has found anything. I've been told by a doctor in the ER that it is not cardio related, my cardiologist thinks different, but can't find anything. I am on beta blockers which controls the low/high blood pressure and mostly controls the abnormally high heart rate but does not take away the feeling of my heart racing in my chest or shortness of breath, even when my heart is not racing. The pain is in the center of my chest and gets worse with pressure and deep breathing, and there is sometimes a very sharp stabbing feeling in my chest for only a few seconds but it becomes unbearable, dizziness is also a major symptom. I am an 18-year-old female with no history of any cardiac anything in my family and no acid reflux or anything like that. This has been going on for months and nothing has come up. I was told in the ER my first CT I had a fatty lipoma pressing against my esophagus but everyone has said its nothing. At this point, I have become increasingly frustrated that nothing has come up and I have been put through multiple tests and countless visits to doctors if anyone has anything they can offer up I would appreciate it.

Jump to this post

Do you have tachycardia? Have you considered the possibility of cardiac sarcoidosis. Have you have had a MRI? Sarcoidosis can cause chest pain and fast rythmns and disrupts the conduction of the heart.

Hello,
Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Natalie. A 34 year old female. My health has always been 'fine', besides I'm fat and smoked cigarettes for a bit, but I quit smoking 3 months ago (cold turkey, no replacement nicotine) and started going to the gym about 45 days ago, so I'm working on my health. Blood work is always good, no health issues known.
A few weeks ago, I started experiencing chest squeezing pain on the left side. Alarming enough I went to a walk in clinic and they did an EKG and said no issues. I did stop at my parents to take a quick BP (mine is always 115ish/70ish) as I was feeling super 'off'. BP was about 165ish/95ish. I took a xanax thinking it was anxiety, but it didnt come down. The next day it was back to normal.
Since then, my BP has been normal but chest pain still comes and goes throughout the day. From a squeezing sensation to a super 'heavy' feeling inside my chest.
Can this all be from quitting smoking? Anxiety?

Hi @xmush1620x,

Welcome to Connect. You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on chest pain. I did this as I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to other members who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

First, I’d like to mention that I really admire you for making changes and taking the right steps towards a healthy life style. Sometimes though, the human body or the immune system is such that a healthy lifestyle can’t eliminate every risk of falling ill! Have you consulted with a cardiologist, @xmush1620x?

@xmush1620x

Hello,
Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Natalie. A 34 year old female. My health has always been 'fine', besides I'm fat and smoked cigarettes for a bit, but I quit smoking 3 months ago (cold turkey, no replacement nicotine) and started going to the gym about 45 days ago, so I'm working on my health. Blood work is always good, no health issues known.
A few weeks ago, I started experiencing chest squeezing pain on the left side. Alarming enough I went to a walk in clinic and they did an EKG and said no issues. I did stop at my parents to take a quick BP (mine is always 115ish/70ish) as I was feeling super 'off'. BP was about 165ish/95ish. I took a xanax thinking it was anxiety, but it didnt come down. The next day it was back to normal.
Since then, my BP has been normal but chest pain still comes and goes throughout the day. From a squeezing sensation to a super 'heavy' feeling inside my chest.
Can this all be from quitting smoking? Anxiety?

Jump to this post

Have you had your cholesterol checked? Have you see your doctor about this? Does your chest pain increase with exercise? I recommend keeping a symptom journal and share it with your provider. I can't advise about quitting smoking but anxiety can cause chest pain. I would back off a little on strenuous exercise until you know more especially if your chest pain increases with exercise.

@suscros68

Have you had your cholesterol checked? Have you see your doctor about this? Does your chest pain increase with exercise? I recommend keeping a symptom journal and share it with your provider. I can't advise about quitting smoking but anxiety can cause chest pain. I would back off a little on strenuous exercise until you know more especially if your chest pain increases with exercise.

Jump to this post

@xmush1620x As suscros68 suggest have a Lipid Profile done for cholesterol ,if it's high go see a cardiologist The squeezing in chest says it's something with a muscle .

@grtw

I recently discovered these support groups and I thought I'd try to get some support for my ongoing condition. I don't want to go crazy with the details, but I want to give anyone who will read this the pertinent information. I'm a 43 y/o male with a strong family history of heart disease on my mothers side. My grandfather had his first heart attack at 40 and died of a massive MI at 53. My mother and all but one of her 4 siblings have had stents at a minimum, and 2 have had CABG, so far none have died early. In January of 2018 I started noticing some occasional dull, achy, throbbing in the left side of my chest. Over the course of the next few months the pain gradually started to increase in frequency and would sometimes radiate to my left arm and left side of my jaw. Also, I was also developing extreme fatigue. One day in late March I was sitting in my office chair and I was having the dull achy pain when suddenly the pain exploded and I was doubled over and couldn't breath and was instantly nauseated and drenched in sweat. This lasted maybe 2 minutes. Of course I was in denial so I waited a couple of weeks to see my PCP. He ordered the standard tests- EKG, Holter monitor, chest xray- and everything came back normal except a low heart rate (usually in the low 50's) which has always been my normal. Also, my HDL has always been genetically low, usually upper 20's to low 30's. My blood pressure had been steadily climbing for the past few years so he started me on lisinopril (my first daily script) and referred me to a Cardiologist. The Cardiologist was not impressed with any of my symptoms but offered to order a stress test or CTA Heart if I wanted peace of mind. I'm a CT Tech by profession, so I had that done and it came back abnormal showing possible plaque in the left main and LAD. Had a cardiac cath a few days later (May 30) and had a stent place in the LAD for an 80% bifurcation stenosis. After a couple weeks the pain was mostly gone and I felt like a new man. My cardiologist did not, however, feel that my symptoms explained the need for a stent because I still had enough flow, but that I was lucky to have had the "widowmaker" stenosis stented. In late July I started having the same dull, achy, throbbing chest pain and one morning while jogging I had a sudden burst of severe chest pain, nausea, and sweating. Later that day (Sept 27) cath and another stent was placed just proximal to the first one in the mid LAD (75% stenosis). This did not stop my chest pains. My cardiologist still insisted that my symptoms were not classical angina and he referred me to a cardiologist at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis, MO. Before that apt I was sent to the ER at Barnes by my PCP because of the chest pain that now causes SOB and dizziness. The cardiologist that I had an apt saw me in the ER and said I needed to have another cath to make sure I didn't have another blockage or stent failure. Thankfully everything looked good on November 2.

Sorry for so much information, but it helps to understand my history. I'm still having the same achy, sometimes dull sometimes sharp, chest pain that causes SOB and dizziness at times. When it's bad the only thing that stops it is sublingual nitro. I'm now on 10 meds including Imdur and Ranexa. I saw my cardiologist last Friday in St. Louis and he's referring me to a colleague that studies people with chronic, hard to diagnose chest pain. I will see this physician tomorrow.

I've done a lot of reading and it seems likely to me that I have some sort of microvascular disorder in addition to the CAD. There are so many different types of things that could be going, the problem is getting to the right diagnosis and combination of meds. I'm reaching out to this community to see if anyone has had similar experiences and how they got treatment. Most days I can deal with everything ok, but it is starting to be debilitating. Thanks in advance to anyone who took the time to read this long post.

Sorry for all of the detail, but that brings me to where I am today.

Jump to this post

Oh boy. So sorry you have to deal with this. Chest pain is frustrating especially when Drs say we can't find anything. I've been told that so many times. I have a complicated heart history. I'm glad you continue to search for answers. I hope it goes well.

Liked by lioness

I recently discovered these support groups and I thought I'd try to get some support for my ongoing condition. I don't want to go crazy with the details, but I want to give anyone who will read this the pertinent information. I'm a 43 y/o male with a strong family history of heart disease on my mothers side. My grandfather had his first heart attack at 40 and died of a massive MI at 53. My mother and all but one of her 4 siblings have had stents at a minimum, and 2 have had CABG, so far none have died early. In January of 2018 I started noticing some occasional dull, achy, throbbing in the left side of my chest. Over the course of the next few months the pain gradually started to increase in frequency and would sometimes radiate to my left arm and left side of my jaw. Also, I was also developing extreme fatigue. One day in late March I was sitting in my office chair and I was having the dull achy pain when suddenly the pain exploded and I was doubled over and couldn't breath and was instantly nauseated and drenched in sweat. This lasted maybe 2 minutes. Of course I was in denial so I waited a couple of weeks to see my PCP. He ordered the standard tests- EKG, Holter monitor, chest xray- and everything came back normal except a low heart rate (usually in the low 50's) which has always been my normal. Also, my HDL has always been genetically low, usually upper 20's to low 30's. My blood pressure had been steadily climbing for the past few years so he started me on lisinopril (my first daily script) and referred me to a Cardiologist. The Cardiologist was not impressed with any of my symptoms but offered to order a stress test or CTA Heart if I wanted peace of mind. I'm a CT Tech by profession, so I had that done and it came back abnormal showing possible plaque in the left main and LAD. Had a cardiac cath a few days later (May 30) and had a stent place in the LAD for an 80% bifurcation stenosis. After a couple weeks the pain was mostly gone and I felt like a new man. My cardiologist did not, however, feel that my symptoms explained the need for a stent because I still had enough flow, but that I was lucky to have had the "widowmaker" stenosis stented. In late July I started having the same dull, achy, throbbing chest pain and one morning while jogging I had a sudden burst of severe chest pain, nausea, and sweating. Later that day (Sept 27) cath and another stent was placed just proximal to the first one in the mid LAD (75% stenosis). This did not stop my chest pains. My cardiologist still insisted that my symptoms were not classical angina and he referred me to a cardiologist at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis, MO. Before that apt I was sent to the ER at Barnes by my PCP because of the chest pain that now causes SOB and dizziness. The cardiologist that I had an apt saw me in the ER and said I needed to have another cath to make sure I didn't have another blockage or stent failure. Thankfully everything looked good on November 2.

Sorry for so much information, but it helps to understand my history. I'm still having the same achy, sometimes dull sometimes sharp, chest pain that causes SOB and dizziness at times. When it's bad the only thing that stops it is sublingual nitro. I'm now on 10 meds including Imdur and Ranexa. I saw my cardiologist last Friday in St. Louis and he's referring me to a colleague that studies people with chronic, hard to diagnose chest pain. I will see this physician tomorrow.

I've done a lot of reading and it seems likely to me that I have some sort of microvascular disorder in addition to the CAD. There are so many different types of things that could be going, the problem is getting to the right diagnosis and combination of meds. I'm reaching out to this community to see if anyone has had similar experiences and how they got treatment. Most days I can deal with everything ok, but it is starting to be debilitating. Thanks in advance to anyone who took the time to read this long post.

Sorry for all of the detail, but that brings me to where I am today.

Hi @grtw,

I’m so glad you reached out with details – welcome to Connect. I’d like to introduce you to a few Connect stalwarts in all things related to the heart – please meet @hopeful3325 @predictable @thankful. I’m also tagging @ch246cf10 @racerjon @vicks @keithl56 to see if they may have some insights to share.

Here’s some more information from Mayo Clinic about chronic chest pain: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chest-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20370838. Since you mentioned microvascular disorder, I though you might also be interested in reading about small vessel disease: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/small-vessel-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352117

@grtw, if you wish, do let me know how your latest appointment goes. You mentioned, “…but it is starting to be debilitating.” – could you share a few details about what you’re experiencing at present?

Thanks to everyone for the responses. We just got back from seeing a new cardiologist in St. Louis. He had reviewed my history and most recent cardiac cath. He listened to all my history and felt very confident in diagnosing me with 1. Coronary slow flow and 2. Prinzmetal angina. He offered to do a PET scan and/or a cardiac cath reactivity test to confirm but he said he would treat me the same whether we did the testing or not. He stopped some meds and is starting me on Cardizem and is doubling the Imdur. We will try this for a few months and will see him again. He gave us his cell phone number and said to call if we have questions or problems. We were very impressed and are praying this combo of drugs will make a difference. Anyone have experience with these diagnoses?

Liked by helena4000

@kanaazpereira

Hi @grtw,

I’m so glad you reached out with details – welcome to Connect. I’d like to introduce you to a few Connect stalwarts in all things related to the heart – please meet @hopeful3325 @predictable @thankful. I’m also tagging @ch246cf10 @racerjon @vicks @keithl56 to see if they may have some insights to share.

Here’s some more information from Mayo Clinic about chronic chest pain: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chest-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20370838. Since you mentioned microvascular disorder, I though you might also be interested in reading about small vessel disease: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/small-vessel-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352117

@grtw, if you wish, do let me know how your latest appointment goes. You mentioned, “…but it is starting to be debilitating.” – could you share a few details about what you’re experiencing at present?

Jump to this post

I’m just day to day. Some days I feel like I have energy to spare, and the next I don’t want to get out of bed. At worst, the pain radiates and causes dizziness and SOB. Nitro is the only thing that works Andy based on my recent Dr visits I’ll be using it more. Now that I’ve been diagnosed and have a plan, I’m hoping for progress.

@grtw

Thanks to everyone for the responses. We just got back from seeing a new cardiologist in St. Louis. He had reviewed my history and most recent cardiac cath. He listened to all my history and felt very confident in diagnosing me with 1. Coronary slow flow and 2. Prinzmetal angina. He offered to do a PET scan and/or a cardiac cath reactivity test to confirm but he said he would treat me the same whether we did the testing or not. He stopped some meds and is starting me on Cardizem and is doubling the Imdur. We will try this for a few months and will see him again. He gave us his cell phone number and said to call if we have questions or problems. We were very impressed and are praying this combo of drugs will make a difference. Anyone have experience with these diagnoses?

Jump to this post

@grtw Before my by pass Cardiologist put me on Cardizam I couldn't take it hope you have good results

For a few months now I have been experiencing chest discomfort on the upper left side. It comes and goes. Nothing too painful but feels slightly like squeezing. I notice if I move in a certain direction that stretches the chest, I can feel the discomfort.

I am a 27 year old female. 220 pounds, 5'5. Was 280 at my heaviest but I've been losing weight for a few years now. It fluctuates (yo-yo dieting). I recently gained back 20 pounds but I am working on it. Have been exercising pretty good too for the past year but its slowed down a bit since September. I was a light smoker for about 10 years, but I quit 2 years ago. Smoked cannabis on and off for years but quit in June. Overall I've eaten pretty healthy for the past 3 years but I've had episodes of binge eating horrible high fat foods, and I used to drink a bottle of wine a day in my early 20s. I do have episodes of binge drinking here and there but have stopped because I noticed it was making the chest discomfort more noticeable. My blood pressure and heart rate are perfect.

Other symptoms/issues/possible factors: I recently sometimes get bad heartburn or acid reflux, but it's usually food related (tomato, garlic, onions). I do have a gallstone, and I do occasionally suffer from anxiety and depression. I eat mostly vegan, so I consume quite a bit of soy. I've also noticed recently random things such as eye twitching that happens sometimes usually when stressed, and for a week or two I had fluttering/pulsing sensation in my right ear. I sometimes notice random throbbing/vibrating on random parts of my body that can last on and off for several minutes.

I know I should see a doctor but to be honest, I'm really scared. I could be overreacting but I do feel like there is something wrong so I wanted to reach out on here and see if anyone has dealt with this or if anyone has any ideas.

Hi @gfysp,

I just saw your message and thought it beneficial to move it to this existing discussion on chest pain so that you can connect with other members who have discussed much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

When it comes down to your health, it’s always better to be safe and ask for help, so please don’t feel that you are overreacting:) @gfysp, have you looked into possible GI (gastrointestinal) issues that may be causing the pain?

Liked by lioness

Hi anyone, im raffy from the philippines & im suffering from chest pain in almost 3months, in october 2018 i was diagnose in gerd but starting to feel a chest pain. Then i have irregular heartbeat, my medical labtest is also high like i have high cholesterol but not much high & my uric acid is high also. Yesterday i have my nuclear stress test & i got a result today but my cardio is absent in clinic. Im so afraid in the result but im praying for my health.

Please login or register to post a reply.