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When I have chest discomfort (almost like a quick pencil stabbing) in place my finger on the spot of pain and can feel my heartbeat in that spot. Is this normal?
As a skinny person, I feel my heart beat around my body all of the time. Have you lost any weight lately that you now notice this?
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I’m actually a bigger person so I have some extra padding. Lol.
We did these tests months ago and he seems to think that’s not an issue but I’m not so sure
Trust the blood work. Anxiety and /or stress causing palpitations? ECG done? Holter monitor?
I'm with Sue on both her responses. Trust the blood work and learn how stress and anxiety can not only trigger but exacerbate these pains. You don't mention your age or how often these pains occur……..and more importantly, when you have this pain, then touch the area and feel your heart beat, is your heart beat "normal?" Fear can raise your heart rate, so a slightly elevated heart rate is most likely not an issue, especially if it returns to normal when the pain has subsided. Also, if your heart is beating faster/harder than normal due to fear, it is much easier to feel it beating. BUT…….we are not doctors, and if you are noticing pain in your chest area, you need to have it evaluated by a cardiologist. You said you've had some tests done and were told there was no issue, but YOU are "not so sure." Being "not so sure" creates anxiety. When it comes to your heart, you need to "BE SURE!" Please see a cardio for a thorough examination. Again, as Sue said, this very likely may mean wearing a Holter monitor or a ZIO patch for a week so the cardiologist can "see" exactly what is going on with your heart. And please bear in mind that this pain might not be related to your heart at all. If you pull up a picture of human anatomy, you'll see that the heart virtually "rests" on top of the stomach…..these pains could be originating in your stomach and your assuming it's a cardiac issue. Pain often radiates from one area of our body to another and it takes a doctor to follow that "pain map" to the source. For your own peace of mind, please see a cardiologist. I don't want to scare you, but rather, encourage you to get this checked out. I had a pain in my back for months and was finally referred to a cardio. He probably saved my life as the pain was being referred from the clogged arteries in my heart to my back. I had no chest pain at all. I now have two stents in my heart and for the past 10 years………NO PAIN, NO ANXIETY. Just gratitude…….I want the same for you.
Thanks for that response. Very helpful for sure and I have had a holter monitor in april and they saw nothing unusual other than sinus bradycardia. Had ecco and stress test done last December. Both were good. I am 36 and 260 lbs at the moment
Yes had all done within the last year. Should that be suitable for me even though I still have pain ?
Read up on sinus bradycardia on the Mayo Clinic website. One of the symptoms is chest pain.
jadillow……while the tests you've had fairly recently show good results, the fact that you are still experiencing chest pain 6 months post these tests would be of concern to me. Did they put you on any medication? Once again, I agree with Sue225 that you should read as much as you can about sinus bradycardia from RELIABLE sources like The Mayo or Cleveland Clinics. The more you understand your condition, the better able you are to discuss (and understand) this with your cardiologist. Please know that I am NOT being judgmental about your weight, but it IS a medical fact that being overweight puts a great deal of additional stress on the heart. Was losing some weight suggested as a possibility to help control your bradycardia? While my heart issues (yes…..plural) did not include bradycardia and while the extra 10-15 pounds I was carrying around was not that bad, I was still told to loose it. My weight was far less of a concern to them than was the fact I continued to smoke! How's THAT for being stupid? I still have not been able to stop completely, but I am trying VERY hard and hope to be off totally by the New Year. So, you see why I cannot "judge" you for some extra pounds when I'm sitting here puffing away……I would suggest calling your cardiologists office and talking with his triage nurse or PA. These highly trained professionals will discuss your ongoing symptoms with the doctor and a decision will be made if you should come in for any additional tests. It's a phone call you will not regret making.
Thanks. I went back in August to the cardio and other than high blood pressure , which I take medicine for , they dismiss any heart issues so I dunno. I have GERD and pains I believe are gallbladder related. I’m wondering if the acid is making its way to my chest as I have heard this is possible with GERD
Since you have seen your cardiologist as recently as this past August and he/she is NOT CONCERNED, which is entirely different than "dismissing" the issue, personally, I would be relieved. I'm going to assume they took the time to address your questions and concerns and discussed with you any changes in your condition which you need to make them aware of. You said you're on meds for your HBP, but did not say if they were giving you anything for the bradycardia. (Personally, I'm not even sure if there IS anything they can give you) You state that you have GERD, and depending on the severity of that, there are medications you can take for that. I have mild GERD and there ARE times when I get nervous wondering if it's actually cardiac related. Do they have you on a PPI for the GERD? Sometimes when I'm experiencing GERD, I take a couple swigs of Pepto-Bismol and it helps. DO NOT SELF MEDICATE WITH PEPTO UNTIL YOU'VE TALKED TO YOUR CARDIO ABOUT THIS! Pepto is, I believe, contraindicated if you are taking certain other medications. If you believe you are having gallbladder pains, you need to discuss this with your GP or even your cardio. They may advise you to have a CT done and see if there ARE stones causing the pains. I was having right side flank pain that radiated under my right shoulder blade. When I finally mentioned this to my GP, she sent me for a CT and they DID find that I have quite a few small stones in the gallbladder. Since my frequency of these "attacks" are somewhat few and far between and the pain in not horrible, the gastroenterologist said that we could postpone the surgery for now. It was a tremendous relief to know what and where the pain was coming from. I hope you will mention this the next time you see one of your doctors. Going back to your GERD issue, I simply don't know if the acid from your stomach can "make its way to your chest…." and this is another question your doctor needs to answer. I DO know that if my GERD causes stomach acid to "reflux" up my esophagus, the intense burning and pain does seem to radiate across my entire chest. It sounds to me like you have a lot of unanswered questions and concerns that are not being addressed by your doctors. Perhaps if you make a list of all these questions and concerns and GET ANSWERS for them…..this will help you. If you don't understand something, never hesitate to ask your doctor to explain it again! Your other option is to get a second opinion. If you feel your concerns are being "dismissed," and other issues are not even being addressed, assuming you've talked to your doctor(s) about them, then a second opinion would be my advice. In this day and age when we are shipped out to one specialist after another, it can become too overwhelming for us lay people to know what we should do, what we should prioritize. This happened to me and finally, near tears, I went to my GP with all my medications, diagnoses and plans of action and she understood immediately why I was so stressed out. She helped me organize, collate and put everything into perspective. When I left her office, it was the first time in MONTHS that I felt in control and it was the best feeling in the world. I hadn't realized until then how alone and anxious I had been feeling. I hope YOU have someone in your corner.
Usually stabbing pains are tense muscle related. Drink plenty of fluids…and maybe take magnesium which relaxes muscle. Heart pains generally move around. Something to keep in mind that could be reassuring. But if it continues don't take my word for it. Check it out.
This past week, an article on Zantac came into my inbox from the Harvard Medical School. Be careful of some drugs for GERD like Zantac which is being taken off the market as of last month (Sept 2019). https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/popular-heartburn-drug-ranitidine-recalled-what-you-need-to-know-and-do-2019092817911 There is no recall on PPI however…at least not yet!
I think it is best to go with what is natural first. A bit of baking soda in water or Tums (no aluminum…just calcium) both do work very well. I've even used ginger which has a hot feeling in the esophagus and stomach..but it does stop the burning. Of course, lifestyle changes like eating less, avoiding spicy and sugary foods, soft drinks, coffee and tea, losing weight, having dinner way before bed and lying on one's left side in bed all work wonders rather than resorting to DRUGS. ..only to discover one day that the drug does more harm than good.
Sadly we have been lead to believe in the magic and power of drugs when Granny probably had the best natural remedies that worked before all these potent drugs came on the market. Doctors prescribe them before ever suggesting one take baking soda for GERD, for example. Remember doctors' education was heavily subsidized by Big Pharma and a lot of their education is spent on learning which drugs to prescribe…not teaching them to recommend the simple, natural, lifestyle approaches. Patient beware!
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I was on omeprazole 40mg as needed. Dr just recently told me it wasn’t meant for long term use and discontinued this for me. I take tums as heartburn comes and just truck through the days while anxiety anytime I feel the chest pain is terrible. It always happens on the left side of my sternum and normally upper portion of my pec. Do not want to keep visiting ER for panic attacks for sure but just some way to ease my mind. You guys are great btw. I have also took to a desk job the past year or two and I’m wondering if my posture is compromised but wondering if so why it would only be left sided. Past couple days I had an off and on fist like feeling in my upper back which other folks say is GERD related. Comes and goes
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