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Heart Pain in young people

Posted by @katherine_gauthier, Wed, May 9 7:31pm

Hi, so I'm a 15 year old that has had severe chest pain for a year now. It's gotten progressively worse, and I've been in the hospital numerous times, but the doctors brush it off everytime I tell them I'm in pain. My dad thinks I'm a hypochondriac, and my mom has stopped worrying, but i know this is something. We have a history of heart issues in my family (congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol) but no one seems to take the fact that I'm in pain seriously. I get dizzy, get numb in my arms and neck, i feel under-oxygenated, and it feels like my heart is pumping too hard and too fast, almost like it's working too hard. It makes it difficult to breathe and lift anything as well. The pain feels tight, and heavy, and it's constant, but then there are sudden added sharp pains that overlap the constant pains that start to burn. The pain happens when i exercise, or when I'm relaxing. I don't know what's wrong, but i want someone to take note of this and actually find out why these pains are so prominent and constant.

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Hi @katherine_gauthier,

Thank you so much for sharing your information; I'm so glad you've joined this group on Connect. I wish my 15-year old wrote with such insight!
I have to admit, that as well-meaning parents, we sometimes tend to brush aside teenage complaints as part of "being a teenager." I will also admit that when we, as adults and parents don't have a clear answer, we tend to ignore a problem in the hopes that it will go away.
I can imagine how frustrating all this must be, especially since any symptoms that involve the heart can be so scary.

I'd like to introduce you to a few Connect members – @mram79 @hazel516 @schmidtsl @heartnsoul36 @gibbs @rainman316 @mlzeid @jchp – as they've all written about chest pain, and I'm certain they will share their insights, and have some information that might help you.
I'm also tagging Mentors @predictable @hopeful33250, for their thoughts about your symptoms, and also for their wisdom in helping you with your parents.

@katherine_gauthier, there are a number of digestive health issues (hernias, GERD) that can present as chest pain and other heart related symptoms; is this something you might consider asking your doctor?

@kanaazpereira

Hi @katherine_gauthier,

Thank you so much for sharing your information; I'm so glad you've joined this group on Connect. I wish my 15-year old wrote with such insight!
I have to admit, that as well-meaning parents, we sometimes tend to brush aside teenage complaints as part of "being a teenager." I will also admit that when we, as adults and parents don't have a clear answer, we tend to ignore a problem in the hopes that it will go away.
I can imagine how frustrating all this must be, especially since any symptoms that involve the heart can be so scary.

I'd like to introduce you to a few Connect members – @mram79 @hazel516 @schmidtsl @heartnsoul36 @gibbs @rainman316 @mlzeid @jchp – as they've all written about chest pain, and I'm certain they will share their insights, and have some information that might help you.
I'm also tagging Mentors @predictable @hopeful33250, for their thoughts about your symptoms, and also for their wisdom in helping you with your parents.

@katherine_gauthier, there are a number of digestive health issues (hernias, GERD) that can present as chest pain and other heart related symptoms; is this something you might consider asking your doctor?

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Thank you so much for responding! I have asked my doctor, and they don't seem to believe me either. I want to go to a cardiologist or someone more experienced in heart problems to see if they can find anything wrong.

I was 14 when I did in fact develop a heart murmur but I had symptoms of lips and fingers turning slightly blue. So are the other symptoms or specific ones you are looking for some to evaluate? IN my family we have Coroanry Artery Spasm and I have them as well. And it can affect teens. But generally there are some symptoms that help diagnosis it. Like blood pressures or shortness of breath or heart palpitations etc. With me and others we have normal ECGs during spasm so a simple ECG can miss it. Mayo has done heart cath on me to show that is so true. But do not jump to you having that issue. But if you have chest pain where is it and exactly how does it feel. Log how it feel s, where it is ho often what you ate or drank etc. They would help parents and physicians decided if it is a gastric issue it a another issue. But there are many many reason for Chest pain. Pulmonary issue can have sever chest pains. Describe it for us.

@cherfenn

I was 14 when I did in fact develop a heart murmur but I had symptoms of lips and fingers turning slightly blue. So are the other symptoms or specific ones you are looking for some to evaluate? IN my family we have Coroanry Artery Spasm and I have them as well. And it can affect teens. But generally there are some symptoms that help diagnosis it. Like blood pressures or shortness of breath or heart palpitations etc. With me and others we have normal ECGs during spasm so a simple ECG can miss it. Mayo has done heart cath on me to show that is so true. But do not jump to you having that issue. But if you have chest pain where is it and exactly how does it feel. Log how it feel s, where it is ho often what you ate or drank etc. They would help parents and physicians decided if it is a gastric issue it a another issue. But there are many many reason for Chest pain. Pulmonary issue can have sever chest pains. Describe it for us.

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Well, my family has a history of things like congestive hesrt failure, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. My pain varies, typically it feels like my heart is working too hard and blood isn't getting through, because my arms start to go numb near my armpits in my neck, which happens to my dad whenever he needs to get a stint in his heart for a clogged artery. Any tests the doctors see shows that it's normal, though they only take my blood pressure and listen to my heart. They've only done a few ECGs on me but they always seem normal. Even the cardiologist i went to saw nothing and things I'm exaggerating. They all think it's because of stress or things i eat, but the pain happens all the time, no matter what I'm doing. I honestly wish they could find something out, because the pain I've felt has only gotten worse this year.

@cherfenn

I was 14 when I did in fact develop a heart murmur but I had symptoms of lips and fingers turning slightly blue. So are the other symptoms or specific ones you are looking for some to evaluate? IN my family we have Coroanry Artery Spasm and I have them as well. And it can affect teens. But generally there are some symptoms that help diagnosis it. Like blood pressures or shortness of breath or heart palpitations etc. With me and others we have normal ECGs during spasm so a simple ECG can miss it. Mayo has done heart cath on me to show that is so true. But do not jump to you having that issue. But if you have chest pain where is it and exactly how does it feel. Log how it feel s, where it is ho often what you ate or drank etc. They would help parents and physicians decided if it is a gastric issue it a another issue. But there are many many reason for Chest pain. Pulmonary issue can have sever chest pains. Describe it for us.

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As heart attack survivor , my suggestions are 1.Check sleeping position and apply Bit Of olive oil and heat to paining arm before going to sleep and do it 3 times a day.2 Donsimple Exercise se Of upper part and Yoga.Wtach Swami Ramdeo Yoga videos on You tube and try to do same.3.Reduce sugar , sugary drinks,potato chips and Meat drastically.4 Take at lesat 4 servings of fruits a day .5.Meditate and talk to pain ful part of body .Leran to relax and NEVER over exert.6 Try deep breathing and Pranayam.7 Drink Warm water always and take cup of hot milk with turmeric and bit of sugar before going to bed.8 Listen to music you love and visualize that pain is coming down and body is releasing Endorphins .It works.God Bless

@cherfenn

I was 14 when I did in fact develop a heart murmur but I had symptoms of lips and fingers turning slightly blue. So are the other symptoms or specific ones you are looking for some to evaluate? IN my family we have Coroanry Artery Spasm and I have them as well. And it can affect teens. But generally there are some symptoms that help diagnosis it. Like blood pressures or shortness of breath or heart palpitations etc. With me and others we have normal ECGs during spasm so a simple ECG can miss it. Mayo has done heart cath on me to show that is so true. But do not jump to you having that issue. But if you have chest pain where is it and exactly how does it feel. Log how it feel s, where it is ho often what you ate or drank etc. They would help parents and physicians decided if it is a gastric issue it a another issue. But there are many many reason for Chest pain. Pulmonary issue can have sever chest pains. Describe it for us.

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I'll be sure to try that, thanks!

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