Help: Chest pain, high heart rate, exhaustion

Posted by amm97 @amm97, Feb 2, 2020

Update: I’m still having chest pain almost 4 months, high heart rate and now exhaustion. Every test has came back normal and my doctor doesn’t really know what else to do. Does anyone on here know if it would be worth it to go to Mayo and see if they can’t figure it out. I’m at my witts end, I’m in pain 24/7 and I don’t know what else to do. For anyone who hasn’t been following my journey the tests I’ve had done are CT of abdomen and pelvis, echo, chest xray, multiple blood tests, holter monitor, ekgs, kidney Doppler and ultrasound, upper GI scope. I’ve also tried medications like proilsec, a prescription for anti-inflammatory. These havent helped my chest pain.

@rogersd

Years of chest pain and no real help

I have been living with chest pain for the last several years. I’ve the last few months it’s gotten worse. Before I continue note that I stopped smoking back in April of last year. My primary dr keeps sending me to different doctors and nobody can give me an answer. First of all, I little under a year ago (like 11 months) my father passed away of a heart attack at the age of 79. About a week later I experienced an anxiety attack. My dr sent me to an cardiologist just to be safe. He ran a nuclear stress test and did an echo stress test and found nothing. Said I was good. Shrilly after my chest started hurting again, my blood pressure kept shooting up to around 150/100. After about 30 mins it would go away but the pain never did. So, I was sent to a gastroenterologist. He did a scope and found a very tiny hiatal hernia, an ulcer, and al sorts of acid. Also believes I’m having esophagus spasms. Ok, so he gave me some pills. The whole summer I was good. No pain at all. Then starting around in December the pain came back. Not too bad. Didn’t last long. I started exercising and stuff too as I am well over weight by like 100 lbs. the pain started getting worse. Last month it got really bad. I’m getting dizzy, feeling bad, stomach and chest pain. Like hard pressure chest pain. Feeling pressure in my eyes and face. Left arm pain and numbness. Blood pressure goes up and down. All of those seems to happen after I eat and lt doesn’t seem to matter what I eat. So, I go back to the gastroenterologist. He does another scope finds that the l er is gone but I still have a lot of acid build up. Basically tells me to lose weight. Currently I’m 6,3 295 lbs. I know I’m over weight but I’m not like super crazy fat. So, I guess my question is, should I get my heart looked at again? I feel miserable 24/7. I have chest pain constantly, I’m dizzy all the time, which I do have sever sinus blockage also. I don’t feel like I can do anything at all. This sucks. I need help and I don’t know what else to do.

I also forgot to add that my primary doctor has increased my blood pressure meds a lot. My feet and ankles then started to swell up. So she changed my meds and the swelling went away.my blood pressure has been really good though in fact lower than normal. It’s been hovering around 114/70- 125/85. Heart rate is around 75 when resting.

I will add one more thing. Yesterday I was sitting in a meeting about an hour after eating two slices of little Cesar pizza and my heart rate shot you randomly. I felt awful and felt like I was about to black out. I got up and started walking and immediately felt better.

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@rogersd With everything that you describe, have you thought of getting a second opinion?

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@becsbuddy

@rogersd With everything that you describe, have you thought of getting a second opinion?

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I’ve gotten multiple opinions. That’s why I came here. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve had 4 different heart tests done over the last 5 years most recent was last May. All negative. I’ve had countless stomach scopes done by 2 different doctors also. I’m currently going to a chiropractor which actually seems to be helping. Obviously he’s not a cure but just helping with the symptoms.

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@becsbuddy

@lioness Linda, Good morning! Is the referral you mentioned to see another doctor? You’ve been such an active person, I hate to see you slow down! Will you stay in touch with me? Becky

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@becsbuddy Hi Becky yes to see cardiologist having s.o.b. when walking up small grades hope to get referral today Yes I,ll keep in touch with all thanks for concern

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@rogersd

I’ve gotten multiple opinions. That’s why I came here. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve had 4 different heart tests done over the last 5 years most recent was last May. All negative. I’ve had countless stomach scopes done by 2 different doctors also. I’m currently going to a chiropractor which actually seems to be helping. Obviously he’s not a cure but just helping with the symptoms.

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@rogersd I read your post about seeing
a chiropractor That is great I do believe in them This reminded me I had chest stomach pain and it was a chiropractor that cured me took several adjustments but did the job So please stick with it if you see so relief

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Hi everyone thank you so much for reading through this. I’m 30 male, and have asthma, GERD, and allergies(trees and grass).I recently moved from NY to NC. When I came down here my allergies were so terrible I could not breathe through my nose for 2 weeks. I had to mouth breathe and ended up having an asthma attack. Since that day I have never recovered. I have had constant chest pain, some days it’s manageable and other days it’s unbearable. And I can’t find any relief and have trouble sleeping.

I’ve gotten blood tests, chest x rays, EKGs and CT scan with contrast. Nothing comes up. My full symptoms are chest pain that can be from one side to the other and in the middle. Chest soreness and tenderness to the touch. Back pain, leg pain when walking. Shortness of breath. I’ve been pretty sedentary for a while now and contribute leg pain to when I have to actually be productive. The back pain lately could be from sitting up on the couch with no back support for hours a day.

When I went to the ER they performed many tests and one doctor said I had anxiety. I’ve been on anxiety meds only for a week so far with no improvements. My pulmonologist changed my inhaler and that hasn’t improved or made the situation worse. I’m very confused on what this can be. Part of me thinks something musculoskeletal, costochondritis, anxiety, and of course googling makes everything worse.

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@cjfutrell

Hi everyone thank you so much for reading through this. I’m 30 male, and have asthma, GERD, and allergies(trees and grass).I recently moved from NY to NC. When I came down here my allergies were so terrible I could not breathe through my nose for 2 weeks. I had to mouth breathe and ended up having an asthma attack. Since that day I have never recovered. I have had constant chest pain, some days it’s manageable and other days it’s unbearable. And I can’t find any relief and have trouble sleeping.

I’ve gotten blood tests, chest x rays, EKGs and CT scan with contrast. Nothing comes up. My full symptoms are chest pain that can be from one side to the other and in the middle. Chest soreness and tenderness to the touch. Back pain, leg pain when walking. Shortness of breath. I’ve been pretty sedentary for a while now and contribute leg pain to when I have to actually be productive. The back pain lately could be from sitting up on the couch with no back support for hours a day.

When I went to the ER they performed many tests and one doctor said I had anxiety. I’ve been on anxiety meds only for a week so far with no improvements. My pulmonologist changed my inhaler and that hasn’t improved or made the situation worse. I’m very confused on what this can be. Part of me thinks something musculoskeletal, costochondritis, anxiety, and of course googling makes everything worse.

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Hi I also have the same type of chest pain as you describe. Same type of tests as well. What I found was that exposure to animals was the precipitating factor. When I gave my dog to my brother the pain went away in a few weeks. If you have an animal it might be worth a try having a friend or relative look after it for a few weeks to see if that makes any difference. Good luck.

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Hi @cjfutrell and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Chest pain can be very frightening especially when your physicians are having trouble diagnosing it. You will see that I moved yours and @willows post to this discussion so the two of you could connect with other people who have been through something similar.

You might be interested in reading this article – Asthma and Chest Pain: What's the Connection? – Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma/asthma-and-chest-pain

I agree that a lot of the pain could come from being sedentary. With the pandemic, a lot of people are less active. Are you doing anything to keep up with any physical activity?

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@amandaburnett

Hi @cjfutrell and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Chest pain can be very frightening especially when your physicians are having trouble diagnosing it. You will see that I moved yours and @willows post to this discussion so the two of you could connect with other people who have been through something similar.

You might be interested in reading this article – Asthma and Chest Pain: What's the Connection? – Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma/asthma-and-chest-pain

I agree that a lot of the pain could come from being sedentary. With the pandemic, a lot of people are less active. Are you doing anything to keep up with any physical activity?

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Hi! Thank you for responding. When all of this pain started I guess I convinced myself not moving around a lot might be better for my health as to not aggravate the chest pains but I can realize why it could do the opposite. I have been trying to do more lately but I don’t think it’s been enough time.

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@willows

Hi I also have the same type of chest pain as you describe. Same type of tests as well. What I found was that exposure to animals was the precipitating factor. When I gave my dog to my brother the pain went away in a few weeks. If you have an animal it might be worth a try having a friend or relative look after it for a few weeks to see if that makes any difference. Good luck.

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Thank you for this. I did actually get a puppy around the time this all started. I did get allergy tests done recently but I’m not even sure if animals were on that test. I’m going to call up my allergist soon.

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I also did the allergy tests that showed a slight allergies to dogs, worse for cats but the pain in the chest seemed way out of proportion to the test results. Too bad for me, I love animals and are not nervous around them. I have had
to care for and train my dogs and went to dog school. In order to rid myself of allergies I took allergy shots for 2 years, all to no avail. Now I have a pet free household and feel fine. I always enquire if I am going out visiting whether there are animals in the house. I take my steroid inhaler before going but it is only of limited help. Mostly I just don’t go where there are animals. Reptiles and fish are ok. To have some living creatures in the house ( besides my husband that is) I bought a 90 gallon aquarium and some Africian Cichlids (very responsive fish and hardy);If you are contemplating this I suggest you study first and buy the best quality filter. It’s a hobby and requires work however it is rewarding in that it’s beautiful addition to the house. Stay away from salt water fish until you are very very experienced.
I am sorry that there seems to be no medical knowledge out there of our condition. I feel it is related to asthma but different in some significant way. Please let me know how you are doing as you search for answers. I have only met one other person who had this pain and I am 74 years of age. Also note that all fur bearing animals can cause allergies , it’s not their fur it’s the invisible protein in their saliva that floats in the air and that we unwittingly inhale that causes problems.

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@willows

I also did the allergy tests that showed a slight allergies to dogs, worse for cats but the pain in the chest seemed way out of proportion to the test results. Too bad for me, I love animals and are not nervous around them. I have had
to care for and train my dogs and went to dog school. In order to rid myself of allergies I took allergy shots for 2 years, all to no avail. Now I have a pet free household and feel fine. I always enquire if I am going out visiting whether there are animals in the house. I take my steroid inhaler before going but it is only of limited help. Mostly I just don’t go where there are animals. Reptiles and fish are ok. To have some living creatures in the house ( besides my husband that is) I bought a 90 gallon aquarium and some Africian Cichlids (very responsive fish and hardy);If you are contemplating this I suggest you study first and buy the best quality filter. It’s a hobby and requires work however it is rewarding in that it’s beautiful addition to the house. Stay away from salt water fish until you are very very experienced.
I am sorry that there seems to be no medical knowledge out there of our condition. I feel it is related to asthma but different in some significant way. Please let me know how you are doing as you search for answers. I have only met one other person who had this pain and I am 74 years of age. Also note that all fur bearing animals can cause allergies , it’s not their fur it’s the invisible protein in their saliva that floats in the air and that we unwittingly inhale that causes problems.

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Thank you for your time. I want to understand better where you are coming from. Can you explain all the symptoms you were having and feeling? I have non stop all day chest pain that never goes away. I have my allergies under control in terms of nose/eyes symptoms no sneezing or watery itchy eyes but my chest is always very tense and tight and get random sharp pains here and there near the ribs/shoulders/anywhere on my torso. I’m going to see my allergist again but also might find a way to quarantine away from all animals for a while.

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Regarding my symptoms, tight chest, sharp pains, difficulty getting enough air to feel a sense of satisfaction when taking a breath, pains also in my upper back. Coughing basically non productive or a slight bit of mucus coming up. This can last up to 3 weeks after exposure to an animal, and the frustrating thing is that I am not petting them or touching them but just a slight exposure can bring on the pain and other symptoms. Ug! As well I have GERD but I can tell the difference and it is under effective control. I have had air flow tests and these are fine but I wasn’t having an attack or showing symptoms at the time. There is an article from that is mentioned on this site that describes asthma and it sure sounds like us.

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