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Ongoing Chest Pain with normal tests

Posted by @kttormoen, Wed, Oct 17 11:27am

A week ago, I woke up at night from chest pain. It was pretty intense and I thought it was heartburn. I took Tums, which always help, but they didn't help. The next day I went to my doctor. She did an EKG and it was normal. She prescribed Omeprazole for GERD. Even after days of taking it, I do not feel better. My chest pain is constant. It's minor but it moves around. For example, it is in the middle of my chest right now but has been on the left side and then the right side today as well. My cholesterol is normal, I am a 28 year old female, I am not overweight, and there is not history of heart issues in my family.

Sometimes I feel like my heart is fluttering. I've also been very tired and a bit dizzy. I am not sure if part of the cause of my symptoms is anxiety, but anxiety attacks don't typically last for days on end. I have a hard time focusing on anything lately because of my symptoms. I feel shaky too.

Please help me. I am not sure what is going on and I feel like my doctor doesn't think it's a big deal.

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Hi I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. I went through a similar scenario for several years I had sharp chest pains and then would pass out. Every time I went in and had all the blood work EKG, treadmill test, echo cardiogram… Everything always looked great. I don't want to scare you but last year I had a cardiac arrest. They finally did an angiogram. I had a 90% Block in my LAD, the Widow Maker. After 28 minutes of CPR I was miraculously saved. I was a healthy 48 year old, nonsmoker, exercise regularly and didn't fit the description of a person with heart disease. It is very important for you to be your own advocate! Let them know what YOU want done. If the doctor you have won't listen, find another. Doctor's do what they are taught and if you are atypical, they won't find the problem. If you are suffering, they have an obligation to find out what is going on with you. Good luck and stay strong. 🙏

@loved1

Hi I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. I went through a similar scenario for several years I had sharp chest pains and then would pass out. Every time I went in and had all the blood work EKG, treadmill test, echo cardiogram… Everything always looked great. I don't want to scare you but last year I had a cardiac arrest. They finally did an angiogram. I had a 90% Block in my LAD, the Widow Maker. After 28 minutes of CPR I was miraculously saved. I was a healthy 48 year old, nonsmoker, exercise regularly and didn't fit the description of a person with heart disease. It is very important for you to be your own advocate! Let them know what YOU want done. If the doctor you have won't listen, find another. Doctor's do what they are taught and if you are atypical, they won't find the problem. If you are suffering, they have an obligation to find out what is going on with you. Good luck and stay strong. 🙏

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Thank you for your reply. I have a couple of follow up questions. Where were your chest pains located? Do they know what caused your blockage? Does heart disease run in your family? Also, did you have any other symptoms with your chest pains? Thank you so much.

@kttormoen

Thank you for your reply. I have a couple of follow up questions. Where were your chest pains located? Do they know what caused your blockage? Does heart disease run in your family? Also, did you have any other symptoms with your chest pains? Thank you so much.

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For three weeks before the cardiac arrest I had pain that felt like it was in my lungs and kind of moved around. I took Tums and then Prilosec. After 3 weeks I decided I would go to the hospital and get checked but I never made it. the only reason I waited so long that time was because every other time I went they said I was fine.
The blockage was caused by cholesterol buildup AKA heart disease.
My father had a heart attack in his late 50's from a 80% Block in an artery. He was healthy also. since my cardiac arrest my older brother has gotten checked and he had an 80% Block in one of his arteries with no symptoms.Has the doctor told you what he thinks the chest pains are from?

@loved1

For three weeks before the cardiac arrest I had pain that felt like it was in my lungs and kind of moved around. I took Tums and then Prilosec. After 3 weeks I decided I would go to the hospital and get checked but I never made it. the only reason I waited so long that time was because every other time I went they said I was fine.
The blockage was caused by cholesterol buildup AKA heart disease.
My father had a heart attack in his late 50's from a 80% Block in an artery. He was healthy also. since my cardiac arrest my older brother has gotten checked and he had an 80% Block in one of his arteries with no symptoms.Has the doctor told you what he thinks the chest pains are from?

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Had you had cholesterol tests before the cardiac arrest? If so, were those normal? I am not in the medical field by far but I just don't understand how it all works. They say my cholesterol is normal/low but who knows if that means anything. My doctor thought the pains were from GERD, but I told her two days ago that the Omeprazole (prilosec) has not made the pains any better. She had me come in yesterday to get some blood work done but the results I have seen online are thus far normal. I am hoping she calls me soon. I was supposed to have a Tropopin test ran but I think the lab tech forgot, because it's still listed in my "to do" list on the online portal.

My cholesterol levels were great… Never had to take medication for anything before this. As far as the
troponin test, it is supposed to be done right away after having had a heart attack. I however had a full cardiac arrest and showed almost no enzymes in my blood pointing to Heart attack.The Test is basically to show the doctor if your heart has suffered damage. You could ask your doctor why she ordered that test. Do you live in the states? The doctors are conservative on some tests…It depends what kind of insurance you have and where you live.

If you don't mind me asking, what types of medications do they have you take now to manage the problem? I'm almost wondering if I should take some aspirin. I do live in the states. I know the tests are expensive, my insurance covers 80% of most things. Also, looking back, is there anything you or your doctor noticed when your symptoms were presenting that actually indicated something more serious?

Hi my name is Catherine Lewis. I have constant chest pain in between my chest, and stomach area, and when that happens my blood pressure goes up very high. Have you ever heard of that kind of chest pain before? I was just wondering what could cause it to happen? Everytime I go to the hospital for the chest pain they tell me that theres nothing rong, but I no that there is something rong, because if there wasn't I wouldn't be having the extreme chest pain at all.

@kttormoen

If you don't mind me asking, what types of medications do they have you take now to manage the problem? I'm almost wondering if I should take some aspirin. I do live in the states. I know the tests are expensive, my insurance covers 80% of most things. Also, looking back, is there anything you or your doctor noticed when your symptoms were presenting that actually indicated something more serious?

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I take a Statin, beta blocker, and aspirin. I'm not a medical professional so I can't tell you what to do but aspirin wouldn't hurt.

@loved1 Are you seeing a cardiologist? If not you should .

@kttormoen I can understand why your anxious not knowing the cause are you seeing a cardiologist? I certainly would start there if you have stomach problems its a toss up what maybe the problem Your emotions play an important part of whats going on so try not to stress out I know its hard not knowing See a cardiologist.I just repeated myself sorry.

Being a 28 year old female with no family history

Being a 28 year old woman with no family history of heart disease the chances of your chest pains being heart related would be very rare. Chest pain can come from many other causes. The fluttering is probably ectopic heart beats either pvcs or pacs and probably caused by your anxiety over the chest pain and nothing to worry about if it is. However it is always best to get check out just in case and it will help ease your anxiety. You might see about getting a stress test or echo stress test. I doubt any doctor is going to do a invasive procedure like a angiogram at your age and probability of having heart disease. Hope this helps.

@loved1

Hi I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. I went through a similar scenario for several years I had sharp chest pains and then would pass out. Every time I went in and had all the blood work EKG, treadmill test, echo cardiogram… Everything always looked great. I don't want to scare you but last year I had a cardiac arrest. They finally did an angiogram. I had a 90% Block in my LAD, the Widow Maker. After 28 minutes of CPR I was miraculously saved. I was a healthy 48 year old, nonsmoker, exercise regularly and didn't fit the description of a person with heart disease. It is very important for you to be your own advocate! Let them know what YOU want done. If the doctor you have won't listen, find another. Doctor's do what they are taught and if you are atypical, they won't find the problem. If you are suffering, they have an obligation to find out what is going on with you. Good luck and stay strong. 🙏

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Hello Loved1. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm wondering if you had a CT of the coronary arteries as part of your work up prior to your cardiac event. You mentioned an EKG, treadmill and echo which were normal but did they do a CT scan of your coronary arteries. I only ask because I just had one and they assured me that despited my cardiac symptoms my arteries were clear on this test.

I can't remember for sure if they did the CT. I think so but I could be wrong. My memory is not very good since SCA. My older brother got checked after my episode and everything looked good but then he had another test for calcium levels (I'm not sure of the name of that test) and they were high so that's how they found out he may have had a block and they did an angiogram and he did. I'm not trying to scare anyone out there but I do think it's important to be your own advocate and even if you're a young female, things happen. I was in great health. Never smoked, hardly drank, watched what I ate, exercised and very type B personality. Heart disease is not just an older, white male problem.

Your situation is completely different from loved1. She was upper 40s you are 28. She has family history you do not. If you had a ct calcium scan and it was fine it is unlikely you have any significant blockage. I think you are reading her story and scaring yourself but you are comparing apples to oranges. If you haven’t talked to a cardiologist you need to to ease your mind.

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