Ongoing Chest Pain

Posted by kttormoen @kttormoen, Oct 17, 2018

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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@maryd

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.

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This is actually not a normal CT scan for what you have described called a CTA I would actually have to get on my paperwork for the rest of the description it is a CTA with something in the description. it looks through all of your blood vessels and more it's not an extensive test. however insurance companies are not happy to pay for it I do not know if this is for cost for other reasons. It took me about three months of pretty much daily fit not to mention that I gave them my 14 year olds name and number so they could explain to her if something happened to me and she was thrown into the foster care system due to the fact that I only have permanent guardianship of her which means she is a ward of the state , because they just didn't feel that the test should be done or that they were saving themselves a dime.

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You could consider a stress test along with an ultrasound of your heart and consider a stress test with a radiological study where they can measure the left ventricular ejection fraction. If you have heart flutters try wearing a heart monitor for 24 hours.

I had all those tests three times and they were all normal but stil had coronary artery disease which was finally found when I was so exhausted from hiking I was surprised I wasn’t dead. This experience resulted in an angiogram and stent placement for the LAD which was 65% blocked. Oh I forgot I also had a CT heart scan that measured calcium deposits snd I had a score of 800. Anything over 409 is consider a high risk.

I just read about Lipoprotein a which is seldom measured in the USA but measured in Europe and it seems to be corrolated with artery blockage

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It’s been an overwhelming year for me. I have been having chest pains since April. The pains are a strong pinch/striking pain. It comes in episodes. The pain lasts for a second and returns every 5-15mins until it is completely gone(takes3-5 days to stop) I have seen 3 cardiologist and my heart is fine. I have seen 4 primary care physicians they can’t tell me what it is. This week the pain has come back it and is now happening in my left breast area. It usually happens right in the center of my chest. Episodes happened April, July, October, now. I can’t find anything triggering it. It comes when I’m resting, walking etc. I do noticed it stops when I am laying down very still. I never had anxiety in my life so I don’t think it’s it. I seen a gastro dr. She said I have mild acid but nothing to cause the pain. Please help me I am so lost and it’s really having an negative impact on my life. I am a 28 year old woman.

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@sabrinamoreno17

It’s been an overwhelming year for me. I have been having chest pains since April. The pains are a strong pinch/striking pain. It comes in episodes. The pain lasts for a second and returns every 5-15mins until it is completely gone(takes3-5 days to stop) I have seen 3 cardiologist and my heart is fine. I have seen 4 primary care physicians they can’t tell me what it is. This week the pain has come back it and is now happening in my left breast area. It usually happens right in the center of my chest. Episodes happened April, July, October, now. I can’t find anything triggering it. It comes when I’m resting, walking etc. I do noticed it stops when I am laying down very still. I never had anxiety in my life so I don’t think it’s it. I seen a gastro dr. She said I have mild acid but nothing to cause the pain. Please help me I am so lost and it’s really having an negative impact on my life. I am a 28 year old woman.

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Hello Sabrina. I am sorry that your chest pain has been so frustrating. You are very young. To not get answers can be overwhelming for sure. There is a heart condition that I will point you towards, for you to look at. It is cardiac micro artery spasm, or spasm of the little arteries which supply the heart muscle, secondary to endothelial dysfunction. It is hard to diagnose, and requires a different approach to treat. Therefore clarification is really important. Clarification of any chest pain is very important. Maybe the moderator of this discussion could pull up some reliable cardiac articles to help. I know that the Mayo chest pain clinics deal with this, and have good treatment options which help patients lead normal day to day lives. I hope this helps, and I hope you are able to achieve clarification going forward. Good luck!!!

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