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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@niksonrex

No, that is the wierdest part. It doesnt happen when i do anything specific. The pain feels ,rarely stabbing, and usually feels dull. Like when someone grips a part of your body real hard. I think its right under my third rib, and right where it starts. Cant say if it is the rib or behind it.

The only thing i noticed yesterday is that, when i really make myself upright (i usually dont stand very upright cause i am sitting alot, im working on that) it eases off. It might have been a coinsidence but im not sure cause i also dont ever feel it if im lying down or when practicing HEMA where i gotta stand upright.
Also never felt it 2-3 hours after waking up. Might be that i dont notice it but that is what i felt. And again its not unbearable. I can easly just forget about it when im doing something.

And thanks for moving it here, im new here so i dont really know the layout well xD.

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Hi @niksonrex,

You may wish to view this Mayo Clinic Q and A:
– Chest pain despite normal stress test information https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-chest-pain-despite-normal-stress-test/

I'm also tagging @kromp @lisab62 @jeny4 @scotr124m @rsmith011 @cherfenn @iagrrl who've written about similar concerns, and I’m certain they will join in with their thoughts.

@niksonrex, sometimes digestive issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can also cause a feeling of tightness under the breastbone (sternum), which may resemble chest pain; would you consider asking your doctor about this? Are you still experiencing pain?

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Hi I’m a 16 year I’ve been experiencing chest pain that has been driving me nuts I haven’t been able to sleep or eat normal I’ve been to doctor
I’ve had
Normal EKG
Normal Blood Test
Normal X rays
Normal Echo
But don’t seem to find nothing and I’m honestly getting scared cause it’s spreading to my arm and jaw

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Hi @ramirezdanny and welcome to Connect. You may have noticed I moved your post it this existing discussion on chest pain with normal tests. Click VIEW & REPLY in your email and you will be able to read what others have gone through and find some ideas as to the cause of your pain.

It must be worrisome and frightening to have this pain in your chest and have no cause for why it's happening.

I wanted to introduce you to @lioness @racerjon and @loved1 as well as @kromp @lisab62 @jeny4 @scotr124m @rsmith011 @cherfenn and @iagrrl as they may be able to offer you support during your search.

Back to your chest pain @ramirezdanny where in your chest did the pain start? Is the pain in your chest, and now arm and jaw, a dull pain or a sharp pain?

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@kanaazpereira

Hi @niksonrex,

You may wish to view this Mayo Clinic Q and A:
– Chest pain despite normal stress test information https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-chest-pain-despite-normal-stress-test/

I'm also tagging @kromp @lisab62 @jeny4 @scotr124m @rsmith011 @cherfenn @iagrrl who've written about similar concerns, and I’m certain they will join in with their thoughts.

@niksonrex, sometimes digestive issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can also cause a feeling of tightness under the breastbone (sternum), which may resemble chest pain; would you consider asking your doctor about this? Are you still experiencing pain?

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@remerizdanny Welcome to this wonderful group of people with all kinds of problems who can help you with similar condition .Do you have frequent heartburn ? This acts like a heart pain so have you been checked out by a gastroenterologist for stomach issues? Another thing that can cause this pain is a pinched nerve that comes from your back to stomach I had this one time and went to my chiropractor for relief.As soon as he released the nerve my dull ache went away from chest this was my experience ,this is only a suggestion but maybe worthwhile looking into.Hope you get some relief.

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Im hoping that someone here has some advice or insight. Im 35, male, in good shape. I have been having daily chest pain for a couple months now. I'll use today as an example. All day I felt perfectly fine. Woke up early, got the kid off to school, and worked out. Rode the stationary bike for 60 minutes. Heart and chest felt fine for the entire time. Rest of the day went fine. Until around 1430. Sitting in a meeting I feel my heart flutter/skip a beat, and feel a tingle throughout my entire body. The feeling is extremely uncomfortable and unsettling. Along with a short spell of dizziness, I immediately have anxiety. 10 minutes later I continue to have chest burning/discomfort that continues on to my back, and headache. 10 minutes after that it starts to settle, but even 90 minutes later I still have chest and back discomfort and random palpitations (that I attribute to anxiety from the initial episode). This will probably last the rest of the day, or at least until I work out again. Thats the weirdest part to both me and my cardiologist. When my HR is elevated and I am working out, I feel fantastic. The majority of the time when I feel these cardiac episodes (all of the times I can think of), I am at rest. Pain and discomfort will radiate to my back, arms, neck, and jaw. Dizzy and lightheaded. A few months ago I went to the ER with one of these episodes. EKG was fine, troponin test was negative. ER doc said to follow up with primary. Primary performed another EKG that also came back normal. Referred to cardiologist, who ran multiple tests. Bloodwork showed nothing, Holter monitor showed some pvcs or pacs but nothing significant. Echo and stress test also didn't show anything significant. I can't seem to figure out what is going on, but I'm pretty sure is not gastro. Multiple antacids have offered no relief. I can physically feel my heart having these episodes when they happen. I don't know what to do, but the associated anxiety is horrible. I can't even go to sleep, because I am convinced that my heart is going to stop while I am asleep.

Also, I have daily headaches that can come with the episodes, or present on their own.

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@jdad0602

Im hoping that someone here has some advice or insight. Im 35, male, in good shape. I have been having daily chest pain for a couple months now. I'll use today as an example. All day I felt perfectly fine. Woke up early, got the kid off to school, and worked out. Rode the stationary bike for 60 minutes. Heart and chest felt fine for the entire time. Rest of the day went fine. Until around 1430. Sitting in a meeting I feel my heart flutter/skip a beat, and feel a tingle throughout my entire body. The feeling is extremely uncomfortable and unsettling. Along with a short spell of dizziness, I immediately have anxiety. 10 minutes later I continue to have chest burning/discomfort that continues on to my back, and headache. 10 minutes after that it starts to settle, but even 90 minutes later I still have chest and back discomfort and random palpitations (that I attribute to anxiety from the initial episode). This will probably last the rest of the day, or at least until I work out again. Thats the weirdest part to both me and my cardiologist. When my HR is elevated and I am working out, I feel fantastic. The majority of the time when I feel these cardiac episodes (all of the times I can think of), I am at rest. Pain and discomfort will radiate to my back, arms, neck, and jaw. Dizzy and lightheaded. A few months ago I went to the ER with one of these episodes. EKG was fine, troponin test was negative. ER doc said to follow up with primary. Primary performed another EKG that also came back normal. Referred to cardiologist, who ran multiple tests. Bloodwork showed nothing, Holter monitor showed some pvcs or pacs but nothing significant. Echo and stress test also didn't show anything significant. I can't seem to figure out what is going on, but I'm pretty sure is not gastro. Multiple antacids have offered no relief. I can physically feel my heart having these episodes when they happen. I don't know what to do, but the associated anxiety is horrible. I can't even go to sleep, because I am convinced that my heart is going to stop while I am asleep.

Also, I have daily headaches that can come with the episodes, or present on their own.

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@jdad0602 I'm sorry you are having these symptoms .You said you do 60 minutes a day is that everyday? Have you told your cardiologist about this It might be to much My understanding is 30 min a day then every other day ,you need to let your muscles rest a day. I new a lady runner every day 5-10 miles she blew her knee out the Dr told her If you haven't tell your Dr about how much you exercise and length of time

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@jdad0602

Im hoping that someone here has some advice or insight. Im 35, male, in good shape. I have been having daily chest pain for a couple months now. I'll use today as an example. All day I felt perfectly fine. Woke up early, got the kid off to school, and worked out. Rode the stationary bike for 60 minutes. Heart and chest felt fine for the entire time. Rest of the day went fine. Until around 1430. Sitting in a meeting I feel my heart flutter/skip a beat, and feel a tingle throughout my entire body. The feeling is extremely uncomfortable and unsettling. Along with a short spell of dizziness, I immediately have anxiety. 10 minutes later I continue to have chest burning/discomfort that continues on to my back, and headache. 10 minutes after that it starts to settle, but even 90 minutes later I still have chest and back discomfort and random palpitations (that I attribute to anxiety from the initial episode). This will probably last the rest of the day, or at least until I work out again. Thats the weirdest part to both me and my cardiologist. When my HR is elevated and I am working out, I feel fantastic. The majority of the time when I feel these cardiac episodes (all of the times I can think of), I am at rest. Pain and discomfort will radiate to my back, arms, neck, and jaw. Dizzy and lightheaded. A few months ago I went to the ER with one of these episodes. EKG was fine, troponin test was negative. ER doc said to follow up with primary. Primary performed another EKG that also came back normal. Referred to cardiologist, who ran multiple tests. Bloodwork showed nothing, Holter monitor showed some pvcs or pacs but nothing significant. Echo and stress test also didn't show anything significant. I can't seem to figure out what is going on, but I'm pretty sure is not gastro. Multiple antacids have offered no relief. I can physically feel my heart having these episodes when they happen. I don't know what to do, but the associated anxiety is horrible. I can't even go to sleep, because I am convinced that my heart is going to stop while I am asleep.

Also, I have daily headaches that can come with the episodes, or present on their own.

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The first thing I would have them check for is Afib. I would get like this off and on for years. I was told I didn't have it. Then, they discovered during my last cath, I had Paroxysmal Afib. They told me that this is Afib that comes and goes so it's not something you experience on a daily basis. I hope this might help you. It's very possible you may have this.

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My father is 63 years old, he started experiencing pains in the middle of his chest a few weeks ago, he was a smoker for 40 years or so and he quit before Christmas, the chest pains has become increasingly worse, he's experiencing shortness of breath and tiredness while performing basic activities, he went to the hospital Saturday and Sunday and had normal ecg and bloods and x-ray results, he was given referral to the cardiac clinic but I'm concerned, we don't know what's going on, the Dr's didn't say what could possibly be causing the symptoms.

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That does sound concerning but i do know that the first year i had a caught and what i was told that was basically your lungs trying to get rid of the toxins. On the chest pains it might be either heart or lung and even muscle. Maybe all the caughing is giving him the pain. Don't give up tho it gets better and get answers on the chest pain from the drs. I quit in 2011 and im glad i did. I may not have been eligible for the transplant i received if i still smoked. On the shortness of breath that can also be heart or lung. How is he's oxygen saturation should be at least 90 or above.

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Well he doesn't really have a cough though he started sounding nasally when speaking, on Wednesday he goes to the hospital to join the cardiac clinic so hopefully we'll find out something then.

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Hi:
I also started having chest pain at your age 28, and I had every test imaginable and was told to see a shrink. It turns out that I have Small Vessels Spasms. I was diagnosed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012.
It took me 36 years to get a diagnosis. I had a Heart Attack at the age of 63 years old. The spasms caused the heart attack but no heart damage. I would definitely call Cleveland Clinic Heart Department and make an appointment to see a Cardiologist. My Cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is Dr. Stephen he is very familiar with women’s chest pain. I even went to the Mayo Clinic when I was your age but no diagnosis at that time. Women with chest pain and clear arteries is not something to fool around with. I am not saying you have SVS, but you definitely need to see a Cardiologist that specializes in women with chest pain and have all normal tests but continue to have chest pain.

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@redhead63

Hi:
I also started having chest pain at your age 28, and I had every test imaginable and was told to see a shrink. It turns out that I have Small Vessels Spasms. I was diagnosed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012.
It took me 36 years to get a diagnosis. I had a Heart Attack at the age of 63 years old. The spasms caused the heart attack but no heart damage. I would definitely call Cleveland Clinic Heart Department and make an appointment to see a Cardiologist. My Cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is Dr. Stephen he is very familiar with women’s chest pain. I even went to the Mayo Clinic when I was your age but no diagnosis at that time. Women with chest pain and clear arteries is not something to fool around with. I am not saying you have SVS, but you definitely need to see a Cardiologist that specializes in women with chest pain and have all normal tests but continue to have chest pain.

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36 years…I'm so sorry it took that long…and I'm sorry you were told to see a psychiatrist. My doctor immediately jumped to anxiety and seeing a psychologist. I wish they'd understand we know our bodies.

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