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.

@jakedduck1

@ashred
So do they believe your pain was a result of bronchitis? Did you have a cold or the flu?
You really shouldn’t ignore chest pain though.
Jake

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I had bronchitis last friday. Finished the antibiotics. Still have a cough and I have my echo stress test at 8 am tomorrow I can barely walk up stairs so this should be interesting.

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@ashred

I had bronchitis last friday. Finished the antibiotics. Still have a cough and I have my echo stress test at 8 am tomorrow I can barely walk up stairs so this should be interesting.

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At least you will be surrounded by medical personnel.
Any possibility

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@sue225

At least you will be surrounded by medical personnel.
Any possibility

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that the bronchitis triggered asthma?

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@ashred

I'm so with you! I have a heart monitor on till June 28th. I do stress test on Monday…which I dont think I'm gonna make it through that test without passing out. Ya my left breast has been hurting now as well. Anything I do I'm out of breath. I then finally see a cardiologist on the 12th. Its been hell just wait oh wait. Just relax take asprin. Its just an anxiety attack….I'm like excuse me!! I had chronic pain for 5 years and didn't take anxiety meds and went to counseling. It ended up being endo in my uterus. I dont have that or my cervix/tubes. If you feel bad you should go in Im rhinking I should I don't think I can make it till Monday.

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I hate how the doctors tell you it's anxiety first, and then ignore the tests they should be doing given the symptoms we describe. I think my primary care doctor put my life in danger.

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@ashred

I had bronchitis last friday. Finished the antibiotics. Still have a cough and I have my echo stress test at 8 am tomorrow I can barely walk up stairs so this should be interesting.

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@ashred
I’m surprised they want a stress test while your still having symptoms of bronchitis.
Jake

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When my otherwise very healthy husband was young like you, he had a cold that developed into pleurisy. He was off work for 2 weeks. It can be very painful. Here is information on it for you to check out: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pleurisy/symptoms-causes/syc-20351863 All the best!

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@pantherfancm77

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.

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Your exactly right. I’m 37, and in the last 2 1/2 months I have gone thru so much testing 6 ekgs, stress test test, ultrasound of heart and X-ray. On top of that I have countless other procedures done. Everything coming back fine. It bottles down that I am suffering from severe anxiety and visceral hypersensitivity. Basically thinking something is wrong when it’s not. It’s been quite a process and I’m still not a 100% yet but you have to remain to keep positive.

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@loved1

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.

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I totally agree. Women can have heart attacks without any traditional risk factors. Mayo Clinic is researching SCAD heart attacks which mostly affect younger women. I would suggest to your Dr that they do a CT angiogram or a CT or MRI of your heart to look for blood vessel abnormalities. I had an artery dissection like this.

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I would like to know what to do also

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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 ! I am a 24 year old girl currently experiencing similar symptoms, wanted to follow up here and see if you ever found anything that might help me out? thanks!

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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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hi @kanaazpereira ! I am a 24 year old girl experiencing similar pains, for over a year now. I have spoken with my doctor about GERD causes and have tried acid reflux medicine and did not feel better, do you have another idea? thank you!

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@samb33

hi @kanaazpereira ! I am a 24 year old girl experiencing similar pains, for over a year now. I have spoken with my doctor about GERD causes and have tried acid reflux medicine and did not feel better, do you have another idea? thank you!

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Hi @samb33, chest pain is a common symptom that can indicate many things. It is really important to work with your doctor to investigate. What may be the cause for chest pain for one person may not be the reason you are experiencing this pain.

Having said that, good for you for trying to find possible causes. You may wish to see the ideas members shared with other young members in these discussions:
– Months of Chest Pain – Please help https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/months-of-chest-pain-please-help/
– Chest Pain for 1 month https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-pain-for-1-month-1/
– Chest Pain/Disconfort since May 2019 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-paindisconfort-since-may-2019/
– Left chest lower rib cage pain moving upwards https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/left-chest-lower-rib-cage-pain-moving-upwards/

Because there can be so many reasons for chest pains, I recommend that you keep a log or diary of when you experience the pain. Keep track of things like:
– how intense is the pain
– where is it
– how long did it last
– what were you doing when you experienced the pain
– what did you have to eat or drink before or while you experienced the pain
– how was your stress level at the time of pain? Did you have stress at work, home or school?
– how was your overall health that day, for example well rested, good eating habits, exercise, etc.

Bringing this information to your next appointment can help you and your doctor figure out what is going on.

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Welcome to Connect, @samb33. I can imagine your worry because there's so much emotional stress with having symptoms that nobody can explain!
I wanted to quickly mention that I’m not a medical expert, hence I wouldn’t be able to advise you. However, since the most important ingredient of Connect is its members––like you––I’d be glad to tell you what I’ve learnt from all the shared experiences and insights.

Chest pain is one of those things that can be quite challenging to diagnose––and you want to consider it seriously as this type of pain can be a sign of heart disease. Chest pain generally originates from one of the organs in the chest (heart, lung, or esophagus) or from the components of the chest wall (skin, muscle, or bone). Organs close to the chest, such as the gall bladder or stomach, may also cause chest pain. Pain in the chest may also be the result of neck or shoulder joint pain that is referred to the chest, called referred pain. Take a look at this article, which explains the possible causes of chest pain: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/chest-pain-beyond-the-basics

@samb33, have had any tests to rule out heart-related issues?

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @samb33. I can imagine your worry because there's so much emotional stress with having symptoms that nobody can explain!
I wanted to quickly mention that I’m not a medical expert, hence I wouldn’t be able to advise you. However, since the most important ingredient of Connect is its members––like you––I’d be glad to tell you what I’ve learnt from all the shared experiences and insights.

Chest pain is one of those things that can be quite challenging to diagnose––and you want to consider it seriously as this type of pain can be a sign of heart disease. Chest pain generally originates from one of the organs in the chest (heart, lung, or esophagus) or from the components of the chest wall (skin, muscle, or bone). Organs close to the chest, such as the gall bladder or stomach, may also cause chest pain. Pain in the chest may also be the result of neck or shoulder joint pain that is referred to the chest, called referred pain. Take a look at this article, which explains the possible causes of chest pain: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/chest-pain-beyond-the-basics

@samb33, have had any tests to rule out heart-related issues?

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hi @kanaazpereira thank you! I have seen a cardiologist, he ruled out heart related issues with an echo, ct scan with dye, and a stress test. I have also seen a pulmonologist and rheumatologist who both said everything seemed normal. I'm thinking a gastroenterologist might be next, but wanted to come here to see if anyone had other ideas of what it could be.

Thanks for the article! Esophogus could be another thing for me to explore as well, I have seen esophological spasms brought up a few times.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @samb33, chest pain is a common symptom that can indicate many things. It is really important to work with your doctor to investigate. What may be the cause for chest pain for one person may not be the reason you are experiencing this pain.

Having said that, good for you for trying to find possible causes. You may wish to see the ideas members shared with other young members in these discussions:
– Months of Chest Pain – Please help https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/months-of-chest-pain-please-help/
– Chest Pain for 1 month https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-pain-for-1-month-1/
– Chest Pain/Disconfort since May 2019 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-paindisconfort-since-may-2019/
– Left chest lower rib cage pain moving upwards https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/left-chest-lower-rib-cage-pain-moving-upwards/

Because there can be so many reasons for chest pains, I recommend that you keep a log or diary of when you experience the pain. Keep track of things like:
– how intense is the pain
– where is it
– how long did it last
– what were you doing when you experienced the pain
– what did you have to eat or drink before or while you experienced the pain
– how was your stress level at the time of pain? Did you have stress at work, home or school?
– how was your overall health that day, for example well rested, good eating habits, exercise, etc.

Bringing this information to your next appointment can help you and your doctor figure out what is going on.

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hi @colleenyoung thank you! yes, I have been working with my doctor for over a year now and she seems to be somewhat stumped too unfortunately. I will try to do a better job at keeping track of the pain before our next appointment though.

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