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.

Hello @samb33

I agree that journaling your daily activities, food, exercise, etc. is a great way to help track your symptoms. I hope that this method will help you.

I look forward to hearing if you make any progress with this chest pain. Will you post again?

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@samb33

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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Hi @samb33,

You might also wish to view these discussions, where @kimh @franduffy @sylvias @kozlo52 @brie87144 @ryhughes @cim37343 @debiobrien have shared their experiences with esophageal issues:

– Esophageal spasm https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esophageal-spasm/
– Esophagus issues https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esophagus-issues/

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Have you ever had sternotomy surgery?

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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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