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Tuesday, March 02, 2010 SeptemberGurl, Community Member, asks

Q: heart ache

At the risk of sounding like a 1970's country & western singer, my primary symptom can only be described as a "heart ache".


I have a dull but constant pain just to the left of the lower sternum area.  It has been there for on and off for months, usually a couple weeks at a time.


My doctor had blood work done and said that he saw no tell-tale signs (sorry I don't know the specific tests) and I went for an "elevating treadmill" stress test and apparently the machine reached it limit before I did, but there were no signs of a heart condition.


That was 6 months ago.  The "heart ache" returned just a couple days ago.


I will see my doctor again but I was hoping that someone here might recognize this as a common symptom of....... something!


Any ideas?

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
3/ 5/10 3:48pm

Hi SeptemberGurl,


Sometimes reflux (GERD) or problems with your lungs can show up as chest pain.  I encourage you to ask your physician to explore other things such as the lungs, muscle pain, or reflux in addition to your heart just in case. 


Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD, LDN

MrQuadruple, Community Member
3/ 4/10 6:48pm

Women give me heart ache. 

SeptemberGurl, Community Member
3/ 4/10 8:30pm

On behalf of women everywhere, I appologize.  :-)


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