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Monday, August 17, 2009 padrepaul77, Community Member, asks

Q: Quick sudden pain in the left chest that comes and goes

I'm a 31-year old male, with no history in the family of heart trouble. About a year and a half ago, I awoke with some chest discomfort when breathing; I went down to the bathroom and got light headed, fell and got up; but was sweating a bit. I went into the clinic, and wore a monitor for a month and I'd press a button anytime I had the slightest bit of discomfort. I did this and the cardiologist concluded there was no condition related to the heart.

 

Since then however I've had some minor pains come and go. Often it is a sharp, quick burst of pain in the left part of the chest near the heart; it lasts a second, or might be a series of these quick bursts lasting a minute. It's usually when I'm at rest; though today while jogging it came after I had been jogging for 50 minutes. I do exercise daily, and can typically run about 5 to 6 miles or spend an hour on an eliptical machine with no problems. My cholesterol when last checked last year was good; my doctor said it was better than his; and my resting BP is around 120 over 70 to 80. So all in all the things look fine, but then these pains come and I get very nervous. I've been in twice, had EKGs and it's all normal - my GP says it's likely nerve endings firing off in the chest area, nothing more. I do also talk to a therapist for anxiety, and the bottom line is these pains still come every so often and I sometimes have a panic attack when they do, thinking it's a heart attack or something. I don't want to keep dropping co-pays and being the nutjob who shows up every week in the doctor's office, but I guess is this something I should just ignore or will likely live with for the rest of my life? Any thoughts?

 

Thanks,

Paul

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rms, Community Member
11/ 2/09 4:55am

Hi. Sorry I don't have the answer but I was wondering if the docs have come up with anything relating tour symptoms. I am 32 years old male and have the same exact symptoms as you have. I also get paic attacks thinking that I might be having heart attack. My docs guessed that it it may be related to reflux diasiese but I still have the pain eventough I am taking acid reducer etc.

 

Please let me know if possible.

Thanks,

Matt

 

 

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By padrepaul77, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/10/13, First Published: 08/17/09