• Julie Julie
    October 12, 2009
    Chest pains during exercise, on waking?
    Julie Julie
    October 12, 2009

    I am 27 and experience a muted pain in the chest, usually during exercise, but occasionally at other times.  I've taken Nexium for over a week now, but no difference.   Sometimes when I bend over I get a sharper pain.  Several times, the sharp pain has been so bad I could only breathe shallowly and sit/stand upright. This kept me up all night on a few occasions, since I couldn't recline to sleep! 

    I'm 120 lbs, eat pretty well, exercise regularly (4-5x per week, heart rate up around 166-172, for about 45-60 min).  I've been 3x to doctors and one gave me Motrin, another Nexium, and the other told me it might be digestion.  This doesn't make sense since it happens when I wake up when I have no food in the system (but also in afternoon after I've eaten).  I have an apppointment with a cardiologist next. What should I get checked for?  How can I communicate better with the doctor?



  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 14, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    October 14, 2009

    Hi Julie, 

    You are on the right track with seeking additional opinions from physicians regarding your symptoms if you are not satisfied with treatment success.  I do recommend you discuss the success/failure of a treatment approach with your physician(s), so they can progress to try something new.  It may take a process of elimination before the cause and appropriate treatment for your symptoms can be determined.  If your physician recommends a treatment you feel doubtful about, don't hesitate to express your concern so you fully understand the reasoning behind your physician's recommendation.  Also, ask about your options and discuss the pros and cons of each with your physician so you can participate in the treatment decision.  I hope your upcoming cardiologist appointment sheds some light on your situation.

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you:

    7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed

    Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

    Costochondritis: A Common Cause of Chest Pain



    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    Heart Healthy Tips


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