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Old 01-30-2006, 03:24 PM   #1
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Heart pain

So, I'm one of those people that does not go to the doctor unless things are broken or a lot of blood is flowing. But, last night I woke up and what I think is my heart, was hurting. It wasn't a lot of pain, just a mild discomfort in my chest. I fell back asleep, and it has been coming and going ever since. I thought perhaps it was just the pectoral muscle, but it feels deeper than that.

Does that sound like something I should worry about immediately? or can I wait and see if it goes away? I couldn't really find anything on the web about mild discomfort in the chest. Everything was OMG YOU'RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK CALL 911!!!
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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go see a doctor for a normal checkup and discuss the discomfort. I'm one of those people too that never go, but you really could benefit especially if its something like an irregular heart beat or something. Only takes an hour or two to go in.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Potentially it is chest wall pain, which is what they commonly diagnose when you have chest pain symptoms but everything rules out for myocardial infarction (heart attack). Or you could potentially have costochondritis which is swelling and inflammation of the cartilage and connective tissues of the ribs, which I have had before. It hurts when you breathe and move certain ways. Or possibly have muscle strain. Potentially it is a gastrointestinal problem also. For that they would try giving viscous lidocaine mixed with Mylanta to dull the sensation and control the acids causing the problem.

With what you are describing it is pretty vague and hard to know for sure, so I would suggest going in just to make sure everything is okay.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:35 PM   #4
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Do you have GURD?
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:36 PM   #5
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Different symptoms usually for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), although he is kind of vague in what he is describing.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:41 PM   #6
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Remember when you were a kid and you had growing pains? it feels similar to that, only in the upper, slightly left side of my chest, around where my heart would be. No movement seems to trigger it, just comes and goes.

I had some crazy heartburn for the last couple days after I ate some lasagna, and then left over lasagna. I don't know if that could be connected.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:42 PM   #7
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Sorry for the misspelling. I asked a medical professional. She said go see your doc. Then she said it sounds like reflux. I wont say what she is; but she has three of those things that rhymes with a 1x6 piece of wood.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:42 PM   #8
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When it comes to your life, it's better to be safe than sorry. At least make a phone call to the doctors office.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:44 PM   #9
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I suppose i'll call. Thanks for your advice.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:47 PM   #10
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My friend had a similar feeling, it lasted for over a week and he finally broke down and went to the doctor. It felt distinctly like what you think would be chest pains in the heart area. He was very worryied and scared which is very unlike him. When he went to the doctor it ended up being nothing more than gastrointestinal issues.

Now don't assume that what you have is the same thing since it may not be. But get yourself to the doctor just to make sure it's not a big deal, but until you get to a doctor don't worry yourself to death and assume it's a heart issue.
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Can't say for sure what it is without tests but I would go in and be seen or at least phone and talk to the nurse about it and see what she/he thinks. What you describe doesn't sound like something seriously lifethreatening at this point but sometimes you never know. It is much more of a concern depending on your age also.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:52 PM   #12
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BG Let me guess. OHSU Right?
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:53 PM   #13
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I made an appointment. Thanks again.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:58 PM   #14
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blue, keep up posted as to how you feel...I hope it's nothing serious.

Are they real sharp pains?
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:17 PM   #15
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BG Let me guess. OHSU Right?
Actually, medical transcriptionist for MedQuist. I am the number one producer out of over 13,000 transcriptionists. Yeah for me!!

I type for Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska, Maury Regional Medical Center (Columbia, Tennessee), Aspen Valley Hospital (Aspen, Colorado), Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital (Denver, Colorado), Exempla St. Joseph Hospital (Denver, Colorado), Yampa Valley (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit, Michigan), Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit, Michigan), and Detroit Receiving Hospital (Detroit, Michigan). I also type some on other Detroit Medical Center hospitals. I also pick up work periodically for other hospitals and clinics from various places around the country. I also used to type for Portland Adventist Medical Center until December when they didn't renew their contract.

I would be attending OHSU as a medical/surgical student (I want to be a surgeon some day) but the government program that would have allowed me to afford that was cut to only preexisting students with two years or less of medical school to go. I was supposed to have started at OHSU in the fall of 2006 but was notified last April that due to a funding cut I was no longer able to get 75% of medical school paid for (federal grant-type program). That kind of sucks, too, because I took all the tests and admittance exams for medical school and passed all but the organic chemistry test (got a 67% and needed a 70%) without ever having gone to college, just a one year program for medical transcription. I basically challenged and passed all the college requirements except the chemistry, which I would have only needed one semester of organic chemistry to satisfy the requirment, which I could have picked up at a community college. Otherwise, I averaged 94% for my testing results. I was quite pleased with that. I figured I wouldn't pass enough to qualify for the money.

I figure now if I want to try getting into medical school now it will be about five years or more before I will be financially able to do it, but for now this is fine. Plus, I have a part time job I am training for with the government.
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I wont say what she is; but she has three of those things that rhymes with a 1x6 piece of wood.
Plank? Slab? Stud (PhuD)? Board? Timber? Dimensional lumber? Stake? Chunk of ligneous fiber?

You got me. Please clarify.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:28 PM   #17
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^^^WoW I am impressed. I love to hear stories like that. Dont stop till you get where you are going. You know, you should be able to get funding for med school. Banks will fall over themselves to give you a loan if you have the paperwork that says you have a place. Basically, you are guaranteed money for them. Once you are in, you make it through.

I have a ex-student that is attending OHSU that spoke highly of the U. That is why I asked.
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Plank? Slab? Stud (PhuD)? Board? Timber? Dimensional lumber? Stake? Chunk of ligneous fiber?

You got me. Please clarify.
You got it right. It is in your list.
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I know that "Ph D" doesn't garner a lot of respect in some circles; but's it's not really a dirty word and shouldn't get you in trouble with the mods.
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^^^wrong. I might be one of those, but she is not. Try again.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:52 PM   #21
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I was thinking shingle.
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typical chest pain occurs with exercise and usually resolves with rest or vasodilators, described as a crushing pain that often radiates to the jaw or arm, more what you would expect with myocardial infarct (heart attack). atypical chest pain is more what you're describing, pain that comes and goes, often without provocation. all the other differential diagnoses is probably what you're experiencing (per carbon and bunny girl) and you'll probably end up getting an ekg and echo. it may not be coronary related, sometimes aortic stenosis or mitral prolapse can cause chest pain, as well as palpitations, shortness of breath, etc. on all of our pediatric exams, we always document coronary origins, as an anomalous right coronary from the left cusp with an intramural course could cause cp, but more often present with sudden death (young athletes who drop dead, also seen with cardiomyopathies).

good that you made an appointment, though you (i assume) being young and healthy, i wouldn't lose too much sleep over it.
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Pediatric cardiologist or perhaps cardiology lab???
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Thanks for the write up.

I have been short of breath lately. Sometimes, I'll wake up from sleeping and it just doesn't feel like I am getting enough oxygen with each breath. Taking deep breaths doesn't seem to change that feeling. But, it passes.
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