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Old 09-20-2006, 04:06 PM   #16
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding pulse

These are the symptoms I have except the shortness of breath. I was just in the ER last Friday. I have been diagnosed with GERD. I take 2 40mg Nexium a day and 2 Carafate a day. Although they help some, they don't get rid of my symptoms completely. I am having and endoscopy done in a couple of weeks. I will let you know what they say.....it may help. I don't drink at all but I don't have to drink to have the symptoms that you are describing. The "heart beat" you are feeling could possibly be an esophagus spasm. Somewhere on this board in a thread on that. You might read it to see if it gives you any insight. Good luck. I know how scary it can be. The first few times I paniced. Sadly, you will get used to it and it won't scare you so bad when it happens. I know that isn't much comfort. One thing I have found too is that people who haven't experienced it cannot possibly understand the fear that comes with it. Hang in there.

 
Old 09-21-2006, 06:00 AM   #17
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding pulse

I am so glad to have found this thread. My symptoms match EXACTLY with those described in the first post.

I initially went to the doctor with shortness of breath that I only noticed in the evenings. he said he'd found a heart murmur, but ECG was fine. Then I noticed I could see my pulse throbbing in my neck, and after drinking too much, I would wake up with a racing heart.

I have had an echo, was told at the time that the blood flow in one of my arteries was increased. Sometimes during the day my head feels hazy.

I cant get appointment for my doctor until Monday & damned receptionists wont tell me full results of Echo so obviously I'm dead scared! I worry a lot anyway and this thing is driving me crazy! I was worried it could be liver disease as I probably overdo it at times. I can go weeks without a drink, but once I start, can't seem to stop! Anyways, have stopped now.

Does this sound familiar to anyone else??

Anyway I will post back when I've seen the doctor. Just nice to know I'm not the only one experiencing these symptoms!

 
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:54 AM   #18
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding pulse

Kate,

I am the original poster. Obviously, as I said, I have the exact symptoms that you described. I have had a bunch of heart tests (echo, ekg, ct scan) and they ruled it out (I am still not convinced). That is good that you had an echo. However, I am really surprised that they have not let you see the results. I would call them again and have them fax you the report. If you are in the US, at the very least, this is a right you have. Keep asking until you get it.

And you are not alone with the haziness. I feel it everyday. And the shortness of breath of night. The fun thing is that I now have huge coughing fits the following morning. Awesome!!! Anyway, after reading A LOT about acid reflux, your symptoms are right on for GERD (as are mine).

The waking up with a racing heart is also consistent with GERD. I am not sure why, but a lot of people cite that as a symptom. Mine has gone away since I have been on protonix, although some of the other symptoms (haziness, coughing, chest pain and palpitations) have not.

Someone else on here mentioned the possibility of an ulcer. Although I obviously hope it is not that, I will look into it.

 
Old 09-21-2006, 07:05 AM   #19
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Also, Kate, I would consider stopping drinking for a couple months and see how you feel. I have done it (even though I used to be a HUGE partier) and it has made a big difference. It sucks, but feeling these scary symptoms sucks even more! Or at the very least, limit yourself to one drink (which it sounds like you, like me, have a tough time doing). If you can't do that, stop altogether.

 
Old 09-21-2006, 07:44 AM   #20
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Thanks Roscoe, I will definitely mention it to the Dr.

I'm in the UK and accessing med records & tests is just a nightmare. I have appointment for Monday & will definitely give him a grilling!

Have you ever been told you have a heart murmur?

 
Old 09-29-2006, 11:09 AM   #21
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding puls

Hello, my first post here but I saw what symptoms were listed and wanted to let everyone know what I found. I also was getting severe pain in my chest mostly on my right side. Real bad pain it would make me roll on the bed. I also would get lightheaded and dizzy unless I ate something. My heart rate also went up as did my blood pressure. I also would become fatigued and a bunch of other symptoms but long story short I was diagnosed with an ulcer. It seems that ulcers cause lots of problems, from gas (pain in chest), bleeding caused the anemia (dizzieness and lightheaded), heart rate (from pain), ulcers will also cause problems that resemble heart burn problems. Oh and beer will really tear up the ulcer problems because of the gas it will cause. Just something for you to think about...Ron

 
Old 09-29-2006, 12:10 PM   #22
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Hi,

I recently went on medication for anxiety & panic attacks. I asked my psche doc if it would be ok for me to have an occasional drink.
She said she has learned that with anxiety & panic you feel better when you have a drink, but when the alcohol wears off it puts you in a higher state of anxiety if you are prone to. So for that reason she advises against drinking for anyone with anxiety or panic disorders even if you aren't on meds.
That might be the reason for your heart pounding symptoms.

 
Old 10-04-2006, 06:51 AM   #23
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So maybe this is an ulcer??? Can someone with an ulcer (presumably one of the posters here who said they had an ulcer) describe their general symptoms? I have chest pain near my heart and in my lower left back almost all day, in addition to the other described symptoms. That could be an ulcer???

 
Old 10-04-2006, 08:01 AM   #24
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding pulse

I saw this as a first time reader and had to write something down as well...I've had a lot of these symptoms as well, and they've all come at different times. Here's a quick rundown...about 2.5 years ago, I was drinking in Spain and I think I swalled a small fishbone...months go by and I feel like it's stuck in my throat...last year, I finally go to an ENT who uses a scope to tell me that he thinks it's acid reflux, so he puts me on Nexium...it seems to have helped a bit, but I'm still on it and I still have problems. At the beginning of August, I felt like I was having a heart attack...at least that's what I thought...all sorts of things going on in my chest and with the added fact that a family member recently died of a heart attack, I go into panic mode...my body was shaking like crazy and I couldn't think straight. I go to hospital, and long story short, EKG was fine, doctor says I'm fine, but check with my regular doctor. I go to see him, and he can't find anything wrong with me and tells me it's a panic attack...so he prescribes me with some medicine to take next time I have one which will help take care of it...month goes by and I have a few more, but other symptoms this time, so I go see him again...he tells me I have anxiety and I either need to take anti-depressants or go to therapy...I chose therapy over anti-depressants (since I would rather find out what the problem is), but I haven't gone yet. I still have issues...and it's just like these posts...pain in the upper-left chest, problems breathing, pains in the sternum (probably gas building up), etc etc...however, I don't have the heart racing problems (other than that panic attack)...

So with all that being said, it's good to know that I'm not the only one and my stress level can come down a bit knowing that. However, I'm curious if I should see the doctor again to check why the Nexium isn't doing much for me...especially since the acid reflux was diagnosed by an ENT using a scope to look at my throat...versus any acid tests. Sometimes I feel Mexium is making it worse. I, too, am a drinker, and I have much worse "next days" than I used to...feel fine when I am having one, but the next day can be awful sometimes. So do I need to go back to my ENT? Go see a gastro doctor?

Thanks for all the comments!

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Old 09-29-2007, 12:44 AM   #25
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding puls

Cant tell you all how great it was to find this post. I party very hard but only fri and sat nights mostly and everytime I do the next day my heart pounds, my chest feels constricted, throbbling left side of neck and I get a pain on the left side of my chest which will last at least into the following day then fades. I can run the 5km in the same time I could when I was 21 (36 now) with no ill effect whatsoever.

What really fascinated me was the reference to paint in the first post. The first day this occured I hadnt been drinking the night before but my office had been sprayed with a reasonably toxic chemical, that a lot of people were having reactions too.

I have had blood tests (all sorts including one for heart damage), chest xray, ekg (while having an attack of the pounding heart) all normal. All anyone will say is its probably not serious. The idea of life without being able to drink terrifies me.

Anyhow if nothing else this gives me something else to ask my doctor about aside from cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Its just good to know I am not alone. thanks

 
Old 02-03-2008, 04:40 AM   #26
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I was thrilled to read this post as well. Even as I scanned through it the dreadful chest pains, stiff neck, sweating and nausea have started to subside.

This is something that I have been living with for most of my 34 years. I have always been an anxious person but just over three years ago I became addicted to Cocaine and that's when my problems really started. I kicked the habit over a year ago and have been clean ever since but the aggravated symptoms I experienced when I was on the drug have barely subsided. I regularly feel a crushing pain in the left side of my chest cavity, my shoulder blade sometimes feels like someone is branding it with a poker, my left and right arms hurt, I get back pain in the middle and lower back, my jaw and neck become stiff and sore, my wrists get sore and numb, my feet tingle, I get pins and needles in my hands and I find that I can pull muscles in my neck and back very easily. I am almost permanently tense and I stress about the slightest thing. Most of the time I am in control of it but occasionally it is so overpowering, all I can do is lie down and wait for it to subside.

I gave up imagining that I was having a heart attack some time ago. As one very frank junior doctor once pointed out to me after my umpteenth chest x-ray and clear ECG, if the symptoms really were heart related it would have killed me by now! Still, knowing that doesn't make it any easier to deal with those symptoms when they arise.

My biggest problem, and the one from which all the others stem, is depression. I was first medicated for it in 2000 and I have been on and off Citalopram since then but it has never really worked for me and I gave it up on the advice of my GP. If anything, the pills made the symptoms worse sometimes. While I understand that my depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, I have come to believe that medication is only an elastoplast; dealing with the root cause is the key to overcoming ones demons and letting go of the past. That is a much harder nut to crack. Therapy helps and I am considering seeing a therapist again in the near future. I also keep very fit and I am keen to start Yoga or Pilates again - They always helped a lot. Pushing weights is not always easy when you already feel like you have an elephant on your chest...

I am well aware of the causes of my depression and I don't wish to bore you with them here. What I will say is that every time I do something that has a positive outcome for me, I start to feel a bit better and the symptoms subside just a little. For example, after years of knowing that alcohol severely aggravated my symptoms (I am an addict remember, so Reason and Logic are not always easy for me to grasp), I gave it up for good a few days ago. The morning after the night before was always the worst, I would literally feel like I was about to die. Of course, making that decision was stressful in itself and so I am not feeling the full benefit just yet but I am confident that I will before long. I can hardly remember life without some kind of chemical 'crutch' - It is a scary/exciting time.

Having said all of the above, I am very optimistic about the future. Good things are about to start happening to my career, I am slowly becoming more financially stable, I am in love with the BEST guy and I feel settled where I live. It is not a coincidence that these things are falling into place now that I am making good decisions for myself.

I hope that some of this was helpful. It was helpful to me to write it down.

Peace

 
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hi, i just stumbled upon this bored when i wrote in my symptoms of google.
it seems we are all having the same problems with our health. I was recently prescribed prilosec for my heart burn, i still get it time to time after about 2 weeks off the medication. i still have to avoid foods that contain anything heart burn causing, spicy, greasy, pizza, etc...

however, i still get panic/anxiety attacks. my panic attacks have gotten less severe (first one sent me to the hospital, now i just get through them), but i still get them every now and then. i also feel anxiety coming on almost everyday in any situation. expecially when i have no immediate distractions. i sometimes even feel that im watching things from behind myself.
i feel tired and unmotivated when i have days off work
i cough in the morning and usually after every meal.
i have sore pain in my left side (neck,shoulder,even sometimes elbo)
i play in a band and almost fainted today from singing (although it was hot and i was sweating and singing hard)

i dont know what is wrong with me, but i have gone to the doctor for these symptoms and they arent going away.

i didnt see any answers to these symptoms on the board. perhaps someone can show me what its called or what i can do to treat this.
thanks
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding puls

hi, i just stumbled upon this bored when i wrote in my symptoms of google.
it seems we are all having the same problems with our health. I was recently prescribed prilosec for my heart burn, i still get it time to time after about 2 weeks off the medication. i still have to avoid foods that contain anything heart burn causing, spicy, greasy, pizza, etc...

however, i still get panic/anxiety attacks. my panic attacks have gotten less severe (first one sent me to the hospital, now i just get through them), but i still get them every now and then. i also feel anxiety coming on almost everyday in any situation. expecially when i have no immediate distractions. i sometimes even feel that im watching things from behind myself.
i feel tired and unmotivated when i have days off work
i cough in the morning and usually after every meal.
i have sore pain in my left side (neck,shoulder,even sometimes elbo)
i play in a band and almost fainted today from singing (although it was hot and i was sweating and singing hard)

i dont know what is wrong with me, but i have gone to the doctor for these symptoms and they arent going away.

i didnt see any answers to these symptoms on the board. perhaps someone can show me what its called or what i can do to treat this.
thanks
JUSTIN

 
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Re: Chest pain, dazy, lightheaded, phlegm, fatigue, shortness of breath, bouding puls

Sounds like acid reflux. I have all the same symptoms. I have been on prilosec for a couple of months. It works great as long are you are consistant with it. When I miss a day and have something like pizza I suffer greatly. This really stinks and I wish I could get completely over it too. I have anxiety too and have had several trips to the ER. Hang in there! Keep taking your prilosec and watch your diet.

 
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