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Old 12-15-2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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update & exercise chest pain

Hi. An update an a question. I'm one of the heavy periods people. Pycnogenol seems to be helping in giving me less cramps and less clots.

I've been lax about taking iron pills, mainly because of the queasiness, and it's six months since my last blood test, but my dr said if I'm not taking iron there's no point in getting a test since we know it will show the iron on the low side. The last test showed that I have normal hemoglobin and low ferritin. I'm trying to be better about taking iron now -- got a brand that is supposedly easy on the stomach.

Question -- me & daughter have been exercising at the Y (which is great) and usually I can do a bike warm-up then we do weights. Last week she wanted to do the oribital thing (kind of like a treadmill/stair?) that is more intense. I did that and maybe it is too intense because after around 8 minutes I felt like pain/squeezing under my chestbone, to the left. I slowed down and stopped and it took around 5 min after stopping for it to ease. I think it is angina. I was a bit scared.

I emailed my dr asking about that but no response so far. I just wonder if it means I should just stick to the less intense bike or if I need to get my heart checked?

I am also on a low dose of paxil and I looked it up and it says angina is one of it's rare side-effects.

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: update & exercise chest pain

ajpa--You definitely need to go and see your doc to have testing done to rule out anything with your heart. Last year with my anemia I had terrible palps and tachycardia. I had many tests to make sure that it was due to the anemia and thankfully it was. At that time many women here were having palps and wondered if they too should go to see a doctor. I always say yes! At this same time my 26 year old son came home and said that he was having palps and chest pain. I had him get checked out and at the time of the Echo they had to call in a Cardiologist to see what they were looking at, and it was a rare heart tumor. Only 1 in 2 million people have this. The specialist, specialist at the big teaching hospital said he only sees 3 a year that is how rare it is. The palps and chest pain were anxiety from a chest muscle that he had strained. They found the tumor kind of accidentally. We just watch it and there have been no changes. So, this is just one reason I tell people go check it out and you will know for sure. Hopefully, it is a reaction to your meds, but it is good to know. Best of luck and keep us posted. FLFLOWERGIRL

Old 12-16-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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Re: update & exercise chest pain

Goodness, I'm glad that your son is ok! That must have been scary!

Thanks FLFlowergirl. I feel like a worrywart sometimes, it really helps when someone else tells me that I really should get something checked out. Called my doctor now since she hasn't answered the email I sent Friday night.

Sometimes I feel like maybe my doctor is a bit too blase? Unrelated story with TMI warning: A few months ago I had rectal bleeding ( as in a lot of red blood flooding the toilet ) a couple of times over a period of two days, which scared me a bit, though I figured it was probably an internal hemmorhoid. I told me dr about it and she said it was probably that, and I could get a colonoscopy if I was worried, but that she wasn't worried about it. So I decided not to ask for one (because ugh).
Then maybe 2 months later my husband got rectal bleeding (coincidence? weird since we both make a point of getting a lot of fiber) and his doctor sent him for a colonoscopy and it was negative for anything.
I like my doctor a lot though.

Old 12-16-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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Re: update & exercise chest pain

My doctor called me back. She said she's pretty sure I don't have heart disease or severe anemia, but she's sending me to get a stress test so that it can come back normal and I don't have to worry about it.

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