Hi all- Wondering if this might be angina... Im 46yr old female-non smoker (quit 22 yrs ago-smoked 1/2 pk a week when I had a drink or two) Until 6 mos ago I ran and hit the elliptical for 5+ miles a day for abt a year. I had to stop my exercise regime to care for my ailing mother-ironically she was diagnosed with A-Fib(go figure) and other ailments which prohibited her from driving-or pretty much doing anything w/o my being there. We moved in w/her and all was well until abt 2 months ago-I noticed I cant lie down flat w/o having a hard time breathing. So I took to sleeping on a major incline of 5 pillows. Ok-so I sleep upright...( doesnt everyone?
) ....but then abt 6 weeks ago I ran down the steps and felt the worst crushing squeezing pain in my chest Id ever had. It passed after I curled up in a ball on thecouch and and motioned to be left alone. It was awful. My upper back hurt-like someone was pushing in My back-oh that hurt so badly. I have this pain every time I go up or down the stairs-or any time I hurry and run to get something or go somewhere. As I said-feels like someone is reaching in and squeezing my heart and back. just wondering if this is angina-and does it warrant a trip to the doctor I haven't seen in 5 years. I dont want to look silly and have him say this is nothing. (and no, s not stress related-it only happens when I rush , run trot or hit the stairs) Thank for your help!!
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