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Old 02-16-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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is this angina?

I am new to this site, but I am hoping someone can help me out. I have had health problems for the last 5 months. It started one day when I had several episodes where while I was doing everyday things, I started have tightness in my chest and sweating. I also would either have to go to the bathroom or burp. Then I would be ok. I called the doctor and they told me to go to the ER. I was admitted overnight they ran EKG, blood work, stress test and xrays. Everything was fine. One cardiologist wanted me to start blood pressure med and nitro, but the other doctor said no go to your general doc first and maybe it is gerd. So, I did. My doc wanted me to watch the BP because I have never had high BP and take omprezole. The medicine bothered me, so I did another. The doc said BP was fine. But I was still having times when my chest would tighten when I would be doing things. She said "stress and anxiety". Anyways, I ended up going to cardiologist who has run calcium score and holter monitor. Waiting on the holter monitor, but in the mean time, every day at least once, usually more, my chest tightens and now my neck on the left side tightens when I am doing activiities, sometimes just walking, sometimes during stairs. The doctors still say probably gerd or anxiety. But it is while I am doing things, not when i am laying down. I do have some discomfort below the breastbone at other times, which they said could be a hernia. I am waiting to see a gastro specialists. In the meantime, if the tests come back good, could this still be heart related. Could a new stress test or another test show that it is now worse? Sorry its so long, but i am so worried and disgusted with my regular doctor, she never any tests, not blood work, all she wants to do is giving gerd medicine or antidepressant. I am anxious but because I am worried about what is wrong with me!
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Re: is this angina?

Can I ask how old you are please?
Typical angina would be chest discomfort on exertion. However, the burping symptoms it sounds a bit more gastro.
The holter monitor should hopefully give you some answers. Did you get your symptoms whilst you had the monitor on and did you note down the time or press a button at the time of your symptoms?
There is a stress test - where you go on a treadmill with an ECG on - but it's not used as often anymore to diagnose angina

 
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Re: is this angina?

I am 44 years old. When this first started they did a stress test, nuclear which I was told was the best and the results were fine. I just saw a gastro specialists yesterday and he is scheduling a scope. It seems to happen after eating, but also when I am doing things. Today I was actually doing pretty good, did a bunch of housework, but then I was folding clothes after mopping, dusting etc.. and my chest, neck, back and shoulder started getting tight. I sat down, and the intensity slows but it is still there a little bit. Now my heart didn't start beating faster, but my body gets so tight in those areas feel like someone is pulling strings in these areas really really tight. I am avoiding bending and kneeling, because that seems to make it worse. Oh when I wore the monitor I didn't have a full blown episode (figures). The doctor has not looked at the results but the nurse did tell me the results were in and she just saw PVC and PVA's? She said she didn't think it was anything. But the last 2 weeks I have had at least one episode every day. The gastro guy gave me PPI to take, and we will see. No one seems to have an answer or really care. I called my general doctor after another hit, and the nurse just said maybe its a pulled muscle or call the cardiologist. I am getting another doctor because they have it there head its just anxiety and aren't even willing to consider anything else.

 
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: is this angina?

The clear nuclear stress test results are very reassuring!
I would try doing a bit of investigating myself at home.
You say that you can feel your symptoms from exertion. Try doing some static movements to mimic those when you are doing housework etc but very very low impact so as to not increase your heart rate. If you feel your symptoms then it's more likely to be muscular-skeletal. Try doing this at different times of the day around your meals to see if there is a correlation between before or after food etc.
Good luck :-) xxx

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:32 AM   #5
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The clear nuclear stress test results are very reassuring!
I would try doing a bit of investigating myself at home.
You say that you can feel your symptoms from exertion. Try doing some static movements to mimic those when you are doing housework etc but very very low impact so as to not increase your heart rate. If you feel your symptoms then it's more likely to be muscular-skeletal. Try doing this at different times of the day around your meals to see if there is a correlation between before or after food etc.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:24 AM   #6
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Re: is this angina?

well, it does seem weird, just now i was in my daugther's room and I was on the bed kneeling on it and I got that stupid feeling tightness and throbbinig right below breastbone and it goes down to my navel as it gets worse, my left leg and neck starts to tighten. I got up and try to be calm. Sat down for about 5 minutes and then, I should know better but I checked my BP and pulse. 144/98 and pulse is 96. That is a high BP for me. Is it because it heart related or because I am so scared. I am trying to not be upset, but my center is still throbbing the leg stops pretty quick, but my neck and center keep going for a while. I wasn't doing anything that physical it was the kneeling. I have looked it up on the internet know one shows these symptoms.

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:34 AM   #7
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Re: is this angina?

Your blood pressure is likely to be up because you are worried.
It doesn't sound like angina. Angina is typically related to a high heart rate. When your heart rate increases the demand for oxygenated blood increases and supply isn't enough. A heaviness like a tight band across or around the chest is felt which eases with a few minutes of resting x

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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Re: is this angina?

Thanks for the info. Its amazing how difficult it is to find out what is wrong .

 
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:52 PM   #9
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No problem. Glad to have helped.
I understand I can be very worrying when you think it's your heart.
Hope you feel much better soon x

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #10
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I still don't know what is the matter with me. I have been back to gastro, he said there is only some gastritis, nothing that should cause that much pain. He said I could keep trying PPI for another couple of weeks. He also suggested some Librax for possible esophagus spasms (it also has some anti-anxiety med in it). But I don't know if I want to take it or not. It seems like he gave it, like maybe this will help, but he doesn't think it is anything. I went to a neurologist and she is the best so far, she has ordered the tests the cardio and gastro haven't. An ultra sound of my ab and of my aorta (my dad and grandpa both had aortic aneuryisms) and an echo of my heart. I think everyone thinks stress has done a job on my head and my body. I have been off work for 2 weeks to ill to go to work. I am trying to get my weight back, I am at 104 and need to get back to 115 at least. But the pain I get happens when I get up and walk at least once a day and especially stairs. My BP has been really high when I do anything. Sitting its in normal range, but just doing lunches in the kitchen, I started feeling bad and my BP was 150/104!

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:36 AM   #11
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Re: is this angina?

Do I remember you saying you had the stress test done? If this was normal then rest assured it is extremely unlikely that this is angina. The echo will look at the structure and function of your heart and hopefully reassure you further.
Unfortunately it is a bit of an elimination game and at least cardiac can be crossed off the list while other causes are investigated.
Sorry to hear they haven't got to the bottom of it yet and you aren't feeling any better :-(

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #12
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Re: is this angina?

Thanks. My stress test would have shown something back in Sept if there was something wrong, right? I know I am having some panic because of this, but there is some underlying problem (or problems) also. I am wondering if there is something structurally wrong in that area, a nerve or muscle or organ? The pain is bad when I am doing something, but especially if I try stairs or bend in certain ways. The pain will be in center of body, but then go into back and sometimes the neck. I am thinking that the stress and worry of this has now caused the stomach problem, but I am at a loss. I barely leave my house, and am worried it will get worse. Sorry I am so gloomy, but I want my life back and want to feel normal again. Such a whiner.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:53 PM   #13
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Re: is this angina?

When I had Angina it was a burning sensation in the throat, I would have never thought it was cardiac related.
I ended up having a triple bypass in Oct 2009 - I'm fine now and my Angina has gone.

The only way to be 100% sure you don't have blocked arteries is by having an Angiogram.

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:38 AM   #14
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Thanks. I am on the couch and since yesterdaythe symptoms seem worse and more obvious. Although I don't know what it means. I said beforehow it was dutinng bending, kneeling and stairs. Well, Friday I, sat on the floor and played a game with my daughter. The pain started, I laid down on couch and it was better. Saturday halfway thrum day the same leg starter throbbing. I experimented with bending it up towards my body and the intense pain back and underbreastbone occurred. Then just walking obit caused it. I iced all day and felt ok on couch but just going to bed would set it off. Even movement in bed can cause pain in breast area. Could this. Be an artery or blood clot? I asked about a nerve before and was told no. Any ideas? Seems like once this occurs the chesteben hurts when I curve my neck downwards

 
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:15 AM   #15
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Re: is this angina?

I have angina plus gerd..I would look for a new doctor..Than ask the new doctor to refer you to a heart doctor.Than I would ask the heart doctor to do a heart cath..That is how they found my angina..
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