Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Strange body feelings - does anyone have any answers for me?
For one month now I have been having strange feelings, which include pains, around my upper body. They have not been agonising or sent me to the hospital thus far, but I have been very much concerned about them in this time due to their proximity to a very vital organ (the heart), the length of time they have gone on for and the fact that they seem to move around my body.
This started back on the evening of the 1st October during a Friday night film viewing. I was watching Dawn of the Dead and I constantly kept getting strange feelings under my right arm. They were very distracting and I did consider stopping the film but ultimately chose to watch it to the end. As far as I can remember, I slept fine that night, hoping that those feelings were just a one-off incident and they wouldn't last. Sadly I proved to be wrong.
Over the next week they continued to plague me. And the worrying thing was, I had a trip to Germany to stay with friends in the Black Forest in the hut for 4 days planned from the 9th-16th October, and I was most concerned that the trip would have to be called off if my condition exacerbated. One evening, the 6th October, I had odd pains under both armpits as I attended a youth group which I help out at but these wore off towards the end of the evening and I got a fine night's sleep in then as well. It was the following day, the 7th October, when I revealed to my parents what was happening, and the concern of having my Germany holiday called off became serious. It was unpleasant, but not agonising. After school that day I went for a good half an hour walk round the country near my estate to see what that would do. The walk was fine but the strange feelings continued.
The following evening was probably the worst one. The night before my Germany trip. My left side felt pretty bad and I tried to avoid food completely. I felt a burning sensation around the upper-left of my chest that evening as I was being pressured into sorting out driving lessons and a UCAS university application but I did not collapse and continued to soldier on through the evening until it was time for bed. I was glad to get some rest that night.
Thankfully the Germany holiday did go ahead and my ailment did not prohibit me from enjoying the physical activities that my hosts had lined up for me. We went for a 15 kilometre walk around the Black Forest, up to the top of a mountain called Belchen, on Wednesday, 13 October and I actually felt better carrying loads of luggage up a hill to the hut than I did sitting in the car travelling up there on Sunday, 10 October. It was during the car journeys when my condition would be worst and I'd get burning in my chest and underarm area. Odd. We came back from the Black Forest on Thursday, 14 October and went to a spa that day. The father of my German friend did say that the spa would help my condition, and to be honest, following our trip there it wasn't as bad for the rest of the holiday. Our Black Forest stay was followed up by 2 nights more back at their home in a town near Mannheim and for the rest of that time, I felt just about fine. I think the physical activity we had indulged in during our stay in the Black Forest actually helped my condition rather than hindered it. On the morning of the day I left Germany, Saturday, 16 October, me and my German friend's dad went for a 32 kilometre bike ride around their area. It took three hours and I pulled through it fine. There was only one problem - my fingers were numb, but my underarm and chest condition didn't play up at all.
Following the Germany holiday, I hoped and even believed that all this might be over. The days of the 15th and 16th October were probably the days over the last month when I have been least affected by these problems.
But since then, they have returned in a slightly different form, and I'm now getting strange feelings in the centre of my chest. Not exactly pains as such, but tightness or numbness. I don't have any real problem applying myself physically like walking to school (a walk of just over a mile); I find that when I'm sitting around, these feelings tend to bother me the most. It's odd, and it's the reason why I have chosen not to post this in the "Heart Disorders" forum. If it was definitely a heart disorder then I'd probably become fatigued during or following exertion, but generally during this illness, I've noticed that I've felt better walking or doing some physical activity of some sort. But I'm convinced that this is something to do with the cardiovascular system. I hope not, but I just can't be sure presently.
I have actually been to see a doctor about this, back on Thursday, 21 October. I told him about the nature of these pains, the locations they were happening around and the duration they had been occurring for, which was three weeks at that time. I had my blood pressure checked, pulse in both wrists checked and my heart checked. Apparently everything was fine. I was told that if I was at any risk of a heart attack, it would probably have happened a lot sooner than three weeks after onset of symptoms, but I was not given an exact diagnosis and I'm ultimately none the wiser as to what it can be.
Last night I had a rather disturbing moment, when I felt a pretty tight, crushing sensation in my chest and I'd lost my voice, but I'm thinking that this was a nightmare of some sort as the symptoms suddenly disappeared in a few seconds flat and I felt fine, and I was able to get in a fine night's sleep afterwards. That was at about 3:00am this morning. Unsettling, and definitely mystifying.
Now then, a bit about myself and my present condition. I am 18 years old and definitely not overweight - I think I'm somewhat underweight, actually. I have never smoked in my life and whenever I drink alcohol, it's only ever a half-pint and about once or twice a month. I don't participate in any sport but I don't think of myself as physically unfit, as I do quite a bit of walking in day to day life and shall continue to do so even though I actually passed my driving test last week. I feel it's for the best.
I admit, though, that I have eaten unhealthily this last year in a hope to gain weight, with me having consumed quite a lot of energy drinks and burgers. Since these body problems started, though, I have completely stopped with that, and have been eating a lot more fruit, drinking green tea and fruit juice on a more regular basis and avoiding fatty or sugary foods in my heart's best interests. But it hasn't solved the problem, though, and I'm left with strange feelings in my chest that just won't go. I am nervous, and this experience has taught me to alienate and avoid the foods I once loved. But I'm not even fully sure this is anything to do with food. I just don't know.
Does anyone here have similar problems or would be able to shed some light on what exactly is troubling me at the moment, or what I should do about it? Sorry if I have rambled a bit in this post, but I have been very concerned about it this last month and seeing as how the doctor was not able to tell me exactly what was wrong, I am somewhat desperate for answers. I myself suspect it might be a panic disorder, which does make sense, as I have always been the cautious, hesitant and somewhat paranoid character following years of getting antagonised and harassed in school, which has stopped since I started the Sixth Form. May I be enlightened? I would very much appreciate any answers or suggestions as this has been a real concern for me and nearly cost me a holiday I've been looking forward to for a long time now. Thankfully that never came to be, but that is definitely not where my concerns end.
Thanks for reading. Sorry if I've bored you, but as you may understand, I'm quite worried. If there are any questions you want to ask me about this problem or my lifestyle or anything that you feel could help formulate an answer, just ask me. I shall aim to log back in again this evening.
1982 Lives On
Last edited by 1982 Lives On; 11-01-2010 at 12:11 PM.