Originally Posted by rotarypowered
I have not gotten an EKG or any type of test as of yet because I have no insurance. I can not help but have anxiety about this because I dont know if there is an underlying heart problem, or if it is actually, harmless, chest wall pain.
Since you don't have health insurance, and until you get seen by a responsible, competent doctor, if you can find one, you might want to do a couple of things on your own.
There are two things that you can check at home. You can check your own heart beat and you can check your own blood pressure. Since your dad has a nurse for a friend perhaps she can help you to get you easy-to-use and accurate equipment.
If you listen to you own heartbeat, it should be a nice calm even beat, with two noticable sounds per beat, one right after the other, with a pause in between each beat. If, while listening to your heart, your heart skips a beat, slows down then speeds up, races, beats hard or thumps and then goes back to a normal beat, then that means that your heart and it's electrical system has gotten irritated by something. Keep in mind, your heart might beat just fine until it is irritated by something. You need to listen to it both times, when it is doing just fine to get used to how it beats when it is beating good, and then also listen to it when it's beating badly.
If your heart is as healthy as the two doctors have told you, then you may have a "heart" electrical system problem, which is quite common, which is not showing up yet at the doctor's office.
There are a lot of complex names and terms for a heart that gets irritated causing electrical system problems. One common medically used term is "neurohormonal activation". It means that something that you ate, or something that you wore, or some drugs or vitamins or supplements that you are taking, or something that you are allergic to, has caused a little havoc in your heart's electrical system. It could also be from coffee, or coke, or chocolate, or smoking or a change in the level of pollutants and pollens in the air outside. Does anyone you live with smoke?
I'll bet that you have allergies. There is a dirrect relationship between allergies and heartbeat problems.
Stress and anxiety can also make heart related problems worse, but there are many other things that can cause problems. It is easy to blame someone's heart and health problems on stress and anxiety. Doctors do this all the time to collect an easy fee for doing nothing. If they can blame a person's heart problems on stress or anxiety, they don't have to do their job and find the real reason for the heart problems, but they still can collect their fat fee.
Need to run. Don't have time to finish this post. Good luck!
Best of the holidays to you and your family (and the nurse!)