Join Date: Sep 2004
| | Maybe heart problem, maybe something else?
OK I just posted on another topic that my doctor said I am fine. He did say I am fine, no heart problems. BUT I want other opinions. Something has to be wrong I just dont know what. I'm 24, 200 pounds, active.
About a month and a half ago, I got sick, (just cough, runny nose, etc)
I was diagnosed with Asthma when I was young, hasnt bothered me since then unless I am sick. This time was typical, no problems breathing, I just get a little bit of tightness in the chest, extra mucus in my lungs, but not too bad.
I use that Primatine Mist inhaler, and it goes away instantly. Then I am fine for about a day, maybe take it again once, then it gradually goes away on its own for good again.
But this time, It wont go away for good. And when I lay down, it feels like my heart skips a beat, and Its weird, I think I have shortness of breath, but its not that I cant take a deep breath or get enough air, its like I cant let all the air out. Then if I take that inhaler (I try to stay away from it as much as I can) it goes away instantly. Or if I can stand it and fall asleep without the inhaler, when I wake up I am fine.
I was getting what I could call very very slight chest pain just for a few seconds or so, not too often too, but it was like I couldnt tell if it was chest pain, or if it was in my arm, or what. But it was so slight and it almost felt like my elbow but I couldnt tell. Its weird to have pain that you cant tell what is causing it. But if I took a deep breath the slight pain was gone and didnt come back for quite a while. That completely gone now. It was almost like a burning maybe, very slight. I asked the doc, he said "if you were having a heart attack or heart related chest pain, you'd know it" but I dont agree with that.
I get a strong tightening in my chest too, but not associated with any pain then. These arent constant, I live my life as normal. It just scares me, and makes me wonder what is going on. It is getting much better, went from happening 2x a day, to happening only maybe 3 times a week now. The weird part is, if it happens, if I get up and go maybe run, or do exercise for a little bit, the tightness in chest and shortness of breath goes away and I can breath fine. Then I cough up some stuff (nothing bad looking) and its totally gone for a while. And no, I am not crazy at all, these are the exact symptoms. Somebody suggested Panic attacks, but I really have no worries, I am not stressed out at all, never have been, I run a business but I love it, I wouldnt call it stress. And when these start to happen, its usually that I am not thinking about it at all, then I notice the tightness a little, then gets worse, then will go away. Could someone have panic attacks but not actually caused by worrying about anything?
I mean it doesnt stop me from doing things, but it sure is very noticable and very uncomfortable when it happens. By the way, BP is fine, (usually 115 over 75 average) even while this is happening, pulse is about 70. Any help is greatly appreciated.
The thing that confuses me is that it goes away when I exercise. I guess if it was a heart problem or asthma it would get worse then?