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Old 10-17-2003, 03:01 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2003
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mikeb222 HB User
Post help, is it heart?

I have been looking all around the web for help, so i'm hoping you guys can advise me.
I am a fortysomething male with a history of chest ache behind the sternum (8 years), no treatment apart from Ibroprofen, as Doctor thinks it's skeletal.

Two months ago I started having sharp pains same area, like someone sticking a pin inside my chest, my heart started pounding 24/7, which stopped my usual good nights sleep. Also, pins and needles in my left arm and aches and pains in neck and shoulders.

I have had an ecg and blood pressure and x-ray all normal. My doctor has given me steroid injection in the chest which seemed to ease the sharp pains, but the pounding is worse than ever.

I just don't know what to make of it all. It feels like heart to me but nobody else seems to think so as I look well. One night after feeling nausea and dhiarria with all the other things, I even took myself to a & e. Again, no real concern.

If anyone else has had same problems I would be thankful of some advice.

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Old 10-17-2003, 03:59 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2003
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Gemi_Lee HB User

Hi I just had a heart attack 6 days ago which I will never ever forget!!!I'm a female so sometimes the Dr.'s treated us a little differently since our pain doesn't signal a heart attack!
I had been having a burning sensation in my chest that ran down my arms for about a week on & off which I though was indigestion.
When I went to the ER that morning they thought the same thing indegestion...they even done several EKG's nothing showed up on it.
Until the pain got so bad I could hardly stand it then they hook me back up on the EKG....then the Dr. thought hmmm...maybe she is having a heart attack.
My advice would be don't give up! My EGK showed no signs of heart stress until 4th time hooking me up!
Good Luck.

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