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Old 10-18-2003, 09:34 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm going to try and post this again with a bit more clarity. My boyfriend has been having severe chest pains lately. He is going through much stress right now with college, his job, his sick mom, and with my home situation right now. This has been ongoing for months and he has developed a rather serious problem. Whenever he is stressed out or angry he gets these chest pains and he tells me it's his heart. He also gets very dizzy during these episodes and at times feels pain going down his left and/or his right arm. His body gets cold, then it gets warm. I felt his hands the other day when I was over and they were ice cold and so were his feet, yet we were covered in blankets and he should have warmed up. Does anyone have any idea what this is? He is getting to the point where he is afraid to get stressed because this will start up again. Thanks for help. Wow, everyone's life is getting crazy lately.

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Old 10-18-2003, 10:17 PM   #2
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I'd see the Dr, if for nothing else but to rule out a heart problem. Stress can produce the chest pains as well as panic attacks or anxiety but it doesn't hurt to rule out the biggy first and then some of the anxiety may subside.

 
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Old 10-18-2003, 11:10 PM   #3
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Ok, this may be just a hunch, but I was researching this tonight and I went to a site called [url="http://www.mvprolapse.com."]www.mvprolapse.com.[/url] The symptoms he is having exactly match those of Mitral Valve Prolapse. Even the way it happens sounds incredibly like his situation. "Symptoms of MVP often occur following major stress events such as childbirth, severe viral illness, or life changes like marriage or divorce, job pressures, etc." He is under a lot of pressure and has had life changes. What do you all think?

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Old 10-19-2003, 05:41 AM   #4
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kanny,

I'm RIGHT where your boyfriends is and have been for about a decade.
Trouble is, differentiation between angina, heartburn/GERD, chest wall arthritis, muscle pulls, stress/anxiety, and lung problems (and dozens more)is not easy. Chest pain is a symptom common to lots of conditions.

First order of business for him: a GOOD cardiologist. Probably a start with a resting EKG, then a stress test usually with an echocardiogram. Rule out any life threatening conditions first.

Keep us posted; I'm particularly interested because I'm going through the same aggravation.

 
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