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Old 03-11-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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Question Heart pain & left hand tingling

Hello and thank you in advance for your time,

I am a 43 year old female that havelately been experiencing a very sharp heart pain. It's right ON my left breast (not under) closer to the middle of my chest. The pain can be very sharp n intense, I am not someone who runs to the doctor, I believe my body is smart enough to heal it self and I don't panic easily. But about 2 weeks ago the pain left me without breath, it seem to spread through my chest towards my left side and shoulder, it lasted a few minutes, it was so strong that I couldn't answer to my worried family members trying to help me. I stretched backward and hold my heart is if it was about to collapse and started sweating. Then as the pain started minimizing in intensity I became pail, weak and dizzy and felt a tingling in my left hand. I was pretty shocked by the experience and my family more since they have seen my father with a heart engine reacting similarly.
I was visiting, so they took me to their GP who said it was a panic attack and send me home with Diazepan.
Indeed after taking the pill under my tongue I felt the pressure releasing, though it did not go away completely and it still is ever since, in the background very actively.
There are moments where I am pretty scared since I don't know what to do and I don't think taking Diazepan under my tongue every time the pain returns is the answer.
It has not come back as strongly as that day, though it has it's moments where suddenly appears with more intensity than others.
The pain is in the background everyday, I feel the pressure in the heart, a burning sensation or I feel a sharp pulling, sometimes I don't feel anything and others I could feel it grow stronger in different moments during the day or night… when I am relaxed watching a film, reading, working behind the PC... so not always when I am sad, or stressed, or worried... reason why I have serious doubts that is a case of panic attack or stress since it makes no sense to me.
Also the tingling in my left hand is getting more intense and doesn't seem to go away any more, it is there even if I don't feel chest contractions.
I try to be rational about it and think perhaps the fact that I am working too many hours behind the PC could be the reason for the numbness of my left fingers and hand (though mainly the ring finger), since I notice I am resting my left elbow too much on the desk. Yet, I don't seem to find a logical explanation to the pressure and pain in my heart.

What is your advice?
I have not been to my doctor yet. Should I ask for a check up? And what kind?
If it is was a panic attack like dr. said why is it still painful with that intensity but not reaching the level it reached 2 weeks ago? Is this a symptom of stress?
Of course, I have reasons to be worried, but don't we all do?
I feel am performing well. A bit low of energy and some moments of sadness due to a family drama I am dealing with, but the sun shines and I have great support and I focus on positivity & joy.

Additional info about me, if required:
(50KG. 1.64m, am spanish) I am an on and off smoker and very light occasional drinker. My body is fit and slim though I hardly exercise. I eat well but almost no meet for years.
Not mayor health issues other than a past of terrible RSI (thought it was very severe and lasted too long haven't complain about it for years) Raynaud's phenomenon that I've accepted long ago and I ignore with a smile, and allergy to dust, cats, pollen and some hairy animals.

With much appreciation I thank you again for your time.
Anteca

 
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: Heart pain & left hand tingling

Seems you have a few things going on. Raynaurd's is usually a circulatory problem, I've had it for years but just in a couple of fingers on my left hand. As far as Diazepam being taken that is just masking your problem as it is just a muscle relaxer for anxiety.

I'd find a good Dr. and ask for a complete physical and if need be, get a referal to a Cardio Dr. for some tests. I know anxiety can cause a lot of freaky symptons, but the severe pain in the chest to me is a red flag!

Best wishes, and keep us posted how your doing....JJ...
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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Re: Heart pain & left hand tingling

Thanks so much JJ for your replay, I have indeed decided to go to my Dr. but was hoping for some more inside to know what to ask for.
I have not taken Diazepan since the one the emergency doctor gave me.
It's just so strange having this constant pressure and the tingling in my hand that it concerns me.

I shall keep you inform!
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Re: Heart pain & left hand tingling

Your best bet is to get a Drs. opinion and some tests run as it could be anything from Acid Reflux...Gerd or some sort of heart problem, only tests and a Dr. can give you that info.

As you might know, symptoms of things don't just mean one thing, it can be a number of things, not necesarily anything dangerous, but always better to check it out. Even a simple headache could be related to any number of things. Worst thing we can do is try to self Diagnose ourselves, it doesn't work. Naturally people on here have opinions or suggestions but that is about as far as we can go. Your's could even be a pinched nerve, my husband has one in his neck and at times it will radiate down his arm, but he has had it checked out due to the fact he did have a minor heart attack in Nov.

Like I say...don't fool around, get a pro's opinion.

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Re: Heart pain & left hand tingling

Hi was an EKG done? Was a blood test for cardiac enzymes done? Usually with chest pain an emergency room is very appropriate.

 
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