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    Old 07-25-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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    Anyone else with unexplained chest pains?

    I've experienced tightness in my chest, generally on the left side on and off for a few years. Lately, it's most of the time and more severe. The feeling is not painful, but uncomfortable and worrisome. I've seen a doctor, an acupuncturist and a cardiologist. No one has a remedy or explanation of the cause. The doctor gave me pills for anxiety to help me sleep. Stress test, chest X-ray and EKG went very well. My blood pressure is good. Blood work shows high cholesterol even though I eat a very healthy diet. I also discovered I'm Vitamin D-deficient, so I'm taking a supplement for that and getting sunshine daily. For about 20 years I have taken Co-Q-10 and other supplements like garlic, nattokinase, spirulina and omega 3 oil, as well as vitamins.

    I'm 67, female, and generally healthy except for arthritis. I take glucosamine chondroitin. I still have hot flashes and difficulty falling sleeping, and I use progesterone lotion, and take black cohosh and dong quai which helps. I'm exercising, eating flax seed meal, and using red yeast rice to lower cholesterol.

    As you can see, I prefer to take a natural route to good health. I have an appointment with a naturopath I used to see regularly years ago. The appointment is still 1.5 months away.

    Does anyone have experience or suggestions I can use to make sense of the chest pains and get some relief? I cannot find a correlation to anything like exertion, heartburn, muscle soreness, menopause, weather conditions, diet, stress, or other factors. It seems random, and the doctors are stumped.

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    Old 01-16-2010, 04:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone else with unexplained chest pains?

    I had similar symptoms. I had a bacteria in my stomach. I forget the name. After it was diagnosed by a Gastro MD, it was treated with a antibiotic cocktail. Four pills, four times a day for I think four weeks. That was two years ago. I was fine till just this last week. It may have come back.

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    Re: Anyone else with unexplained chest pains?

    I was diagnosed with coschondritis, an inflamation of the lining of the rib cage, and it is muscle spasms in the rib cage. Women are more prone to getting it, and I ended up in the ER for this same thing along with 3 other people on the same night, when the weather changed drastically here, to bitter cold, and everybody had been shoveling. One way to know if you may have it is there will be tender areas on your ribs here and there when pressed, for no apparent reason, and your ribs will actually feel uncomfortable and like they are in the way, or too large, when you are laying on your side. This is the only thing I can think of it may be. Treatment is heat packs, or laying in the tub, to relax these muscles, and ibuprofen, and taking it easy, no lifting or anything strenuous for awhile. Good luck, I hope you get some relief.

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