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Chest pressure, pain, and palpitations

Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 11 Replies
  • Posted By: SusyDawn
  • August 25, 2008
  • 00:55 PM

I posted this originally under cannot find a diagnosis, but it isn't showing up and after waking up with the familiar, and scary, fluttering in my chest, I'm more concerned with those symptoms...any help anyone can offer is appreciated.

Hi there,

I'd like to start off by saying how grateful I am for these forums, as it's an unfortunate relief to see that others are experiencing similar situations and that there are people out there who can and are willing to help.

A bit of a background -- I'm 25 and am relatively healthy and active, despite two bouts with Mono and testing positive for EBV about ten years ago. For the past few years, I've had symptoms that included extreme fatigue that last year they diagnosed was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I had also previously been diagnosed with depression and a panic disorder.

I'm what you would call a naturally bubbly person -- an optimist, usually full of smiles and enthusiasm. I have some stressors in my life, but none that I haven't dealt with before, and I have great relationships with my family and friends. A couple of months ago I joined a gym and was feeling great -- high levels of energy, eating right, etc. So that's who I normally am, but I've noticed many changes lately, including a variety of symptoms that don't seem to link up and that are progressively getting worse.

Three weeks ago I was playing cards with my family and suddenly felt very weak. My heart was beating fast, I felt short of breath, had pressure in my chest, and tightness in my arm. I'd had a mild case of insomnia for about two weeks prior (which is very unusual for me, given that I usually sleep too much), so I thought that I was just very fatigued from not sleeping. The next day I went to the doctors, who said that he heard a familiar clicking when he listened to my heart. I had once been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse when I was a kid, but when I was tested for it as a teenager, they said it had gone. At this doctor's suggestion, I had an echocardiogram done, but that came back as negative for the mitral valve (although they did say I had minor leakage in three valves, which is apparently normal).

So three weeks later, numerous doctors visits, and two trips to the ER and the doctors are stumped. Below I've listed many of the symptoms that I just can't seem to find the answers for. My doctor (who has even conferred with other doctors) believes I might have Cytomegalovirus -- a mono-like virus, but I went to the ER this past Friday with difficulty breathing (hyperventilation) and heart palpitations and the ER doctor claimed that it was anxiety (possibly because of my history). I can't tell you how much I don't think this is anxiety.

Symptoms:

Mild insomnia, despite constant fatigue
Chills
Feeling feverish/flushed
rapid heartbeat/fluttering -- especially upon waking or turning over
Hyperventilation -- feeling like I'm not getting enough air, resulting in deep shallow breaths
Difficulty catching breath after mild exertion (walking up stairs or even changing the sheets on the bed)
Some neausea
little interest in food
Pain in upper right and left stomach -- underneath ribcage
Pressure across chest, with fleeting bouts of discomfort/pain
generalized weakness
body aches and pains, especially in back
stiffness in neck
some tingling in extremities, tightness/cramping in arms
feeling lightheaded
trouble concentrating, focusing (I notice this especially at work, where once I was very productive)
some pain around ovaries (ultrasound done in June)
weight gain
changes in menstrual cycle
bouts of diarrhea
change in personality (increased irritability -- I've noticed I haven't been my "bubbly" self, whether this is due to being sick, I'm not entirely sure, but increased irritability and sensitivity has been going on for a quite awhile)

The above list are the symptoms I was able to recognize within the past three weeks. Additionally, the doctor said that I had swollen lymph nodes on my neck.

The tests I've undergone have shown that my lungs are clear and my heart is otherwise healthy (echo, EKG, CT scan)
My thyroid levels are normal, as is the rest of my bloodwork, except that my sed rate was elevated and I had low potassium as of Friday.

I've taken all of this to the doctors, but they don't know what to make of it and I don't know who else to go to. I believe the next step is a specialist (I've been feeling too bad for too long) but I'm not sure where to even start. There are a few hours (and days) where I feel like I'm getting back to normal, but then other days where I just feel generally bad all over.

I appreciate in advance any advice or suggestions you can offer so that I may present it to my doctor. If there's any additional information I can provide, please let me know.

Thanks again.

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  • i have a lot of the same symptoms as you, im a 20 yr old female. My doctors are also stumped about my chest pain, and ive been getting worse for the past... 6 months. Ive only been diagnosed with Premature Atrial contractions, and Premature ventricular contractions, which can feel like flutters, or a rollercoaster feeling in the stomach that goes up to neck, and a big thump. They sometimes take my breath away, really annoying/scary. I get tired when i go up stairs or just anything. And i get random chest pain all the time. One day i was running on the treadmill, and had a feeling of pressure on my chest that felt like someone was sitting on it. but yea, have them do more tests on your heart, have you worn a holter monitor for a month? that helped them see the pvc's in my heart. but otherwise docs say im "healthy" though i always feel randomly weak, chest pain all the time, and palps. I hope they give you a diagnosis.
    greengalosh 8 Replies
    • September 4, 2008
    • 02:50 PM
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  • I posted this originally under cannot find a diagnosis, but it isn't showing up and after waking up with the familiar, and scary, fluttering in my chest, I'm more concerned with those symptoms...any help anyone can offer is appreciated. Hi there, I'd like to start off by saying how grateful I am for these forums, as it's an unfortunate relief to see that others are experiencing similar situations and that there are people out there who can and are willing to help.....I'm a 36 year old male and have almost all the same symptons as you (except the female parts!).I too have gone through a couple of EKGs, echochardiagram and a variety of blood tests. Everything came back normal or nothing to worry about like my MVP.I have frequent heart palpitations (10+ a day) along with headaches,light headedness, trouble sleeping, lethargy etc...Anyway, upon my search for a cure for my arrythmia I found a site about magnesium deficiency. Apparently, magnesium deficiency causes quite a bit of our symptoms. The symptoms happen in clusters. So I increased my intake of high magnesium foods and some of my symptoms went away! I took a step further and started taking magnesium pills. Now almost all of my symptoms are gon. The heart palpitations are about once or wice a day. I now have energy and can sleep easily. No more light headedness and some of my muscle aches went away.Speaking of muscle aches, you could just have trigger point around your ribs. Something like a muscle knot. I just ask my wife to help rub out the muscles and I seem to be fine for days afterwards.http://www.mbschachter.com/importance_of_magnesium_to_human.htmhttp://www.ctds.info/5_13_magnesium.htmlhttp://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2007/feb2007_report_water_01.htm
    chris_e 1 Replies
    • September 5, 2008
    • 05:39 AM
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  • Interesting....I'm an old gal (56 almost) and right now am experiencing the same thing. I have had this for several years on and off this is what I've found. I have perinious anemia, hypothyroidism, magnisium/selenium def. and heavy metal poisoning from filling in teeth. These heart skips etc can be caused by all of the above. I too take mag. suppliments food medicine and eat brazil nut (high in mag.and sel.) and have found that they helped a lot, but when my thyroid is more out of wack nothing helps. Please research information on thyroid because it's been found by people suffering and some endos that the TSH "normal" is in fact not. TSH should be about 1. for people to feel ok. There's so much more to that the thyroid T3/T4, hashimotos thyroid disease....I'm embarrassed to say how many trips to the ER with the same results as all of you. Stinks not to have answers. I'm still hunting for the best resultsSV
    suevit 24 Replies
    • October 8, 2008
    • 04:18 PM
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    Rozain 1 Replies
    • October 24, 2008
    • 08:49 AM
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  • Dec 2007 I had all teeth removed but 7, after having that I felt tired short of breath at times and heart beating fast, chest pain with pressure in chest and head, memory problems not being able to think of words or what I was going to say or forgetting things I had done or said or been told, not being able to stand for long periods of time having urgency to sit feeling like I am about to pass out if I dont blood pressure would also rise, afterwards I would be very tired like I had run a marathon my white blood count stays around 16,000 with many many blood test done and cultures taken with absolutley no growth even no fungus. I assumed it was because of the pain medication the dentist had given me, the middle of January I stopped taking all the meds but continued to have the attacks, as the months went by I began to have more and more attacks until finally I could not even walk a few steps and I had them, I would stay in bed most of the time because that was the only place I didnt have attacks, I would lay on my side and everything seems fine heartrate blood pressure and all. I went to my doctor back in March he did blood work which he told me all was negative that ther was nothing wrong with me. In July I went back to him becasue I had gotten scared everything was getting worse. He sent me for an ecko non strees and I wore a heart monitor for 24 hours, ecko they said was normal but monitor showed that with very little movement heart would go over 150, he put me on metoprolol er 25 mg a day at first and sent me to cardiologist, there he did scko stress test which he said was normal, he upped my med to 75 mg, 50 at night and 25 during the day, because even though they are extented release they did not last til the next night I still feel tired mostly by afternoon, he then asked me if my husband was mean to me in confidence which I took not too well, my husband is very good to me so whats that got to do with it. I was then sent to infectious desease doctor who did all the same blood test times 2 checking for growth of fungus and bacteria all negative. Sent to have cat scan which radiologist found 8 things one being possible calcium in some lymph nodes in my chest which sould be cause I had a lymph nose removed under my right arm last year that was the size just smaller than a golf ball. My family doctor dismissed everything the radiologist had to say stating he was an idiot, said there is nothing wrong with you.I recently stopped seeing him and with my insurance companies help have started seeing an internal medicine doctor, no results yet, has anyone else had any of this, I have been told so much its was stress or in my head I was starting to believe it, but not anymore. I just wish some of the doctors would get rid of their egos and just say I DONT KNOW WHATS WRONG WITH YOU. instead of its in your head or theres nothing wrong just because they cant figure it out. I am not a nut nor do I enjoy feeling this way, I cant figure out if it is stress or in my head I take my stress and my head to bed with me and I feel better lying in there. maybe I have a magical barrior at my bedroom door.
    nettalkin 1 Replies
    • October 27, 2008
    • 01:48 AM
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  • Wow, I was shocked to see that there were others like myself experiencing all these symptoms and being so young. I am 28 years old and have the exact same symptoms as most of you.I have MVP so when my chest pains started about 1 1/2 months ago I didn't think anything of it. However, they seem to be getting worse and I am also lightheaded. I feel like my heart is fluttering and I have horrible chest, face and head pressure. I also feel like my extremities sometimes get swollen (the feeling you get when you eat too much salt). The pressure, dizziness and chest pain seem to be worse the day after I try to work out. I too have been to the ER and everything came back normal. Sometimes my heart will just start racing.I know I am an anxious person but I hate it when the docs just chalk it up to anxiety. Most of the times these symptoms will come on when I am completely quiet and peaceful. It's pretty scary. I too have PCOS and low thyroid that is regulated by medicine. I wonder if all of this is related somehow. Along with all of that I have horrible chemical sensititives and my allergies have spiraled out of control (food and environmental) in the last 3 years. I am SO tired of not feeling well and I am starting to think that it is in my head since no physician can figure out what is going on big picture. I don't want to give up on a diagnosis because life 3 years ago was completely normal and I was a healthy 25 year-old. However, I am tired of going from doctor to doctor and never finding any results. Maybe I will try the magnesium thing. At this point I welcome anything!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 05:55 AM
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  • It is amazing to see so many people as confused as I am. I am a 37 year woman and have had chest pain and scares for awhile. I do have hypothyrodiism and am on Synthroid everyday. I started with a pain right by my heart, like someone stabbed me with a knife, this would last anywhere from 30 sec to 1 hour. I just kept relating it back to my thyroid issues. Just recently I was at an indoor soccer game ( I coach) and I started with the pain by my heart, it went across my chest to the right and up my neck into my jaw bone. A little boy was talking to me all I could see was his mouth moving I couldnt hear him or comprehend what he was saying. My chest was so tight that it took awhile to relax. The pain went away by the tightness stayed and I felt full all weekend. I felt like I had eaten a seven course meal. I went to the doctors and he is telling me I had an asthma attack. I did not have any trouble breathing. I know about asthma as both my children have it. I have had a stress test done and an ekg and nothing was found. I do know that the pain and pressure I felt could not have been an asthma attack....if it was how did I make it out of it without medication?So ConfusedDenise
    denised782 1 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 10:05 PM
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  • I too myself have those symptoms though I'm a lot younger then most of you being only 19, I am overweight and taking blood pressure medication. My doctors have told me it might be as simple as dehydration.
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  • I posted this originally under cannot find a diagnosis, but it isn't showing up and after waking up with the familiar, and scary, fluttering in my chest, I'm more concerned with those symptoms...any help anyone can offer is appreciated. Hi there, I'd like to start off by saying how grateful I am for these forums, as it's an unfortunate relief to see that others are experiencing similar situations and that there are people out there who can and are willing to help. A bit of a background -- I'm 25 and am relatively healthy and active, despite two bouts with Mono and testing positive for EBV about ten years ago. For the past few years, I've had symptoms that included extreme fatigue that last year they diagnosed was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I had also previously been diagnosed with depression and a panic disorder. I'm what you would call a naturally bubbly person -- an optimist, usually full of smiles and enthusiasm. I have some stressors in my life, but none that I haven't dealt with before, and I have great relationships with my family and friends. A couple of months ago I joined a gym and was feeling great -- high levels of energy, eating right, etc. So that's who I normally am, but I've noticed many changes lately, including a variety of symptoms that don't seem to link up and that are progressively getting worse. Three weeks ago I was playing cards with my family and suddenly felt very weak. My heart was beating fast, I felt short of breath, had pressure in my chest, and tightness in my arm. I'd had a mild case of insomnia for about two weeks prior (which is very unusual for me, given that I usually sleep too much), so I thought that I was just very fatigued from not sleeping. The next day I went to the doctors, who said that he heard a familiar clicking when he listened to my heart. I had once been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse when I was a kid, but when I was tested for it as a teenager, they said it had gone. At this doctor's suggestion, I had an echocardiogram done, but that came back as negative for the mitral valve (although they did say I had minor leakage in three valves, which is apparently normal). So three weeks later, numerous doctors visits, and two trips to the ER and the doctors are stumped. Below I've listed many of the symptoms that I just can't seem to find the answers for. My doctor (who has even conferred with other doctors) believes I might have Cytomegalovirus -- a mono-like virus, but I went to the ER this past Friday with difficulty breathing (hyperventilation) and heart palpitations and the ER doctor claimed that it was anxiety (possibly because of my history). I can't tell you how much I don't think this is anxiety. Symptoms: Mild insomnia, despite constant fatigueChillsFeeling feverish/flushedrapid heartbeat/fluttering -- especially upon waking or turning overHyperventilation -- feeling like I'm not getting enough air, resulting in deep shallow breathsDifficulty catching breath after mild exertion (walking up stairs or even changing the sheets on the bed)Some neausealittle interest in foodPain in upper right and left stomach -- underneath ribcagePressure across chest, with fleeting bouts of discomfort/paingeneralized weaknessbody aches and pains, especially in backstiffness in necksome tingling in extremities, tightness/cramping in armsfeeling lightheadedtrouble concentrating, focusing (I notice this especially at work, where once I was very productive)some pain around ovaries (ultrasound done in June)weight gainchanges in menstrual cyclebouts of diarrheachange in personality (increased irritability -- I've noticed I haven't been my "bubbly" self, whether this is due to being sick, I'm not entirely sure, but increased irritability and sensitivity has been going on for a quite awhile) The above list are the symptoms I was able to recognize within the past three weeks. Additionally, the doctor said that I had swollen lymph nodes on my neck. The tests I've undergone have shown that my lungs are clear and my heart is otherwise healthy (echo, EKG, CT scan)My thyroid levels are normal, as is the rest of my bloodwork, except that my sed rate was elevated and I had low potassium as of Friday. I've taken all of this to the doctors, but they don't know what to make of it and I don't know who else to go to. I believe the next step is a specialist (I've been feeling too bad for too long) but I'm not sure where to even start. There are a few hours (and days) where I feel like I'm getting back to normal, but then other days where I just feel generally bad all over. I appreciate in advance any advice or suggestions you can offer so that I may present it to my doctor. If there's any additional information I can provide, please let me know. Thanks again.Hi there,Did your doctors chech for WPW or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Check the link below...http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001206/Good Luck!
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  • I know this is a four year old post, but i was wondering if you ever found a diagnosis for what you were going through. I am experiencing the same symptoms but have yet to find out what is going on. Thank you.
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  • Would be great to hear back from...more or less same symptoms/no diagnosis!
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