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Palpitations, inner left arm pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 11, 2007
  • 09:10 PM

Hey,

I am a 21 year old male. I suffered from serious depression during my teens, self harming, attempted suicide etc. Currently having a stressful life.

Lately, for the past few months, I have been getting a lot of problems with heart palpitations and a slight left arm pain with the joint area. My left leg also feels bloated in some way, but doesn't look as if it is. Somethines I also feel that I am on short of breath, my chest feels tense along with slight nipping pain on the left side my of chest.
I've had two check ups last year, but it was ruled out as anxiety.

Thanks for any help.

Regards, Dan.

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  • I am a 19 year old male, overweight. I am in my second bout of Acid Reflux and after the first time I have become very aware of my heartbeat and my health. I too have been experiencing the palpitations and shortness of breath, as well as the pain in the left arm, that is what is bothering me at the moment, my Acid Reflux seems to be getting better now that i have changed my diet and quit drinking, nearly a month sober now. the pain in my arm travels from my shoulder to my armpit all the way down to my wrist at times, and recently my neck and chest have been tensing up causing me great discomfort bringing on the anxiety. The worse thing about the anxiety is when my heartbeat slows down, thats when i start to worry, until i attempt to daydream and change my thinking, my chest feels like it is caving in when i sit upright. I cant get to see my doctor for another week and by then i hope to be in better shape but for those suffering i think the best thing right now is to remember that this is about Mind Over Matter, you need to stop these thoughts of worry, I know its hard, I'm still working on it, but positive thinking can only help. I may attempt to see a therapist soon to vent my worries and such as they may be causing me to stress out. thank you for your time and i hope everyone finds a solution to their problem.
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  • It is interesting to see so many young men on this thread. I am 28, thin, and no history of serious health problems. For about the last 2 weeks I have had a numb/bloated sensation under my left armpit. My left arm and hand suffer from what feels like poor circulation. I woke up last week with a stabbing pain in my left side/back that almost drove me to the emergency room. I also have a muscle tear type pain in my right chest that only registers when I yawn. All very weird. The sensations are greater when Im sitting in an upright position at my desk, I feel better when I stand up. I saw my doctor 3 weeks ago for a weird abdominal pain, around my gall bladder, colon area. That went undiagnosed and I had some blood work done. Two weeks later those symptoms are fading but this left chest thing is bothering me. Its all kinda concerning has I have no history of internal problems. Maybe its all stress related as I moved to a new apartment and have had employment security issues come up all in the last month. Eric
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  • I am a 19 year old male, overweight. I am in my second bout of Acid Reflux and after the first time I have become very aware of my heartbeat and my health. I too have been experiencing the palpitations and shortness of breath, as well as the pain in the left arm, that is what is bothering me at the moment, my Acid Reflux seems to be getting better now that i have changed my diet and quit drinking, nearly a month sober now. the pain in my arm travels from my shoulder to my armpit all the way down to my wrist at times, and recently my neck and chest have been tensing up causing me great discomfort bringing on the anxiety. The worse thing about the anxiety is when my heartbeat slows down, thats when i start to worry, until i attempt to daydream and change my thinking, my chest feels like it is caving in when i sit upright. I cant get to see my doctor for another week and by then i hope to be in better shape but for those suffering i think the best thing right now is to remember that this is about Mind Over Matter, you need to stop these thoughts of worry, I know its hard, I'm still working on it, but positive thinking can only help. I may attempt to see a therapist soon to vent my worries and such as they may be causing me to stress out. thank you for your time and i hope everyone finds a solution to their problem.To add to this, I have just come back from the hospital after having a minor panic attack concerning poor circulation in my left arm, the Doctor who spoke to me automatically said stress and anxiety as I had seen him a few weeks ago. At times I still dont believe it but I guess its about drilling it into my mind and thinking "mind over matter", need to stay strong and positive.
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  • I'm 25 and having the same symptoms.Has anyone thought about lymes disease or high blood pressure?I have both. I noticed my heart palputations went away after taking blood pressure meds for about 2 months and they haven't come back since I stopped 6 months ago. Cut back on coffee too.Also, I have chronic lymes and I'm currently on an antibiotic (6 week treatment, 1 mon. in) that I feel is giving me the chest pain problems. The antibiotic is known to give heart burn which can feel like a heart attack sometimes from what I read. My Doc told me that the pain I feel in the left arm is from my stomach which is connected to the nerves in my left side. So I'm hoping this is all heartburn and will go away once I stop the antibiotic.
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  • Hi everyone, Well as sad as I am you are all feeling bad i am pleased to know I am not the only youngster thinking they are gonna have a heart attack!! I get dizziness, pains in chest, fluttering, irregular pulse, numb and painful left arm!I have been having problems for about a year! I havent seen anyone about it because I know what it is and what I now have to do about it! I have always lived a lavish lifestyle and with the stress of the following in the past 12 months....Leaving RAF after 11 yearsFinding a new jobSelling my houseBuying a new houseTaking a wage cuttrying for a babyOur bodies can only take so much!Now being out the forces I drink less ;-)I have given up smokingJoined a gym (and a yoga class)Today I will be starting my cutting out caffiene planGeberally trying not to worry about things and be grateful for what I have as there are many people worse off!I am hoping these changes will stop all these horrible feelings! I will keep you posted!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
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  • It's amazing that no one has answered all of you on here. I almost closed the window and decided to go to bed, but for the sake of all of you out there, I'll try to be as helpful as somone on the internet can be.I'm 26/male and I too felt a lot of the things all of you have described. For most of you, it is actually stress unfortunately. I didn't want to believe it either at first, because the feelings in my body felt so real...but here's the thing every doctor will tell you - they are real! Those pains, tightness, palpitations, panic attacks, that's your body dealing with the stress that you're feeling. And by actually feeling the physical form of the stress - you then think about that stress (your health) rather than the actual stresses in your life. Somaticize - to convert anxiety into physical symptoms.It's a way for your body to tell you that it needs you to get that stress out. There are some great ways to do this. Sleep enough and at normal hours. Eat healthy, drink less caffeine, less sugar, less tobacco, less alcohol...and the number one thing....exercise! It's the number one thing you can do and it has a huge impact. And find stuff that relaxes you...for some people, that's actually keeping busy believe it or not! Because for people like me, that means less time sitting around listening to every little qualm or pain from my body. No time to even think about it. Everyone needs to find out how they can de-stress...and this is coming from someone who was on Zoloft and went to a psychologist for a year...also something that might help you...you don't know until you go and sit down and talk with someone. But the answer here isn's drugs in any form, it's about finding a way to get the stress out so that it doesn't get so much that it comes out in physical forms and scares the crap out of you.So try not to worry, tell yourself that it's probably nothing, take some deep breaths, count to 10 and really get acquainted with the fact that the worst that can happen is you die...sounds weird too right? But that's called de-catastrophizing...you have to recognize that when it comes down to it, there's not much you can do but go out and live your life and try what you can to feel okay with everything. I hope this helps. I have been where you are - much worse on some days - and sometimes I still don't feel well - but that's just life. Be positive, tell yourself to relax! And someone suggested a mantra, not a bad idea..."you are healthy, you are strong, beat this stress all day long."EXERCISE! SLEEP!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 04:37 AM
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  • Hi guys... people telling about palpitations, pain in the chest, getting breathless, feeling the fear of death, every thing seems flat (No happiness or neither getting angry), don't feel like going out... all these are the symptoms Anxiety disorder or Anxiety Panic attack... The most preferable advice to you guys is try to consult a psychiatrist... But the most important point to be noted here is that its only a feeling which you can control... Anxiety Doesnt Kill any one..... its just a feeling.... if you try to take a good diet and sleep on proper time.... it can get better... Plus Try to do exercises like Running and long walks.... which helps you body parts keep in circulation.... Consume as much water as u can it helps a lot... according to the doctor a person should consume 8 glass of water daily... Try not to take things containing caffeine... it is one of the reason which triggers on your anxiety panic attacks....If you guys want to read more about anxiety email on dis address and you will get short courses through which i improved my situation of staying in anxiety every time from last 2 years....panicanxiety@getresponse.com
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    • January 23, 2009
    • 05:31 PM
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  • Oh boy I am so glad I came on this site.I've moved from the UK to Canada and I've been off my medication for months. I have a young family and have for the past few years had a stressful life with kids, work money etc. Life gets me down and I know the triggers and I start thinking about death a lot. I am terrified of dying and when I get to this morbid state I have to see the doctor. However, I wanted to emmigrate and be able to say I am NOT on medication. But I have left my family back home and the past 3 months have been very challenging to my marriage. We are not working yet so every day seems to be a lie in!! I don't have healthcare at the moment and medication is out - it's just so expensive. I don't want to go on the tablets and my husband does keep telling me it's all in my head. I get pain in my left breast and underarm. I wake up all the time with a numb left hand. Then I can't get back to sleep as I'm so frightened something is wrong and I am going to die. The circle keeps going. I am overweight by about 4 stone (comfort eating), I love chocolate and I have started drinking coffee out of boredom. After reading this site, I realise I am not alone and I know I really have to turn my life around. It is so hard though when you're also trying to start a new life in a new country. The person above is so right, you have to have positive thinking but when your thoughts have been negative for so long it's very hard. I'm going to send for the information to the e-mail above and I am really going to try. I owe it to my kids - I feel such a disappointment as a mother to them. They see me when I really loose it and it's not nice. I've even recently said I'm going to kill myself, my poor son, what am I doing to him? I'd really like to hear from anyone else who is going through the same. Maybe we could start a support group!!!! Be posotive - I'm going to be.Thank you.:)
    someonesmum 1 Replies
    • January 31, 2009
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  • Have any of you had tests done on your thyroid? Several years ago I experienced heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, chronic insomnia and had swollen thyroid glands. After 3 doctors dismissed me as a hypochondriac, a new doctor ran tests and found my thyroid stimulating hormone level (TSH) was 17 mU/L - should be 0.40 - 4.00. He put me on Orixine 100 mcg daily (for the rest of my life). TSH now 2.1 and a lot of the previous problems have virtually gone. Everything in moderation - try to lower your coffee intake, take kelp & b complex daily, have a healthy, high fibre diet (fresh fruit & veg), lots of water, regular exercise (1/2 hr walk daily) and try to get a good night's sleep. It's about LIFEstyle. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you have to make the effort. Bodies are like machines: put the wrong fuel in them and they breakdown; drive them into the ground and that's exactly where they will end up.When you are feeling stressed, clear your mind and take 10 deep slow breaths, exhaling slowly.ps. I have a partner who makes my life extremely stressful. Since starting on the Orixine I have taken more control of my life and feel happier for it. I am still agoraphobic though (fear of crowds) but once I decide to get out and meet new people I find I'm coping okay.Sorry if that sounds a bit like a lecture. Study your LIFEstyle and see where you can make improvements. Good health to you all.
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    • February 2, 2009
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  • Well this is really comforting, not in all your plight, but the fact that other ppl are goin threw the same stuff. im 23 m and have had most these symptoms since i was 22. tightness in the chest sharp pains in the left chest, the left arm and most recently the burning feeling. After all that i have read i guese i know what i have to do 2 calm these pains. Im a heavy drinker bout 20 beers a night 4-6 times a week. im also a heavy smoker 1-2 packs a day. and not to mention caffiene, i average about 4 energy drinks a day and or 2 pots of coffee. and i average about 3 hrs of sleep a night. So i guese thats not very good.Pritty much everything that everyone has said is how i feel most the time. It stinks but at least i know now that i should cut down on all the crap i do and get some sleep.Thanks for the help everyoneVick
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    • February 6, 2009
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  • I'm 18, and done something I shouldn't have. I took LSD.Ever since that episode, I have had all these symptoms in the first few posts with the addition of slight dizzyness and left peck pains.I went to the doctors also as I thought it was a heart attack, and he also passed it off as an anxiety attack. then I saw symptoms of stroke being similar to what I was experiencing, but my face wasn't melting and I could speak, so it couldn't be that.As said in a previous thread I also start to get worried about the slightest twitch, because I know for a fact that there must be something wrong, whether it's dangerous or not, there must be a trigger for it...Up to this point though i've been ignoring it thinking it's nothing, hopeing I don't sound like a hypercondriact. :(
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  • I'm 18, and done something I shouldn't have. I took LSD.Ever since that episode, I have had all these symptoms in the first few posts with the addition of slight dizzyness and left peck pains.I went to the doctors also as I thought it was a heart attack, and he also passed it off as an anxiety attack. then I saw symptoms of stroke being similar to what I was experiencing, but my face wasn't melting and I could speak, so it couldn't be that.As said in a previous thread I also start to get worried about the slightest twitch, because I know for a fact that there must be something wrong, whether it's dangerous or not, there must be a trigger for it...Up to this point though i've been ignoring it thinking it's nothing, hopeing I don't sound like a hypercondriact. :(
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    • February 17, 2009
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  • Hey everyone, not glad ur all going thru the same thing but glad that weve all kind of being tested with heart problems and its not that, well heres my little storey if it gives insite to anyone (btw im kind of mixed between all ur storey, but not pregnant lol) I Used drink bingly, not every day, one day woke up afte rhaving a drink and felt fine, then ran to the toilet, n was sick, all of a sudden started getting really bad left arm tensions and feeling really dizzy kept shaking and panicing, went in taxi to hospital, on way felt as tho i was having heart attack, got in hospital head blood pressure and heart beat monitored, said it was just drinking issues, left arm pains ave stated since then and i also have racing heart beat all the time can feel my heart from both back and front of my chest, pains, ( i feel drinking makes it alot worse as my hangovers now last more than a day) also caffine makes me feel bad but if i dont have none also makes me that way, so im guessing a slight balance may help some of u but not others, i went see my doctors not long after and she said its all stress but as all u must know its something more than that, well i feel it is, at night when im trying sleep feeling my own heart banging doesnt help me drift away as im sure others who are going thru that agree, during the midday dont really feel to bad slight dizzyness and headaches, then after dinner sometimes get bad dizzyness and feel as tho im going to pass out, since then my pains are like a half moon shape pointing with the top n tail towards my left arm around my left upper chest, pains in upper left arm muscle and normally pain in the two fingures closest to my thumb, (sometimes others) and now to get even worse i have pains in back part of my head (right back) when i wake and that can last all day sometimes, (twitches all over my chest and both arms also happen and a sence of being distant and not in control sometimes) (also since all of this i get really panicy over the smalliest thigns and can feel my heart racing) sorry to drag on but thought mentioning all my sypmtoms could help all or maybe 1 other person to understand abit about what might be happening to them, im goign to hospital on 17th - tomorrow to have check up ill tell them other people symptoms and see what they come up with, thanks for reading my essay :S many thanks kirk
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  • Ok, I am 25yrs old, and have a lot of the same symptoms that all of you have. It all started after a binge of smoking weed, and a car accident. I was hit from behind while at a red light. About a week after I started having chest pains and assumed it was from the accident. I went to the ER and they told me it was probably just a bruised lung, and that my X-rays and heart enzymes were ok. Since then I have had maybe 4 different eppisodes where I suddenly feel verry dizzy, get pains in my chest, left arm, and back, and my resting heart rate hovers around 110 to 120bpm, with a blood pressure of about 148 over 96. This will last anywhere from 10min to 2 hours or so, and then slowly taper off. Each time I have been told my heart is just fine, and there are no signs of a heart attack. I have noticed that taking 40mg a day of Femotidine (pepsid) seems to help as I have had heart burn/GERD for over 6 years. But even on the pepsid I still have episodes about twice a week. I have noticed that I can sometimes trigger an episode by over-eating or eating really fatty foods. At the same time though, I have been told that my GERD is mild, and I shouldnt over medicate. Another strange symptome I have had is an occasional spot of light in my vision, almost like seeing stars, but just one and for a brief second, about once or twice a day. I have also noticed that eppisodes are preceded by more than normal involuntary twitching of my muscles (can varry, like a bicep, thigh, etc). I have been told by some that I may have damaged my Vagus nerve in the car accident. But how would I fix this? I have even tried 2 Chiropracters, but to no releif.... Please let me know if any one has some insight or if anyone here has found a solution to their symptoms. savampyre@gmail.com
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  • hi i have been reading all your comments about heart palpitations,i to have been getting some really odd symptoms i'm a 41 year old male,going back to april 09 i had what i think was a panic attack,i was at a relatives on a laptop,when it came time for me to leave i stood up and went very dizzy, vision went very blurry and had horrible heart palpitatons,this lasted a few minutes but then kept getting little attacks for a few hours,then not much else happend until now,for the past few days my left hand and arm feels a bit numb and tingley and sometimes my legs,i get frequent heart palpitations with dizzyness and sometimes a shooting pain in the back off my neck at the base of the skull,this is really worrying me i feel that i hav'nt got long left,i went to my gp in may they gave me an ecg,checked blood pressure and had a blood test but nothing was wrong then,the doc told me it was anxiety but i just aint convinced as i hav'nt had anything like this before,but i have been pretty unhappy, depressed and anxious for the past few years,im convinced im about to have a heart attack or stroke
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  • i have also had pains in my chest to the left side and arms pains this i think from what i can gather is from a muscle strain as i play the drums scared me though and i think its from a little bit of stress from my university dissertation too hope you guys feel betterI am a 29 year old female whom recently had a minor heart attack. I had pain under the left side of my arm, neck pain, jaw pain for over a year. Doctors telling me that it was stress. EKG, bloodwork didn't show anything, Stress test inconclusive. Dardiac Cath. showed 4 blockages. 95%,50%,30%,20% blockages in my arteries. Wow! scary. Be persistent with your doctors!!!!
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    • September 28, 2009
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  • I'm very glad to see all of these posts related to all of the symptoms I've been having. The vast majority of all your responses were exactly what I've been going through, so I'm relieved to know that it's likely not an imminent heart attack or stroke. I've had the history of acid reflux/heart burn. Same history of depression as well. But, yes, I should probably see a doctor for anxiety. And just in case it is heart trouble.
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    • November 20, 2009
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  • So this started for me this morning.I've had the irregularily strong/quick heart beats for a few weeks but starting this morning I got this uncomfortablness on the left side of me chest, moving into the front part of the armpit. Also, my left arm feels weak.Though I haven't been to a doctor in a long time I believe I've got high blood pressure.I am active but do eat a little too much junk food and have a few too many of those sugary energy drinks and love my beer. No coffee, smoking, or drugs though.Almost 28 years old and thinking it's time to head back to the doctor on my day off...
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    • January 28, 2010
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  • I have experienced similar symptoms since I was roughly 21. I am 23 now. Symptoms I experience include chest pain/tightness which varies in location and occurs inconsistently, on and off throughout the day/night, but occurs almost always when I am at rest. Does not seem associated with exertion. Over last few years, pains in chest have become less sharp and more tingly.Additionally, I experience pains in arms and legs -- same type of inconsistent, mild pain/tingling as chest pain. Tingling in fingers or shoulder/upper arm area also--only on one side at a time, usually left. Also wake up with limbs tingling--limbs have 'gone to sleep.'Had a stress ECG and regular ECG. Wore a heart monitor for 24 hours. I went to the ER once because of the chest pains. They didn't find anything and sent me home. No test found anything wrong. My doctor diagnosed me with anxiety which I did not believe was correct at the time, but I think it is now. However, I still feel that there is something physically wrong that causes symptoms.Had a sleep study to see if I have apnea--and I do have central apnea but the doctor said there is not way to treat. I also think I have obstructive apnea which runs in my family and is treatable with a CPAP machine but doctor doesn't think I need it. Have frequent dreams of suffocation, drowning etc.Perhaps I have only panic disorder/anxiety, but I have a strong feeling that something is wrong with my circulation. I wish this could be figured out. It's good to know that other people have the same symptoms, but it seems like doctors just dismiss them as anxiety. Mine tried to prescribe me Xanax, but I don't like meds, so I didn't take it.Have your issues resolved?
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    • February 22, 2010
    • 10:35 AM
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  • Hello all. I just happened upon this discussion and am so happy to know that I am not alone. I don't wish this on anyone, but I am just so happy to know that I am not just crazy and obsessed.My saga begins with my doctor taking me off my blood pressure meds (beta-blocker -Concor). I seemed to be OK when I was on that. But when discontinued I started having so many of the symptoms that you all have described. My doctor thought the Concor had been masking an underlying angina. It was all very strange though, because although I was well overweight, I had already implemented a lifestyle change and had lost 40 pounds. So heart trouble was the last thing I expected.I went through all the stuff you've gone through: stress test, dobutamine stress test with Echo. Even had them do ECG and cardiac enzymes immediately during an awful episode when I was driving and thought I would pass out.At the end of the say, they sent me to a gastroenterologist. What I was told is that this could be gastrointestinal in nature. They found that I was quite constipated, which apparently can affect the vagus nerve, which enervates both the GI and cardiac systems. I also have a bacterial infection in my stomach and I have some incontinence in my esophageal valve (allows acid up the esophagus).So some of you may want to go see a GI specialist so that you can rule that out. What I have found is that this stuff comes and goes. I have no answers yet, but am desperate to end 6 months of agony and uncertainty. I wish that you all can find relief as well.
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