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Chest pain

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  • Posted By: kaykay2one
  • January 16, 2007
  • 04:24 PM

I've been having these chest pains for over two years, needless to say the third year will come up pretty soon with no cure for my chest or lung pain. I belive it all started when I took a 26 mile bike ride out to the country and out of nowhere started hyperventilating, then came laying in bed watching a movie and again hyperventilating, last but not least I was at work and for some reason I think I got stress out it caused me to become parnoid and again hyperventilation came into place. All three of these attacks took place within a month and sending me to the ER three times. Later on I'm have servere chest pains ranging from crushing, squeezing, pressure, especialy sharp pains, dull and sometimes it feels like its "ripping." Anyway chest pains going on for 2 years right? Going to the Dr. is frustrating because they just medications at me "here try this," or dignois me with numerous different chest conditions which I still want to get a reasonable and accurate answer. Went to the ER serveral more times and one Dr. said it was plurisey, which I'm problaby gonna have to spend the rest of my life like this. I was sent to the Cardiololist he said nothing is wrong with my heart but problaby some muscle pain. I went to the Lung specialist and they found my PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) abnormal so she did a procedure to stick a tube down my trachea and see if that is the problem. (none) Anyways now I'm finding that this chest pain is more due to a lung problem..I know I have typed alot here but this isn't all of what has happend. Can anybody help or have any ideas of what my chest pain is?

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  • I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you. However, this sounds very similar to what my husband is going through. If you do find the answer please post it! Best of luck to you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 00:19 AM
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  • Medical Encyclopedia: Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiencyURL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000120.htm Alternative names AAT deficiency Definition Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a lack of a liver protein that blocks the destructive effects of certain enzymes. The condition may lead to emphysema and liver disease.Causes, incidence, and risk factors Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency results from a genetic defect. The mechanism that causes associated liver disease and emphysema in some people with this deficiency is not known. However some evidence suggests that it may be related to inflammation. Approximately 75% of adults with severe deficiency will develop emphysema, which often begins before 40 years of age. Smoking can increase risk.Symptoms Shortness of breath with and without exertionUnintentional weight lossWheezingAdditional symptoms that may be associated with emphysema or cirrhosis include the following: Abnormal breathing pattern (exhalation takes more than twice as long as inspiration)AgitationAnkle, feet, and leg swellingAwakening from sleep not feeling restedBloody, dark black or tarry bowel movements (melena)Breast development in malesConfusionDaytime sleepinessDifficulty falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)Difficulty paying attentionDry mouthExcessive thirstFatigueFluctuating moodHeadacheImpaired concentrationImpaired judgmentImpotenceIncreased front-to-back diameter of the chest (barrel-shaped chest)Irritability or poor temper controlLight-headedness or fainting while standingMemory lossPalenessRapid heart rate when rising to a standing positionSkin rash or lesion on the hands or feet, rednessSlow, sluggish, lethargic movementSwollen abdomen or increased girthVision abnormalitiesVomiting bloodVomiting material that looks like coffee groundsSigns and tests A physical examination may reveal a barrel-shaped chest. Listening to the chest with a stethoscope may reveal wheezing, crackles, or decreased breath sounds. The following tests may also help with diagnosis:Arterial blood gasesSerum alpha-1 antitrypsin levelChest x-rayPulmonary function testGenetic testingTreatment Replacement (augmentation) therapy with the missing AAT protein is available. However, it is not known how effective this is once disease has developed or which people would benefit most. Certainly, quitting smoking is crucial.Other treatments include bronchodilators and prompt antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections. Lung transplantation may be an option for those who develop end-stage lung disease. In addition, genetic testing of relatives may be recommended.Expectations (prognosis) Some people with this deficiency will not develop liver or lung disease. Emphysema and cirrhosis, however, are both progressive diseases that can kill.Complications EmphysemaCirrhosisCalling your health care provider Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
    msjkulig 3 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 10:21 PM
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  • sounds like pulminary embolisms. check into it. it also explains the panic attack feeling you get. hope that helps
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