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  • Posted By: kat3325
  • December 31, 2007
  • 08:47 AM

Okay, let me start of by saying I'm 23 years old, male, 6'1'', 220 lbs, and in decent shape. Anyways, these symptoms I have have been going on for the past 3 years. I have moderate to severe chest discomfort on the left side of my chest. Some days it's worse than others. It's a constant nagging that makes it hard for me to breathe and specifically get deep breaths. Alot of the times I have to yawn to get a good breath in. At first when it started happening, I got real scared and my chest discomfort turned into panic attacks which sent me to the emergency room a couple of times where they did EKG's, bloodwork, the whole nine yards and each time they found nothing. Sometimes I'll get a bit lightheaded and when it comes it stays for a long time. Sometimes it will go away for a month and come back for a month. They also did a throat scope to check for GERD, and said all was clear. I do get bad heartburn, but I am on prescription meds for that and don't ever have it anymore. I also was put on Paxil CR because the doctor thought it might be anxiety, but this is something that is nagging and discomforting all day long for weeks and weeks at a time. It didn't seem to work. One time I fell asleep and woke up and could not move at all for about ten seconds, my body was paralyzed completely. I usually feel my best in the morning when I first wake up, but then it hits and I have to start waiting for a good breath every chance I can. It is so frustrating and discomforting. I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack any minute.

Also, it hits me really hard when I drink any type of alcohol, well more than one or two beers, but not until the next day. If I go out and have a few drinks, the next morning the chest discomfort will be real bad and it will stay for a week or two, then ease up slightly, but still be there. Doctors just can't seem to diagnose the problem and I have to live my life in CONSTANT discomfort struggling to get a good breath. Please someone reccomend what this could be. Thankyou for all your input.

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  • EKG doesn't tell you much. I would see a cardiologist.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 10:02 PM
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  • Monsterlove, you need to give better advice. If you think, despite an EKG that is benign, this individual should see a cardiologist, then demonstrate what the EKG and labs could be missing that his clinical presentation is compatible with. Otherwise I strongly feel your advice is often poorly executed and inflammatory.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 07:56 AM
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  • Oh, excuse me...let me tell you one thing...that is what my doctor has told me....You...whoever you are...don't need to listen to me...It's called Freedom of Speech, 1st Amendment.....do you think we can look inside this man's body over the internet...I don't think so. He needs to have further evaluations done by a cardiologist...that is as much as I know to say...why guess??? He's only had an EKG in an emergency room. He needs to see a specialist if he feels this badly...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 08:06 AM
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  • Oh Dear, I know what you are going through as I have almost 100% the same symptoms. Actually I do not know either what is going on is there anyways I could get your email adress ? or MSN so we could try to figure this one out together we would have more chance. I too had chest pain and the other symptoms. I wake up at night almost each night where my whole body feels like its fallen alseep and I cannot move for a while.All day I also feel like my breathing ir either short or hindered and I feel like a deep breath would cause something like hyperventilation. They also blamedit on stress but how stressed are you when your alseep!Heres what they said about me. They said I had probably a little tear in my oesophagus and they said oh yes it can cause all the other symptoms. they werent really lsitening to my other symptoms they only said its probably caused by that. Anyways In case this might help you I will try seeing a chiropractor for my neck, Which is the paralisis feeling part.As for chest pains and the shortness of breath I do think it may be realted to something with the stomac. I had the EKG as well 5 of them always turned out fine. Blood work Fine I even had a chest X-Ray and I have nothing to the lungs and yet I still have breathing distress at times worst than other. As I am writing this I was woken up by another episode of nightly numbess/temporary paralisys. Not to mention when I first woke up I felt as though I couldnt breath at all involuntarily.Anyways thats all the info I hgave on my symptoms told by doctors and my own research.I will tell you if the chiropractor fixing my neck helps that paralisys episodes.Do you have pain in your neck at all. Wow sorry this is quite lenghty I will stop now. Cya soon keep you posted
    Locke_gb7 22 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 10:57 AM
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  • This is the test that will determine the true condition of your heart: Electron Beam Tomography Angiography http://www.humc.com/heartcenters/ctscanning/what.shtml insurance doesn't pay for it so be prepared to pay out of pocket..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 09:52 PM
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  • I found some people who are in the similar situation as you are.Their chest discomfit has existed along with heart flattering, breathing problems, anxiety and drinking alcohol.
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 03:20 PM
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  • First of all,left-sided chest pain is rarely due to the heart.Heart pain is almost always midline and retrosternal.Next,it sounds as if you're having ''air hunger''as it's called.It's almost always due to stress.Too,you've admitted to panic attacks,all of which makes me think this is psychophysiological.Paxil-CR is not the right med for you.You need something like Xanax to calm you down.I don't get the alcohol Sx unless you're supersensitive to it and it affects your digestive tract the next day.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 03:44 PM
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  • Have you had a Cardiac Stress Test and a CT scan?If those tests come clear there`s nothing to worry about
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2009
    • 05:26 PM
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