I am 29, very active, I eat well and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I take about 8 - 9 200mg tablets of Ibuprofen a day and Enbrel, an immune system suppressor. I have had the disease for about ten years. It has never really affected my life, other than being in lots of pain, nothing I can't handle.
Well my problem started after a hockey game - it finished at 2 a.m. and I went home to bed. I noticed my lungs were raspy and my heart was beating fast. While laying in bed, unable to sleep at about 3 a.m. I noticed my heart was still beating fast, over 100 bpm. So I got up, walked around for a while, tried holding my breath, relaxing, nothing seemed to slow it down. By morning, 9 a.m. my heart was still beating fast so I went to a walk in clinic. It was quite a wait and by the time I got to see a doctor, my heart was beating normal again, but I had a few palpitations. She ran some tests and found nothing.
I the following months I developed chest pains, dizziness, breathing problems and other forms of "anxiety like" symptoms. Over a period of about 8 months I saw a cardiologist and an internal specialist, I was deemed healthy and the pains were treated as anxiety and stress. I believe them; I have quite a bit of stress.
So I saw a stress therapist and was put on a mild anti-depressant. It’s been a few months and I still have chest pain, for longer durations and more often, still very light headed, still have heart palpitations (beat, beat, beat,………..BEAT, beat, beat – I assume that’s a heart palpitation) and a strange heart spasm. The spasm is like a normal muscle spasm where the muscle twitches rapidly – during this time it feels like my heart is stopping and kind of lose my breath. These spells last about 3 seconds and happen about twice a day.
So basically I am wondering if any one has heard of anything like this. Concentrated chest pain above my left nipple, for 10 – 20 minutes, many times a day and not associated with any activities, light headed, vision is blurred when working out, heart palpitations randomly 4 – 5 per day, and heart “spasms”. All the doctors I have consulted about this simply say “its stress” but I am worried they are brushing it off and not considering any other possible factor – so I am asking you others out there, heard of anything like this?