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Chest pain, cold hands/feet, fainting, hypotension...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 13, 2008
  • 07:54 PM

Hi, I'm a 17 year old girl and I need some help! :confused:
I've been having severe chest pains, that become more intense when I take a deep breath. My hands and feet become icy cold. I have loss consciousness many times. I also have headaches, extreme nausea, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, sweating, difficulty breathing when doing activity ( going up the stairs, slicing a bread, etc.), sharp pains in my hands, arms, legs, jaw, neck, loss of memory, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, huge cravings for salt and water, and have been having digestive problems. In the shower, my feet becaume bloody red and they hurt if I stay for about 5-7 minutes. I have fainted many times in the shower.

My echocardiogram came back normal and my thyroid is normal. After doing the test for hypotension, it came back Positive. My cadiologist prescribed Florinef that I took for three months but I had a reaction to the medecine: my hands and feet became swolen, my nausea became so bad I had to take Gravol everyday, I did a lot of water retention... After that my doctor took me off the Florinef and juste said that I should go see a psychologist, wich is very frustrating because I know this is not due to stress, or depression,etc. I find it dissapointing that because of my age, doctors have a tendency to think it's due to emotional problems.

3 years ago I went to the Emergency because of severe stabbing pain in my chest. they said I had liquid in my lungs and the envelope of my heart was swolen. They gave my anti-inflamatories and sent me home.
I know my grandmother ( from my father's side) had the same symptoms when she was my age and they never found why, and my father has severe sleep apnea and an irregular heart beat. On my mom's side there are Thyroid problems and on both side there are a lot of lung and throat problems.

Please help ! I'm becoming desperate to find an answer. My symtpoms are affecting my life, physically and emotionally.:(

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  • A number of illnesses this could be. One to look into is porphyria; maybe alongside some other illness. What medications are you on? tdwi ;) http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/index.htmlhttp://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/overview/index.htmlhttp://www.porphyriafoundation.com/pat_stories/index.html http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-porphyria.htmhttp://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/7299/Porphyria.html Hi, I'm a 17 year old girl and I need some help! :confused:I've been having severe chest pains, that become more intense when I take a deep breath. My hands and feet become icy cold. I have loss consciousness many times. I also have headaches, extreme nausea, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, sweating, difficulty breathing when doing activity ( going up the stairs, slicing a bread, etc.), sharp pains in my hands, arms, legs, jaw, neck, loss of memory, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, huge cravings for salt and water, and have been having digestive problems. In the shower, my feet becaume bloody red and they hurt if I stay for about 5-7 minutes. I have fainted many times in the shower. My echocardiogram came back normal and my thyroid is normal. After doing the test for hypotension, it came back Positive. My cadiologist prescribed Florinef that I took for three months but I had a reaction to the medecine: my hands and feet became swolen, my nausea became so bad I had to take Gravol everyday, I did a lot of water retention... After that my doctor took me off the Florinef and juste said that I should go see a psychologist, wich is very frustrating because I know this is not due to stress, or depression,etc. I find it dissapointing that because of my age, doctors have a tendency to think it's due to emotional problems. 3 years ago I went to the Emergency because of severe stabbing pain in my chest. they said I had liquid in my lungs and the envelope of my heart was swolen. They gave my anti-inflamatories and sent me home.I know my grandmother ( from my father's side) had the same symptoms when she was my age and they never found why, and my father has severe sleep apnea and an irregular heart beat. On my mom's side there are Thyroid problems and on both side there are a lot of lung and throat problems. Please help ! I'm becoming desperate to find an answer. My symtpoms are affecting my life, physically and emotionally.:(
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  • I think I might have a similar condition to what you are describing. I get chest pains, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, difficulty exercising, freezing cold hands, and difficulty concentrating. My EKG, ultrasound, and stress test all came back normal. My doctor finally did a tilt table test and diagnosed me with POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. People with POTS have lower blood pressure than normal, and their nervous system is unable to raise it making their cardiovascular system take over, hence the excruciating chest pain when exercising. I took Florinef for sometime to help raise my blood pressure, but it didn't work very well. I have been taking Midodrine for several years, also to raise my blood pressure, and this has seemed to help a little.Unfortunately POTS is not curable, and it is something the medical community knows fairly little about. Apparently it strikes women in their early 20s, and many times it will go away on its own. Until it goes away it is extremely uncomfortable and debilitating. I would recommend having your doctor check your blood pressure lying down, sitting down, then standing up to see if you have orthostatic hypotension. (Orthostatic hypotension is when your blood pressure drops upon standing. In normal persons the blood pressure should remain stable.) If your blood pressure drops I would definitely recommend getting a tilt table test. There are also a lot of really good web pages on POTS, and ways to change your lifestyle to minimize your symptoms.Good Luck
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    • December 21, 2009
    • 04:23 AM
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  • I would find a good doctor that will test for the following:Addison's Disease (and anti-adrenal antibodies)Autoimmune thyroid disease (Graves and Hashimoto's)High Reverse T3 (may be hard to get tested, but try)And see a geneticist! The fact that your grandmother had the same symptoms and your dad has an irregular heart-beat may be indicative of a later-onset genetic disease like Fabry's Disease. Fabry's is pretty rare, but it might be worth looking into considering how bad your symptoms are.Definitely look up all the diseases I mentioned on Google or Wikipedia to see if your symptoms match, or if they have more symptoms listed that you may not have noticed in yourself.Addison's DiseaseHashimoto's Thyroiditis or Graves DiseaseFabry's Disease (and look at other lysosomal storage disorders as well)Good luck!!
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  • I would agree with you that, except for the increased sweating, it sounds very, very much like Fabry's. Fabry's usually decreases the ability to sweat. But everything else is right on for Fabry's.
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  • I have the exact same problems... But i suffer from Anemia
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  • I had some similar symptoms to this. I was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope. it's kind of confusing to explain, you could get a better description looking it up yourself. basically your blood pools in your feet, and your brain doesnt get enough blood/oxygen and it causes you to faint. some things you say seem to hint towards this, the cravings for salt, symptoms worsening when your standing (allowing blood to pool in your feet). I had a tilt table test which lead my cardiologist to diagnose me with this, but then later had a Stress Echo, which the results from that ruled out and reversed his diagnosis of vasovagal syncope. Worth a try though to see if this may be what you have.
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