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Debilitating Chest Pain/Squeezing

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2011
  • 02:03 AM

Over the past three weeks I have been having "attacks". They started a few days apart, were a few minutes long and caused me to lay down on my back and squirm around a bit in pain. There was a chest pressure/pain/squeezing feel with a pain/numbing back and a similar pain at my sternum. During the last couple of days the episodes have been getting more frequent and painful. On Saturday night I had one that was just incredibly painful. It gave me tunnel vision. I could not talk, listen, think... I was on my bed scraping at my sheets in sheer agony, flopping around like a fish in pain. It felt like I was having a pregnancy/birth contraction in my heart with no end in sight. I was sweating and screaming. I was breathing incredibly heavy, very quickly. All of these attacks were during the day, but at different times. Half of them were in the morning before ANY food or drink was consumed and ALL unprovoked. I do not have any sense of fear, dying, hopelessness... nothing, just pain.

On Sunday morning I had an attack that sent me to the ER (at this point I'm scared). While being checked in I had a mini-small one... almost like the one from the night before never finished and left me on edge... just waiting to attack again. I had 5 EKGs, 5 rounds of blood, xray, stress test and an echo over 24 hours. My heart and lungs are fine. In the evening while hooked up to the monitor I had another attack. I watched my heart rate jump from 77 to 160 in mere seconds. I had nurses surrounding me, rubbing my back, giving me oxygen and they were able to get me under control and out of pain much better then I could have on my own. I was shivering and my right leg was twitching. They gave me ativan and now 2 days later I haven't had an episode since. The ER could not "diagnose me" but sent me home with xanax.

I don't know what I have. I do know I have ulcerative colitis which is under control, GERD which is treated with nexium (have had endoscope and pH monitor.. both confirming the acid reflux is not "bad".. to cause something like this), I had gallbladder disease which went wrongly diagnosed for 9 months and has since been removed as of 2 months ago.

If I were to google all of my symptoms I come down to this... the frequency of panic disorder but NO direct symptoms of a panic attack, the same symptoms of angina but with a healthy heart, similar to esophageal spasms but without the lump in throat, regurgitation of food.

I'm only 30 years old, help me.

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