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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 15, 2006
  • 04:15 PM

I have tightness in the chest, left side, left arm all numb, back of my left shoulder blade hurts difficulty breathing at times. abnomally ekgs, I have had all test done and valves check doctors can't find any thing some times I have a irregular heart beat my blood pressure is great 124/80 so why can't doctors figure out what my problem is. My mother had heart problems and my brother please help it is not angina and i a not deprresed

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  • I really don't know, but have you been tested for Thyroid problems? I had an aunt who sounded a bit like you and that was what it was.
    shemeon 7 Replies
    • December 17, 2006
    • 04:37 AM
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  • I have shortness of breath, discomfort in the back shoulder blade left arm numbness all the way down past my elbow I am not depressed and this is constant so it is not a panic attack its been there for days now and I have had this in the past where it last a month and then all goes away. I have had my thyroid checked my heart checked out. My blood pressure is 125/80 so that is great sometimes I gasp for air cause I can't breath the doctor checked my breathing so it is not asma no one no's what it is. I do get a abnornal ekg at times but have been sent for futher test they all come back negitive. My heart skips beats some times. It is frustrating not knowing what is causing this tightness in my chest and back and arm pain. I am on no medications can any one help me?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 17, 2006
    • 03:07 PM
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  • My wife had very similar symptoms to yours; tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, very good health and great blood pressure. She said it felt like someone was standing on her chest. The doctors performed multiple tests, EKG, Lung capacity, etc. We found it was the OTC decongestants she was taking during the winter. She stopped taking them and she started improving in a matter of days. Good Luck, Tim
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 04:00 AM
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  • I'm sorry I don't actually know, but have you considered some sort of back related pain e.g. vertebra nerve pinching? Maybe your breathing difficulty is a chronic response to holding yourself a certain way to avoid the pain, so you're not taking full breaths and over time gives a breathing-like symptom? Otoh, abnormal EKG shouldn't be ignored. What do docs say specifically about that, get them to run down some possibilities with only the EKG result i.e. other symptoms may be unrelated, and go from there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2006
    • 08:47 AM
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  • Have you had a 'Nuclear' stress test? That's where they shoot you with a dye and you run on a treadmill and then they take pictures of your heart looking for blockages and valve problems under stress.I have atrial fib with irregular heart beat sometimes. Mostly wake up at night with it around 5:00 in the morning, so I think it's sleep APNEA. Luckily, I don't have the other 'classic' symptoms like left arm, chest or shoulder pain or shortness of breath but it is scarey when it happens. I also have all of the other 'markers' too, like overweight, age, lifestyle, diet, etc.I'm on low dose aspirin and a beta blocker Loprescor but sometimes it makes me almost faint.My primary care doctor says that I should just live with it and my cardialogist doesn't seemed concerned.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 03:36 PM
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  • My primary care doctor says that I should just live with it and my cardialogist doesn't seemed concerned.i think it's disgusting when a doctor tells someone that they should just "live with it" when the patient thinks they have a problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 05:19 PM
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  • my husband had this problem and his dr said it was a strained muscle in his chest caused by weight lifting. he took aspirin 160 mg 3x's per day and rested it for 3 weeks except for cardio. hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 25, 2006
    • 11:16 AM
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