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I have suffered from severe chest pain for 3 years. Symptoms appeared after gallbladder removed.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 3, 2014
  • 05:45 AM

Shortly after my gallbladder was removed, I started having severe chest pain. It would present when I laid down to sleep. It quickly got so bad that I gave up laying down and slept sitting up almost at a 90 degree angle. It progressed and I would have chest pain during times of great stress, or if me and my husband would get into an argument. Also, physical activities became VERY limited. Walking at more than a slow normal pace would bring on an attack. Orgasms also became a thing of the past as I would suffer an attack the second I got close to climaxing.

I have had GI scopes done and show NO signs of GERD. As well as the gamut of GI tests, I have had EKG and Stress tests, both the physical stress test and the chemically induced stress test to rule out Cardiac issues.

Recently my doctor put me on muscle relaxers for wide spread muscle spasms that I have suffered from for years. In my arms, legs, abdomen and face. Some full on cramps, and some mild twitching, but rather constant. We noticed that with the muscle relaxers, I did not suffer the chest pain. I am able to lay down and sleep, for the first time in 3 years. Unfortunately, with the muscle relaxers, Sleep is ALL I am able to do as they make me so drowsy all the time.

I am thankful to have a respite from the chest pains, but we still do not know what is causing them. The best way I can describe the pain is to say it feels like a charlie horse in mt center of my chest with shooting pains up into my left shoulder. Most attacks last a few minutes,to the longest lasting around an hour. As it starts to dissipate, I feel a kind of like fluttering. Or rather an unclenching. Like when a charlie horse starts to relax and you feel your calf shudder in and out of the cramp until it finally just relaxes all the way. Sorry if that is hard to understand. It is the best way I can describe it. When I get the attacks, My first instinct is to hold my breath, though it does not help with the pain at all.

I am desperate for answers. I really hope that someone can help point me in the right direction.

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  • request an EKG usually reserved for the 60+ crowd you might have a blood pressure problem is my best guess. Life Alert has developed a heart rhythm monitor that you can wear around your neck. I'm going to say try that out for a year and see if it picks up anything. You might be having micro-heart attacks that only last a few minutes. Some doctors might proscribe his little device that you can also wear that will record your heart rate for 72 hours. It's a 'new technology' used only by a few docs
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    • August 14, 2014
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