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lower chest & stomach palpitations and severe weakness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 12, 2008
  • 09:24 PM

New to the forum. My 74 yr. old mother has some symptoms. She had this apx. 10 years ago, lasted for about 6 - 8 months or so, then gradually got back to old self after about a year. Now about 2 weeks ago started back. I think it is stress related, but I'm not a doctor. She has muscle "jerks" that go from just below her left breast to about her belly button and she also seems to feel her heart jerking as well and has a heavy feeling in her chest, she gets some shortness of breath and is very weak and trembly and scared she is going to die. 10 years ago it finally got so bad she just barely could get out of bed to go to the bathroom or eat. She saw numerous doctors, checked her heart thoroughly, went to ER several times as she thought she was literally dying as she couldn't breath, even though oxygen sensors on her finger showed oxygen levels OK. She did breath tests, I went in with her once and she could hardly even move the sensor on the breath test and they couldn't get any readings, but oxygen level on finger still ok. They always just sent her home and said it was just a panic attack, but we both strongly disagree, however I think it may be triggered by stress (or a 2nd thought back problem as she has a very bad back as well), BUT thoroughly believe it is much more than a panic attack, her root problem may be causing her to have a panic attack granted, but it is not the root problem, she is a very tough, previously hard working 74 year old woman who rarely ever complains. 10 years ago she finally just kind of got better on her own somehow? Now it's starting up again and now that she's older I'm scared she may not make it through this one. 10 years ago there was a stressful time that occurred and lately times are more stressful than normal for her. Anyhow any ideas out there? She has severe back pain and diverticulitis and was told years ago she has Mitral Valve Prolapse which she thinks about a lot. If you could please email me if anyone comes up with any good ideas: allen@tennesseeland.com as I don't check these forums as I should.

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