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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 20, 2010
  • 05:10 AM

Hi guys,

I am a 19 y/o overweight male, drinker, non-smoker (loves long walks on the beach etc etc). Last June I got very very drunk at a party and had a very bad case of the hiccups. The next morning I experienced mild shortness of breath which was constant, a feeling like I needed to take deep breaths and I couldn't reach the "top" of the breath. A short while after, I started getting twinges in my chest, left arm, neck and jaw, but they were not linked (i.e. they happened at seperate times). I went to hospital with this, they did a resting ECG and b/p check, it was all fine and they sent me away telling me it was anxiety. This has gotten progressively worse and I now have headaches, a feeling of weakness in my legs, lower back pain, chest pain, continuous shortness of breath, tingling/pins and needles occasionally, get pins and needles easier than I used to. I have been to A&E several times and had ECG's done, had a clear chest x-ray and blood test was normal. Also had a peak flow test which was 680, above average for my age and height However I have started trying to lose weight, and for a while exercise was fine, I could run for 10-15 minutes with only the normal breathlessness that is expected. However in the past week exercise has become more difficult, I have started to get a weakness in my legs and a lower back pain. I have pains in my jaw, in my neck, in my gut, in my chest and in my arms, but these are completely seperate pains (apart from the chest into the left arm, that is a shooting pain but i only get that perhaps once a day). My doctor is insistent that it is anxiety, having previously diagnosed me with GERD and put me on a 4 week course of Omeprazole which had no effect. I am very worried that it is a problem with my heart could anyone possibly confirm this or suggest an alternative diagnosis? Thanks very much in advance!

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  • i too wonder if its mostly anxiety. It sounds as if you also may have an issue with your lower back (with being overweight your back has had to cope with more strain) and hence why you may of gone into lower back pain with exercise.. a back problem may also cause your legs to feel weak. (and anxiety is well known for causing things like chest pain, shortness of breath, tension headaches and other symptoms eg jaw pain comes with tension). Get a chiropractor or physio to check out your back. A back which is slightly out somewhere usually compensates by also going out in another place eg one can have a lower back issue with also an neck issue. Stress can also give neck issues due to tension being carried around the shoulders and neck.
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  • Thanks, it's good to get more than 5 words on the subject. My doctor just makes it seem like he is passing me off, or as if he doesn't know what is wrong so this is the closest thing he can think of.
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  • I should also mention that I get burning in my left forearm and numbess down the Ulnar nerve. But i do lean on that quite a lot so if it's not related to anything else then my doctor said it could simply be nerve compression and to stop putting pressure on it for a while
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  • I should also mention that I get burning in my left forearm and numbess down the Ulnar nerve. But i do lean on that quite a lot so if it's not related to anything else then my doctor said it could simply be nerve compression and to stop putting pressure on it for a while nods yeah.. that one does sound like a nerve issue.
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