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Heart Pallpitations, Left Arm Numb, Dizzy!!!

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  • Posted By: Stevenbella
  • September 14, 2007
  • 08:20 AM

My name is Steven. I live in edmonton alberta canada. Im writing this because the doctors here dont seem to care at all about patients. 4 years ago I started getting a pain in my chest. It was there every single day but It was tollerable. About a year after that, seconds before I fell asleep I got a pain where my heart is as if someone had shot me. My heart seemed to beat a hundred miles an hour. Since then it has happened almost every single night since. About a year ago, I started to get really dizzy and seemed to always have a strain in my eyes. I would usually not go out at night because I would need to lie down. Two nights ago, I was lying in bed and sure enough, the gunshot feeling again. I sat up really fast and held my chest, thinking I was having a heart attack, and all of a sudden my left back shoulder got this pain and my whole left arm went numb. I freaked out and was still able to walk to I drove over to the hospital and they said I was fine. The last three days I have been feeling the pain in my arm and back alot along with the chest pain! I have seen maybe 50 doctors and they all tell me I am fine. ECG (or whatever) shows I am fine, but everytime I am in the hospital I feel great and my heart isnt beating. I am only 24 years old. Can anyone give some advice to my problem. There is something wrong with me and I think 4 years is enough.

Stress Case Steve

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  • Steven, I am a nursing student and it could be that you are experiencing acid reflux disease, severe heartburn. I also get chest pain very badly and thought I was having a heart attack all the time but it turned out that I have acid reflux disease and it is worse when I lye down. I have never had arm pain though. If your left arm starts becoming numb and tingling with the chest pain it is good to go to the ER and if they only do an ekg, ask for a heart ultrasound. hope this helps!-Erina nursing student at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Steven,Sorry to hear you are experiencing this pain. I know how frustrating it is to have symptoms that no one wants to investigate further.My 16 year old daughter was having the same symptoms that you are having, (dizziness, nausea, left-side pain) except after her "episodes", she would become lethargic and "zombie-like" for hours. Her jaw hurt, her neck, chest, and arm...all on her left side. She said it felt like she was being crushed, or had been hit by a truck.We were sent home from the ER many times over the past two years with: "Chest wall pain", "Panic attacks", "She needs a sandwich", "Stress", on and on.One time, I was able to get her there WHILE her pulse was racing... It was 225. (Normal for her is closer to 84) They had to give her a shot that "re-boot" her heart...basically, stopping it...and restarting it.She has a condition called SVT...supra ventricular tachycardia. Since they were FINALLY able to diagnose her, she will be having surgery in a couple of weeks.We thought all hope was lost in finding out what was happening to her. Do some research....if these are the symptoms you are having...suggest it to your Dr. Good luck,Michellemyspace.com/sword_swingin_chick
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 06:12 AM
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  • Hi there. I am responding to your question! You might want to look into a condition that is called 'thoracic outlet syndrome'.It has something to do with misaligned ribs, or bones in the neck shoulder regions. At the base of the neck. The collar bones might also be somewhat misaligned as well. I have thoracic outlet syndrome myself, and your symptoms sound alot like that. Usually, exercises for the thoracic region will help to reverse and even correct these kinds of troubles. When you lay down, the pressures change on your bone structure, and I think it might be possible that nerves in the thoracic/neck/shoulder/head region are being caused to become pinched/misaligned. Apparently, this can usually be corrected through exercises/stretchings specifically directed at the thoracic region. You can find more info about this via google search. That is where I found some info about thoracic outlet syndrome.I got thoracic outlet from a beating I experienced. Did you get hurt? Did anything hit your upper body? Did you fall? Are you involved in any kind of rough bodily activities that may have injured this area in the past???upper body and head/neck injuries do not always get noticed by the victim right away, and actually can become noticable at a later time(even years later).This is partly because sometimes the injuries might numb the senses.And, the nerves that tell the brain to percieve pain or injury might get damaged, so the message never gets to the brain that there is an injury.Is there any veins sticking out on your arm??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
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  • Two months ago I started to get dizzy. The dizziness came one day and didn't go away, it was there day and nigh. I also got blurred vision some times, at times only in one eye, and, for the first time in my life, I got panic attacks, all completely out of the blue. I went to see many doctors, an ear-nose-throat specialist, a neurologist...I had all kinds of test and they told me I had an anxiety disorder and needed medication. By mere chance a friend of mine read me an article from the Balance and Dizziness Society of Vancouver (balanceanddizziness.org) that talked about blurred vision, anxiety and dizziness all related to having the first and second vertebrae of the neck out of place.Fortunately for me, I went to see a chiropractor that very day, though I had no hope of recovery because I didn't feel any pain in my neck.I had lots of anxiety and was willing to take the medication just to feel better. I thought I was going crazy.But the chiropractor explained to me that my neck was really out, and that the squishing of the vertebrae was causing the blurred vision in one or both eyes (it was even one of the questions in the questionnaire, "do you experience blurred vision in one or both eyes"), and that the anxiety was caused by the nervous system sending a "fight or flight" signal on it own, on and on, with no external reason.He told me I had a chronic back condition, though I had no back or neck pain, and asked me to give him 10 sessions without taking the medication. Well, I have gone there 3 times and I feel so good, 80% better. I am not dizzy, I have no anxiety, and no blurred vision.Without this chiropractor I would be on meds, thinking I am crazy.Please consider trying a chiropractor, it saved my life! I hope this helps.Pins and needles, and numbness of limbs, chest pain, heart pain, and shoulder pain all indicate one or more vertebrae being out. See a good chiropractor. It may really help.Venus
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 09:06 PM
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  • You might be throwing small clots that could cause tachycardia, and dizziness, and could be at risk for stroke. An echocardiogram can image the heart to see if there are any defects. Left arm numbness should be taken seriously, as it can signal heart attacks in men.We see it in all ages of people. You should have a coagulation work up, perhaps a hyper coagulation panel, or get a Protime, Prothrombin time, Fibrin Split Product, and D-Dimer done. Also, a Complete Cell Count with manual differential might pick up if you are shearing any cells off due to fibrin splitting them in your blood system with schistocyte fragments on the blood smear slide.Do follow up and make sure you get a full work up. Good luck! From a Medical Technologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 00:41 AM
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  • I was searching the same symptoms and I found your comments... I do live in the US and have great insurance but same as you I've been to the ER three times They never found anything. I get very dizzy that I almost fainted. I am still seeing all kind of Doctors as it is started affecting my life and I am afraid to go to work. I saw a cardiologist and they said I have a very healthy heart. I do know one thing. My situation gets worse when I am stressed out the Dr. does not think that stress can cause numbness in my left hand, chest pain and dizzyness. However, I know once my heart was racing (119) and my arm got very numb and got a very sharp chest pain, I realized after I went to the ER that It was a panic attack. I might have some of the symptoms at the beginning but the thought that I was having a heart attack made me panic and made my symptoms worse. It helps a lot to calm down when these things happen and think it could be stress or minor problem. However, keep on seeing a Dr. The ER know if you had a heart attack or not and if they said you were ok, that means you did not have one. However, you should keep on checking with the heart Dr. or the Neorlogist. If you are having a lot of stress in your life as well, check with a counselor.. I will post any answers I get from my appointments as well. Good luck to you.
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  • im having the same thing,and same thing,they say im fine,its stress,whatever.i get heart(not pains) but a weird feeling eveyday,and i get numb in the left arm almost every other day,right before i go to bed usually. all the doc did for me was do bloodwork and say im fine and just a hypochondriac,which is true,but i am now taking daily aspirin,but i still get the feelings once in a while,why do i feel crazy?im female and 25
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 09:35 AM
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  • Hi SteveTry checking for Gall Stones.. It can be very dangerous and it does give a feeling of a heart attack. I just underwent a surgery to remove my gall bladder and am fine now. Just low fat diet mainly no pizzas and stuff. Hope it helps...Good Luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 27, 2008
    • 06:23 PM
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  • I posted an answer a week ago and said I will get back with more details.. Since then I've seen a Nero, a cardiologist, and a phsycologist, I've even took 2 weeks out of work to really figure out what is wrong with me. I did not find anything Serious. Like lots of people, I refused to believe what I have is related to "Stress" specially when I do have a good life, good job, and great family. However, this is my recommendation:- Track what have you been doing the "day before or during" the time when you felt dizzy or chest pain. Sometimes you are too busy during the day that only when you are relaxed, you body builds up the problem and not notice it until you are relaxed. - Some people's body reacts to small stress (like overwhelmed with extra work, anger towards a person) you might not notice it at the time but it is piling up and your body is trying to tell you to stop worrying, stop working, or face your anger.- When you have a chest pain, take a "vitamin" or an Advil and try to convince yourself for one second only that this pill will relief your stress and get rid of all your symptoms. For that one second, does that make you feel better. Does your symptoms disappear? - If you truly think it is not stress, then there is one quick thing you can check for the chest pain. press on "BOTH" sides of your chest, if it hurts, it could be as simple as carrying or dragging heavy luggage or bags which does feel like chest pain.I am not trying to simplify the problems and I am not a doctor but realizing what could be wrong did help me a lot and although I still feel some chest pain (from working a lot), I never get to a point of "fainting" or numb arms anymore.Best of luck to you and hopefully it is not a serious problem
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 03:45 PM
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  • I to have had heart paps with left arm numbess with chest tightness. I have have several blood tests with a echo and several ekg all came back normal. I also went to hospital had a xray of heart with ekg and blood work all came back normal. After my hospital visit went back to doctor and they put me on a 24hr hollitor monitor which came back normal. After all these tests I asked the doctor if it could be acid reflux and he said could be so he put me on 40mg of Zegerid. Well I have been in Zegerid for 2 months now and i have gotten better. I also believe that stress could have made the acid reflux worse since stress causes acid reflux. I would go ask your doctor if this might be acid reflux and put u on zegerid
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2008
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  • wow, I am having the SAME exact thing happen...I've been to the ER countless times, my PCP a number of times(have another appt this morning) I was told I have anxiety disorder..I am now on my 2nd anxiety medication..first one made me way too tired...yet, I'm still getting the same feelings..I have them now which is how I found this thread(did a google search) My left arm is numb...fingers are tingly..heart is racing..a bit of vertigo. I get this almost always on a daily basis, sometimes more then once a day...I was then told my iron was low..(now on 975 mg's of iron..it was REALLY LOW) and was told that could cause the same symptoms as an anxiety/panic atack....iron is now up..still having the same symptoms..I've had numerous EKG's, also had a Cat scan to make sure there was nothing wrong with my brain...(except the Dr's think I'm crazy) My mind is trying to convince my body that there is something wrong. I'm starting to think that the Dr's are right..I'm making these things happen. But the constant feeling of gloom and doom is driving me insane. I can't sleep, I can't function at all. I am a divorced single mother and have 3yo twins...I can't keep dealing with this, I wish I knew what to tell you...I just wanted you to know that you are NOT alone. I am going to demand more tests...because this has to be something other then Anxiety/Panic disorders..I hope you are doing better!!
    tiredofbeingsick 1 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
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  • I know this sounds weird, but I had the same issues for years. It was my gall bladder. I didn't have the pain under the ribs that everyone says goes with gall bladder. I had heard issues, head aches, and all kinds of weird dizzy spells. They did an ultra sound and found my gallbladder was fine. Then they did a hyda scan and found out that it didn't work (harldy at all). Gall bladder, for some reason, will mess you up, and always seems to be the last thing checked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
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  • I have exactly all of the same symptoms you have and I have Tachycardia and have to be on propanolol to controle it. It also causes very high blood pressure.I had a lot of run around in drs from the beginning telling me I'm to young for it to be my heart (I'm 28). One told me anxiety, one told me post partum, one told me acid reflux, one told me it was all in my head! Till I finally get the golden one to send me a cardiologist and not be a complete idiot and ignore the symptoms causing me to go into the hospital about twice a month!!I do still have random attacks that set me into the hospital that we are trying to pin point more and controle. Normally I go to the ER and get treated and discharged and they are getting worse and I was admitted last week for a few days and my husband was sent home from Iraq because things were so bad. Def do NOT ignore it and stay on the drs till you get someone to listen!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2010
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