Hi. I am 20 years old and about 120 pounds. I am in good health and do not smoke, take any drugs and I RARELY drink. I went to the ER a few weeks about about some chest pains I was having. I've had these for more than 5 years now, but I had several in one week and was tired of not knowing what it could be. I went into the emergency room and said "ouch, chest pain, help" and instead of immediately being put on an ECG or any other test associated with cardiovascular the doctor told me he thought I had GERD. He prescribed me zantac (which you can get OTC anyway!?) and told me to take mylanta for acute attacks.
The reason this bothers me is b/c 1)I wasn't immediately tested for cardiovascular problems when I came in, 2) Maybe I'm wrong, but typically GERD dosen't involve radiating chest pains that sometimes move to the left arm, neck, jaw, back and in severe cases all the way down to my feet. It also shouldn't leave my left side feeling like I just had an extensively painful work out (weak, tired, etc). 3) The symptoms are episodic and can be tracked and seem to shadow that of angina.
Maybe I am wrong and it really is GERD, but it's 5:13 am and I've just woken up with severe chest pain. It radiated to my arm, neck (which is still hurting), back (which is still hurting) and down to my foot (it feels like I have runner's cramp).
Any info would be GREATLY appreciated (especially from a MD, etc etc)