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chest pain, increased heart rate, and rapid heart beats.

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  • Posted By: wes500
  • July 17, 2008
  • 07:09 PM

I am 24 years old. Have recently been having lots of palpitations, and chest pain. Several years ago I had a rapid heartbeat after smoking some pot. So I gave it up cause I didn't want to experience it again. Then like seven monthes ago out of nowhere I was driving in bad weather, and my heart started racing. I knew in my mind that I could handle the drive, cause I had done it plenty of times in the past, but it still affected me. I have also been experiencing times of mild to severe cases of constipation for about six or seven monthes also. My doctor put me on a laxative, which seemed to help for a couple days, then it got worse. Now I'm in constant pain in my pelvis area, lower back. Tight shoulders and neck muscles, I get muscle spasms just above my armpits, and in my sides. I have been stressed out alot by certain situations in my life, but it isn't anxiety. The medicine they prescribed me for anxiety only made my symptoms worse. So right now I'm not on anything. I was taking Metoprolol, and Lexapro, and Lorazepam. I don't like medicines so I can understand a relation to increased anxiety over that, plus I'm not getting any answers from the doctors. I have had several ekg's a holter moniter, and other blood tests. So far everything appears to be normal. I just don't feel normal, I end up having an increased heart rate after only a minute of light exertion, but my heart rate doesn't go back to normal. The only connection I have found is that a doctor had told me that I had a form of Pluerisy. I also have read that sometimes smoking can cause this. I was a smoker for two years. I stopped about a week prior to my episodes, plus after taking medications it has been worse and won't correct itself. Would like to know if Pluerisy could cause problems with my heart as well, like a possible chance that I also have Angina. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  • If you had ANY form of pleurisy, you would know it. I believe you would be in alot more pain and you would be having an especially hard time breathing in and out and it would only get worse in a short period of time. If you had angina, it should have shown up on some tests but my suggestion is that you see a Cardiac Dr. (get your current GP to refer you to someone if possible, that will save you money on the first visit). If that is not possible, call a few and see if you can just make an appt. and tell them you are worried about your heart health and don't seem to be getting better under the treatment from your current Physician. Make sure you get checked for Angina and Atrial Fibrilation.
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