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  • Posted By: kat3325
  • December 31, 2007
  • 08:47 AM

Okay, let me start of by saying I'm 23 years old, male, 6'1'', 220 lbs, and in decent shape. Anyways, these symptoms I have have been going on for the past 3 years. I have moderate to severe chest discomfort on the left side of my chest. Some days it's worse than others. It's a constant nagging that makes it hard for me to breathe and specifically get deep breaths. Alot of the times I have to yawn to get a good breath in. At first when it started happening, I got real scared and my chest discomfort turned into panic attacks which sent me to the emergency room a couple of times where they did EKG's, bloodwork, the whole nine yards and each time they found nothing. Sometimes I'll get a bit lightheaded and when it comes it stays for a long time. Sometimes it will go away for a month and come back for a month. They also did a throat scope to check for GERD, and said all was clear. I do get bad heartburn, but I am on prescription meds for that and don't ever have it anymore. I also was put on Paxil CR because the doctor thought it might be anxiety, but this is something that is nagging and discomforting all day long for weeks and weeks at a time. It didn't seem to work. One time I fell asleep and woke up and could not move at all for about ten seconds, my body was paralyzed completely. I usually feel my best in the morning when I first wake up, but then it hits and I have to start waiting for a good breath every chance I can. It is so frustrating and discomforting. I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack any minute.

Also, it hits me really hard when I drink any type of alcohol, well more than one or two beers, but not until the next day. If I go out and have a few drinks, the next morning the chest discomfort will be real bad and it will stay for a week or two, then ease up slightly, but still be there. Doctors just can't seem to diagnose the problem and I have to live my life in CONSTANT discomfort struggling to get a good breath. Please someone reccomend what this could be. Thankyou for all your input.

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