Chest pain is causing me to panic. Help?!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have this all the time! I went to my doctor they did tests, turns out it’s just bad acid reflux and the pain is spreading out. I take Tums constantly and it works most of the time, but I still get the sharp breif pains almost daily. Hopefully it’s nothing serious! 

Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I was in exactly the same position as you a few years ago. The medical tests and stress went on for months, and in the end it turns out it was anxiety/depression causing it. (I didn’t know I was suffering from this). If you’re stressed or anything, it could be that.

I paid hundreds of pounds going to a private hospital to get seen quicker (which I wasn’t anyway…) only to find out it wasn’t my heart at all. You’ve done what you can for now, try not to think about it. (Easier said than done.) I still get palpitations if I’m really stressed, and the odd pain in my chest but it passes and it’s not as scary because I know it’s nothing to worry about.

I hope that puts your mind at ease a bit : )

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I get muscle twitches right over my sternum.  The doctor said they are similar to eye twitches but they hurt so much it felt like I couldn’t breathe properly.  She said they were related to stress, and I found they were from when I wore a heavy backpack, I would contract those muscles to compensate for the counterweight.

Post # 7
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I get it too. I am on prescription acid reflux meds now.

Post # 9
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I had this problem for years, several doctor and hospital visits and they kept saying there was nothing wrong with me. It was frustrating. Finally on my last visit to the hospital I got a competent doctor who told me it sounded like an anxiety attack. After following up with my family doctor I was finally officially diagnosed with Anxiety and Panic disorder. Whenever I get an attack I get a sharp intense chest pain.

Post # 10
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I get these, too! I had heard they can be nothing to worry about so always just try and calm myself. Thanks for the thread.

Post # 12
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I had something similar this summer.  I’d had it on and off for months, but one morning it woke me up at 4:30 and would not go away.  

I had a full cardiac work up at the hospital, all my blood work came back normal except my clotting factor was high (and I have a family history of blood clots) so into the MRI I went for a dye test.  That came back clear as well. 

It was diagnosed as costochondritis.  It’s inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the sternum.  It is very, very painful (I felt like I’d been hit by a truck for 2 days).  And it last a long time.  It took 2 months for me to finally get rid of any pain.  The only thing I could do was try to reduce the inflammation and take pain killers (over the counter).  

Unfortunately you have to rule out any cardiac/lung issues to get to this diagnosis.  

The good news?  It’s gone.  The bad news? It can come back.  We think it was brought on by heavy lifting.  I have issues with inflammation, so this isn’t super shocking.  

Post # 13
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I get/got this too! I had a lot of issues with tachycardia and palpitations, to the point where I had to be hauled off to the ER a few times. The first time it was completely terrifying, because I was all alone. I had to call 911 for myself, and I was convinced I was going to die. Obviously, I didn’t :). My heart rate (while lying down) was over 200 bpm when the ambulance got there, and I could tell that it had slowed down from whatever awful peak it had reached.

The doctors assured me it was probably not going to kill me, but after a few more ER trips and constant fear that it would come back/disrupt my life/cost me even more in medical bills, I elected to have it surgically fixed (which was an option for my issue, but not for all issues, I’d assume). I’m ok now, but I do fear it will come back (about a 10% chance, given my age).

I totally get the fear, though. That it could strike at any time, and that maybe the next time will be more serious than the doctors said it was. What helped me (in the 2 years when it was really bad, before I had surgery), was having a plan and trying to prevent it from happening.

For the plan part, I always had a cell phone on me, I knew exactly what to tell the nice 911 operators (issue, address, etc), I knew what hospital I wanted to be taken to, etc. That made the uncertainty easier to handle.

On the prevention side of things, my doctor told me to avoid caffeine and alcohol. So I did – like the plague. I went 100% cold turkey on both of those for a year leading up til surgery. It helped a bit, and it made me feel like I was more in control of the situation. Plus without Starbucks and beer I lost like 20 lbs, hahaha.

At the end of the day you just kind of have to trust the doctors. If they say you’re not going to die, believe them. I know they’re humans and make mistakes, but they REALLY want to catch serious heart problems before they get dangerous. I’m sure they would have let you know if it was a more seirous issue.

Post # 16
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Anonymous_Bee20:  Nothing actually took the pain away.  It was more for the inflammation.  And my ribs weren’t sore to the touch, one small spot right at the top of my ribcage was, but it actually felt better to put pressure on that spot.  It wasn’t a typical presentation, but it was the ultimate diagnosis.  

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