Post # 1
I’ll be as brief as possible but I need to know if I should go to the ER right now.
I was doing yoga yesterday afternoon (I’ve been practicing a long time, so I’m in really good shape. Not bragging-I just think it’s relevant).
Anyway, during my ab work, I felt indigestion and chest pain (something vie experienced before) so I got up and took a Zantac and the stomach issue went away.
However, the chest pain continued through the night. Dull when at rest and sharp when I inhaled too deeply. I went to bed but could not sleep on my left side, due to the pain. The right side was painful too, but to a lesser degree.
The pain is centered directly over my left breast and I have no other real symptoms except for the pain and just not feeling “right”. I do have mitral valve prolapse but have never had any issues and I was recently on an airplane.
I did consult Dr. google but nothing fits, not pleurisy or costochondritis, which would seem the most likely.
Question: are these symptoms enough to send me to the ER? Naturally it’s a Saturday and my doctor is out of town.
If anyone is around, please advise. I’m a little worried.
Thanks so much in advance.
Post # 3
If that was me i’d go to the ER…. chest pain scares me. I kinda had that once and it turned out that i pulled some muscle in my chest which took awhile to dissipate! but it scared me!
Post # 4
@PutABirdOnIt: Yes, go to the ER. It may be nothing, but better safe than sorry and the indigestion with the chest pain is a red flag.
Post # 5
Trying to reach the doctor on call right now. And yes, my gut says go but we don’t have insurance and I would hate to get a giant bill for a muscle pull.
Then again, better safe than sorry. I’ve had this kind of pain before but it’s never lasted this long.
I think I’ll have to just go, but I wanted to know what you-all would if you were in situation.
Post # 6
This may sound silly but have you tried Gas-X or the like? Sometimes gas pockets can get trapped in your system and cause pain like you are describing due to the gas pushing upwards on inner organs. It happened to me once, though I didn’t go to the ER, but went to an urgent care facility. A lot of times people go to the ER with heart attack-like symptoms when it’s actually gas. Sounds weird, but true. Gas-X is pretty good at somehow chewing up this gas that isn’t find its way to the correct exit 😛
That being said, it’s always safer to go to the ER to be sure, and since it’s been 24 hours, I think you should go.
Post # 7
You’re probably fine, but since the pain has kept up I would go see someone. Maybe try a doc in the box place that’s open on the weekends. ERs generally make you wait forever and from my experience provide terrible care.
Post # 8
If you don’t have insurance I would seriously try my best to avoid the hospital. They will charge you thousands and it seems that since this has been going on all night, you probably have pulled a muscle or something else that isn’t an emergency. Good luck!
Post # 9
Go! My coworker’s husband passed away three weeks ago because he was complaining about pain in his stomach and all around is abdominal area (front and back). Didn’t want to go to the doctor. Two days later… he had passed away. ANYTIME your body is not feeling the way it should be , especially something like this, you have to take attention to it. Good luck and hope all is well! Keep us posted.
Post # 10
I think the fact that it’s hurting more when you breathe deeply may hint that it’s not heart-related (but I am so not a doctor). I’ve had severe, crushing chest pain before and it turned out to be muscle related (and was made far worse with my anxiety). I’d still get checked out as soon as possible. I hope you’re ok, please update us!
ETA: Also, if you feel nauseated at any point or start throwing up, while still having the chest pains, I’d call 9-1-1.
Post # 11
UPDATE: got hold of the doctor and he says it’s probably pleurisy and not to go the hospital. Phew!
Still, it’s really uncomfortable and such a scary feeling. Thank you all who responded so quickly. That’s why i love this community:) I probably would have gone in if I couldn’t get hold of my doctor.
I’m going to post an update now in the Beehive.
Post # 12
Do the Check Your Symptoms on this topic:
It will help you make a decision. Anything in blue you can click on for more information.
FYI anything that hurts when you breathe in, is not likely cardiac, rather muscular or respiratory.
ETA I see you just posted above.
Post # 13
You can try calling an advice nurse first!! The part that scares me the most for you is that feeling that something is “wrong” – it can actually be a symptom that can occur with an MI (heart attack). It may just be indigestion, or more likely it might be muscular (sharp pain when inhaling ). Do you have any nitroglycerin? You can try taking those. Directions should be on the bottle.
ETA: nm, I’m glad you got a hold of the doctor! Hope you feel better soon 🙂
Post # 14
A few months ago i began having chest pain on and off and it was always in my left breast. I couldnt figure it out, it scared me and i was not sure what was going on. I am a nurse so i decided one day at work to bring it up to my cardiologist ( i too have mitral valve prolapse) She told me since it was happening randomly sometimes i had it for days to take zantac or any other acid reducer for two weeks daily then every other day for two weeks and then see if that helps. I did this and now i no longer take the medicine or have the chest pain. it was strange i also felt like something was wrong. Some days i thought i was going to have a heart attack and die. I know i am a bit extreme but you never know!