Post # 1
I have a doctor appointment next Tuesday but I am so worried that something is really wrong with me so I wanted to come here and see what you all have to say.
Well I’ve had high cholesterol for about 10 years now. I’ve been trying to lose weight but it doesn’t seem to happen. I eat well for a week then fall off for a month. This cycle has been going on for years. I mainly eat fast food.
Over the past month or so I have noticed some really weird feelings in my chest/stomach area. I’ve had striking pains in my chest, I have a really heavy feeling in my chest area. I have had a couple episodes of heart palpatations. Like my heart will just beat one hard time and then go back to normal. I’ve also noticed just a weird feeling in my stomach area. Like how your stomach feels when it’s hungry, except i’m not hungry.
I’m fearing the worst, that I have clogged arteries, etc.. but then on the other hand, I don’t get out of breath easily, I would think that clogged arteries would cause me to get out of breath. I’m also only 31.. is it possible to have these type of problems so young??
Thanks ladies, just looking for some opinions.
Post # 3
I’m concerned about my heart too and what you described sounds like what I’m feeling. Tomorrow, my doc is giving me a 24hr heart monitor, as the first step in seeing what’s happening. Just take it one test at a time, so to speak.
Post # 4
Well unfortunately it is possible, but try not to worry. Lots of things can cause a heaviness in the chest. Get it checked out!
Post # 5
@jjmomma: Hi there.. I’m sorry you are going through this type of thing too, I hope it’s nothing serious for both of us.. Please let me know what your doctor says. PM me if you would like to talk 🙂
Post # 6
I’m really sorry you are going through this. But, I SUPER applaud the fact you are going to the doctor and getting looked at. That’s the most important part, IMO. I think a lot of health related issues can be treated and can be reversed with a change in habits. I hope you get the answers you need! It could be anything (I wouldn’t worry about clogged arteries at your age, personally), but your body is definitely trying to tell you something. Again -super big kudos for going to the doctor. Keep us posted and PM me if you need to talk!
Post # 7
@amanda1266: Thank you hon. I’m getting more nervous as the night wears on. Had myself convinced that it was no big deal all week! 🙂 I’ll definitely pm you and let you know how it goes.
Post # 8
Sometimes this happens to me, or at least something really similar. I get super anxious and stressed sometimes and thats when it starts to happen. My heart will race, like I just ran a mile for 1-2minutes and then go back like nothing happened but it will hurt. I should also probably go see a doctor, maybe they could give me something for it. But if you’ve been super stressed lately/anxious, that could be a cause. I hope its something easy and fixable, best of luck with everything.
Post # 9
Waiting for the soapbox posters to get here. In the meantime, I hope everything is ok with you.
If it’s cholesterol problems, it is something that is reversable with commitment, which is good news.
Post # 10
I hope everything’s okay. There’s so many things it could be, try not to stress out about it; I feel something similar at times but it’s anxiety-related. If bad eating is catching up to you, you can really turn it around by making a lifestyle change…it wouldn’t be easy, but you can do it if you have to. You’re young and I’m guessing pretty healthy besides this, and if that’s the case, there’s not a high chance that your body is permanently harmed even if it is bad eating habits catching up to you.
The doctor can set your mind at ease, but prepare for a lecture anyway. I know doctors who would use this to try and “scare you straight.” If that happens, don’t freak out about it! I’m not saying to ignore medical advice to change your diet and start exercising more, but sometimes they exaggerate (which is pretty sucky. I’m an adult, you can tell me that it’s advisable to change my diet and exercise, I don’t need to be scared like a kid at a campfire).
Post # 11
Yes, it is possible. My Fiance is a surgeon and I hear stories all the time. Just today he did a whipple procedure on a 31 yr old female- she has pancreatic cysts and they had to take out parts of the gallbladder, stomach, bile ducts and pancreas.
NOT saying that anything drastic like that is going to happen to you, just that yes, it’s possible to have major health issues at such a young age.
Proud of you for getting checked out and for listening to your body. It’s not too late to change your lifestyle. I know how eating can be an addiction, and it’s a struggle for a LOT of people (myself included!) But everything is a choice. This should be a wake up call to take ownership of your health and to turn things around!
Good luck! I’ll be thinking of you! * hugs *
Post # 12
PS- You may want to read up on cholesterol and heart health in general…
“When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result.”
Post # 13
Hi! Yes, you can have those problems so young. I am 25 and exercise a ton and I have a genetic disorder where my cholesterol is astronomically high, so I cant control it. I’ve been on medication for it since I was 10. My mom is a nurse in a heart clinic, so this stuff is my life!
I was always told, because my cholesterol is so high, that I need to go to the doctor if I ever feel pains in my chest. I’ve had 2 stress tests to rule out any problems.
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk about it, or need a cholesterol buddy. I had to overhaul my life eating-wise, so I know the annoyance this causes! I’ve been through the wringer with this!
Post # 14
Big props for going to the doctor–I hope you’re okay.
In the meantime, if you are not allergic to it, try taking aspirin. Aspirin therapy for heart problems is usually a simple OTC method to decrease symptoms. You can read more about it on WebMD or call your doctor to see if it would be okay until Tuesday.
Post # 15
I woke up this morning with chest pains, and I felt very weak, and had a slight sore throat and tightness in my chest like I was sick.
My doctor called and said they had an opening this afternoon, so i took it.
Then I get to work and I feel great. Really???
I don’t know what’s going on, but I can’t wait to see the doctor to see if she has any ideas.
Post # 16
I’m a nurse….first, it could be anxiety…that is likely what they will try to rule out. Second, I also have palpitations and a sinus dysrhthmia (benign dysrhthmia), but I made my PCP give me an EKG. From there, it wouldn’t be uncommon for them to give you a halter monitor for 24hrs along with a diary to chart what you were doing at specific times.
This being said, keeping your cholestrol and blood pressure down are, what I would say, the most major things you can do to keep yourself healthy, along with daily exercise and maintaining normal body weight. Maybe ask your doctor to help you with a weight loss plan? Or recommend you to see a nutritionist? Cholesterol meds might be good in the short-term too….