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First let me start off by telling that I am a warehouse worker / delivery driver. Last week on the way back from my route I stopped at Speedway gas station and got a 5 Hour Energy and 4 Reese's peanut butter eggs. I was tired and had a 3 hour drive back so I wanted a little pick me up. Well about an hour in to my drive I started feeling bad, like I was going to throw up and just really shaky. It got to the point where I had to pull off and eventually had to have the paramedics called because I was having chest pains and my left arm began hurting and tingling. First thing I thought was - heart attack. Well the paramedics came out and did multiple tests and determined it wasn't a heart attack and they think I just overdosed on caffeine.
Fast forward to yesterday I was again out on my route and had been feeling bad all morning but still manageable. After my first stop I stopped at a gas station and got a chicken salad sandwich and a bag of chips. Well after about an hour I got to a stop and felt so bad I had to sit down, then my whole body was tingling and again my left arm was hurting and I was having chest pains. So I had the guy at my stop call for an ambulance because again I thought - heart attack. So I got to the hospital and they did an EKG on me took blood twice to check my enzyme levels and again determined it was not heart related.
I followed up with my primary doctor today and he is sending me for a stress test to ultimately rule out heart. He also wants me to go to my gastro doctor for a consult and see if they think I should have the test where they put the scope down my throat to check for any problems.
The emergency room doctor said it could be one of these:
GERD - which I do have but I take Prevacid for
Shingles - except for I don't have a rash so he ruled that out
Panic/Anxiety attacks - which I guess is possible but I'm not anymore stressed about anything than usual
Anybody have any ideas ? I know the doctor is the best source for solutions but I was just wondering if anyone else with GERD have had these extreme symptoms.
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