I'm feeling constant chest pressure / pain

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For about a week or so I've been feeling constant chest, back, and arm pain. It's been about two weeks and I'm hoping someone can reassure me that there's nothing going on with my heart.

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    I would make an appointment with a cardiologist. Better safe than sorry. But just keep in mind it may be a while before you get the appointment. It could be several weeks.
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    Val - where are you.

    If you have medical cover or universal heath care, take yourself to emergency department and let them decide if its indigestion or a heart issue, they will be delighted as you will be if its indigestion, but if its been there for some time doesn't sound like indigestion.

    Please take all chest pain seriously, a Dr told me this, I had peri-carditis, thats water around heart, caused by virus, but never really found why I had it, and husband has heart failure, or advanced cardio myopathy, again cause unknown.

    He is alive only because I insisted against his wishes that he went to emergency department, his feet didn't touch the floor after that for nearly 2 weeks, he had  congestive heart failure, his lungs were full of water, and you die from that, after a certain point there is no cure for congestive heart failure, he came very close as he argued with me and only wanted to go too bed he felt soo tired.

    But something told me there was more to it than that, he was sweating up a storm, he coudldn't seem to catch his breath, was puffing and panting as soon as he moved, and seemed to be dropping in and out of sleep sitting on the couch.

    Dr's told me it could have been bouts of passing out, from lack of oxygen.

    He was also very angry and cranky with me, between gasping for breath, that I was talking about calling an ambulance, ambulance staff also told me symptom, that also is a symptom of lack of oxygen and impaired brain activity, thinking ability.

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      This has been going on for about a month though and I'm having issues convincing myself that this isn't heart related. I'm only 24 and I don't smoke. I sometimes drink two light beers but I'm sure that isn't bad at all.
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      Valkyrie - I didn't realise that you are only 24, don't smoke and don't drink, 2 light beers occasionally isn't drinking.

      Sorry I scared you, I assumed, which i should never do, that I was talking to somebody my own age 64, in that case I would be worried, read my previous posting and don't relate it to yourself but to somebody older you may know. You would be saying the same I did.

      Did you realise that anxiety can cause you to have a racing heart, and chest pains.

      Remember anxiety is a very ancient human response, we are avoiding being eaten by a sabre tooth tiger, while we are trying to survive living in a cave with a small fire, and also protect our family. Fight or flight response.

      What else do you have going on in your life, are you working too hard at studies, or a job, are you feeling as though everything is too hard, and are you suffering from feeling of anxiety.

      We all have periods or times in our life when everything gets on top of us, my husband had really big anxiety problems after going to work one day and lying in a hospital bed the next day, with his heart issues.

      We were lucky enough to have a really good Dr who organised a counsellor for us both to help us cope with the feelings we were having, and also how to help us re-organise our new life, changed diet mainly because of the lack of activity, the lack of going to work, the change in our income from $2k a week to $250.00 a week, applying for social security when you are not well enough to cope with all the stress social welfare Depts dish out, "why are you not going to work" duhhhhh, read the heart specialists letters, it was so obvious that they hadn't read the letters from specialists when they are even asking questions like that.

      Please don't resign from the forum, we are only trying to help, not scare you.

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    If you can't get in to see a cardiologist right away, then I agree you should go to the ER. Again, better safe than sorry. Best wishes.
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      I've seen a chiropractor and GP they both think there's nothing wrong with my heart. However I've been convincing myself that there's something wrong and I wanted to talk to someone.
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      I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I'm just saying that it's better to see a dr., preferably a cardiologist, to rule out any heart issues. Take care, and please don't drop out of this forum. Let us know what you find out.
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    Everyone is different. Go see a lung and a heart doctor. My tests lead to minimal results but better to be on safe side
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