Long term chestpain/ left shoulder blade pain

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For the past year ive had pain in my chest on left side... it happens randomly , sometimes stabbing pain sometimes burning but there's always a dull ache thats there... someday s shooting pain in my left arm as well... and recently pain in left shoulder blade ... seems like my whole upper torso aches.. to sum it up it all started about 9 months ago... I would feel jolt Like pain in my heart.. then I would instantly start panicking and get short of breath and have heart palpations. I thought I was having a heart attack. After a few episodes like this my father made me go to the ER... at the ER my heart rate was 130 and my blood pressure was through the roof... EKG came back fine and xray and bloodwork was fine... they wrote it off as anxiety... I kept going back to doctor and they thought maybe chosteocondritious (not sure of spelling) at another visit after telling him I still have the symptoms and felt as though my heart was beating out of my chest he did notice how high my heart rate was even at rest... so he then diagnosed me with SVT.. tachynicardia ... I was prescribed metotoprol daily and celexa for anxiety... well the meds seemed to help with my constant pounding heart but im still suffering from chest pain on my left side and constant pain between shoulder blades and down into my left arm at times. It's so frustrating . I am a overall healthy 28 year old female. I have a stressful strenuous job lifting people at the nursing home daily... I'm just still concerned that something serious is wrong... if it was muscular you would think it would be gone by now . It's been almost a year with all this... I've become obsessed with my breathing and feels like I'm always trying to get a deep breath . I go tomorrow morning to get my gallbladder checked.. doctor wants to rule that out... so we will see. I'm just worried sick that any day now ill drop dead of a heart attack 😯 any advice out there? I forgot to mention a few weeks ago when I was dressing a resident , I was bent over and when I went to stand up I had a fierce pain in my chest that was so terrifying that even the resident was asking if i was ok... after leaning up the pain subsided but for the hour after that happened, it would hurt to take a deep breath in...... ugh I just want anwsers ..

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    I have been exactly the same I have been in and out of a and e and have the same symptoms my doctors have done everything like scans on my bowel sent me for a Camera which showed a small urnia I keep going back to now be told there is nothing more they can do I am so scared I recently had a baby and was told I wouldnt be here by now if it was my heart not so reassuring I been like this for 28 months now and still don't have a clue

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    I have a similar story. But my pain does not go to the left arm, just the armpit.

    Also I have constipation and pain now has mostly moved under left ribcage. So far I only found one thing: Colon has inflammation (calprotectin test)

    Curious to know what else do you find out.

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    Wow. I’ve just joined this site not long ago and keep finding the same presentations being relayed. 

    Bottom line is there can be correlatins to symptoms and what is driving it. I had odd rhythms and other symptoms that in the end were being driven by non-obstructive heart disease. If this is the case for you? It too often takes a million dollar work up to be sure all typical ‘seen’ things are eliminated. Plus you must be seen and cared for by a cardiologist who understands non-obstructive heart disease’s impact (which is constantly on the rise I may add) Still? All the while you should be treated for your symptoms. If what you are experiencing may be in the non-obstructive realm? It can be Microvascular Dysfunction and/or Coronary Spasms. Both of which can drive odd rhythms especially when not treated. They can SEE tachycardia happening...  it they CAN’T see what is at work. In this case, trying a nitrate and or a calcium channel blocker may be more in order than a beta blocker which is what the metoprolol falls under. Some docs do give trial runs of these old safe meds as what can work may be a way of seeing what is happening. What works can show what’s wrong.

    Gold standard testing for the non-obstructive realm is typically either the invasive provocative catheterization or a cMRI (done with at least a 3T MRI machine not a 1T) also provocative. Both types of testing MUST be done by cardiologists and technicians who do this type of testing all the time. This means going to a center of excellence or a cardio who is involved in this type of reasearch and knows a lot about treating and respecting the dangers of dismissing non-obstructive heart disease.  The best thing my primary doctor ever said to me, after being dismissed by local cardio, was, ‘GET OUT OF TOWN!’ And I don’t live in a back woods area! Lots of big, decent hospitals. Still? Had to drive 5 hours. Worth it.

    Where are you located? I may be able to suggest a doctor or facility near you. 

    Keep listening to your symptoms... read and research and find what fits best. On Facebook, there is a public page for Coronary Microvascular Fisease- Non-Obstructive CAD. It may be a help for collected resources and clues to what you are dealing with.

    Best to you... been there.

     

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      Oh my goodness! I haven’t heard of non obstructive heart disease but I wonder if it can describe what I have been dealing with on and off for years. I get squeezing crushing chest pain and back pain episodes. Getting them daily now. They take my breath away and then of course I panic. I have been to the ER several times, contrast CT scan, ekg, stress test, etc...I am at my wits ends! The episodes are so intense I feel like I might drop dead. It’s really affecting my quality of life but I cannot find any answers. 
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      It is definitely in the realm of possibility. It is unfortunately best to see a cardi used to dealing with Microvascular dysfunction and Coronary Spasms. Both not as rare as many believe and growing in numbers for some reason.... autoimmunity issues may even be a connection. In any case we need a cardiologist on board. Attaching a pic of referred angina pains...
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    Same boat.  30 yrs old, Dull ache in center/left chest for over a year, definitely feels like the heart.  Went to the Er after shooting sensations on the underside of left arm with shoulder blade ache and pale extremeties.  Ekg, xray, labs cleared and one year later, it still continues.  Pains have recently become more unpredictable with job and life stress - a strange coincidence if its not the heart.

    No hypochondriatic tendencies, physically fit, high paced lifestyle.  Went to doctors so my family doesnt wind up with a 30 yr old gimp to deal with, and no answers to date.  It is worth mentioning I met a chiro for prior back issues that felt confident this was from spine misalignment/radiating pain to shoulder and chest and had clients with similar stories exactly like ours.  With treatment the chest pain went away for a few months, but had to stop because she ended up sucking at her job and I ended up with other nerve issues I deal with now.  I mention this to you, only as you mention the stressful job/heavy lifting.  I cannot refer a chiro (If you goto a chiro tread carefully with their neck cracking), but instead look into physical therapy as a possible resort. 

    Hang in there and practice deep breathing.  If you have a higher power, send a message to the universe.  Consider juice cleansing or fasting with proper research.  When God needs me he will take me, until then I will do my best to be the master of my health and life, and fate.  I look forward to hearing about your journey.  

    'God I offer myself to thee, to build with me and do with me as thou wilt.  Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do thy will.  Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of thy power, thy love, and thy way of life.  May i do thy will always.  Amen.'

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    Seriously? Do consider non-obstructive heart issues. I was fit and no markers for heart disease and still am here. I was increasingly debilitated until I finally found help and the correct diagnosis. Typically cardiac testing belies these symptoms as you can ‘see’ what’s at work in the microvasculature. Often symptoms at rest or long after exertion is what can occur if Coronary Spasms and Microvascular Disease is the culprit. People can experience this every day or have odd ‘seasonal’ episodes that go away and come back for months. It is was too often dismissed. We are the zebras of Cardiology. Which means.... doctors are taught to think of the usual... there’s a saying in med school’ “when you hear hofbeats think horses not zebras.” But the truth is? Non-obstructive Heart isssues are hugely on the rise and even 5p% of heart failure patients have a great EF (Ejection Fraction). So there is much more to learn about our engine.

    good luck.refer to my above comment for Facebook page that may help you figure out if it fits you.❤️

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      I have been having the same pythons and i get these head aches 

      I have had this for 2 years they say its not my heart but sure feels like it was..

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      I was just diagnosed with microvascular disease yesterday. I finally got into Stanford interventional Cardiology department and am to start taking slow release nitro pills daily at bed time. She said this will tell us more definitively if I have the coronary  Vasospasms. The tests are very invasive and so was confident that is what my chest pains are. I also have reynauds phenomenon which is another Vasospasm and so it even more likely. Anyway, I’m not happy about having this. I have two small children and tons of stress in my life. But I am thankful to be under a doctors care and to know that there is something we can do help with the pain and control the damage this disease can cause. I have chest pain daily sometimes so bad it feels like I’m gonna pass out. Squeezing pressure chest and back pain. I also have esophagus pain from Gerd and will be seeing a gastro for that as well. I have many kinds of chest pain, from sharp, aching, squeezing, and pressure. In my back as well. Not sure how much of my pain is my heart and what’s my spine or my esophagus so that’s the next step to explore. Anyway I want to thank you for mentioning the microvascular coronary  disease because I don’t know if I would have ever known to keep pushing the issue of my pain being my heart. I was told by many doctors it’s not my heart which is down right dangerous! This issue that affects mostly women needs much more attention. Any advice you can give to me moving forward would be much appreciated 😊

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      Thank you guys for such a fantastic thread with so much resourceful info. I'm also experiencing similar issues for almost 9 months now with the symptoms increasing over time. I feel frustrated as I'm treated as a hypochondriac. They all just chalk it to acid reflux, anxiety when I know it's more than that. I was also diagnosed with costocondritis. One symptom that I experience though that I've not read on the thread is feeling of occasional flutter in my chest. I am not sure what to do next as I'm from a small island and don't think there are any advanced treatments such as the ones mentioned here. I'll just have to trust in God for the next step. Thanks again for the feedback all.

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      I get the flutters too and have since my early 20’s. Mine are pvc’s and pac’s. They are typically harmless and just a nuisance but if they happen often enough or too many in a row you can pass out or at least feel like you are going to. I have gotten them so often at different times in my life and they can be quite scary. Make sure you aren’t deficient in any nutrients or vitamins, sometimes that can cause them or make them worse. Also if they are happening a lot, cough a few times and kind of flex your tummy and push like you are going to the bathroom. Sounds crazy but a cardiologist told me to do that when I’m getting several in a row. It has something to do with the vagus nerve that controls pretty much all our bodies functions. 
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      I'm very glad you now have respected care! A good medical partner is vital!  If you ever need wider support, you can find a Facebook group by searching for me, Annette Pompa (material heart as profile pic) or Coronary Microvascular Disease-Non-Obstructive CAD is a public info page! We also have over 500 in our private support group. Support is so important in these less understood areas. We are there if you need us!?? Onward to better days!

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      Oh, thanks for the info as this is good to know. That's why at times I feel so lightheaded. Ill check into the deficiencies some more as well as my Dr did some testing and ruled out some already. It's also difficult these days to get a good night's rest. Will do my part and provide any info to the chat should I receive a breakthrough, soon. Blessings to everyone and speedy recovery.

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