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I am 28 years old, I have been dealing with these issues since I was 21. They all started in 2010 when I was deployed in Kuwait, I began feeling a rapid heartbeat and went to the medical center on base, they found that my resting heartbeat was 160 BPM. Long story short they boiled it down to stress. A few months later I had the same issues, I was then hooked up to an EKG.. results were negative.. then a 24 hour monitor.. everything was normal.. In April of 2012 I had just started my first civilian job.. I was working over nights and had about 45 mins left on my shift ( I did have 2 energy drinks and snacks that evening) I began to feel a numbness coming from the top of my head all the way down to my toes.. it felt as if my heart had stopped then it started pounding.. this lasted about 10 mins then stopped.. but I could feel the after effects .. my heart didn't feel the same and there was an itchy feeling around it.. I went to the ER I was again set up to do an EKG and holter monitor.. both came back negative.. I dealt with these issues as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, pain and numbness on the left side of my neck, collar bone and arm. The "attacks" seemed to stop early in 2014 and I went about 2 1/2 years without one, but still dealt with chest pain, numbness, shortness of breath, arm pain.. etc. This February I was awoken from my sleep with what felt like very bad heartburn (heartburn is also something I have been dealing with). My body then went into a panic and I had another "attack" for the first time in years.. this last for 15 mins or so and I once again had all the feelings and symptoms of a heart attack. I felt tired and pain in my chest as well as numbing and an itchiness as well as a cramping tight feeling on my left rib. I went to the VA and had another EKG and Holter monitor.. all clear again.. this time they did an ECG and a chest X-ray.. the ECG was all clear everything was normal.. The chest X-Ray showed a curve in the right side valve of my aorta but the doctor wasn't worried as it hasn't changed since the chest X-ray that was done 3 years prior. I have dealt with these "attacks" almost every day since February and it's really effecting my life.. I'm always afraid of when the next one will come on.. every doctor thinks they are panic attacks.. but that doesn't explain to me why I am having these symptoms and feelings when I'm not having an "attack".. the tightness, numbness, dizziness, chest pain, stomach pains, left arm pains and numbness, my hands turning ice cold just before an attack begins is beggining to become too much to bear..if anyone has any idea of what this could be.. or is experiencing the same I would love to hear from you!!
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