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#1 amberjolie

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

Hello,

I've had a few bouts of chest pain recently that I was wondering if anyone else was experiencing. I'm not sure what it's from, but I looked online and it doesn't appear to be heart related, based on the way they describe heart pain.

It happens on the left side, up by where I would have thought the heart was, and is pretty sharp, coming on like a wave, and then it goes. Then it comes again like a wave, then it goes. And after two or three times like that, it seems to be done. All this happens in the space of a couple of minutes. It seems to happen when I'm not doing anything in particular. Once a week or two ago when I was sitting during worship services, a couple of days ago when I was lying in bed, and today during worship services again.

I'm wondering if it's a muscle spasm or something. I don't know if my medications can do something like that, or if it's related to all the other muscle cramps I tend to get easily (i.e. in the feet). But again, I'm not doing anything in particular at the time.

I'll definitely be mentioning it to my rheumatologist the next time I see her, but I thought I'd see if anyone else has experienced anything similar.

Thanks!

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:06 AM

Hi Amberjolie,

Although we naturally tend to think of heart problems first when experiencing chest pain, there are over a dozen possible causes of chest pain. Here is a good article on Chest Pain from Mayo Clinic.

Heartburn in Scleroderma can feel like a chest pain and I know some of our members have described oesphageal spasms as chest pains. I'd also include also pleurisy, costochondritis, and fibromyalgia which would be perhaps more likely to affect someone with Scleroderma.

I've included a link to another thread on Chest pain to give you more information but I would definately explain your symptoms to your rheumatologist next time you see her or perhaps you could speak to her sooner if you're concerned that it keeps on recurring.

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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

I'm sorry you have experienced some chest pain and I hope it is nothing serious. It can be very hard to sort out and if it is troublesome to you, you can review it with your doctor. Some guidelines for how to figure out if it is a heart attack or not include: if it lasts less than five minutes, probably not; if you can put your finger on it, probably not; if it hurts only when you move, probably not; if it's very sharp and very brief, probably not; if you press on an area in your chest, and it hurts, probably not.

That doesn't mean that the pain doesn't possibly have a serious cause, it just means that it is probably not a heart attack in the making. Oddly enough, many people have heart attacks without any pain at all, rather they just have symptoms like shortness of breath. Smoking puts people at great risk of a heart attack, even though people usually think of it only in terms of lung damage; men are at greater risk when they are over 50, and women are at greater risk when they are over 60. That said, I'm sure we've all heard of exceptions to those rules. And it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to chest pain.

Anyway, it's as good a time as any to read up on all the symptoms of heart attack and calculate your risk factors, isn't it?

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:14 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

Esophogeal spasms. I suffer terribly from this condition and it is similar to the symptoms of a heart attack. I have had several attacks. The first one ended me in the hospital for several days while they ran a million tests. It starts with mid chest pain, nausea (vomiting), sweating, overall ill feeling.

My scleroderma specialist finally realized what was happening and prescribed me Nitroglycerin tablets. When the spasms occur I place one table under my tongue. It dissipates within 10 minutes or so. This condition come and goes. There doesn't seem to be any predictor so you just treat it as it occurs. I don't know if this is a possible reason for your concerns bit I thought I should mention it.

Best of luck!!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

Hi!
There are so many reasons why you may have chest pain, but it's always good to check it out and not self diagnose. Women are notorious for dying of heart attacks, because they present differently than men do. So always get it checked out. :)
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#6 amberjolie

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the replies. I don't think it's anything with the heart because it's quite sharp and quick, lasts a very short time, and I was able to push on a spot and almost feel the pain. So I'm thinking it must be muscular.

Annkd - I don't think it's esophageal spasms because it lasts pretty quick, and I don't have any nausea or sweating or anything.But good to know for future reference.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

Hope today, find you feeling a little better!
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

Hello Miocean

I had this type of pain on my left side but it's more under the breast rather than centre of the chest so can't be esophageal for me. I would get it lying down and it would come and go for a few minutes. I haven't had it for months and have no idea of the cause.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Amanda,

The chest pain you described is identical to what I experience weekly. I have not figured out what it is-but it is the same place (left side under breast) and same in nature to what you described. It happens randomly. I know that I have a large, deep, morphea plaque that's indented and hardened under my left breast and my doctor said that it could be entrapped nerves causing the chest pain. I don't know if this helps, but I wanted to share.

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