Severe Chest Pain
Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:07 AM
Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:46 AM
Posted 18 September 2007 - 12:14 PM
I too experienced severe chest pains in the past. After a complete cardiac work-up (EKG, Stress echo, and Thallium study), they ruled out any cardiovascular issues. My GI doctor also prescribed a low dose of desipramine (30 mg xday) - which greatly helped. Somehow it blocks/controls the esophageal spasms.
Hope you can find relief soon --- but always error on the side of caution with chest pains. Go to the ER if there is any doubt during an episode!
Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:56 AM
Posted 19 September 2007 - 06:24 AM
Severe chest pain is very scary. It can be the result of a number of causes. On our heart involvement page, there is a link to an excellent troubleshooting chart. It would be good to have a good read when you aren't in the crisis situation so you can be prepared.
Chest Pain, Acute Severe, sudden chest pain can represent a life-threatening problem. Follow this chart for more information. familydoctor.org.
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:59 PM
Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:32 PM
This thread is quite interesting in the fact that Gareth's ped doctor gave him Nitro tabs in the spring saying they may help against esophageal spasms. Gareth would complain that his heart hurt but his gastro doctor said it was from spasms.
They have since gone away and he hasn't needed the Nitro since starting the Plaquenil. I guess I never really gave it a second thought as to how good this doctor was!!!
Take care, Everyone.
Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:04 PM
I had an episode of severe pressure in my chest with accompanying pain last fall. This coincided with the time there was a question about PAH, lung function etc. I went through the CT, exercise stress test, echo etc. PAH was ruled out, the stress ruled out heart problems, I had mild ILD.
The cardiologist told me that considering the severity of my Raynauds that it is unusual, but not unheard of, for the blood vessels in the heart to spasm in a fashion similiar to what they do in the fingers/hands when having a Raynauds attack. I also seem to remember reading this somewhere but of couse I cannot remember where.
It is frightening and nothing to ignore.