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Thoractic pain, and I thought i was having a heart attack

ileneiilene Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Making a very long story shorter, my heart is fine, had a CT angiogram today. Now the story itself. I have been having chest pain on and off for several months, had my MRI of T spine saw the cord compression, was told pain must be from that, and I ignore the pain. Well 2 weeks ago I went to my GP who said I shouldn’t be ignoring chest pain, and she wanted me to see a cardiologist and have an echocardiogram. I have an apt for this Friday, anyway, last night the pain woke me up from sleep, felt like a burning knife entering under my left breast and coming out the top of my chest. The initial pain is 10+ and then remains and decreases gradually.

At the ER I told them I thought I may be having a heart attack, and they did an EKG, which was normal. The resident came in, and we were talking when I got another pain, I made a sound from pain, grabbed my chest and then my eyes filled with tears, which soon I was wiping and apologizing for. She asked if this was the kind of pain I have been getting all along, I said in recent weeks it has gotten worse. She told me that she thought I was going to need a CAT scan angio, and if that showed anything, would have a regular angiogram after that, soon they were giving me 5mg of morphine and hooking me up to the monitor. Then the nurse came in and asked if I had pain, I said yes, and was told a few moments before my Oxygen level fell to 85, which is low, and they gave me oxygen. As I said before the scan of my heart was normal, no calcium in my arteries at all, everything normal, except for my mitral valve which I already new. The only thing this test didn’t pick up was my small hole, which I will have an echo on Friday to see how it is doing. I am still having pain, but again realize it is from my back, so it is again livable. Doctor said I don’t have to worry about my arteries for at least a year…..I jokingly said if I get pain in a year does that mean I have to go thru all of this again…..he laughed, and that was that.



  • So sorry you are having that many problems with it Ilene. I have had the feeling of a heart attack once so far and that was enough for me. It is horrible because you don't know what is causing it to happen to you. I hope they get you some help soon for yours Ilene.

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