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Chest Pain/Discomfort

Hello everyone!

I saw a post about chest pain last year but didn't see many responses. I was hoping those who experience chest pain/discomfort might describe it. I get chest discomfort randomly and nitroglycerin doesn't help. Its more of a numbness/burning but it can be accompanied by feelings of presyncope. I never faint and the faint sensation goes away super quick, but I've been to the hospital more times than I can count and they NEVER find anything. They can't even tell I'm in heart failure. My BNP is completely normal and it's even considered low. Last time it was 11. I'm so frustrated. I don't want anything to happen if I don't go, but I don't want to go and waste 6 hours plus for no reason. How do others deal with this? Any thoughts, advice or opinions are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

  1. I also want to add that I feel this overwhelming sense that something is wrong in my chest area. I avoid doing much because of how I feel. It's sooooo hard to describe but it's like there is this internal struggle physically that doesn't allow me to do much. It's like my body is scared. I know this may sound ludacris but it really is happening to me. I wish I had a better way to explain it I'm sorry.

    1. Hello John! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes I've seen numerous Cardiologists and Electrophysiologists. I also have a pacemaker. I've worn numerous zio patches. That's how we caught the nocturnal pausing and bradycardia. On paper my heart is fine. The one exception was an invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test which revealed low pressures during exercise. This paired with my symptoms have led them to a diagnosis of HFpEF. I don't even have diastolic dysfunction. Sigh.....

    2. Thank you for the update and for the further explanation as to your personal situation. I wish I could give you an explanation as to what is causing your chest pain and what to do. Although, at the present time all I can say is it may be a good idea to be seen by a physician. Another option may be to talk to your own personal doctor who knows you best. Your doctor may want to work with you on creating an action plan as for what you should do in the future when this occurs. What do you think? John. community moderator.

  2. sounds good! I just wish in 2023 they had some idea on how to manage this better. I find it alarming that I was the one who brought them to this diagnosis. No one believed me. So many docs are stuck on textbook training that they don't think outside the box. Anyhow thanks for responding. I appreciate your time sir.

    1. I hear your frustration. I have had my own similar experiences with doctors not being able to find the cause and telling me I'm fine. It certainly does get frustrating. How are you feeling today? Are you feeling better? John. community moderator

  3. Hello sir! Yes feeling better today. I'm moving this week to another state. Hoping a new set of eyes with new docs will bring better results. Thanks for checking in.

    1. Good morning. Glad to hear you are feeling better. That sounds exciting. Sometimes new beginnings can bring about new ideas -- and hopefully your new doctors are able to help you feel even better -- and that they do a better job of being proactive with your care and making sure that all of your questions and concerns are taken care of. Please do share with us how you are doing an what you think of your new doctors once you get to know them. And know that you are always welcome here in our community. If you have any concerns or questions, please do feel free to chime in here anytime. Either myself or one of our other moderators/ team members will get back with you. Wishing you all the best. John. community moderator.

  4. Tight and won't ease up

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience, do you have anything you can do to alleviate this feeling? - Clair ( Team Member)

    2. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having tightness. This tightness can be a number of things. Stress can cause some tightness in your body to become tense, if it goes prolonged for a period of time I would recommend talking to a medical professional about your symptoms. I definitely wouldn’t want something worse to happen to you. Thank you for sharing. Hope you’re doing better now. Leslie (Community Moderator)

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