• 5 months ago

    Chest pain with lower back pain/shoulder pain

    I’m a 37 year old male that has been having somewhat sharp/throbbing pain in my chest for two weeks now. It started on New Year’s Eve. It’s been pretty off and on but has been bugging me a lot today. I am fairly inactive and sedentary. I don’t do much exercising and I have a desk job. I’m overweight with my height being 5’7 and my weight at 230.

    I went to the emergency room about a week ago for this pain. I was given an ECG, a chest x day and blood tests. My heart rate is always high and was around 100 when they took it. Everything came back normal so they sent me home. I then went to my regular doctor for bloodwork on my cholesterol to see if anything noticeable or off showed up but my cholesterol was 180 and all my levels were pretty normal. Nothing crazy.

    Anyway, my question is what should I do next? Why am I having this pain? I do get out of breath fast from physical exertion and eating big meals gives me the sweats. I’m afraid to even attempt to exercise for fear of injuring myself or dropping dead from blowing whatever ailment this is out of wack triggering it.

    If I go to a cardiologist what will they do? I am so terrified of winding up admitted and getting stents and surgeries. I know it’s bound to happen At some point but I’m incredibly freaked out by that idea.

    Right now the pain almost feels like it’s in my upper back to my chest and back and forth. I was a little relieved when the pain was on my right side as I’ve always heard it’s the left side to worry about but it’s pretty much always left side now.

    What should I do? I’m so confused and scared and unsure. I wish I had some clue of what this is.


  • 5 months ago

    RE: Chest pain with lower back pain/shoulder pain

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  • 5 months ago

    RE: Chest pain with lower back pain/shoulder pain

    Just went through the same thing - never had even a hint of a heart problem - always had slightly low blood pressure. Woke up with pressure under my breast bone. Sat around until about noon with no change and then took blood pressure - 179 over something. Very long story short, went to ER, blood and EKG normal but Dr trying to figure out where pain was coming from. Set me up for ultrasound at 8:00 next morning - it came back normal so re-did blood and EKG. Both showed a problem. Admitted to cardiac unit, did a blood test and EKG - both came back with a problem. Did Cardiac Cauterization - found one artery blocked and even new vessels formed to supply blood. Ended up with 2 stents and a balloon. Overall, except for arriving on a Fri evening going into a 3 day weekend things went well. Cauterization no problem.