Patient Comments: Chest Pain - Cause

What was the cause of your chest pain?

Comment from: Mary, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 30

The cause of my chest pain was a heart attack. I am a 77 years old, and when I was 75, I suffered two heart attacks. The pain was below my sternum, radiating to my back. Soon it was all over my chest. I never sweated or had jaw pain or arm pain. My son and grandson who live with me rushed me to the hospital. I was having a heart attack and the cardiologist did an angioplasty and opened the left main artery which was 80 percent blocked. I go for stress tests and am very thankful that my children insisted that I go to the hospital.

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Comment from: duncs, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

So I have angina, but I usually have a bad day when the temperature changes rapidly. Now I have had chest pain for 2 days and all the symptoms of angina, for which the doctors have been treating me for 13 years.

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Comment from: equitation, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had some "tearing and stabbing" in my left upper chest a few weeks ago after recovering from a cold/flu and couldn't breathe. I saw a doctor at a walk in clinic and she told me she thought I tore a muscle in my chest and to take it easy for a while. I work outdoors. Now, a few weeks later during rest in the evening it has come back very strong and I cannot breathe or exert much effort into anything without feeling severe pain. It is now over 2 days straight and it is not improving. I know I should go back to the doctor.

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Comment from: E Cameron, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

My chest pain was caused, I'm certain, by excessive alcohol abuse. I had short stabbing pains for most of the following afternoon. Call it the hangover from hell if you like. I went to the hospital and received excellent care. It was decided after two blood tests, 4 EGCs, a chest x ray and 3 blood pressure tests that I did not suffer a heart attack. The pains were most likely nervous system induced but none the less frightening. Less than 48 hours later I have had no pain.

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Comment from: almostdied2beperfect, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

Constant strain from purging when I had bulimia, it was horrible, somedays. It just went through my whole body and I couldn't even get out of bed.

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Comment from: Gerri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

Had sharp chest pain that lasted for 30 min. ECG was normal. Had scope done. Found bleeding ulcers. 3% was anemic. If 4% would have needed a blood transfusion. Had no problems with my stomach. Was eating ice all day long. Very important clue. That was a sign of anemia. Look up PICA. I am taking Nexium and Iron pills. Dr. said it may take a year for my blood to be normal. I'm 73 years old. I have no heart problems in family and pretty healthy otherwise.

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Comment from: diane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

i had surgery in february for ductal carcinoma in situ (pre cancerous cells in milk ducts) followed by a course of radiotherapy. the past few days i have been getting a sharp pain in the chest area on the side of the breast which was operated on. the pain feels as though it is inside my chest rather than in the breast, do you have any idea what could be causing it.

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