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What is this pain coming from underneathish my left boob???

By September 20, 2012 - 10:37pm
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I call them 'episodes'. About twice a year, every year, since I was 12..I've been getting these pains located underneath my left boob towards my sternum. Its as if someone is squeezing in there and won't let go, it's sharp, its dull, it hurts so much i have tears and sweating. I'm not usually dizzy at this time but once it surpasses I am disoriented, shaking, pale, and feel very unstable, but the only relief is I can breathe normally again. Everytime these 'episodes' happen the duration gets longer, and the pain gets worse. I have had a very healthy diet, and not sure where it even came from. I also have found out through my stress test, that my resting rate is normal at around 80, but once i start moving or thus running, it jumps like this '100, 89, 120, 99, 133, 110, 140,' and so on until i saw it reach 166 and then they turned they running machine off. I'm wondering if it's related or not. They claimed that I have a normal, healthy heart for a 20 year old, but somethings just don't add up. They have ruled out anxiety attacks and so on. And the thing is, I'm not always walking or running, I could be just sitting there or right out of my sleep and this sort of thing happens. The one when I was sleeping, I rose out of sleep with my heart pounding and that squeezing sensation, and the whole room was literally spinning, and i was getting really dizzy. Please If you have something that you can point me to, to suggest to the doctor as to what to really look for.... Thank you so much. I know that was a lot but all the doctors look at me with puzzling looks...

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Hey, I read that link you posted. I've had a couple of those before, but this other thing that happens is nothing like that one. I don't think i'm explaining it properly. I need to re-word later when I've had some rest. night all.

September 26, 2012 - 9:35pm

Thanx I'll take a look! I do remember my doctor telling me that it wasn't a panic/or anxiety attacks. I have had a anxiety attack before, but it feels completely different.

September 26, 2012 - 9:31pm

Hi stringcheesenpotatoes, 

It sounds like you maybe suffer from panic disorder? 

It is a form of anxiety disorders but sometimes you don't even realize that your anxious about something or many things until the panic attacks set in. 

Take a look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001922/

Best of luck,


September 21, 2012 - 6:39am

I'm 24 tomorrow. I hardly drink, if ever ( I know wierd for my age right?) The only BAD thing i do is smoke ciggs. But I started when I was 18. And this 'episode' began when I was around 11-12ish. The first one was quick and felt like a sharp pinch and that was it. Now I got to park in a parking lot and wait 45mins. until it passes, I dont know how I deal with it, but I just do. Its scary. I really would like to know if anyone else has this sort of problem?? The next one is due soon I know it is, and i'm not looking forward to it.

September 20, 2012 - 10:44pm
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