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Old 09-08-2018, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I had a neighbor who died of a heart attack at 52 at home, even though he had terrible chest pains for hours. Turns out he had the same thing several years before & went to the ER... they said it was gas pains & he left, terribly embarrassed.
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This is one reason why so many don't want to go.
I'd be at the ER every week if I went because of aches, twinges or even sudden but brief sharp stabs in the chest.
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Old 09-08-2018, 08:29 AM
Status: "Fighting off mauraders, again..." (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: Rocky Mtns, for a year :(
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This is one reason why so many don't want to go.
I'd be at the ER every week if I went because of aches, twinges or even sudden but brief sharp stabs in the chest.
I know that older folks can be stubborn... I have an 86-yr old mum & go through different, but similar issues with her about dr's appts. I understand that we all differ, but if I felt fearful enough, with symptoms strong enough, to log onto an online forum to seek advice from strangers on whether I'm heaving a heart attack or not and/or if I should hightail it to the ER, that seems wasteful of perhaps life saving time, at best.

I don't know if you're being completely serious & don't know your age or level of daily activity, OC, but it also doesn't seem normal to me to have "sudden, brief, sharp stabs in the chest" every week.

I'm a lifelong athlete, doing some extreme sports & was a ballerina & choreographer. I've lived with regular injuries... aches, pain, swelling, broken toes, sprains, bruises, cuts, pulled muscles, twinges in < insert body part just injured by running, lifting weights, overdoing it at the gym or running up/diving off a mountain >. That's mild distress in a thigh muscle, low back, ankle, etc, for a day or a few & is treated easily & successfully with minor first aid everyone knows at home... ice/heat, Arnica gel for pain, Ace bandage in rare cases, rest, elevation. I've also had 4-5 concussions (2 from car accidents, 2 sustained while diving)... when I felt "off", I went directly to the hospital to be cleared (was never kept overnight & was told they were mild & not to worry about them). What I didn't do was solicit opinions... "Hey, do you, an accountant/musician/landscaper, think I have a serious head injury?"

If it were instead heart distress to the point that I felt it might be an attack, I'd chew up 5-6 aspirin (what my family of health care workers has said to do when a heart attack is suspected), unlock the door, lie down on the floor & call 911 so EMTs could treat me immediately, not wasting precious time driving to the ER sans treatment.

I don't think people here are overreacting. I think people are reacting to a stranger, who is worried & scared enough at one moment, seeking strangers' advice about an unexpected & repeated heart issue & wisely telling her/him to take the fear, worry & distress to an in-person pro who is trained & has the equipment to handle the sudden onset of heart distress. I don't find that abnormal. I find asking us & delaying treatment to be so.
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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I know that older folks can be stubborn... I have an 86-yr old mum & go through different, but similar issues with her about dr's appts. I understand that we all differ, but if I felt fearful enough, with symptoms strong enough, to log onto an online forum to seek advice from strangers on whether I'm heaving a heart attack or not and/or if I should hightail it to the ER, that seems wasteful of perhaps life saving time, at best.
He's scared to death. He's afraid that a physician will tell him that he's dying so he comes here where he may find encouragement to disregard his symptoms or, at least, be able to disregard posters who think that they may be serious.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:11 AM
Status: "Fighting off mauraders, again..." (set 15 days ago)
 
Location: Rocky Mtns, for a year :(
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He's scared to death. He's afraid that a physician will tell him that he's dying so he comes here where he may find encouragement to disregard his symptoms or, at least, be able to disregard posters who think that they may be serious.

Yes, I agree, Happy... and/or is/feels alone & just wants the attention of someone caring enough to comment. Either way, enough has been said & he'll have to take it from here. Some of these threads bring up the idiom of beating dead horses. I wish him well.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Could be muscle spasms. I experience them quite regularly after a workout. But if your concerned a visit to your doctor may ease your mind. Asking on a public forum wont help.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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This is one reason why so many don't want to go.
I'd be at the ER every week if I went because of aches, twinges or even sudden but brief sharp stabs in the chest.
I think the thing so many on here are missing and that is: what kind of pain is the OP or anyone else having. I agree with you, if we ran to the ER every time we had a pain or sharp stab, whatever we would live in the ER. There are so many types of chest pains and so few that are serious. On the other hand we will always hear the horror stories of those who experienced one pain and died the next day or a week later or ended up having stints put in or by pass.

I do think when someone has a chest pain they are really concerned about it doesn't hurt to see their pc doctor.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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I think the thing so many on here are missing and that is: what kind of pain is the OP or anyone else having. I agree with you, if we ran to the ER every time we had a pain or sharp stab, whatever we would live in the ER. There are so many types of chest pains and so few that are serious. On the other hand we will always hear the horror stories of those who experienced one pain and died the next day or a week later or ended up having stints put in or by pass.

I do think when someone has a chest pain they are really concerned about it doesn't hurt to see their pc doctor.

My girl had ZERO symptoms. She had a herniated disc and went to her PC for a pre-op. EKG showed she had a heart attack.... She got a TRIPLE bypass instead. 50 years old



And if you read my posts, my childhood neighbor, no symptoms, had a nice night out with her husband, came home, and died in her sleep... 50 years old....


OP has had multiple pains in his chest over a period of days.... Next time might be the last time.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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When it`s you time...it`s your time. You could get hit by a car, coming out of the grocery store, or getting shot by a stray bullet.
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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My girl had ZERO symptoms. She had a herniated disc and went to her PC for a pre-op. EKG showed she had a heart attack.... She got a TRIPLE bypass instead. 50 years old



And if you read my posts, my childhood neighbor, no symptoms, had a nice night out with her husband, came home, and died in her sleep... 50 years old....


OP has had multiple pains in his chest over a period of days.... Next time might be the last time.
This is exactly what I am talking about: you can have no pain and die or end up with by pass or you can have lots of chest pain and have it totally unrelated to anything. This is why some say going to ER with every chest pain isn't going to solve many problems. Let me add, I did go to the Er a couple of times with chest pain and yes, I did have a stint put in the first time. I also know there are many kinds of chest pains that are totally unrelated to the heart. In fact more often they are unrelated. There is a huge difference between heart related pain and other types. And if you read what I said, I did suggest seeing your PC. The examples you are giving are the exceptions not the rule..
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:54 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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This is exactly what I am talking about: you can have no pain and die or end up with by pass or you can have lots of chest pain and have it totally unrelated to anything. This is why some say going to ER with every chest pain isn't going to solve many problems. Let me add, I did go to the Er a couple of times with chest pain and yes, I did have a stint put in the first time. I also know there are many kinds of chest pains that are totally unrelated to the heart. In fact more often they are unrelated. There is a huge difference between heart related pain and other types. And if you read what I said, I did suggest seeing your PC. The examples you are giving are the exceptions not the rule..

We aren't talking about an ingrown toenail.... This guy should have gone to the ER last week to ELIMINATE that he has a cardiac issue... Maybe he has afib and needs some pills. maybe he put too much hot sauce on a burrito.... ONLY some tests at the ER will confirm that. Go to the PC physician, they will either send you to a cardiac specialist or the ER... He should just to to the ER. If he didn't die over the weekend
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