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Old 01-11-2010, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you for replying. I have been dizzy for most of the day and it started today. I still have the chest and jaw pain that stayed the same. Are these signs of something serious?

Cassie
What are you still doing here looking for advice?

Call 911...RIGHT NOW!
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:56 PM
 
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Cassie, you need to go to the Emergency Room right away.

Just read this post, put on your shoes and go to the Emergency Room.

Don't even post here again until after you are back from the Emergency Room.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Thank you for replying. I have been dizzy for most of the day and it started today. I still have the chest and jaw pain that stayed the same. Are these signs of something serious?
Cassie
I would guess carotid artery blockage, but what do I know - I am not a doctor.
The first thing you should do is log on to your home county web site and sign up for the ambulance membership. Then call the ambulance as soon as you get confirmation of your membership. Call 9-1-1 and describe your symptoms. Get a real workup from an ER cardiac specialist.
"do you get the point?"
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:44 AM
 
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I would guess carotid artery blockage, but what do I know - I am not a doctor.
The first thing you should do is log on to your home county web site and sign up for the ambulance membership. Then call the ambulance as soon as you get confirmation of your membership. Call 9-1-1 and describe your symptoms. Get a real workup from an ER cardiac specialist.
"do you get the point?"
People have to sign up for ambulance service in North Carolina? That's mindboggling to me.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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I don't think that is accurate - I used to live in bucombe county NC, went there and saw no such thing.

I did find out the hard, way though, that my county ambulance system does not have a contract with BCBS!!! So now I have to negotiate a $500 bill and file an appeal with the insurance company since the nearest BCBS ambulance service is 25 miles and 40 minutes away. It was a true medical emergency.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: In God's country
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YES !!!! it could be. Watch for neck pain, and heaviness in the left arm also.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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Go to the emergency room but there are many thigns that can give symthoms of a heart attack but you can't take a chance.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:47 PM
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Default Chest and Jaw Pain

Thank you for replying. I am diagnosed with Costochondritis and I get very bad chest pains, with pains in my upper ribs and up to my jaw. Everything came out normal EKG, bloodwork, chest x-ray, etc. I am on pain medications that are not working. I will be getting a cortisone injection in my chest eventually. I have Costochondritis for almost 2 months now.

I also had 5 episodes of trouble breathing and pressure in my chest. In fact, I woke up at 2 in the morning on Thursday and I had trouble breathing. My question is even though that it is Costochondritis, how do I know the episodes I am having are not from a heart attack?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Cassie
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Thank you for replying. I am diagnosed with Costochondritis and I get very bad chest pains, with pains in my upper ribs and up to my jaw. Everything came out normal EKG, bloodwork, chest x-ray, etc. I am on pain medications that are not working. I will be getting a cortisone injection in my chest eventually. I have Costochondritis for almost 2 months now.

I also had 5 episodes of trouble breathing and pressure in my chest. In fact, I woke up at 2 in the morning on Thursday and I had trouble breathing. My question is even though that it is Costochondritis, how do I know the episodes I am having are not from a heart attack?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Cassie
I work in dog and cat cardiology, so take what I'm about to suggest with a grain of salt. I don't really know how they do it on the human side.

However, if we had a pet that was experiencing symptoms randomly we might send them home with a Holter monitor that records an ecg over 24 hours. Then we could see if the symptoms sync up with any arrythmias. I hear that in human medicine they have monitors that last even longer.

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Old 02-08-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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Cassie,

I happened to be watching Dr Oz show today.. They previewed Wednesday's upcoming show- which will be focusing on Woman and Heart Attack Symptons! Wed. Feb 10 2010 show.. check this listing for station/times in your area: The Dr. Oz Show

I also found this on his (Dr. Oz) website... and thought of you, once I noticed the jaw pain listed.. Pls take heed in what everyone is telling you on this forum.. and best to you!

FROM Dr. Oz website.
Not One Singular Sensation
Although chest pain is the most common symptom in both men and women, the location of the pain will depend on which part of the heart is affected. It is most often described as a tightness or pressure across the chest. But the pain can feel like something else such as a stomach cramp, indigestion, a headache or pulled muscle. Women are great deniers and are particularly good at dismissing symptoms as normal aches and pains of everyday living. But nothing could be further than the truth.

Here are symptoms of a heart attack that women should never ignore
  • Pressure, tightness and squeezing pain across the chest
  • Pain radiating down the arm, shoulders, jaw, neck, and back, particularly on the left side
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, sweating, weakness, overwhelming fatigue
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Headache, blurry vision, lightheadedness, feeling faint
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as indigestion, nausea and vomiting
  • Coughing and palpitations
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