Posted by: Anon | 2008/11/18

Heartburn (I think) out of nowhere.

Hi Doc,

I' m 27 yrs old, 1.54m tall and weigh 55kg. I woke up at 2 this morning with a really bad pain in my chest. It felt as if someone was squeezing my heart, and I thought I was having a heart attack. I couldn' t lie on my side as it made the pain worse.

It kept me awake until I got up for work. I didn' t eat anything becasue I was nauseous. When I had a sip of coffee, the nausea got worse and I threw up.

I still had the ' heart pain'  , maybe heartburn, and ' tension'  up my throat after I threw up.

I' ve just had a sandwich and some bicarb mixed with water. The heat pain is still there, but not as bad as this morning.

I' ve never had heartburn before, and don' t eat spicey food. I ate at 6 last night, and had nothing after that.

Is it heartburn, or could it be something else?

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Our expert says:
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Dear Anon
Although you are young to have heart problems, one cannot exclude this and every now and then we hear of someone under thirty that had a heart attack. More likely it could also be due to esophagus spasm or acid that burnt the esophagus but you need at least an ECG and examination by a GP to exclude serious problems like a heart condition.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: H | 2008/11/18

It doesnot sound like heartburn to me. You might had a heart attach. Heartburn is in your throat not your chest.
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