Posted by: L | 2010/03/05

Pain on my left side of chest

Last night i was woken up with pain on my chest, left side around the breast. It is still there as i write (8am) this posting. It is not a sharp, deep pain but it is a cause for concern. I have been having these pains for the past two years now. A month ago i had similar one and went to see my GP who conducted an ECG and stress ECG. The results were negative. I can''t count how many times an ECG and blood tests for heart were done during the past two years. With every of these tests the results come out negative. I notice this pain comes after i had too much alcoholic drinks. A few days after, it surfaces. It mimicks the heart pain, sometimes it goes to my shoulder and my upper arm. I was once diagnosed with ulcers and am still taking Nexum from time to time. I know my stamoch is easily irritated by anything with alcohol and spices. Last weekend i had to much alcohol to drink. This pain is scaring me because i wouldn''t know when it would be coming from the heart or when i should consult. I wated a lot of money in the past two years running to trauma units every time i feel it, only for heart test results being negative. I go to the gym at an average of 5 days a week. I do cardio, weightlifting and any excercise without problems, except sometimes the discomfort in my chest that could be caused by the acid after i had alcohol drinks. What could be the problem?

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It is essential to reframe from all alcoholic drinks and spicy foods. If your symptoms improve, you will know exactly what the cause is.

I suggest that you consult a gastroenterologist for a barium meal and a gastroscopy. It is possible that you have gastric reflux with gastric ulcers. This can be treated and maybe an antibiotic is necessary to treat H. Pylori which can be present as a cause of about 80% of gastric ulcers.

The alcohol and spicy foods can most probably be a trigger for severe chest discomfort and the symptoms that mimic a heart attack. Therefore, it is essential to cut these triggers out.


Dr Anrich Burger

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