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lpkayak
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Also left arm still numb

No other heart attack sx and stress test 2 monthds ago was fine maybe neck arthritis has extra inflam from radiation. Doc says no.

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LP-I don't know.

When I had costo I had the flip flops, the fainting and the chest pain.
I now believe this was heart block caused by lyme.

My ECG's were normal. And as my now ex doc said, "I don't need to give you a stress test because you play sports. That is like a stress test every week"

Is it possible you're having a lyme caused heart block?

Does your LLMD know about the flip flops?

What about side effects from the radiation? Did the nurse or doc say that was a common side effect?

I hope others will weigh in here soon.

Greta

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Hi Kayak--you said it: left chest pressure, left arm numbness, and flip-flopping heart are heart attack symptoms. I take it these are unusual symptoms for you. How do you know it's not a heart attack? Don't you think you should get this checked out in an ER?
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lpkayak
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I called primary. He is busy. I had neg stress trst 2 months ago. Radiation and surgeon ssy not their problem...

I hate er it is always reflux or costo...but numbness is new...but i do have neck arthritis

I live across from fire station and emt s and have cell near me

Its not getting worse.

Flip flop info above is interesting

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New numbness in LEFT arm is key information. If your GP is busy, and you hate the ER, what about URGENT CARE, a sort if middle ground? But your GP may have to order that for insurance to cover it.

Even if your GP is busy, make it clear to the office manager that you need some kind help now, or very soon.

I would push to get into a doctor of some kind today. Tell them you have NEW numbness, in your LEFT ARM . . . and that you have irregular heart rhythm that you can feel.

Any other symptoms, stomach pain, sweating, light headed, etc. but keep going back to that left arm - make it clear to them this is NEW.

In the meantime, I would take an aspirin (magnesium would still be a good idea) - with a light snack to coat your stomach. Don't settle for "no" - you need to be seen.

While you wait for some call back, lie down with your neck fully supported in case this is from the neck issue.

Have someone else drive you.

Good luck.
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I just remembered an interview I saw with someone who had been dismissed repeatedly, especially since women are affected differently than men regarding heart issues.

Finally, she kept saying to them: This is NEW & very different from any other kind of pain before. That got their attention. And it saved her life.

If you are a woman (hard to know with the web names) you might ask who on staff is better versed regarding women's heart matters.
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http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/911-Warnings-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_305346_SubHomePage.jsp

American Heart Association

Warning Signs - Heart Attack (Stroke signs, same page)
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i called. he left. he said my phone was busy but my phone is never busy. i took the aspirin-2nd one today.

the urgent care around here is a joke...i will go to er or call emt if i think i should.


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keeb-i know u care...i am a woman...but have had recent stress test neg and do have a lot ofbad arthritis in neck

i have had the flip flopping before...never more than a few and nothing ever happens...kinda feels like a baby turing over inside(yes i am a woaman)...sometimes i wonder if it is big worm...

i also have abd pain in different places but i always have that

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Ip, I with keebler. Get into the urgent care clinic. Also, if not heart attack, I am with the heart block. Rosie O'Donnell nearly killed herself ignoring her heart attack symptoms.
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what do u do if it is heart block caused by lyme...i know this er gives you 400mg doxy one time...grudgingly...IF you have a bullseye...and the tick.

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Hi kayak.

I'm very concerned for you.

Here is an article on heart block. http://www.drugs.com/cg/heart-block.html

You could also demand a Holter monitor.

I wore one several times because of problems like you are describing. Make sure you keep a very good journal showing the time and symptoms you felt when you turn in the Holter. If they give you a hard time about it, ask them if they are SURE they won't find anything with a monitor. Ask them if they can guarantee that it won't pick anything up. I had a very dismissive heart doctor. When I asked these questions, it gave her pause and she decided to give me one.

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If you go to ER, they may give you nitro. If the nitro works, they may admit you for observation.

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im still home. i have never had a bad ekg or stress test and i have had them regularly

every time i go to er with chest pain it is reflux or costochondritis

the left arm numbness is new and still here...but no other sx...i really think the flopping is a big worm dying...its the full moon

plus i had 2 major whiplashes and have bad neck arthritis and bulges and stuff...

thanks for caring. you guys shouldnt worry. i dont want to die but if i do it will be ok i guess...id like to see grand kids...id like to do a lot of things. but i have had a good life.

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its the next day. numbness is the same or a tiny bit worse. i feel it in left side of palm too. im also a little nautious. i left new message with doc. i took my morning aspirin.

i just dont feel horrible and i am very close to medical care. just didnt want anyone worrying.

im pretty sure it is the neck arthritis. probaly worse cuz i sit and lie all the time now

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so primary finally called and after talking he didn think i should go. i called back ortho and he said he doesnt think it is pinched nerve in neck like primary did.

healthys post in general about her brothers clot has me thinking. if it gets worse i will go.

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today-the day after driving to doc appt-5 hrs in car and using walker and standing on and off for 6 hrs (more than usual) my left arm is still numb and in the night i woke myself up hearing noises in my left shoulder area. now that i am up there is a dull ache near rotator cuff...this is a shoulder that last november was dx with rotator cuff and frozen shoulder but PT made it much worse and it slowly came back to 80-90% with gentle use and rest.

so i will call shoulder doc today...there have been no more heart type sx...i did have a low blood sugar incident at docs yesterday but that was my fault and taken care of with peanut butter crackers...i know i know ...there was nothing else. i left my chic and appple in the cooler inthe car. stupid me.

just wanted to update those who have been so concerned

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