I am a healthy 20 year old male. I have smoked pot on and off for a year and smoked cigarettes pretty regularly. I just quit 4 days ago because I was experiencing problems. I ended up in the emergency room about two weeks ago thinking I was having a heart attack but the ER doctors and my general health practitioner shrugged it off as anxiety and prescribed me 50mg Zoloft. I have been on it for about two weeks and noticed no change, it actually seems to be getting worse. Today I ate a meal and my heart started beating very rapidly and took a while to calm down. I have also been having chest pain, shooting pains every once in a while. I leave for vacation in two days and I'm wondering if it really is anxiety and I need to wait it out or if there is another, more serious, issue I need to deal with.
Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. I can understand the pain and agony you are going through. Any pain in the chest should not be taken lightly. However, if you have been examined by the doctors and have assured you that the pain in the chest has got nothing to do with the heart, then you should not be worried. However, one of the tests which can rule out the possibility of the heart disease is the TMT or the stress EKG test.
You can request your treating physician to go ahead with this test. If it is negative, then the chest pain is possibly due to anxiety only. The nicotine withdrawal can also produce or exaggerate these symptoms. You can always discuss this with your physician regarding the option of using the nicotine gums or drugs like chantix (varenicline) which can facilitate in giving up smoking without producing withdrawal effects.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations
and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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