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Strange "cardiac" feelings late at night

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I'm 23, light smoker, and in average shape. Almost every night I get a little bit of numbness in my left shoulder, extending down to my elbow. Occasionally, this is accompanied by a slight catch directly left of my sternum, almost like Pericordial Catch Syndrome. Resting heart rate is usually around 75-78 during the whole bout. Tonight, I got extremely nauseous and ended up vomiting, but was quick to blame some bad chicken wings. Since I am a smoker, this always makes me paranoid that I'm having a heart attack, or some kinds of early stroke. This also leads to worsening "symptoms" in the form of paranoid panic attacks. Am I being paranoid or is this a legitimate thing I should get checked out?
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replied March 29th, 2012
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Welcome to e health forum.

The risk of you having a heart attack at a age of 23 years, is very less likely.

Your symptoms are mostly due to severe anxiety, panic attacks, indigestion and or musculoskeletal issues.

Musculoskeletal inflammatory pain can be diagnosed if the pain ‎‎increases on ‎‎specific movements or ‎‎‎on direct pressure on the affected area. Such pain can respond to ‎‎medications ‎‎like Ibuprofen 400 mg ‎‎‎taken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week. ‎

In addition, trying to avoid eating high spicy , fat rich foods, which can precipitate your symptoms will be essential. A healthy diet with lots of vegetables, and fruits should prevent the pain associated with indigestion or ‎gastritis. ‎

You may consult your treating doctors who can examine you. A proper counseling and if needed a few tests can help you control your anxiety and hence your symptoms.


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