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Transient chest pain followed by tingling in back of left leg

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I had a heart attack almost 2 months ago and have 3 stents now. These new symptoms caused me to go to the ER to check myself out a few weeks ago.

I would have a slight, stabbing pain, always in the identical spot on the left side of the chest, lasting only 2-3 seconds. Almost instantly it was a followed sensation of a tingling (not pain) down the back of my left leg. This began by happening once an hour, then more frequently, then many times in a row.

The ER did blood work and an ECG with no significant findings. However, I was scheduled for a nuclear stress test in a month.

Any thoughts about this? I take an SSRI (Celexa) along with the usual blood pressure meds, beta blocker, Plavix, coumadin and aspirin. Could it be an interaction of the brain meds (SSRI + beta blocker)? This syndrome has reoccured several times since the initial evening it started. It resembles the muscle twitches sometimes caused by the SSRI (which I occasionally have) but there is the addition of the stabbing pain.
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replied October 31st, 2010
Hi, Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out.

Blood pressure changes and disturbed rhythm of the heart are known side effects of the use of citalopram (celexa).

However, any stabbing pains in the chest and tingling sensations in the legs are not known to be the side effects.

You need to be a little cautious as you are taking anti-coagulants (Coumadin) and the use of SSRI’s tend to increase the risk of bleeding.

The tingling pain in the leg is suggestive of the pain of sciatica and needs to be worked up on those lines. Pease do consult a neurologist for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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