Palpitations And Stomach Weakness
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|Sat, 05-15-2004 - 9:07pm|
I have had palpitations since age 15. I had gotten used to them over the years and generally did not worry about them. About 8 months ago, I started having severe stomach pain, a few chest flutters, and pain that radiated to my upper back. The sensation would last for a few seconds and then go away. Afterwards, I'd feel sweaty and weak, but never short or out of breath. Those violent stomach problems stopped, but lately, I've been feeling back pain underneath my left shoulder blade. Sometimes this pain radiates to my stomach and at times, I have a feeling of congestion on the left side of my chest and weakness. I've never passed out or had chest pains, but this weakness is really starting to worry me.
I've seen 14 different doctors in the last 5 months and have made several trips to the emergency room. I've had a stress echo done, several EKGs, dozens of chest x-rays and heart enzyme tests. All normal. I wore a 24 hour holter monitor some years ago and it showed nothing. I recently had a heart doppler test done in April 2004 and that showed nothing. My heart muscle is normal size, there is no thickness, no signs of blockages, and no problem, according to the doctors, with the valves. They also rule out aortic and abdominal aneuryms, which I was worried about. I take Atenol/chlorthal for palpitations, folic acid to lower the homocystine levels, and an asprin three times a week as a precaution. I also take Bromocriptine to lower elevated prolactin levels. I did test positive for H. Pylori bacteria, which was treated. I now take Protonix to help with that. The cardiologist with my health plan says he's not going to schedule me for any more tests because he says nothing's wrong with me. I don't know.
Should I continue to investigate this? Get an MRI or CAT Scan? Besides the off and on pain underneath my left shoulder blade, and weakness, I generally feel great.