Dr Appt Today...nervous
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|Fri, 09-24-2004 - 10:10am|
Two weeks ago I had an episode of severe chest pain that brought on dizziness, nausea, and a cold sweat. It lasted about 2 minutes. I'm ashamed to say I did not go to the emergency room because I was hoping it would stop and it did. It's the second time it's happened. The pain is very sharp and hard and is right in the center of my chest, and when it passes I feel run over. I'm 51 and have no history of heart disease, but before this happened I had been noticing I do get out of breath alot more easily--sometimes I get winded getting dressed in the morning. But I have a very sedentary job and have gotten to be about 25 pounds overweight since I started it, so it could be just that. I'm in lousy shape, I know that.
So I did make an appointment w/my GP. (It took 2 weeks to get in, which kind of bothered me) and I see him today. Here's what I'm worried about: In 1999 I had a bunch of tests for MS because I was having balance problems, slurred speech, and some other things. I did not have MS. My GP put me on an aspirin a day in case I was having TIAs, small strokes. Well, I haven't really been to the doctor since then--I'm not the kind of person who runs to the doctor for every little thing--but when I started having these chest pains a friend who is a nurse told me that a carotid blockage could cause the same symptoms that caused them to look for MS.
So now I am scared to death I will stroke out or something, but I don't want to tell the doctor what to do, and I don't want to seem like some kind of hypochondriac. Do you think it would be pushy to ask him directly to listen to the arteries in my neck? When I was having the MS-like problems they told me I am not in a risk group for stroke or heart problems, so they never really checked that out, just told me to take the aspirin. I think they thought that, after the Ms tests came back clear, I was just one of those paranoid kind of hysterical women or something, and it was all very upsetting to say the least. So I'm scared to go to the doctor and I'm scared to not go.
I have been kind of bloated, so I'm hoping maybe it's gas--although that would be embarrassing. But I know it's not panic because it happened when I felt fine and I'm on meds for panic and depression and have been for years.I'd feel better if he ordered some tests. Am I overreacting?