I am a 36 year old male in pretty good health. I could exercise more (currently walk 2 times a week for 30 minutes), but I am not overweight (in fact in the warmer months I would still consider myself an athlete - tennis, running, swimming etc.) and I eat healthy food. I do consume 1-2 glasses of wine daily. I do not currently take any prescription meds, although I do take immodium AD and zantac periodically for irritable bowel syndrome and occasional acid reflux. I do have high cholesterol and borderline triglycerides - took Lipitor about a year ago but had to stop because it affected my liver functions. - I have been trying natural alternatives for the past year.
For the past week or so, I have had a noticeable tightness in the center of my chest (behind the lower part of my sternum) and it is typically accompanied by an inability to catch a full breath. It is most noticeable at night when I am trying to sleep. In fact on 3-4 occasions it has awoken me from sleep - like a feeling of not breathing or something going on with my heart - not sure how to describe the feeling. To compound problem, the more I think about it, the less I can catch my breath - panicky I suppose. I am worried that it could be something serious, but really prefer not to see a physician if it is simply gas, stress or one of many other probable causes.
Why don't you want to see a physician? If nothing else at least it will give you peace of mind. I would rather go to the doctor and have something be less serious than what I thought it was then not go at all. :-) If it is gas and it's causing you pain and waking you up then they may put you back on something for acid reflux as well as do some basic cardiac tests.
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