I hope someone can help. I'm 49 y.o. woman in generally good health. 3 months ago and again last night I experienced the following - oncoming pain. Starts in upper middle back - feels like the size of a fist and is very tight and sharp. Extends between the shoulder blades like a slash. Then I experience a vise-like grip in my throat from under chin to breastbone. The back pain then encircles my chest like a tighting steel band. I then get a vise-like clamping pain between my breasts. Pain starts low then escalates in several waves. Final wave gets to the point that I feel if it escalates anymore I will pass out from the pain. Then experience subsiding waves of pain. Entire severe episodes last approx. 40-50 minutes. 1st time - lingering tightness in the heart for 6 hours and they gave me nitro which immediately relieved the tightness. 2nd time - no lingering chest tightness.
Have had 2 CAT's for heart and stress test - nothing. Both times blood work showed elevation for clotting. But both ER doctors just sent me home. 2nd doctor prescribed Protonix but I do not experience any acid stomach/esophogus problems leading up to or during episodes or ever.
Have also had a few similar experiences during the intervening 3 months but episodes haven't gotten full blown like the 2 major ones. Any suggestions appreciated. Seeing primary care dr next week.
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