I've had concerns about my heart for 18months, worrying its angina but symptoms are not typical. suffer from runs of PVCs. Had ECG, Exercise ECG and echocardiogram. All essentially normal. Other normal tests I have had are cholesterol, glucose tolerance, thyroid (TSH), Temperature and Blood pressure. Before I lost the weight my BMI was 37, its still about 31. I don't smoke, drink moderately. I Still suffer symptoms most days. Although until recently things seemed better. I Lost 55lb in 6 months last year, stopped smoking at the same time.
Recently (3 weeks now) I keep feeling more unwell, hot sometimes. Last night had a bit of a stressful situation with some running around, lasted maybe 10 mins but afterwards had the feeling of a lump in my throat just under my Adams apple, not quite painful and hard to describe any better than a 'lump', My left shoulder was also hurting, I barely slept all night. The discomfort remains although its a lot better. It seems as though the sudden burst of activity caused it. I called NHS direct this morning, they said I should go to the walk in centre where I was examined and had another normal ECG. The nurse insisted I see my doctor this afternoon for him to review the ECG and for me to describe my symptoms to him, appointments in about 4 hours.
I saw the doctor last week and he said he thought the shoulder pain was related to muscle trigger points and suggested an exercise which he said would help. He said the sweating and feeling ill is because I am so worried that its something wrong with my heart and has been missed by the doctors. I was prescribed a GTN spray by a locum about 3 weeks ago, I have used this many times including last night after I got the discomfort, It has no effect. I take propranalol 3 times a day, about 45mg total so a small dose.
Its obviously all a bit unclear, the doctor last week said his 'gut feeling' was it wasn't my heart but I have never had a definite diagnosis of what is causing me such constant misery. It seems I am getting nowhere, maybe a lot of this is because of my anxiety - I don't know anymore. The symptoms are real enough as Is my desperation to get back to something like a normal life.