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Serious symptoms or common aches? Long detailed post any help appreciated

I get 4 kinds of pains,regularly, and have had 3 of for them about 7 years or so.

1. General fluttering. Happens for brief spells,10 or 20 seconds. Heart seems to not beat at all and then picks up like a machine gun. Really only feel it when lying down trying to sleep. Not nervously checking but just sort of passively. Through the neck sometimes even. You just notice it and it keeps you up. The least painful.

2. Radianting discomfort on left breast area. All over the left side. Its not agonizing pain but its a wide area inflammation mixed with a little feeling of pressure. Very long duration though. If it happens I'm not sleeping or focused on anything and this happens anytime anywhere with no trigger. Vague,could be acid/gerd but it doesn't accompany any of the other symptoms like reflux/upchuck of it/gas. Happens often.

3. This one is the one that literally makes me scream and clinch my chest. On about the right side of my left breast I get a very concentrated pain. Not burning, or inflammation sensation but more an intense pressure. Its as if my whole left side was folded into the space a penny would occupy and on that spot is what hurts. Intense pressure on a small concentrated spot and it feels as if my heart is beating so fast like a bullet bouncing between an enclosure in that spot only. It lasts about 2-3 minutes at full pain, and lets up in time for about 10-20 minutes to be gone totally. It gets me up,sweating,clinching,teeth locked,swearing and checking my bp to find out my pulse isn't the perceived 999 but 90's-100 but my bp is of course elevated.
This is the one that if I don't get mental focus I can lose myself in it and feed its intensity. I'm usually  calm before these happen.Happens once every month or two now.

4. Radiating pain on left armpit. Somewhat tender to the touch but no lumps felt. The whole pit.High/low and in between. Swollen,inflammed, burning. Feels a lot like #2 pain. Lasts for hours.Happens often. Also happens the exact same way sometimes on the right armpit but left far more often. Often accompanies #2 pain. I've had this for a little over a year relentlessly. I can count on it ruining the day every day, most all day.

I was told I had mild arrythmia and it was common for my age by a doctor 7 or so years ago when I had everything checked out after the first time it happened, was worsened by my first panic attack and got the full works done. No stroke,no attack, no tissue damage found. Expensive, scary, and no clues gained to diagnosis.

I get little sleep, often 2-3 full days with none ,the pain stresses me out pretty bad sometimes to the point of light insanity.

Blood pressure runs normal.120/80 +/-5 through most the day If I check it when in pain from symptoms the top can go 140 and the bottom 90 worse I can recall.

Pulse (from bp machine) hangs around 72-94 most of the day. Upper 90's low 100's if I check it during the worst of it. Unsure of RHR. Norm range is mid 80's.

Not diabetic. I have had glucose checked
I have had these symptoms for over 7 years.

A lot more info  below hope can help at least give

Age 25,M, ~180 lbs. Father, grandfather diabetes and heart disease. Parkinsons on mothers side. No otherwise special health concerns, no regular prescriptions.

Decade + long chain smoker (approx 20 - 30 depending on sleeplessness). Shred and roll my own to remove secondary damage from industrial additives at least as I lack the willpower to quit. Tried e-cigs,patches,gum,chantix (which helped give me some suicidal notions at the time)  No go for now.

3~ mugs of coffee a day

Lifelong G.E.R.D.  almost eradicated it by removing almost all dairy and wheat from diet.Very familiar with heartburn pains/acid reflux. Only presents itself now sometimes with alcohol.

No beer,sodas,opiates,narcotics,pot (panic is not a friend with chest pain in my experience),avoid sugar and opt for stevia/honey,no fast/junk food. Diet mostly cleanly, fruits,meat,vegetables.

I do drink to alleviate pain when symptoms happen. Sometimes to prevent, and sometimes just because but not @ abuse levels or frequency.  Usually 375ml~ of 40%  on a night when it occurs to numb and dumb myself out in hopes of getting sleep or at least having a better time being up.

Daily I take

-Fish oil- supplement

-Valerian root liquid extract to minimize panics role in place of getting a benzo addicition.

-St johns wort liquid extract ^

-Hawthorne berry liquid extract -hopeful heart regularity.

As for g.e.r.d I also sleep elevated on a wedge pillow.

Past month I have had large cysts develop on the back of my ear on both ears (different times). The space just below the hardest bone where it connects to the neck. Not acne, they don't pop they just swell up to large mm's and go away in time.

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1807132 tn?1318747197
Yikes I am so sorry you are in such tremendous pain.  It sounds like you have ectopic activity but where ever it is, is really in a very bad spot.  Have you pushed to get a thirty day monitor to catch one of these episodes.  Most doctors will tell you all is normal until they see something on paper.  I would highly suggest that you continue to push to get this recorded somehow at some point even if it takes going back to the doctor a few times and trying the monitor a few times.  In the minimum you want to know what exactly is your heart doing when all this pain is going on.  I have some generalized chest pain that can last about 10 minutes with my pvcs but nothing to the extent you are having.  I can feel it pause and race for a few beats and jump around which is all normal and not a worry for a healthy heart but to almost lose your mind with pain is not normal in my opinion.  Have you gone to the er when one of these has hit.  It would be good to be checked out as you are having it or right after to see if anything can be assessed at that point.  Well I wish you the best of luck sorting this out.  Makes our run of the mill pvcs less of a bother.  I do hope you can get a handle on this so you can feel better soon.  Take care.
1756321 tn?1547098925
I had magnesium deficiency which was missed by every doctor. And I had it severely so I was suffering anything from seizures to hallucinations to severe heart rhythm issues. Don't mess with that nutrient. If you want pain that is one way to do it. Low magnesium raises substance P. P is for pain!

Questions from Ancient Minerals - Need More Magnesium? 10 Signs to Watch For...

"If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be at risk for low magnesium intake.

1. Do you drink carbonated beverages on a regular basis?

2. Do you regularly eat pastries, cakes, desserts, candies or other sweet foods?

3. Do you experience a lot of stress in your life, or have you recently had a major medical procedure such as surgery?

4. Do you drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks daily?

5. Do you take a diuretic, heart medication, asthma medication, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy?

6. Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?

7. Do you take calcium supplements without magnesium or calcium supplements with magnesium in less than a 1:1 ratio?

8. Do you experience any of the following:

Times of hyperactivity?
Difficulty getting to sleep?
Difficulty staying asleep?

9. Do you experience any of the following:

Painful muscle spasms?
Muscle cramping?
Facial tics?

10. Did you answer yes to any of the above questions and are also age 55 or older?"


Excerpt from Dr Hyman - Magnesium: The Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available...

"You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

• Muscle cramps or twitches

• Insomnia

• Irritability

• Sensitivity to loud noises

• Anxiety

• Autism


• Palpitations

• Angina

• Constipation

• Anal spasms

• Headaches

• Migraines

• Fibromyalgia

• Chronic fatigue

• Asthma

• Kidney stones

• Diabetes

• Obesity

• Osteoporosis

• High blood pressure


• Menstrual cramps

• Irritable bladder

• Irritable bowel syndrome

• Reflux

• Trouble swallowing"
1756321 tn?1547098925
I've have dopamine deficiency symptoms for as long as I can remember. More recently I found out why I rarely yawn - dopamine deficiency symptom. Should of known! Symptoms have improved to some degree after correcting numerous deficiency states, taking thyroxine, and exercising. Not sure if there are any genetic issues (my father has Parkinson's disease which is depleted dopamine).

Willpower has no power over biochemistry. I found that out the hard way. I am thinking of purchasing L-tyrosine (precursor to dopamine) supplements to see if this helps.  The info below doesn't list all the symptoms (such as being unorganised - hello I was voted most unorganised at school! lol) and probably isn't all the causes either but is a pretty good list. If you want to be addicted - say hello to low dopamine.

Info from the blog Pretty In Primal...

"Dopamine Deficiency (or, I'm Not Lazy After All!)

Here is a list of symptoms of dopamine deficiency (with my emphasis added on symptoms I identify with):

1. Physically fatigued easily (Sometimes.)
2. Sleep too much and trouble getting out of bed (Yes on trouble getting out of bed!)
3. Reduced ability to feel pleasure
4. Flat, bored, apathetic (Yes on feeling flat)
5. Low drive, motivation & enthusiasm (Yes, and yes.)
6. Depressed
7. Difficulty getting through a task even when interesting to me (HELL yes!)
8. Procrastinator/little urgency (Mmmm-hmmm!)
9. Shy/introvert (Yes.)
10. Mentally fatigued easily (Yes.)
11.Difficulty paying attention and concentrating (A little bit!)
12.Slow thinker and/or slow to learn new ideas
13.Put on weight easily
14.Crave uppers (e.g. caffeine/sugar/nicotine/diet soft drinks/cocaine/amphetamines)
15.Use these improve energy/motivation/mood
16.Prone to addictions (e.g. alcohol)/addictive personality
17.Light headedness
18.Reduced libido and/or impotence (sometimes on the libido)
19.Family history of depression/alcoholism/ADD

Factors which reduce dopamine levels (with my emphasis added on factors I have):

1. Chronic stress
2. Inadequate sleep (Like, DUH!)
3. Hypothyroidism (Bingo! Hashimoto's!)
4. Lead, arsenic and cadmium exposure
5. Under-methylation (Possibly- I suspect my dad's family under-methylates their B12. They have a strong history of Alzheimer's and dementia.)
6. Tyrosine (precursor) deficiency
7. Magnesium, iron, zinc & vitamins B3/B6/C/D deficiency
8. Excess copper levels (I have melasma and used to be vegetarian, so copper might be a factor.)
9. Genetic dopamine receptor abnormalities
10.Chronic opioid, alcohol & marijuana use
11.Adrenal insufficiency (Definitely!!)
12.Glutathione deficiency
13.Parkinson's Disease
15.Estrogen deficiency (Yes.)
16.Human growth hormone deficiency"
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