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Pricking pain in the left chest, palpitations more during stress, yoga suggested to rid of these problems - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good afternoon.
User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Lately I feel a pricking pain in left chest at remains there for 10-40 seconds and goes....and reoccurs in say 10 minutes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Can you describe a little more about your problem?
User :   What would you like to know ? It happened to me 1 week back and happens twice/thrice in a month
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms associated with the pain - nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty, palpitations and so on.
User :   30, Male
Doctor :   Do you feel that the pain is worsened by cough, breathing or after food?
User :   nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty - No. But at times (esp stressful situation) feel palpitations.
User :   Probably after food.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   Yes, since 1 year back
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, high cholesterol?
Doctor :   Are you on any regular medications?
User :   no
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Your symptoms are not consistent with a heart problem.
Doctor :   or any other organic medical condition.
User :   ok
User :   so what it is exactly ?
Doctor :   Symptoms such as these are seen in conditions such as anxiety, stress or other psychological condition.
Doctor :   It is likely that you could also be suffering from one such condition.
Doctor :   Since you also report that you have palpitation associated with your symptoms, it could just be anxiety.
Doctor :   Such non specific symptoms are referred to as somatic complaints by doctors.
Doctor :   Hence no need to worry.
Doctor :   A good diet, proper sleep and anxiety control measures will prevent the symptoms.
Doctor :   Anxiety control measures recommended are
Doctor :   1. Deep breathing exercises.
Doctor :   2. 8 hours of regular sleep every day.
Doctor :   3. Regular diet.
Doctor :   4. Physical exercises
Doctor :   5. Yoga and transcendental meditation.
Doctor :   If the symptoms are very often seen, you could benefit by taking multivitamin pill or with a visit to a doctor for counselling.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   I will follow de-stressing measures suggested by you. I was initially worried if it could be related to heart ailment.
Doctor :   No, your symptoms are not suggestive of heart illness
Doctor :   So no need to worry.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Thank you doctor. It was very helpful.
Doctor :   My pleasure.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Bbye
Doctor :   Good day!!
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