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Have faster heart beat and left side is numb. Am overweight and under stress. Suggestions?

I am a 37 yr old female. I have recently been feeling a faster heart beat at night when I lay down and ususually only if I lay on my left side. Last night I woke to a sudden noise and realized my left are was numb, but I had been laying on my right side. Today at work, I felt my left are go numb again. I am overweight , but only gained the weight the last few years due to stress of job loss and divorce. I think I am too young for heart trouble, but I am a single mom and want to make sure I am ok for my son. We don t have insurance so I came here first.
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

Welcome to health care magic

As per your details following possibilities could be there-

1) Medical illness- Cardiovascular disease....yes it commonly occurs in late stages but possibility can't be under looked as stress is a major factor contributing to heart diseases. Visit a cardiologist and get investigations like ECG, Echocardiography, CT scan head etc.
2) Anxiety disorder- If all your investigations and cardiac work up is within normal limits, you could be having anxiety disorder for which consult a psychiatrist for some medication, psychotherapy and relaxation techniques.

Don't worry. You will be alright
Wish you good health
Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant psychiatrist
Answered: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response

Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is possible that the symptoms which you are experiencing could be anxiety-related. Anxiety can manifest itself with not only psychological symptoms, but also with a variety of physical symptoms. Since, you also say that you are quite stressed out and do not have any known medical problems, this is a very likely possibility.

However, it is important to rule out other medical causes also. Thyroid disorders, certain vitamin deficiencies, etc. can present with some of the symptoms which you have described. So, I would advise you to have a proper evaluation done by a doctor, in order to plan the further course of management.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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