Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
190 Doctors are Online

What could be the cause of My Sharp Chest Pains?

I got real bad chest pains yesterday on the left side of my chest.. It started as I was driving home from work and progressed. I could barely breathe and was starting to hyperventilate. Once I got home I layed on my bed, but every which way i turned, it hurt even worse..I have had chest pains in the past but my doctor said it was gurt , heatburn , which i was prescribed Prevacid for. Well i got chest pains about 1 1/2 months ago and i went to the hospital, they took x-rays, ekg, blood... and everything came out normal, and then the doctor told me to take protonix instead of prevacid, Which i have been. These chest pains also happened about 4months ago, which woke me up from my sleep, but lasted only about 15minutes. This pain that i am having is NO where near Heartburn !!!! So what exactly causes these Sharp Chest pains??? and What can me the Answer to this??
Asked On : Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Answers:  1 Views:  462
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
  User's Response
Your doctor diagnosed you with GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Believe it or not, it CAN cause pain that rivals a heart attack. The unfortunate thing is, YOU can never take for granted that your chest pain is solely related to gastric reflux. You'll become one of the hundreds of thousands whose chest pain causes them to visit their local ED (emergency departments). Most are not having 'heart attacks' but digestional related pain. The reason that GERD is so much more painful than heartburn is because heartburn is something that happens on occasion, while GERD happens so often it often leaves the esophagus inflamed. Some cases of GERD become so sever the tissue of the esophagus becomes eroded from the constant acid backing up into it. The lose of the protective lining is the reason it hurts so much more than occasional heartburn. Other than avoiding food that exacerbate the problem, talk to your doctor about perscribing you what is commonly refered to as a GI cocktail (a mixture of antacid and lidocaine). The lidocaine numbs the nerve endings in the esophagus while the antacid coats (and hopefully soothes). Never ever feel ashamed or embarassed if the pain makes you go the an ED. People with GERD can have heart attacks. Chest pain should never be ignored!
Answered: Tue, 15 Dec 2009
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor