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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi there, just needing some reassurance really....

Female/ 28 yrs old/ height 5ft 5ins/ weight 8st 4lbs.
History: have loud heart murmur (but has been investigated and cleared) my father had breast cancer, my aunty and grandmother died from cancer and there is a lot of high blood pressure on my fatherâ??s side.

Over the past 3 months Iâ??ve been (consistently) suffering from a high pulse rate and Iâ??m often being woken up by a hard and fast pounding in my chest. I can feel my pulse in my teeth, head, chest and stomach like its some alien trying to escape my body. Lately I have also discovered a lump in my left breast and Iâ??m currently waiting to be seen at the hospital. I have also lost 1 stone 4 lbs in just over 2 months. Iâ??ve gone to my doctor many times for blood tests and BP checks. At first my BP was 140/91, which isnâ??t typical for me at all; Iâ??m usually within normal range. I was given beta blockers which is now managing my Blood pressure, however, my pulse rate still remains at 115bpm and thatâ??s when Iâ??m resting. If anything the horrible sensations I get in my chest really freak me out. Sometimes itâ??s sudden, sharp and takes my breath away. Other times it feels like it skips a beat and then flutters and the last time I had this horrible ache that spread from my left breast underneath my arm. I have horrible headaches where it spreads from my forehead, over the top and down my neck. The top and back of my head feels numb and fragile. Last night all I kept smelling was blood and my face stung. Iâ??m constantly having episodes that last for hours where I feel faint and sick. I have passed out and have been sick many times now. The same happens every time. I canâ??t even get off the floor, Iâ??m cold, clammy and blue around my mouth and I feel like the life has been sucked out of meâ?¦which really scares me. In these moments (albeit perhaps
User :   irrational) I feel scared my heart will just stop.
My doctor keeps telling me it must be just anxiety and it would make sense but I have previously suffered from anxiety and itâ??s like nothing Iâ??ve had before. My blood results came back fine. Which is good but I canâ??t help feeling there is something wrong and itâ??s been missed. Iâ??ve tried breathing techniques and relaxing but hasnâ??t worked. I donâ??t even feel anxious when I have chest pain. I would be soooo grateful for any advice. Many thanks. x

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