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What causes chest pain while running? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Lung and Chest disorders
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User:Have been getting discomfort on both sides of my XXXXXXX XXXXXXX while I run. This discomfort goes up to my jaw. If I ignore the discomfort, I get chest pain beneath my sternum, and on the right side. When I stop running, the pain goes away.
Doctor:I have read your query
Doctor:can you please tell me your age and gender?
User:Male, 54
Doctor:Do you have either hypertension or diabetes?
Doctor:And since how long have you been noticing this issue?
User:My BP is sometimes up 140/90 and sometimes 120/70. I have not been diagnosised with hypertension. No diabetes
Doctor:Okay, that is good. What is the nature of your job?
User:Started 2 weeks aga. Getting worse. Meaning that when I run the discomfort starts sooner and sooner into the run. I haven't tried to run at all for almost 2weeks
User:Research asst with university.
Doctor:Have you ever got an EKG done?
Doctor:or have you consulted any doctor recently for this issue?
User:Yes, last week. I was told it was fine. No arythmias
Doctor:Your symptoms are suggestive of Angina
Doctor:did they subject you to Treadmill test?
User:Ok. I have an appointment with a cardiologist march 4th. Having problems with ins company ok ing my stress test
User:Also had echocardiogram and carotid artery blood flow test. Don't know the results yet.
Doctor:Oh, in my opinion you do need a stress test, either nuclear stress test, or Treadmill
User:I can't sleep at night. I can't lie flat. I sleep in a recliner
Doctor:Okay, please wait for the results, once the results are back, the insurance company should approve further investigations
User:Ok. Hopefully my ins co will ok this test by march 4
Doctor:Why is that? what happens when you try and sleep flat?
User:Mild pain behind the sternum if I lie flat
Doctor:Your condition is not a pre-existing condition, your insurer should not object to further testing if the doctor feels it is necessary.
Doctor:Do you get breathless while running or laying flat?
User:I hope that they haven't denied the test. I think they're just taking a long time to ok the test. The radiologist won't do the test until I get the ok
Doctor:do you feel breathless while lying flat?
User:No shortness of breath
Doctor:Okay, I hope they will approve the test
Doctor:So, what further information are you looking for?
User:Me too. Do you think my coronary Artie's might be blocked?
Doctor:Honestly, I can't speculate on that until you have a nuclear stress test or coronary angiogram done
Doctor:It is too premature to give you a precise answer
Doctor:that is the reason why these tests are necessary
User:Ok thanks. It's worth the money just to chat with you
Doctor:It is my pleasure to be of help to you sir.
User:My primary always too busy to talk much. I feel better knowing that we are on the right path it seems
Doctor:Yes, I do certainly feel that your PCP is on the right track.
User:Thanks so much
Doctor:It is unfortunate that doctors are hard pressed for time
Doctor:You are most welcome
Doctor:is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User:I think I have the info that I was searching for. Thanks again
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Doctor:Have a great evening ahead
Doctor:All the best
Doctor:bye, and take care
User:You too
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