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Anybody know anything about BP or angina pain ?

I have been having some really bad chest pains that radiate into my neck, jaw and arms (usually the right arm). I looked it up in the medical encyclopedia (I have no insurance) and it said that one possible cause could be angina. I have since noticed that my blood pressure goes up in direct relation to the pain. The more it hurts, the higher the blood pressure goes. When I'm not having the pain, my blood pressure is normal. Does anyone know what may be causing this and/or if its life threatening? With no insurance, my options are severely limited. Any Ideas???? Thanks. add 'l info: I'm 65 lbs overweight, I'm a pack a day smoker, my father had heart disease and diabetes. He died at age 64. My mother died of pancreatic cancer at age 73. Both had problems with their blood pressure. I've had 4 surgeries in the past 4 years. One to remove a ruptured disc in my neck, one to remove my gall bladder (gallstones), one to remove my spleen (it was eating my platelets) ( I spent 2 years on massive doses of steroids before this one in an attempt to avoid surgery) and one to repair a hole in my urethra. As for anxiety, I also lost my job in June through a sale of the company. My ins. ran out, my unemployment ran out and 52 is a really lousy age to be looking for a job. I've sold all my jewelry, the old jars that were handed down from my great great grandparents, and anything else I thought I could get a dollar out of. My husband's social security covers the bills, but not gas or groceries or medicines. Fact is though. I feel good except for these chest pains.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Blood pressure being high does not cause pain. It causes damage but no pain. Blood pressure does go up if you are stressed (worrying about your heart for example). Angina is a pain in your heart typically caused by it not getting the oxygenated blood flow that it needs. Pains there can also be indigestion or pulled muscles in your chest. Since it could be serious signs of a heart problem (that you can't distinguish from a minor ache by looking in a medical encyclopedia) you need to deal with it. Most people without insurance walk into an emergency room and say they think they are having a heart attack. You may as well do the same thing because you are as likely as anyone there to have that problem. Don't ignore it - go in as soon as you have that pain again - even if you have to call 911 to get a free ambulance ride to there.
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