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Can head injury cause arrhythmia and chest pain?

My name is Jennifer. I am a 41 year old female, 5 9 , 125 LB. Over the past 10 years I have had symptoms of arrhythmias , chest pain, breathing problems (inability to breath deeply), coughing and severe hoarseness usually coinciding with the other problems. It seems to be getting slowly worse as I get older. I sleep sitting up. If I lay down I risk waking up with significant chest pain, choking and arrhythmias. I tried to get a diagnosis in my 30 s but no one found the source of my problem before I lost my insurance and stopped pursuing it. I recently went to a chiropractor and had x-rays taken. There is significant compression and misalignment between C3 and C4. There is also some arthritic changes between these vertebrae. I used to break horses when I was in my early 20 s and at one point directly fell on my head and was knocked out. I assume that is what caused this particular injury. My question is could this injury be causing the arrhythmias, chest pain, breathing problems and hoarseness? I know you can t answer with certainty I am just curious if it is a possibility. Thank you for your time, Jennifer
Mon, 1 Oct 2018
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Hello There

After going through your medical details I understand your concern and I would like to tell you that major blood loss in head injury can you symptoms like palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Kindly get a CBC , z-ray chest and an ecg done and consult a physician with reports for further treatment.

Hopefully this information will guide you properly

Kind Regards
Dr Bhanu Partap
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