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I have sharp heart pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitation

I stupidly had a friend pop my back then when I got up I was fine. Later that night I started noticing I had shortness of breath .it freaked me out at first becuase I thought I was having heart palipatations.Then the next day I felt pressure on my sternum and and in between my shoulder blades .When I stretch a certin way I get sharp shooting pains down my arms and down my legs but only on my left side. I have been feeling lighthead but I ve been checking my blood pressure and it is normal. I wrapped my rib cage and it does feel a little better but I m still getting weird pressure in my sternum.My spine feels out . But its been almost a week now. I don t have insurance so I don t want to go to the hospital unless it is nessasary.. Does it sound serious? I tried calling hospitals and nurses but no one will talk to me becuase I do not have a doctor .
Wed, 14 Sep 2011
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First never let anybody "pop" your back or any part of your body, they could cause some serious damage. Your shortness of breath could be caused by a rib that your friend may have pushed out of place. I would recommend seeing a Chiropractor. They specialize on the spine(skeletal system). Often times you can get on a sliding scale, or even a payment plan. A chiropractor is often less expensive than going to a regular MD and the good news is every Chiropractor I know will send you to the appropriate doctor if your problem needs to be checked by a different specialist. Although it may not sound serious right now, the longer you take to correct the problem the more serious it gets. Because if your spine has been pushed out of place right now your vertebrae is currently pinching your nerves and the "spung like" stuff between your vertibrae. And over time that will wear out and cause some serious problems. Another thing a lot of Chiropractors do as well, is there is a program out there called PCD, it's $30 a year I believe and this allows the chiropractor to charge you less for an appointment. I recommend you start calling around, even if you can't pay them right away many are willing to work with you and set you on a small payment plan. A first visit is usually no more than $150-200, and often times they are under $100. Once you become an established patient, visits will range $30-50. One thing I can say is you can't put a price on health, but I'm all about prevention and I know that by making a few phone calls you will find somebody to help you. Just a word of caution, do not allow any other doctor work on your spine. Chiropractors go to college for the same amount of time as a regular MD, the only difference is after the first 4 years of med, they all go off into their specialty. Good luck and be well!
Cardiologist Dr. Naresh Ruparelia's  Response
Hi well come to HCM.
In your description of pain symptoms of preesure on sternum and both shoulder blade
could be in relation to heart unless ruled out with ECg. So your visit to Doctor is
must if heart related if you delay the matter can invite big trouble. So better you consult your doctoer at your earliest. Thanks
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