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Suggest treatment for left sided chest pain radiating to the back

I had been taking Diovan for a number of years and insurance company suggested I replace Diovan with the Losartan since it was cheaper. I took 50 mg. of the Losartan yesterday morning. Noticed a tight feeling in chest yesterday afternoon. At the time I went to bed (around 12:30 a.m.) I experienced severe pain in left side of chest, radiating through back and left shoulder. Took two nitro pills and dropped off to sleep. Upon arising this a.m. I again experienced pain in the same area, got a little scared and got very hot. Tried to stay calm, ate some breakfast and felt some better. Also, severe hurting in upper right arm where large muscles join together. I had a heart attack latter part of 2005 and diagnosed several years ago with fibromyalgia. I am 77 years old, active for my age, caring for 88-year-old husband who suffered a stroke six months ago. I hesitate to go to ER this a.m. due to home situation and long wait getting medical attention.
Wed, 28 Nov 2018
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I suggest you go and see a doctor because this may be a serious heart problem, you might be at risk of having a new heart attack based on your history and the description of the pain.

It may have to do with fibromyalgia or gallbladder problems as well, but the heart must see the first.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Anila Skenderi, General & Family Physician
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