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Muscular chest pain, blurred vision, tingling of arm & numbness of fingers (all on left side)

Posted by bunky

I recently had heart surgery 3/3/09 to have a myxoma removed that was found in the ER that I visited with symptoms of chest pains. Since the surgery I have been back to the hospital 3 times with symptoms of tingling in the left arm, numbness in my fingers (left hand), muscular pain in my chest (left side)  and blurred vision. I have had many test (heart related) run such as EKGS, blood work, echo, echo stress, VQ and my cardiologist cleared me of it being related to my heart. The last ER visit I was told I am having muscular skelatal pain and was given percocet for the pain. My family doctor sends me to the hospital everytime I call him and says he thinks it is my heart but they are telling me it is not. If it is the muscular skelatal pain I can deal with that with the ibuprofen and heating pad that I use but when the symptons occur I get really scared because of the numbness and blurred vision, I sort of have a slight panic attack (hard to swallow and rapid breath). ANY SUGGESTIONS?
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I hope you don't mind me suggesting this, but could it be panic attacks that are causing the whole thing? Having been a sufferer of panic attacks myself, I know that chest pains, shortness of breath, blurred vision and tingles can all be symptoms. I imagine the heart surgery gave you a pretty good scare and maybe it has triggered panic attacks related to your surgery.

Wikipedia (and others) list these symptoms:

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
  • Feeling of choking
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal distress
  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded, or faint
  • Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself)
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy
  • Fear of dying
  • Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations)
  • Chills or hot flushes

 Perhaps you should talk to your doctor about getting some counseling? I went from having absolutely horrendous panic attacks to being absolutely fine again, so don't worry if that's what it is. 

Good luck!

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