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Chest pain - prob indigestion....

(14 Posts)
Ghouljamaflip Wed 17-Oct-12 22:56:48

Been feeling a bit off colour for the last week or so (gave up smoking 10 days ago so put it down to that). Just a bit nauseous and tired.

Woke up last night with severe cramps in my upper tummy (between boobs and waist) which eased off over a couple of hours.

Fine this morning apart from feeling really sick but since lunch I have been getting really sharp pain in my chest and upper body - at its worse its going through from my breast bone to may back under my shoulders. It also feels like something is stuck in my chest as if I've swallowed food which hasn't gone down all the way iyswim. Also have a bit of a headache.

It is just indigestion isn't it? Whats the best thing to take so I can try and get some sleep tonight.

Shallishanti Wed 17-Oct-12 23:01:16

yes, it's probably indigestion but...I think you should get it checked out. I ignored a pain like that and guess what it was a heart attack.
They do happen to premenopausal non smoking non overweight women.

Ghouljamaflip Wed 17-Oct-12 23:21:45

Oh bugger - seriously?

No pain in arm and no crushing feeling in my chest tho.

Nearest a&e is 20 miles away, dh won't be home till early hours and I have 4 dcs asleep upstairs......

bluecarrot Wed 17-Oct-12 23:24:27

Does it radiate from the bit where the ribs go up in the middle? I get pain there occasionally - radiates across my chest and back - but its only ever at night. I feel nauseous the next day. Painkillers and a heat pack on my chest tend to see it off as the drs havent been able to diagnose me.

bluecarrot Wed 17-Oct-12 23:25:39

Oh, just saw last bit. If its indigestion milk is good, if you dont have any zantac / gaviscon etc

Shallishanti Wed 17-Oct-12 23:25:43

no, I didn't either. Apparantly for women, a heart attack often doesn't have the usual 'picture'.
I'm sorry, I know it's not what you want to hear, can your dh come back early?

Nuttyprofessor Wed 17-Oct-12 23:26:31

Probably gallbladder but you should get checked.

heymammy Wed 17-Oct-12 23:28:20

Sounds like a gall bladder issue to me...nausea, extreme indigestion, shoulder/back pain. I'm suffering the same myself on and off and really do need to see GP.

Ghouljamaflip Wed 17-Oct-12 23:31:43

blue it seems to start at my breast bone and "runs" round my ribs to the side while it goes through to my back and then spreads under my shoulder blades iyswim.

Shalli have phoned him and hes going to try and get back. hopefully its not.

Nutty gallbladder???

Think I'm going to have some milk (no gaviscon in the house since my last pg) and go to bed and see how I feel when dh comes in.

Thanks for the replies. thanks

Ghouljamaflip Wed 17-Oct-12 23:33:24

Just seen your post heymammy - sounds like a def possibility - will phone gps in morning if I don't do anything about it tonight

CalamityKate Wed 17-Oct-12 23:45:21

Sounds like how I felt before I had my gallbladder out. Horrendously painful. The only thing that eased it was a fairly hot hot water bottle on the area.

heymammy Thu 18-Oct-12 10:32:31

Hope you're feeling a smidge better this morning Ghoul, did you phone the docs? The pain can be horrendous so it feels like a heart attack.

I only know all this as my DMum had same a couple of years ago and had her gall bladder out, now, lo and behold I've had 3 attacks in the last couple of months. Fat free or low fat diet is required, plenty of fibre and diclofenac for the pain!

Fwiw when I'm having an attack, the pain goes away almost instantly if I vomit, sorry tmi I know, but it's true!

Ghouljamaflip Thu 18-Oct-12 13:43:25

Haven't been to the docs yet - pain has gone and I'm just left with a sick feeling now. I was at the hospital for a physio appointment earlier and mentioned it to them but they didn't seem to worried. May just monitor it for a while......

If it happens again I will phone docs - just don't want to be running down with a bad case of heartburn blush

Thanks again for all the replies - things always look better in daylight don't they.

Shinyshinyface Thu 18-Oct-12 16:20:26

I'm sure they'd much rather you ran down there with a bad case of heartburn than ignore something serious ya know smile

And bad heartburn is no joke anyway...so either way it can't hurt to get it checked out.

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