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Hi All.

I have been expreiencing some strage symptoms that have lasted for about three years. I am 30 years old and am overweight with HBP. I take Metoprolol for that.

I sometimes get chest discomfort at different spots in my chest, best way to describe it is a gnawing feeling. This doesnt happen while exercising, and I have not experienced shortness of breath. I have had 2 EKG's and blood work done and my doctor says that everything appears normal. He diagnosed me with panic and anxiety disorder a number of years ago and tells me that, that is where my pain comes from.

Anyone have opinions on whther this sounds cardiac in nature?
[QUOTE=JackofSpades;3306661]Hi All.

I have been expreiencing some strage symptoms that have lasted for about three years. I am 30 years old and am overweight with HBP. I take Metoprolol for that.

I sometimes get chest discomfort at different spots in my chest, best way to describe it is a gnawing feeling. This doesnt happen while exercising, and I have not experienced shortness of breath. I have had 2 EKG's and blood work done and my doctor says that everything appears normal. He diagnosed me with panic and anxiety disorder a number of years ago and tells me that, that is where my pain comes from.

Anyone have opinions on whther this sounds cardiac in nature?[/QUOTE]

Hi Jack,

If an individual doesn't experience chest discomfort with exercise, it seems reasonable that chest discomfort isn't caused by oxygen deprivation and is noncardiac.

It could be a gallbladder inflammation or gallstones or pancreas that cause radiated pain to the chest area.

Pulmonry embolism can be ruled out as there is no shortness of breath.

Inflammation of the skeletal and rib cage area can cause pain, but taking a deep breath would exacerbate.

It is possible high blood pressure in the arteries (pulmonary hypertension) and/or asthama can produce chest pain and not compromise oxygen demand?!

It seems one would be aware if it were a panic disorder or emotional.





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