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Hello! This is my first time posting. I am unsure if this is even where I should be. I am a 26 year old female, 125 pounds, non smoker, moderate drinker. In early June I went to sleep with what I would describe as extreme heartburn. I woke up with a sharp stabbing pain in my chest, right below my left breast that shot through to the back. I also had an odd tingling/pain in my left arm. I was reluctant to think that it was a heart problem, but went to the ER anyway. I had an EKG, Chest Xray, and blood work done. They decided it was just anxiety.

Well the chest pain has been there since that day. Five months! Here is a list of all my symptoms:

Since June...
*Sharp chest pain that feels like a knife is going through just below my left breast to my back. Sometimes it is more of a pressure than a pain, but it is there 70% of the day, gets worse when I eat or sit for long periods of time. It does not hurt if I press the area and it does not respond to antacids
*PVCs usually when I eat a large meal or drink alcohol
*Pain/tingling that radiates from that chest pain to the left arm and left leg. Also sometimes includes the left abdomen, ribs and pelvis
*Constant left ear ache
*Tingling in my left cheek
*Very itchy throat and roof of mouth
*Slight Breathlessness when doing simple tasks
*Fast heart rate doing simple tasks
*lost 15-20 pounds. Was 135-138lbs in May. Went down to 120 during the summer, back up to 125 since the beginning of Sept.

Since late August...
*A lot of undigested food in stool, also sometimes very green or very light
*Dizziness when I stand up
*EXTREME Restless legs, constantly feels like ants are crawling all over my legs
*Slight blurred vision
*Trouble concentrating
*Nausea, no throwing up
*forehead pressure

I have seen so many doctors and specialists. Here are the tests I have done. All have come back normal unless otherwise specified
Holter Monitor (PVCs)
Brain MRI (hypersensitivity in right external capsule "nothing to worry about")
Thoracic spine MRI
Abdominal CT
Chest Xray
Upper endoscopy
Kidney, Liver, Pancreas tests
Autoimmune test showed slight ANA abnormality but further tests were negative
Ferrtin (low at 24, just started taking Iron supplement)

I was put on Nexium in July for 8 weeks because it was assumed that this was all heartburn. The Nexium made things worse. I could not eat for weeks, had trouble swallowing, undigested food. I then got the endoscopy because they thought it could be an ulcer. Nothing was found. I stopped taking the Nexium in late August.

My questions:
1. If PPIs and antacids don't work to suppress the pain, and my upper endoscopy was normal, does this mean the pain can't be from heartburn?
2. Can Nexium cause low iron stores in just 8 weeks?
3. Can PVCs be triggered by eating or drinking?
4. Any ideas as to where this pain is coming from?
5. I know digestive issues can cause pain in the left arm, but can it cause it in the left leg too?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am only 26 and can barely make it through an 8 hour work day without feeling like death. I sleep 10-12 hours a day. I just feel so terrible and I am spending SOOO much money.

Current Medications: TriNessa (oral contraceptive) Iron, B12
I also traveled to Peru within the last year where I ate and drank local a lot of weird things. I sometimes wonder if I ate something there that made me have these issues.

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