only left side which radiates toward left arm.It's the same place it's been for a long time but really worsening. It is now more intense while I am inactive and I feel so so tired and very scary agitated. I do have a heart stent, but they kept saying all looked fine last september. I don't feel right, there is something wrong and I am out of options. I take pain medication, so I dont' know how much it really hurts, but my arms are getting really weird looking as I work, very red splothy all the way down on forearms and backs of arms it looks horrible. no itching and it seems as if my arms might be swelling a bit, the upper arms? I am so disheartened by Dr.s and my job is in jeapordy taking appointments. Depression is worsening by the day it seems.
30 May 2012
I know you are disheartened, but this sounds serious enough to warrant further investigation. Maybe you can try a Doc in the Box, like Doctors on Duty or one of those type of places. It's shot in the dark but sometimes these folks are the best at identifying unusual things such as this. Best of luck to you, I really hope you find someone who can find out what it is.
30 May 2012
Seriously, I'd find a good cardiologist and make an appointment. This pain, and then your arms getting discolored, something is going on, and for them to just say everything is ok isn't acceptable to me. Have you seen a cardiologist since september? That was quite a while ago. You need a good physical exam and testing. Now its effecting you emotionally and you'll end up needing meds for that. Can you take vacation or sick time and get this worked up and solved? If I could see and talk to you I might come up with something, but its difficult this way.
31 May 2012
Hi buzzlessbee -
The first thing that came to mind was angina. You mentioned having a stent so you do have heart problems. When I thought about the angina part because you mentioned varying degrees of pain... I found some information for you to consider beings you are the one feeling it. But also, I would find myself a different doc if this one isn't giving you the peace of mind that you need or the satisfaction that you should be feeling when you leave this person's office. I hate that feeling of leaving a doctor's office more upset than when I got there. Following is what I found for you regarding ANGINA:
"Types of Angina
The major types of angina are stable, unstable, variant (Prinzmetal's), and microvascular. Knowing how the types differ is important. This is because they have different symptoms and require different treatments.
Stable angina is the most common type of angina. It occurs when the heart is working harder than usual. Stable angina has a regular pattern. (“Pattern” refers to how often the angina occurs, how severe it is, and what factors trigger it.)
If you have stable angina, you can learn its pattern and predict when the pain will occur. The pain usually goes away a few minutes after you rest or take your angina medicine.
Stable angina isn't a heart attack, but it suggests that a heart attack is more likely to happen in the future.
Unstable angina doesn't follow a pattern. It may occur more often and be more severe than stable angina. Unstable angina also can occur with or without physical exertion, and rest or medicine may not relieve the pain.
Unstable angina is very dangerous and requires emergency treatment. This type of angina is a sign that a heart attack may happen soon.
Variant (Prinzmetal's) Angina
Variant angina is rare. A spasm in a coronary artery causes this type of angina. Variant angina usually occurs while you're at rest, and the pain can be severe. It usually happens between midnight and early morning. Medicine can relieve this type of angina.
Microvascular angina can be more severe and last longer than other types of angina. Medicine may not relieve this type of angina."
This is food for thought and not a diagnosis. I am not a doctor and don't pretend to be. I have worked with people over the years though who suffered from angina so that is why I gave you the information to see if it "fits" what you are experiencing.
Good luck with this and I hope you get back to that doctor sooner rather than later. I understand you are concerned about taking the time off work. But doctor appointments which can be easily verified shouldn't have you on the hit list. Please keep us informed so we know how you are doing and we can further support you.
Blessings to you and peace to you in your world.
30 May 2012
You need to see someone immediately before you loose you arm. This is a serious situation, may be a blood clot, or you are having small heart attacks. Please stop guessing and get in to an ER now. Increasing pain and blood vessels rupturing under the skin is very serious.
Do not drive. Have someone take you. Stay in touch.
31 May 2012
I agree with Kaismama and endless pred. September is a long time ago and stents can occlude or particularly occlude. Check with the cardiologist as soon as possible. With the symptoms you are describing, heart pain on the left with radiating pain down your arms is a typical sign of heart problems. If you've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, you could be throwing small clots just about anywhere. Although unusual, might be to your arms. Are you on any heart meds, blood thinners... etc?
A little more information could give us a clearer picture of your current medical situation.
You might have a little esophagitis or GERD to go along with the health problems. With mottled arm, sound like a circulation problem whether heart related or not.
Best thing to do in any event, see your doc, no kidding.
Wishing you the best of luck and good health...
21 Jan 2013
I am a 41 year-old female in good health (according to my Dr.), My daughter made me go to the ER in November 2012 as I was having all the classic signs of oncoming heart attack or stroke for a female. I.E. radiating pain down left arm, severe pain under left scapula, numbness and tingling down left arm and into left hand, nausea, rapid heart rate, etc... Well at the ER they performed all the usual tests for heart attack, blood work, chest Xray, etc.. no heart attack or stroke thank god. MRI 1. left posterior lateral disc bulge at C6-C7 which compromises left neural foramen @ that level, likely impinging on the C7 nerve root. 2. Degenerative disc changes at C3-C4, C4-C5, & C5-C6.
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