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Wednesday September 08, 2004
07:39 AM

Chest Pains

[ #20781 ]
After experiencing chest pains yesterday and today, I've started taking Tagamet daily.

I'm hoping it's only GERD.

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  • If you haven't, go see a doctor. Now. An EKG is quick and easy, if a bit chilly (I swear, they refridgerate the contact gel), and isn't a big deal. If you've got a heart problem it'll show up, and the sooner it's dealt with the better. (Before you die is usually the best time) If it's not a heart problem that'll show quickly too, in which case tagamet might be the right answer. Or, on the other hand, it might not be. Either way your doctor will have a better idea of it than you do.
    • Maybe you're right.

      In the past, I've had chest pains from gas before that were more severe, but there are a few mitigating circumstances here -- I've gained about fifty pounds since January.

      I just can't help but feel like I'm overreacting, 'sall...


      You are what you think.
      • A friend's an emergency room nurse. Believe me when I say that calling your doctor up, telling them you've got some chest pains, and would like to get checked out is not over-reacting. (I've seen people scolded for not coming in at 2 AM on christmas when they've had chest pains) Nor will most insurance companies complain about it -- if 99 out of 100 EKGs show nothing, that 100th one that catches a problem before you have a heart attack more than makes up for it. And your doctor would much rather see you ask
      • I've gained about fifty pounds since January.

        Then Dan is definitely right -- you should see a doctor about things.

        Have you been following any of the stories about Bill Clinton's heart surgery? Apparently he had been having chest pains for six months or more -- particularly after jogging -- but had been assuming it was due to over-exertion. When the pains got worse recently and he hadn't been exercising as much, he went to see a doctor, and had a bypass a few days later. Apparently he had been on the b



      • Please go check. We don't want to be mourning the loss of someone on this website.

        And may I suggest this [] if you don't want to keep the 50 pounds?

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • *ahem* it can cause esophageal cancer when left over time. At least as of a few years ago when it claimed my father's life after a year of slow, agonizing death, there's an almost 100% morbidity rate from this kind of cancer. Who knew all those years of heartburn and burping would kill him in the end.
    • Thank you for the concern, and I'm sorry about your father.

      When I said 'only GERD', I meant 'the less urgent GERD as opposed to the possibly-immediately-fatal heart attack'. The last time I went to my doctor with abdominal pain he spoke with me at length about this because he figures (rightly, I think) that someone as young as I with signs like these has enormous dietary issues to overcome.

      At the time he decided it sounded consistent with early diverticulitis, and checked for that (which turned out not


      You are what you think.