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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 asking about chest pain than signing a death certificate or finding themselves up to their elbows in your chest.

        EKGs are quick and easy. (And relatively cheap even if you've no insurance) Call, go in, get checked out. It'll take 10 minutes or so, plus whatever wait time at the doctor's office or walk-in clinic. Do it. And if it shows nothing, then you've both got an idea of what heart trouble doesn't feel like as well as a baseline EKG just in case something does happen later.