"Spasm" feeling in chest, no pain involved thread.
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After that I cleaned up my act. Quit cigarrettes and ate nothing but healthy stuff and even went to the gym a few times. Also quit weed. After about a week of that I felt pretty good and allowed myself a little thc, but kept everything else strictly healthy. Then a few days later in the morning I had another spasm. Still pretty terrifying. This time drove myself to the ER. They did EKG, enzyme test, thyroid test... didn't find anything, except for an elevated enzyme related to non-cardiac muscle damage which we chalked up to my first day of squats earlier that week.
The doc there said that thc could cause tachycardia or a fast heartbeat, which made sense to me, but I tried to explain that it wasn't just a fast heartbeat but that awful spasm feeling. But anyway I felt a little better after that, and again cut thc out of my diet.
But the next morning had another spasm. I managed to get a follow up appointment with a cardiologist on the same day. He checked me out, didn't find anything and gave me the 24 hour monitor, which I returned today. Of course I didn't get the spasm while on the monitor. It was a weird feeling wishing to have one and dreading it at the same time. Now I have to wait a week to hear what the monitor recorded, if anything. :-(
All I want to hear is that it has nothing to do with my heart. Man, that would just make my day!
I have been having these for awhile, very scary, have had an EKG, Stress Test and all seem fine. Maybe im sensitive or something. I am on Metoprolol and Hydrochlorothiazide. One thing that I found that takes these feelings away is a Centrum Silver vitamin everyday, Ive notice that if I stop taking this vitamin, the exact feelings that everyone is describing here come back again. Ive been thinking maybe it is a vitamin or mineral that my body does not have enough of......?
I have been having the same symptoms as this, funny spasm feelings in the center of my chest. i also have a problem with anxiety.
I am fairly certain it is an esophageal spasm, very common apparently. Can be caused by any number of stomach/digestive things.
The doctor put me on omeprazol for acid reflux and the symptoms have gotten a lot less frequent.
I am certain that these symptoms are NOT cardiac in origin. However, i am not a doctor.
Hope this helps.
I too have had this problem for the past five years or so and think it would be a good idea to document my case for others. I had my first spasm when I was 22, I was in a pretty horrid state of depression then. Separately from others on this thread, I didn't panic when I felt it. Just though, "well, that was weird." The spasm is not painful, it's a small spasm just below my sternum and I feel it for less than a second. I would get it often, averaging about 12 of them a week. I thought from the beginning that it was most probably my heart, but didn't think much of it until one memorable night.
I was jogging late at night, which I did quite often. Usually when I jog I get at least one of the spasms. I noticed this one night, though, that I couldn't catch my breath after jogging and eventually had a panic attack. That's when I started "freaking out" about the spasms. since then, I've been to many doctors and still no solution. There are some important points to note about my case in particular:
- I'm 28 years old, average weight and height. Never had any medical problems.
- I have bad posture. It's really difficult for me to sit straight up.
- The episodes started when I was in a horrible state of depression.
- I have had acid reflux since as far back as I remember. Only in the past year or so have I started treating it. Though sometimes the spasms are not as frequent, they always come back no matter which of these drugs I take: Prilosec, Zegerid, Prevacid, and Aciphex. These medicines, however, were wonderful for treating my acid reflux.
- I was overweight through most of my childhood. I had gone from being overweight to severely underweight before I felt the first spasm.
- Sometimes, I feel chest tightness when getting the spasms.
- Nowadays, when I feel a spasm I twist to get a belch out. It seems there is always some air in my stomach when I get one.
- It feels like my heart beats hard when I get a spasm. However, my heart is most probably not beating hard. I assume this because I actually got a spasm during my cardio stress test and nothing showed up on the EKG.
Here is the wild ride I've been on with my doctors:
- My general care physician ran EKGs, oxygen tests, lung capacity tests, chest x-rays, and several blood tests. All came back fine. He still suspects that it's most probably anxiety.
- Just to be on the safe side, my GCP wanted to get a barium swallow done. Came back negative for any hiatus hernia.
- When it started bothering me to the point where I had trouble focusing on my studying, I went back to him and asked to see a specialist. He sent me to a gastroenterologist and of course the first thing he did was endoscope me. The doctor said he saw a little bit of reflux (I was taking Prilosec at the time) and he wanted to rule out my heart. So he referred me to a cardiologist.
- The cardiologist did an echo, a stress test, and a nuclear. All came back negative, though he did find I had a murmur. This didn't surprise me since my mother and two of my grandparents have one.
- My gastroenterologist thinks it's acid related. He says my stomach is producing too much acid which causes me to salivate more, causing me to swallow more, and the sensations I feel are due to aerophagia or "air swallowing". I find this hard to believe, and none of the medicines he gave me have worked.
Well, that's pretty much my story. I haven't tried to take the calcium supplements yet but I will definitely do that ASAP. That's really the only solution I've gathered from this thread that worked for somebody. Hopefully, more people will be able to solve their spasms and not forget to post back here! It's reassuring to see this affects so many people and makes me feel less like a hypochondriac to see that other people have also searched for this symptom online.
Take care and try not to panic next time you get one,
I'm 31 and in reasonably good shape - although the 'sensations' tend to put me off exercising excessively.
Luckily the doctors I have been to see have been good listeners - I have often gone in a flurry of panic having experienced the more extreme episodes..... I have also taken myself to the emergency department, but mainly because I had the symptoms whilst exercising :-(
Basically I will feel normal and often relaxed etc etc and then feel this 'sensation' in my chest, which sometimes radiates into my throat. This all happens in a moment - if i was having a talking conversation with you are the time you would never know that I had just 'had one'!!! but I know..... my pulse then races, i become very distracted and loose focus on 'whatever'. Now most would say that this was then a panic attack.......but was it a panic attack to start with - I don't think so. Its these feelings that make me panic.......without them I don't panic!!! And the anxiety comes from 'when will it happen again'.
Some folk have mentioned the breathing/lost breath - I get that straight after, for up to an hour, maybe longer. my breathing appears to be fine, it just feels different - tighter, with more resistance........more recently I have began to wonder whether the spasm is laryngeal....?
Like I said the docs have been helpful and done all the routine tests....I have kept going back and saying 'i'm still getting the feeling' because I believe that there should be an answer to it.
Last May (2008) they had kind of reached the end of all un-invasive tests and offered to implant a ecg loop recorder (about the size of a usb pen near the sternum). Thats been in a year now and I activate the device every time I get a symptom......perfect you might say !?!? well - nothing!!!! it just registers spontaneous tachycardia!!! even when I have been certain that I have had an ectopic - nothing!!!!
This is obviously great news as it has given me complete peace of mind that the problem is not cardiac in origin......but leaves the question wide open - 'what is causing it' because even after knowing it isn't cardiac - and removing that anxiety and fear - I am still experiencing the symptoms most weeks...... but I am exercising more and don't let these feelings get to me quite as much as they did :O)
An ambulance took me to the emergency room and lots of blood work, an echo cardiogram, ekgs, and even a heart cath was performed on me with no abnormal results. My blood pressure and heart rate was elevated for hours with nothing more than lying in a ER bed. I spent the night in the hospital with a monitor on me too. I was sent home the next day and was pretty well ok for about five days then driving home had an episode of more along the lines of what this thread has been talking about. It was still very scary and lasted for several minutes. To be safe, I took another ambulance to the hospital where they did more ekgs, blook work, and a MRI of my chest. All looked fine, except like the first hospital trip my BP was a little high and rate was too. The cardiologist prescribed Cardizem, which lowers the heart rate and BP, and my reg. doctor prescribed Xanax, to see if lessening of anxiety might help. That was a little over two months ago. I have taken the Cardizem daily, but still get the weird spasms. When it occurs, it feels as if my heart is beating in my esophagus and I feel as if my breath is lost for a bit. It sometimes doesn't happen for a day or two and then it might happen a dozen or more times a day. I have felt absolutely no pain throughout. I feel better that others have had it with no major problems found, but it is very disconcering that some have had it for years. I don't think I will ever get used to it.
It was late at night and I was very tired and also in the prior 12 months have had a lot of stress due to a death, redundancy and financial issues related to that, all of which are ok now.
It has happened a lot in the car mainly, but has also just happened at home.
I am definitly no doctor but i think the initial "flip" is not anxiety but perhaps something to do with posture or gastric something or rathers but then becuase it is scary and most of us are concerned about health it causes a panic attack which is the worse part!! I think hormones cause a problem with it along with nicotene and caffiene prob dont help.
ANyway I have burbled on for long enough, Im glad to see I am not the only one, now i just need to find how to cure the panic attack in a hurry. At first it made me feel like a right looney but now i just accept it and keep it to myself.
I have stopped taking omeprazole because I have read that they cause many side effects. Also they can cause a calcium deficiency. Can anyone else link this drug to their spasms ?
Although I am still experiencing the spasms after stopping Omeprazole, I don't think they are as "violent".
SO RECENTLY I GOT INSURANCE WITH KAISER AND THANKS TO THIS FORUM HAVE FOUND A MORE ARTICULATE WAY OF EXPLAINING THIS TO MY PHYSICIAN.HE SEEMS TO BELIEVE THAT I MITE HAVE GERD I BEGAN TAKING FAMOTIDINE THEN GRADUATED TO OMERPRAZOLE WHICH DIDNT REALLY DUE MUCH BUT EASE HEARTBURN WHICH IM SURE IF I RESEARCHED IT THAT WOULD BE ITS MAIN PURPOSE.NOW IM OFF TO THE GI AND OF COURSE THAT WILL TAKE 3 WEEKS.
I RECENTLY LOST 45 POUNDS TO RULE OUT ME BEING OVERWEIGHT.AN I DONT SMOKE OR DRINK. BUT I HAVE HEARD THAT GERD CAN LEAD TO ASTHMA AND VICA VERSA MAYBE THAT COULD BE THE SENSATION MAYBE THE SPASM CAUSES A SMALL ASTHMATIC ATTACK BECAUSE I HAVE WOKE UP A FEW TIMES AN COULDNT BREATH AN MANY ASTHMA SUFFERERS HAVE THAT SYMPTOM.
I LIKE MOST OTHERS AM STILL SCARED IT COULD BE HEART RELATED ISSUE BUT THEN I ALSO THINK WE HAVE SURVIVED ALL THESE YEARS WITH THIS SYMPTOM AN NO ONE HERE HAS DIED SO IM SOMEWHAT RELIEVED :/ THIS SICKNESS HAS SEVERLY EFFECTED MY SOCIAL LIFE BECAUSE IM NERVOUS TO HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS AN HAVE A SPASM.BECAUSE THEN EVERYONE WOULD BE LIKE "ARE YOU OK"THEY WOULD OBVIOUSLY KNOW YOUR NOT BY THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE AN THEN THE PANIC ATTACK WILL KICK IN HAHA IM NOT SURE IF OTHERS FEEL THE SAME.
ONE LAST THING DURING THIS ATTACK I FEEL AS IF I CAN FEEL MY HEARTBEAT AN THAT SOME SORT OF STRUGGLE IS GOING ON IN MY CHEST WHETHER ITS MY HEART OR WHETHER ITS MY ESOPHAGUS IM NOT SURE BUT ITS WORRYS ME ALOT.