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AF comes and goes on a daily bases, but chest pain are persistent!

Hi there,

I’m am after some advice please.

I have AF and ectopic beats diagnosed about 18 mouths, I only take 2.5 ml of Bisoprolol. My episodes of AF with irregular, fast or slow heart beats, and some times a mixture of all of those, come and go throughout the day most days, but what remains and persiste are a very strong pain in the centre and left side of my chest. My GP and cardiologist says this must be only muscle pain. I am not so sure and it is making me very worried, I can’t sleep or concentrate with the pain.

Anybody else is experiencing this?

Has anybody been diagnosed with anything related?

Many thanks

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have you had it investigated to exclude cardiac cause?

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Hi goldie11,

Yes I had blood tests, exrays, a ct scan and a portable ecg recorder and there wasn’t any results showing any other cardiac problems, so far.

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so it doesn't sound cardiac especially if it isn't related to exertion, so consider oessophagitis (try antacid) or musculoskeletal (try regular painkiller). If it is worse with exertion and easeed by rest then ? get coronary arteries checked out

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Hi goldie11,

Thank you so much for your advice, the Coronary Arteries got the all clear at the ct scan. I will try your other suggestions . Thank you so much.

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I have had various chest pains over the years and reassure myself that if they had been cardiac, something else would have happened by now. I was told it was probably muscular or could be costochondritis. Intercostal pain is common and linked to stress and anxiety.

I do understand how scary it feels but am still here to tell the tale. Mine doesn't start as a result of exertion and if I'm busy and happy usually doesn't trouble me. I find meditation and relaxation exercises help. Try you tube and search Mark Williams

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Hi Bagrat,

Thank you very much for your replies and for your suggestions.

I hope it all goes well for you.

Best regards

Valdemar

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In view of the fact you've had all the normal tests come back negative, ask for a check if you have Tietze syndrome as few doctors consider it. This can be fixed with a simple injection.

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Hi Mike11,

Thank you very much for you advice, that’s something to think about and maybe discuss with my doctor.

Regards

Valdemar

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Hi vsilva. I am sorry to hear you are worried at the moment. From the responses you have received, I too think your pain is muscular. I too take Bisoprolol 5mg daily. The meds do make me feel tired. I take the bisop and Apixaban daily for sick sinus syndrome. I have a 2 lead pacemaker which helps my heart when it beats too slowly. I do hope you find a solution to your chest pain very soon.

With best wishes

Carol

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Hi Carol70,

Thank you for your message.

Yes that’s right I am quite worried about the pain even though my cardiologist has reassured me that it is nothing to worrie about, but who knows for sure.

I do not feel tired with the Bisoprolol just this pain and the irregular beats. I believe I am still a bit behind to your condition, but I expect some time in the future I will end up in similar situation.

Thank you for your kind words and hope it all goes well with you.

Kind regards

Valdemar

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At last someone the exact same as me I’m just the same the pain is like a very strong ache then I get pain with the beats it’s horrible they said it was muscular to don’t feel like it scares me but they say it’s not life threading I suppose we just got to put up with it.watch dr Sanjay Gupta videos

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Hi Ottis,

Thank you so much for your words that mirror exactly how I fell. I am scared about it too, but the worst is that I can’t sleep properly for night after night.

There were some suggestions above, maybe we should try some of them.

I have not met anyone with AF before and especially with similar symptoms, I guess it would be interesting to exchange thoughts about it all.

I hope you find a way to get some tranquility and thanks for your suggestion.

All the best.

Valdemar

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Afib has caused much harm to my body. My bladder and kidneys seem to give me trouble now. My chest hurts at times. I have joint pain and muscle weakness. Numbness of the hands, feet, and lips. Maybe it is related to poor blood flow and cartilage deteriorating.

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This doesn't sound good. I doubt that AFib would cause all these problems, but the meds you are taking may do. I suggest you seek changes to your medications - via your doctor/cardiologist/EP. If you are on a statin, then taking some CoQ10 may help. The statin prevents the body making this, and we all need it.

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Hi vsilva

I have mixed arrhythmias, mostly AF, but others thrown in with sometimes fast but mainly slow and irregular heart beats every day. I particularly get chest pain with irregular and slow beats (47-53). Yes, cardiologists raise their eyebrows as if I shouldn't get heart pain at rest with a low heart rate, but I do. Had it over 2 years and haven't come to harm yet. Hoping for an ablation soon so I can get rid of the 2.5 mg Bisoproplol.

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I was diagnosed with Afib last year. Since then I have had mild chest pains. They come and go. I tend to feel it most when I am resting, or after eating a heavy meal. Doctors have run tests on me, but they tell me everything looks normal. I am hoping that after I have my first ablation, it will fix this issue.

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You could try taking digestive enzymes or a ginger capsule (see a health food shop) with your main meal, and see if either of them help.

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