Hi all have posted here before and had some great advice so hoping you may be able to help again.
For almost 4 months after a panic attack I have had pain in chest which comes and goes normally left, right, middle, beneath left breast area, left side again beneath breast area and light headeness.
Been hospital and to doctors, have had 2 ECG's, Chest Xray, Blood Tests, Kidney/Bladder/Prostate ultrasound but all fine and am told its "anxiety" Blood pressure is high 150/90 but again told its anxiety.
Have being on zoloft/sertraline 6 weeks now and last couple weeks have been ok up until about 48 hours ago when I paid attention to the pains again. Also noticed my appetite is ridicolous now and i weigh 18 stone (have put a stone on almost since starting the tablets)
Now I worried myself again went back doctors friday still saying it is anxiety and the weight gain should settle in the new year as should the Blood pressure but got to diet and go back to doctors couple weeks into Jan.
I now think I have enlarged heart, heart disease, ready for a heart attack etc and have a head ache because I keep on thinking the worse.... it feels like the doctors dont want to help bjt off course they do (I hope) I feel I need a head to toe scan, or at least a echocardiogram but when i mentioned the MRI or CT scan to my doctor Friday he said no need. I am going to try and get another appointment tommorow and ask for a echocardiogram so that someone can see my heart and its valves but have a feeling my doctors wont be abke to refer me for this, I have being reffered to a cardiologist but because it isnt serious there is up to a 5 month wait.
My left breast area seems to have a dull pain all the time at the moment, combined with the high blood pressure and I am adamant my breast has got bigger on that side I have self diagnosed heart enlarged.
I also noticed when I lay on my back for a period of time my stomach feels like it is squashing and if I take a deep breath it hurts until I get up and walk about.
An enlarged heart would be visible on a chest X-ray.
The best thing you could do would be to help yourself by learning how to eat healthily and counteract the medications. I understand your worries; the best way to investigate them would be to get yourself to the healthiest you can (physically and mentally) within your control - this will help eliminate lots of possibilities for the doctors. I hope this is helpful,
That sounds like good advice to me.
Your chest Xray clearly showed your heart size, standard practise is to measure the heart dimensions on the Xray. So it's just not very plausible that an enlarged heart is one of your health problems.
However, being 18 stone and trending heavier, well that's a really, really serious health problem.