Hi all, Id appreciate a bit of feedback as to whether anyone's experienced the pains Ive developed on exertion, and if so, whether they turned out to be angina. For context, I have severe copd (fev1 = 32%) and use ambulatory O2 when necessary.
I was strimming the grass a few days ago and got a weird pain in my chest, sort of pressure pain which went up into my neck/throat and jaw and down the right inner arm. I stopped strimming and it took a while to get back to normal (no pain). Ive seen my GP, had a totally normal ECG and my blood pressure which is always very good (usually around 117/75) was fine. From what Ive told her, she doesn't think it's angina but has referred me on anyway just in case. She asked me to note whether using O2 made it better but I just tested it out, with and without, while biking and the pain was the same.
I can do my PR exercises, including lifting quite heavy weights for 3 minutes without any pain, played table tennis yesterday with a minimum of pain, and have had the pain but less severe, mostly just down my inner right arm and my neck, at various times the last few days. But Ive just now been out on my bike and the pain was as bad as the original pain. So it seems to be aerobic exertion which causes it.
Ive read that angina can be caused by stress (the cortisol released by the adrenal glands can cause narrowing arteries), polycethemia which I have (raised red blood cell count, a copd complication) as well as by hardened arteries. Can't discount the hardened arteries but I have no family history of cardio problems, and I exercise and eat well. But of course it still could be angina.
Ive been referred to the GP specialist in angina/cardio, who I'll see around the end of the month. In the meantime, any feedback on whether you've had pains like that, and what they have been diagnosed as would be most welcome.
Many thanks and hope you're all having a good weekend