I woke up on Monday morning with flu like symptoms and severe pain down the length of my esophagus ( centre of chest from throat to stomach, it also affected one side of my jaw intermittently ). I also vomited. My husband phoned the GP for advice and was told to phone an ambulance, I guess because it was chest pain and my age etc. the pain kind of blossomed at my sternum and went right through to the back. Heart checks were done in the ambulance and I was also sick again. They gave me some God awful spray that made me feel horribly sick and dizzy ( it was to dilate the blood vessels. All the heart tests were normal, as was blood pressure etc. to cut a long boring story about lying on a trolley in various parts of A&E with nothing to drink or any Prednisalone . I had a throat swab that confirmed flu. I was then told I had to wait for blood tests to see if I'd had a heart attack. By this time I was fairly sure I hadn't but was in the relentless system that doesn't look for any other explanation for my symptoms. Because the blood test results would take another 2 hours and I was feeling terrible I decided to go home. My own theory is that the steroids had caused some irritation to my esophagus ( it really hurt though, like a thump). I was 90% certain that it wasn't my heart. The pain eased off and I'm in bed with flu. I don't feel like eating anything but I know I've got to protect my stomach. Omeprazol didn't suit me and I no longer have anything to "protect" the digestive system. As I said the pain has eased off but the area feels significant but I have only had liquid for over 24 hours. Needless to say, nobody I came in contact with had heard of PMR and nobody was interested in steroid side effects. Heart attack only, which I don't think I've had. Sorry for the ramble. Does anyone recognise these symptoms or have any ideas? Thank you for your attention! I grieve for the fire fighting NHS, I really do.