Struggling with Chest Pain, help!

by Heather Ferguson
(Boise, Idaho)

I am a 36yr old female and have been struggling with intermittent chest pain for 3yrs. When it first started, I saw a cardiologist who assured me because of my age and no risk factors that I did not have a heart condition.

However, I keep having this feeling that something isn't right with my heart. I try to blow it off, but I can't help but wonder if something is wrong. My chest pain comes and goes, but it seems once it starts it is quite intense for several days or weeks before it goes away again.

It has been quite severe at times and seems to be most prominent when I lay down to go to sleep. At those moments in bed it feels like a knife is being stabbed into my heart and can last up to an hour. I also have strange arm pain in both my arms in which they feel heavy or asleep.

And usually when my arm or arms hurt my chest feels tight and I feel very lethargic. I've recently started experiencing a deep pain that seems to be a line running from my chest into my throat. I'm very healthy and have always had low blood pressure. 98/60. I'm not sure what to do since the cardiologist seemed so unconcerned. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Your doctor is an idiot...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Heather,

Your cardiologist is an idiot and you should fire him immediately and get another cardiologist- today! Yesterday is better.

Just because you are young means NOTHING!! Little children have heart problems and autopies on young men who died in the Vietnam War showed that clogged arteries can start in your teens!! And even if it were impossible for you to have 'heart disease' that certainly does not mean that you don't have 'conduction problems' like:

Prolonged QT Interval


Short Periods of Atrial Fibrillation

So, you need to get a new cardiologist and INSIST on - at the VERY LEAST that you get a:

Treadmill Test


A 24 hour (sometimes 3 day) take-home monitor (often called a 'Holter Monitor', but may be called something different).

If you can get an Echocardiogram also, then all the better. You should also INSIST on getting your Vitamin D Level checked. While that probably has absolutely nothing to do with your chest pains, simply living in Boise- its EXTREMELY likely that you have Vitamin D Deficiency.

Be sure to read the Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency page so that you have a good understanding of WHY you should have a Vitamin D Level.

And you should scream and cry in your new cardiologist's office until he gives you those 3 things!! You absolutely have a right to make sure that you do not have a serious heart conduction problem! If your new doctor won't give them to you, then you should let him know that you are going directly to a lawyer's office to write up your will to tell your family to sue the pants off those two doctors if you are to drop dead or are to have a heart attack.

Sometimes, you just need to get assertive- really! Your doctor is not your friend- he's there to help you and you don't need to be nice to him. You need to get taken care of. If you can do it and be nice, then all the better, but if you can't, then....

Then, starting immediately, take a look at the Magnesium Dosage page and you can safely begin taking magnesium (as long as you don't have kidney problems or myastenia gravis). Even if your blood Magnesium Level was normal, that makes no difference- you can still be magnesium deficient with normal blood levels.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

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