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Girlfriend Heart Pain
deciog543 posted:
My girlfriend has complained of chest pain for the last 6 months. It comes in strong waves and i can tell it is hurting her even when she wont admit it because her body tenses up and her hand and legs tense up automatically. It has been happening much more frequently lately and for the past 2 weeks it has occurred nearly every day at least once. She also mentioned that lately she has been getting lightheaded and dizzy as well as fatigues much easier. She ran 4 miles every day easily and now when she tries she complains of extreme dizziness halfway through. Additionally, she mentioned that more of her hair has been coming out in the shower. I need to know if this is all just stress or if these symptoms are connected to something more serious. I don't have money or medical insurance and have basically no way of getting it checked out at this point until it is a real emergency.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

In general-only here, chest pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic), or even be silent.

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The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.

The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.

The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.

If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.



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deciog543 replied to CardiostarUSA1's response:
thank you so much you have been such a great help
Cactibabe1 responded:
She needs a complete medical work up ASAP. It may not be major or could be? Because she loves you she may do it for you. Fear is what holds us back most times. Get everyone who loves you both to help.
Good Luck

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