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I'm a 33 yr-old female with chest pains, pitting edema and more. What is wrong with me?
Jossy posted:
I am a 33 yr-old female experiencing a range of symptoms. I feel I have always been quite heathy and in tune with my body the symptoms are kind of alarming for me:

(1) CHEST PAINS - I get chest pains randomly, and have had this for years but now it is almost daily. It is a short, sharp, burn/ache in my chest almost in the middle but slightly to the left.

(2) PITTING EDEMA - below my calves. I would notice this once in a while before but now it is strange if I don't have this in the evenings.

(3) INDIGESTION - I never had a problem with this before but now I am having mild to severe stomach pains in lower abdomen, accompanied with major bloating and excessive flatulence.

(4) BREAST SORENESS (left) - suddenly yesterday I noticed directly underneath my left nipple and is very sore/tender. I breast-feed my toddler once a day but have not had a problem before.

(5) DIZZINESS - again, would have these maybe a couple of times a year but lately it is almost daily.

(6) HAIR LOSS - as well as my hair's texture has completely changed in the last 6 months. It is very dry and brittle. I was known for having thick, healthy hair before.

(7) PINS AND NEEDLES - Especially in my legs. Sitting even on the toilet for more than a minute will cause my legs to tingle and fall asleep so I must keep moving them. Sitting in a theatre I can hardly get out of my seat after. Any pressure on my arms and legs and this will happen. Been like this for years but some days worse than others.

* As a young teen I was diagnosed with Reentry ventricular arrhythmia. I "grew" out of it as the Dr's said I would but still get it a handful of times a year (often when I bend down with my head below my chest it seems to spark it) - was told it was a syndrome caused by hormone fluctuation.

* An ophthalmologist earlier this year noted I have very tiny and very squiggly eye veins and that he thought he should mention it since he usually saw that in older patients and could indicate vascular/circulatory problems.

* I was a smoker for half of my life until 6 weeks ago

Some of these things seem very unrelated but I just really feel like something has felt "off" with my body for a few months. Maybe these are all symptoms that point to somthing I'm missing?

Thanks for any help...
cardiostarusa1 responded:

Alarming no doubt.

What is wrong with me?

This can not be truly determined via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions), even if there was only a single symptom. Having a multitude of them obviously complicates things.

"I was a smoker for half of my life until 6 weeks ago"

Kudos for quittin' the cigs.

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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I'd suggest that you see your doctor and get checked out!

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