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I am a 67 years old female, and for the last two years have

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I am a 67 years old female, and for the last two years have been experiencing chest pain. It comes on suddenly, usually while doing something physical like climbing stairs or simply walking briskly.
My primary care physician sent me to a cardiologist because of the fact that my mother passed away with heart problems at an early age.
The cardiologist performed a nuclear stress test and thought she saw something and advised me to have an angiogram/heart cath. The result of that turned out to be nothing of concern, and ruled out any heart related and circulatory problems.
My primary care physician then sent me to a gastroenterologist, who performed an endoscopy. The results of that showed a small lesion in the esophagus and prescribed Nexium. This drug has been effective in controlling my heartburn, but has not controlled the chest pain.
Now to explain the chest pain. As I said, it comes on within minutes of exerting myself, and feels like a severe cramp in the right side of my chest bone, going into the breast cavity. I feel it all the way through to my back shoulder blade. As well as incredible pain, it causes my arms and hands to tingle, and makes it impossible to keep moving. Within minutes of resting, it has gone, only to come back again if I move too quickly.
I can only stay on a treadmill for 4 to 5 minutes, and am at a loss as what to do next.
My primary care physician has all but washed her hands of me since she doesn't know what to do for me next. I don't know if this is important, but I'll mention it anyway. I had a double mastectomy about 30 years ago and still have the silicone implants.
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with negative stress test and negative angiogram cardiac causes are more or less ruled out

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did the gastro do an ultrasound or ct of the abdomen?

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I don't believe so.

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i believe these are important tests for you

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conditions like gall bladder stone can cause such pain

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other possibilities to rule out are pancreatitis, liver cysts, abscesses,

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another simple possibility is that this is simply muscle cramp

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muscle cramps can be precipitated by exercise

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you should take care to keep yourself well hydrated as dehydration can often cause this

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also have a lot of electrolyte fluids like Gatorade

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apply warm compresses to the chest area at night

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do gentle stretching exercises of the arms in the morning and night

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also take Vitamin B and E which helps in such cramps

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but do also discuss with your doctor about doing an Ultrasound or CT of the abdomen to rule out any abdominal pathology

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What kind of doctor would I see to check on the gall bladder?

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your primary can do it

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all you need is an ultrasound of the abdomen which your primary can prescribe for you

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if some pathology is found, then you will need to be referred to a surgeon

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Also, if it is a muscle cramp, which is what it actually feels like, then how do I work with this. Can a different type of excercise help.

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yes, stretching exercises of the arms

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do gentle stretching exercises of the arms

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do once in the morning and once in the evening

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stretch your arms out gently forward, backward, upward downward and to the sides

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also rotate your arms gently in circles, first one way then the other

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trick is to do it very gently and slowly

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do once in the morning and once in the evening

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this will help your muscles to relax

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you should get better with this

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but do also discuss with your doctor about doing an ultrasound

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Thank you for your time. At least I something more to go on. I will check with my doctor on the ultrasound. Have a good day.

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