Hi, everyone. I'll try and keep this short because I feel terrible. Basic Info: I'm a 26 year old male, 210 pounds.
For the past few days I've been feeling this weird pinching in my chest, like someone trying to squeeze some important pipe or vessel shut. It wasn't super painful per se, but it was scary, and it made my anxiety flare up. Yesterday it actually seemed to be going away, so I was happy.
At about 9:00 PM, I went to throw out the trash. While I was doing so, I felt a sudden and increasing tension somewhere in my upper-left chest going from my shoulder to the middle of my chest. I nearly panicked. I made it back home, sat down on the couch, and put muscle cream on my shoulder. It improved enough for me to fall asleep on the couch at about 1 in the morning.
At 2:00 AM I woke with the absolute worst chest pain ever, ten times worse than the chest pain I felt in June 2010 when my first panic attack ever sent me running for the E.R. The pain ranged across my whole chest and up toward my neck. It lasted for about an hour. I do have anxiety and occasional panic attacks, but I think I know what a panic attack feels like, and at no point during the ordeal did it feel like a panic attack. The pain was extremely strong and was worse with deep breathing. Nothing I did seemed to help and it was impossible to distract myself.
I didn't feel like going to bed until 5 AM. Since then I have been in bed, feeling really anxious and sore in the chest/abdomen area. I had a bit of tea and fell asleep for a total of maybe 5 hours interspersed between 5 AM and 2 PM. I recently climbed out of bed.
I still feel really bad and my chest still feels really tight. I'm trying to decide whether to go to the hospital. I've had three 'false alarm' ER visits since 2010 so I'm hesitant to go, but this is the worst I've ever felt. Will they turn me away if I'm not in the middle of the worst of it? I also hate to imagine waiting six hours or something to be seen, but I guess I'll deal with it if that's the case. The last time my blood pressure was checked, in September of last year, it was normal. And I had an EKG done in October 2012 and that came back all normal. I don't know if enough time has passed that those results don't matter, though.