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Could heart disease be causing the intense discomfort in my throat in the morning?

February 29th, 2012

Question by hector: Could heart disease be creating the intense discomfort in my throat in the morning?

I was a pack-and-1/2 a day smoker for a decade. I quit in Aug. ’05. I’m 31yo, I’ve been carrying out cardio physical exercise for months now. I noticed circulation probs that have turn out to be less severe considering that I quit smoking, but my arms nevertheless go to sleep very easily although in bed. I also really feel brief of breath often, when laying down & on the treadmill. The worst symptom is an intense “ache” or empty feeling (fairly difficult to describe) emanating from my throat in the early mornings after I urinate, it keeps me from going back to sleep. I think “angina” describes this ache, but it really is in the throat–not the chest. I utilized to believe this was a withdrawl symptom from nicotine. I used to get it back when I was a smoker it would go away with my 1st morning cigarette. But as I weened myself off nicotine, first with nicorette gum, then cold turkey since Dec ’05, the pains have gotten worse and occasionally persist into early afternoon, not each and every day but at least numerous days/week. I also rarely get satisfying rest.

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Answer by Pyro
It is attainable that these “pains” are withdrawl signs, but if they’ve been going on for as long as you’ve stated, it may possibly be best if you see a physician and ask him/her.
I hope every little thing operates out for you and you are in very good well being.
take care and blessed be ye path.

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  1. missie
    February 29th, 2012 at 18:39 | #1

    I highly suggest you let a doctor decide what is going on with you. If the pain continues it may be something serious I have experienced chest pain since I have quit too I am using the nicotine gum as well. Good for you on quitting that is great take it easy on the excercise you may be over doing it.

  2. keenu
    February 29th, 2012 at 18:45 | #2

    Acid reflux disease? Barretts esophagus? Look those up.

  3. CaliDoc
    February 29th, 2012 at 19:15 | #3

    It does sound a lot like acid reflux. You may be supplementing your nicotine urges with food (especially before bed) or just the stress of resisting your urges may be causing some increased acid production.

    Angina is not typically after sleeping or urinating, unless it is “unstable angina” which is unpredictable (but not consistently at the same time). Throat pain can be angina, but usually is accompanied by sweating and shortness of breath and will sometimes radiate down to the chest with a crushing feeling.

    As far as the acid reflux part of the equation (not likely Barrett’s Esophagus, which is a change in the skin lining the esophagus), you should try taking an acid reducing medication once per day an hour before dinner. You should also not eat any food at least 2-3 hours before bed, and if possible, you might want to put a phone book under each foot at the head of the bead.

    A couple of medications you can try (over the counter) are Prilosec, Pepcid or Zantac. Avoid medications like Tums, Pepto, etc, which are short-acting and do not treat the underlying problem. If your symptoms don’t resolve after a week, you will need to have this problem looked at.

    You are at significant cardiac risk (because of your other symptoms and history), so you should be getting regular check-ups (twice yearly minimum). If you experience chest pain on the treadmill, you need to be seen IMMEDIATELY. I am happy to hear you are exercising, and you should keep it up every day.

  4. zoya
    February 29th, 2012 at 19:30 | #4

    There are several things that you could be experiencing. First off I believe that you are suffering from Acid Reflux AKA GERD. Try not eating for at least two hours before going to bed. Also you can buy over the counter meds like Zantac or Prilosec. Limit your soda pop intake as well. As for your arms, it could be that your spine is out of alignment. Usually with angina, there is heart pain with numbness of the left arm and jaw, heavy sweating and shortness of breath. But your age leads me to believe that it isn’t angina even though you are a previous smoker. GOOD JOB! Hereditary also would play a big part in heart disease as well. Good Luck and recommend seeing a physician.

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