Six months ago, I was sitting at my computer and felt mild chest pain that, over the next few minutes, started getting more intense. I never felt any shortness of breath, but I did feel anxious and experienced mild sweating. I woke up my wife and said I think I need to be checked out. Off to the emergency room we went. By the time we got *into* the car to head over, all the symptoms had eased. Mid-way I had no symptoms at all. But I said, "The last thing I want is for my tombstone to say, "Felt better; turned around and went home." Some $2000 later (our share), the doctors confirmed by EKG and other tests that nothing at all had happened and that I experienced "transient pain," which I guess is a short hand for, "Heck if we know." I was pleased to know that it wasn't my heart. But it raises a big question. We took a pretty big financial hit for that event. A few more false alarms like that and it's pretty serious money.
Don't get me wrong. Obviously my health and life are worth whatever I would spend, and I am THRILLED that the doctors were able to make the determination and send me home with peace of mind. But aren't there some additional clues about what to look for when experiencing chest pain than to just "go in" and pay for false events?View Thread
I'm not sure of all the tests that they did. There were quite a few, some at the beginning, including blood work, the EKG for 90 minutes or so, and other things. I felt like I was in very good hands.
I've had this kind of thing happen at various times, and it's generally the intensity of the feeling and the duration that guides me as to whether to go in or not. To go in for every instance of chest pain would break the bank. Not to mention waste my time; not to mention waste the doctors' time, when they could be servicing people who actually did need their attention.
I like the comment about having other symptoms, and that helps.
I do get an annual checkup - pretty religiously, though it varies from 9 - 14 months depending on what's going on in my life. No one has suggested that I have more than an annual checkup, and I'm not sure what my insurance would allow in that regard.
I guess I was hoping that maybe there were some clear-cut criteria that I had somehow missed.
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