Achy Breaky Heart

Dear Hamot Health Foundation,
I am wondering if you can answer some questions for me. I am a 28 year old exterminator’s assistant, and as such am exposed on a daily basis to many extremely poisonous chemicals.

My problem is that for the last few weeks I have been having severe chest pains. Basically, it feels like someone is parking a school bus on my chest. I know it’s not a problem with my heart, because I smoke less than 2 packs a day, am less than 50% above my “ideal” body weight, and I only drink beer–never wine or hard liquor. I can also feel my pulse down my whole left arm most of the time, and a guy I work with tells me that means I have a strong heart.

I think we can both agree that it’s not heart-related (which is good, because both my parents died of heart attacks in their 40s), but I am truly mystified as to what could be causing it. Do you think it could be related to the chemicals I use at work? I was thinking about suing my boss and the company that makes the chemicals for giving me chest pains (sometimes it’s so bad I can’t even walk). Would you be able to go to court and tell them that it’s definately the chemicals giving me these chest pains. I’d be happy to give you a percentage of what I win. Also, if you know a good lawyer, I’d really appreciate it if you could give me his number.

Well, the chest pains are coming back and it’s getting hard to breathe, let alone type, so I’ll sign off for now.

Anxiously waiting your reply,

David M. Cilluffo

Thanks for your e-mail. I’m not sure how much help we can be without truly knowing al the details for your problems. My first and only recommendation is to go to your doctor pretty fast. If you cannot get to your doctor, visit an emergency room and have them take a look at you. Chest pain is serious business regardless of what is causing it – let a trained physician diagnose your problem. Good luck.

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