I typically do not over react when I have physical symptoms. My mode of operation is usually to assess the situation and then logically get the help I need. But this time I am waffling - part out of fear and part out of financial concerns. So here is what happened and I would appreciate it VERY much any and all feedback! On Tuesday night, while lying in bed reading, I felt the center of my chest, right beneath and behind my breastbone, a tightening for a moment, following by a feeling that a long thin flexible needle had been sort of doing a slow wiggling around in the center of that area. That was the first minute. Withing the second minute, the pain sort of richocheted into the FRONT of my left shoulder, way deep, and then landed in BACK of my left shoulder. This lasted about 3-4 minutes. Following the constriction and needling pain and richocheting pain, I had a sense of tingling in the areas and maybe a wee bit of numbing sensation that lasted till yesterday morning. No more needling or richocheting pain yesterday. A slight pinching pain yesterday around dinner time, but that's it. H told me to eat an aspirin, which I did. He asked if I wanted to go to the ER, which I did not. I know it's not stress and I know it was NOT a panic attack - I have had symptoms of those and this was very different. It is times like that when I just get stupid about my health, as if I'm making too much of it or that it's something not serious and I'm over reacting. I have told no one else about this incident besides H, difficult child and one co-worker. difficult child and co-worker were SHOCKED that I hadn't called my Dr. And one more thing, my cholesterol has been a very small issue in recent years, hovering around 200 and the bad cholesterol is too high; also, I have been smoking again, albeit only a couple a day, but still. And I haven't been able to do my usual walking in a couple of months due to knee issues I'm having, which I am hoping will resolve since I just got the cortizone shot yesterday so I can start walking again in a day or so. Should I call my Dr?