This is related to birth control pills and chest tightness,

Patient : This is related to birth control pills and chest tightness, I’m not sure if a gynecologist or cardiologist would help me answer my question. I had been taking the birth control pills, MonoNessa, for 3 months. During the last three months I experienced everything from mild/severe breast tenderness, mild/severe migraines, dull/mild/severe cramping, intense PMS, and mood swings due to the hormonal difference happening. During the placebo week of my third month I started to get a dull to mild ache in my upper left chest. This was a constant ache that lasted for 6 days. Sometimes it would go away for an hour or two but then come back. I noticed at times a sharp pain (lasting only a few seconds) which appeared first in the morning and then would sporadically appear throughout the day for 3-4 days. It made it very hard to concentrate on my everyday life because the pain was resting on my heart. I felt healthy other than my chest hurt and some other side effects due to the pill (breast tenderness, cramping). I was not short of breath and am not a smoker. I’m also 23 years old so a heart attack/blood clot at my age is very unlikely because I exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Even after my placebo week was over and I was on active pills the ache was still there so I went to go see an APNP. She basically played down the chest tightness issue and told me to take out the placebo week to get rid of the side effects. I wanted to stop taking the pills entirely, which my APNP didn’t approve of since I’m sexually active. I didn’t listen to her and I stopped taking the pills. The chest tightness was gone within a day or two of coming off the pills. I’ve been off of it for a little over a week and a half and feel 100% better than I have ever felt when taking the pills. My question is, was the chest tightness serious? Was it related to my birth control? And does this mean I should never be on birth control again in my life? These questions have been on my mind for a while now and wanted some insight on the issue. Thanks!
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