Chest Pain + Fatigue
I wasn’t really sure where to go to talk about this, but my current situation has been affecting my life dramatically and I have no ideas on how to make it go away. I am a 16 year old girl from Canada who eats very healthy and balanced meals, I am active, I am on no medications and have never had any issues before now. I struggled with depression in my childhood but I was able to pull myself out of it four years ago.
Over the last two years, I have always had an easy time sleeping. My friends and I would joke about it, but as time went on it became less comedic as it once was.
In the summer/fall of 2019 I started to feel an inconsistent pain in the middle of my chest. It would come and go randomly, not triggered or caused by anything I was aware of, and it didn’t really cause me any issues.
In January of 2020 this pain started to spread from the middle of my chest to the top and sides of my left breast, next to my armpit on my right side, and it would send pains down my left arm and up my neck. I had a sort of what I’m calling an ‘attack’, as it hasn’t happened often, one night in January as well. I was laying in bed at night, playing a game after finishing all my work for the week, and suddenly it pulsed and throbbed and I got a stabbing pain from every affected place in my chest. I was unable to move, and then after 30 minutes it went away. My mother blamed it on anxiety and I went to bed.
With the chest pain has also come an extreme amount of exhaustion. I sleep 8-10 hours a night, and by the time I get home from school in the day I am exhausted. I sleep for another 2-3 hours and I’m still exhausted after that.
In February something similar to my ‘attack’ happened again, and this time I went to the emergency room and I was there until 4 in the morning. They did blood work, I got an EKG, we did a thyroid test, and everything came back fine. The doctor says there is nothing they can do for me and send me home. I am a healthy teenager.
Recently I have had to drop classes in a vocal competition I was in because I haven’t had enough energy to practice my songs. I have needed to cancel social events, my intense chest pain comes out of nowhere and doesn’t leave for days. I’m missing school, falling behind, falling asleep in class, I cannot study or function properly anymore and it’s because I’m always so tired.
Last night I had my third ‘attack’ as I’m calling it, for lack of better words, but it happened whilst I was standing and mid-conversation I fell down. I went home and went to bed, and I have been in bed ever since. My chest hurts to touch, hurts when I sneeze or blow my nose, lay on my side, and I haven’t been able to get out of my bed. My doctors say the earliest they can see me is May 27th but things just keep getting worse. I feel like I’m giving up my life because of some chest pain or because I’m tired.
Is there anything I can do to help alleviate the pain or something I can ask the doctors to check or give me? I have needed to cancel plans I've been excited or looking forward to because I’ve been too tired to go forward with them. I was invited to perform in Florida for a week in June, but all I can think about now is how my body is going to get through it.
Thank you for listening! I hope they can figure out what’s wrong with me soon.