Chronic chest & back pain

Posted by karen22298 @karen22298, Jul 26, 2012

For the past 16 years I have suffered from chest and back pains. This started with double Pneumonia and Pericarditis and shortly after a bad fall from my horse. After the Pneumonia and Pericarditis I was diagnosed with Dressler’s Syndrome and shortly after that, Bornholms’ Disease. After a while the diagnosis changed to Costochondritis and more recently I have been told I have nerve damage due to the length of time I have spent in pain. I also suffer from neuralgia. The chest pains are the worst – a constant burning and crushing pain all around my ribs with intermitent stabbing pains in my ribs around my sides. When the chest pains are bad I get pins and needles in my arm (particularly left side). I also suffer with lower back pain and pains in my hips which extend down my legs (again especially left side). The neuralgia can come on suddenly – just 1 or 2 sharp stabbing pains in the back of my head, or last for a couple of weeks with constant stabbing pains. I am so fed up after 16 years in pain and just being prescribed more and more pain killers etc. I do not feel that I have been given a real answer yet. I live in the UK and whether we go through the NHS or go private we have to go through our GP for a referral to a specialist. I have been referred to a cardiologist and a rheumatologist neither of whom have identified the problem. I have tried a range of alternative therapies none of which have helped. I suffer from a lot of muscle spasms in my back, shoulders and collar bone and find regular sports massage helps with this. I would be grateful for any ideas as to what I do next. My doctors seem to have given up – they say that whatever the reason for my pain the outcome is the same and that is a lifetime on painkillers. I don’t want to accept this.

(posting here because some people with some of these symptoms will end up here.)Hey guys I hope everyone with this issues sees this. You may have this to a lesser or more sever extant.

I had pneumonia a little over a month ago and one day after not sleeping for days and days I woke up after taking what was not a smart amount of various medications to help me sleep and help my symptoms. Well, I slept but I woke up with the feeling I had been shot through and through from under my left rib cage and out the back. I feared that I damaged my liver and was so embarrassed I didn’t go see anyone and lived in agony and off of left over pain killers for a good week or so.

I couldn’t lay on my front or back without it making it worse, when I ate right after each swallow it hurt really bad, I felt bloated right under my rib cage, and was easily out of breath. At times it felt like I was having a heart attack. I finally went in after being out of pain meds and the doc was really concerned. They did blood work and that was all find, so no worries about liver or gallbladder so she was concerned I had a pulmonary embolism but I had no other symptoms related to that. Still, she wanted a catscan to be sure but I wasn’t about to pay for that.

So I went home and did TONS of research. I came to the conclusion I had developed GERD. So I went and bought some over the counter 150 strength generic zantac to find out if that was my ailment. Sure enough after two days of taking it twice a day my symptoms pretty much went away. I stopped taking it to make sure I wasn’t just better and it was a coincidence and yep after a day it came back. I called my Doc and she agreed (my thought is why didn’t she realize this!?!?) So I started back up on a prescrip of same med and have been on it for the past week and pretty much prob free. If I forget to take my night dose I know because I start coughing which is another symptom because the acid is irritating your throat. I go take it and in about 30 min stop coughing. I hope this reaches and helps everyone scared to death by these symptoms like I was. It is a pretty cheap test to see if this is your issue without paying for all the other tests. HOWEVER! If you have a change in your stool like some people have said tarry looking or bloody GO TO THE DOCTOR because that is not GERD, that would likely be a peptic ulcer or something else similar which can be an emergency.

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