Months of Chest Pain - Please help

Posted by capt209 @capt209, Nov 19, 2017

Hello all,

My name is Brandon and I’m a 34 year old male. I’m excited to get signed up on here and hopeful this may help my anxiety which is through the roof! I have been through ongoing chest pain for the past 4 months. The pain started off as a pinch on the left side of chest. It evolved into a pinch and pressure onto the right side of chest. It would be nearly daily, but didn’t really get worse after meals or doing a lot of exercising. The pain then started radiating to my shoulders and sometimes into my arms but rarely. Now, it radiates into my jaw occasionally. I get a wierd fluttering in my chest occasionally when I lay down, but when i sit up and get doing stuff I don’t realize it much. Now the chest pain mainly feels like pressure in my chest snd i get occsssional sharp pains on the lower portion of my ribs and sometimes on each side of my sternum. What could this be?

Here’s what all I’ve had done….
CT scan of heart and heart echo – found i have a slightly dialated aerota at the base that they will monitor yearly. I also have a bicuspid aerota valve with moderate regurgitation. Cardiologist does not think my heart is causing the pains. I have no blockages at all and they aren’t concerned at all of a heart attack.

I was scoped and found i have a moderate to large hiatal hernia and esophagitas. They also did a manometry test and found I was having esophogas spasms. I am set to have a bravo test this week to see if acid reflux might be the cause. I bet that will show that is the case because I’ve had acid reflux since my late teens / early 20s.

During my CT scan, they saw a slightly enlarged lymphnode…which i think was on the right side of my chest. They said they would recheck that in 6 months. I had a cold or infection during that test and had some congestion and they say that may of been the reason for that.

I have been on a proton pump inhibitor, zantac and tums as needed but i haven’t really noticed much of an improvement on them, if at all.

I have back problems and a neck injury as well. They also think that may be the cause of the chest pain. I had an MRI which did not show any nerve compression but I am constantly battling neck and back pain, sometimes severe.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks all,
Brandon

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@jemrich

Hey thank you for replying! I see cardio next Wednesday so I’m excited to see if they have some insight. The discomfort/pain has subsided a little the past few days while on vacation at the beach. Not sure if the relaxation and ocean water has something to do with it. If so, guessing I have to move to the ocean! Also I didn’t mention that the beginning of this chest issue started my 3rd day into taking a script for Adderall. I’ve suffered with ADHD for quite sometime and I finally broke down and was evaluated. Script was for 20mg of XR. I stopped taking after 3 days. Week later switched to 5mg of IR as needed then a few weeks later landed on 10mg of XR as needed. It’s helped immensely with my ADHD but might? Be causing this chest issue. Not sure. Hopefully cardio has some answers. I stopped taking it about 4 days ago too so I could see if there was any correlation between the meds and the chest issues. There could be some placebo affect to the discomfort being less. Not sure. I certainly don’t want to damage my heart if that is what’s happening. The meds could have nothing to do with it too. Thanks for checking in. I’ll post an update after cardio. Thank you. Jeff

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I am 34 yr old female and also have bicuspid aortic valve and murmur with heart fluttering. I do have a tachycardia (from bicuspid valve) so anytime I’m stressed or get my heart rate high it causes pressure and skips. I also take Adderall for hypersomnia and this started to get worse after script coincidentally as well? They don’t think any pain I have is from heart neither but I’m pretty sure it is and just from my anxiousness and higher heart rate which makes my lungs work harder too and that’s when I get symptoms. I also do take Metoporal which is blood pressure medicine to lower heart rate and it helped me tons!

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Hi all,

I'm so glad I've found this community ❤️ I've been having chest pains for about 4 months now and similarly to most of you the pain comes and goes.
I'm 32 to female, have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (runs in the family unfortunately) and have been taking meds for about 10 months now.
The pain is mostly in the middle of my chest or travels to left or right side. I sometimes do get it during the day but mostly when I'm home and not doing anything or when bedtime is near that's when it's most prominent. I usually massage my chest or rub, also put hot bottle on and out usually helps. But unfortunately it brings a fair amount of anxiety.
I've had chest X-ray done, bloods and ECG all good. I'm booked for stress test in two weeks. My GP tried to put me on nexium first but it didn't change a thing.
Reading about some of you experiencing the best pains for over a year it makes me really worried.

Have any of you resolved your chest pains?

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I had chest pains for several years. I finally stopped my once a day cocktail and they subsided and are almost completely gone. Every once in awhile after eating too much or too fast or food particularly hard to digest I may have a spell. But I just use my heating pad until they go away. But I’m also dealing with stress. Meditation is very helpful.

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@izzadora – welcome to Connect! We are happy you found us too!
Chest pain can be anxiety provoking- there are quite a few reasons.
Is the chest wall tender when you rub it over the bony parts? There is one type that is caused by inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and sternum- costochondritis. Applying heat usually helps, as well as taking an anti- inflammatory medication- such as ibuprofen.
Reflux into esophagus is also a fairly common cause – you are taking Nexium for that.
Let’s hope the stress test is normal.
The most common cause for chest pain like yours is musculoskeletal.
Can you please get back to us after stress test?

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Ingegerd, your answers are all good possibilities! May I add a hiatal hernial to your suggestions? Moo1

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@moo1

Ingegerd, your answers are all good possibilities! May I add a hiatal hernial to your suggestions? Moo1

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@moo1 – Excellent addition to the list!

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@astaingegerdm

@izzadora – welcome to Connect! We are happy you found us too!
Chest pain can be anxiety provoking- there are quite a few reasons.
Is the chest wall tender when you rub it over the bony parts? There is one type that is caused by inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and sternum- costochondritis. Applying heat usually helps, as well as taking an anti- inflammatory medication- such as ibuprofen.
Reflux into esophagus is also a fairly common cause – you are taking Nexium for that.
Let’s hope the stress test is normal.
The most common cause for chest pain like yours is musculoskeletal.
Can you please get back to us after stress test?

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Thank you so much for your suggestions. As I mentioned, Nexium didn't help at all so I don't think it's the reflux.
Costochondritis has been discussed with my GP but we ruled that one out too as my pains are not connected to position or breathing which is common for Costochondritis. But with saying that, nurofen usually work as well as rubbing the chest. I do feel it might be musculoskeletar and plan to see physio soon as I have upper back pains too.
I'll get back to all of you soon with any progress x

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I think my chest pains were caused from esophageal spasms.

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You are right. I have had them too.

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@capt209 I have about the same pains, but I am quite certain of the reason. Some time ago I read an article focusing on Dr Morie Gertz, Mayo. It noted that he had pinpointed the enlarged spleen as being the culprit for at least the pain which speaks from just above and to the outside of the nipple. The cause of this is often a form of Amyloidosis, typically Finnish Amyloidosis or similar. In the systemic form, the protein fibrils invade whatever portion of body tissue they choose, and do their damage. Internal organs such as thyroid,, spleen, prostate, heart, liver, kidneys are standard targets. The fibrils invade the Actin of the connective tissue holding the organ skin and muscle together, leatherize the tissue, and cause pain anywhere. All the listed organs in my body are enlarged, and several are cancerous. But the real thing is to start with some simple tests. Have you had an echo done by a skilled tech? Has your lab done molecular diagnostic studies? Have you had The Bindings Site serum Free Lite Chain test and the 24-hour urinary volume and protein collection and measurement? These are essential. Production of more than 0.5 grams per day of liver-produced protein is a certain sign that your body is trying to tell you about yourself. There are other causes of splenomegaly, but apparently most of them are either some form of protein fibrils or other physical damage.

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I'm.25 and have been having chest heavyness and pressure (not so much pain) in my chest mainly in the middle, sometimes left or right side or all at once, for about 4 months. It's constant when I'm up , and used to go away when I lay down. I used to get a bloated feeling from eating very little or even nothing at all. I feel shaky inside sometimes. But the main problem is the chest pressure and discomfort. I have had multiple hearts tests x-rays etc and doctors can't find anything wrong. They suspected gerd but its not. They then blamed.it on drinking alcohol.amd smoking but I've given up both about 2 months ago. So I've been told to go on a diet and try that. Just wondering has anyone else had this "undiagnosed problem" and tried eating clean and it's gone away ? No problem relating to heart or breathing. Help please

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@hjmx94

I'm.25 and have been having chest heavyness and pressure (not so much pain) in my chest mainly in the middle, sometimes left or right side or all at once, for about 4 months. It's constant when I'm up , and used to go away when I lay down. I used to get a bloated feeling from eating very little or even nothing at all. I feel shaky inside sometimes. But the main problem is the chest pressure and discomfort. I have had multiple hearts tests x-rays etc and doctors can't find anything wrong. They suspected gerd but its not. They then blamed.it on drinking alcohol.amd smoking but I've given up both about 2 months ago. So I've been told to go on a diet and try that. Just wondering has anyone else had this "undiagnosed problem" and tried eating clean and it's gone away ? No problem relating to heart or breathing. Help please

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@hjmx94 Welcome to connect Have you seen a G.I. Dr with bloating you say you have It maybe something in you G.I. tract that needs some attention Gastroenterologist is the Dr I would see get a complete work up by this Dr maybe able to help you Let us know how your doing We care here on connect

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@hjmx94 Welcome to connect Have you seen a G.I. Dr with bloating you say you have It maybe something in you G.I. tract that needs some attention Gastroenterologist is the Dr I would see get a complete work up by this Dr maybe able to help you Let us know how your doing We care here on connect

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The bloating went away weirdly after about 2 months , so not sure if it's connected but thought someone else might have had the same with the pressure. The hole thing started off as a little pinch feeling on the left of my chest then gradually spread across my chest , it started a couple days before lockdown so could it be from anxiety which I've never had ? But I also had a infection for 1 day that cause me to vomit and have diarrhea for the hole day. Not sure f that' could be related either. Someone out there must know what it is and how to fix it

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So I've had stress test which was perfect and CT of aorta, all good. Still have chest pains. I went to physio who thinks this might be coming from upper back as I sometimes have pain around my t8 and gave me tips to exercise. He said if it was from the upper back I'd see results in two weeks. I'm part week one with no change yet. Fingers crossed.

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