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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@hjmx94

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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Omg! I'm 25 and had exact same symptoms.
I got my ECG, ECHO, CHEST X RAY AND CT SCAN done but everything was normal.
But my chest discomfort doesn't seem to disappear.

Were you able to find a reason ?

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@jdad0602

I have a lot of the same issues. I am 35 y/o male. For months now I have dealt with random chest pain/discomfort. These can sometimes last the majority of the day. Occasionally, this discomfort will be accompanied by a sensation in my left arm. It almost feels like the muscle is going numb. Also, the chest discomfort can radiate into my back. I've found that my resting HR can frequent dip into the low 40s. More nights than not I will wake up with these chest issues. This sets off the anxiety and it's all downhill from there. GP sent me to cardiologist. Holter monitor and echo stress test. Can't seem to diagnose anything. Does anyone have any insight into what could be going on if it's non-cardio as they are suggesting? I am sick of reading the same old "your chest pain could be serious, go see a doctor". The anxiety makes sleep almost impossible since I'm convinced I'll have a heart attack in my sleep. One weird part of this is the fact that when my HR is elevated in excersise, I feel the best. The chest pain is gone, and stays fine for a while. Worst time is when I'm completely at rest. I hope someone has some insight.

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Hi! Not sure if you still log onto here but I read this and was excited to find someone who is going through the same thing as me! im 31 years old. Im a female. For about 6 months or more I have been having these weird pains in my left side of chest. Its not crushing or a squeezing sensation. Its more like a cramping sort of? and it changes in location. Sometimes its between my left armpit and nipple…sometimes its below my left breast. It also as you said…it once in awhile sends a weird sensation down my left arm into my finger tips. These events happen daily but just as yours do…seem to happen very randomly. Also, just like yours, it seems to happen when im at rest the most. When im working, moving around, ect. it doesnt seem to do this. I havent been to a doctor about it because to be honest im afraid. But i work in medical field and have discussed it with some of my coworkers and they all seem to think it isnt cardiac related due to my age and otherwise good health. I know that nowadays anyone at anytime can develop heart problems but they also told me that usually pains that come and go and last for months and months as mine have are more indicating a musculoskeletal issue rather than a heart condition. Im not sure what the heck is causing this..but if it was an injured muscle in my back or shoulder like they say i feel like it woudlve healed by now. The pains seem to be getting more frequent. And also….the area in which these "pains/cramps" are occuring is deep inside…like i cant get to it to try and massage it for relief. Nothing I do seems to trigger it…heavy lifting or exercise doesnt bring it on or relieve it when it happens. I know I should prob see a doctor but im worried they are gonna say its something serious or worse tell me there is nothing wrong and I just have to keep dealing with this and have it get worse. Just so weird that when Im at rest is when it seems to happen the most.

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@lilb2633

Hi! Not sure if you still log onto here but I read this and was excited to find someone who is going through the same thing as me! im 31 years old. Im a female. For about 6 months or more I have been having these weird pains in my left side of chest. Its not crushing or a squeezing sensation. Its more like a cramping sort of? and it changes in location. Sometimes its between my left armpit and nipple…sometimes its below my left breast. It also as you said…it once in awhile sends a weird sensation down my left arm into my finger tips. These events happen daily but just as yours do…seem to happen very randomly. Also, just like yours, it seems to happen when im at rest the most. When im working, moving around, ect. it doesnt seem to do this. I havent been to a doctor about it because to be honest im afraid. But i work in medical field and have discussed it with some of my coworkers and they all seem to think it isnt cardiac related due to my age and otherwise good health. I know that nowadays anyone at anytime can develop heart problems but they also told me that usually pains that come and go and last for months and months as mine have are more indicating a musculoskeletal issue rather than a heart condition. Im not sure what the heck is causing this..but if it was an injured muscle in my back or shoulder like they say i feel like it woudlve healed by now. The pains seem to be getting more frequent. And also….the area in which these "pains/cramps" are occuring is deep inside…like i cant get to it to try and massage it for relief. Nothing I do seems to trigger it…heavy lifting or exercise doesnt bring it on or relieve it when it happens. I know I should prob see a doctor but im worried they are gonna say its something serious or worse tell me there is nothing wrong and I just have to keep dealing with this and have it get worse. Just so weird that when Im at rest is when it seems to happen the most.

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@lilb2633 Welcome to connect we aren't Dr,s but can try to help .Your right to me it sounds musculoskeletal not heart but you won't know this till you have an exam by a Dr .The longer you let this go the harder it will be to correct itself ☺️ Are you sure it's not from your Stomach or G.I doing this ?
Gas pockets can hurt and cause pain that's why I ask about G.Iissurs Wish you well and if you feel you can will you let us know we care here at connect

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@lilb2633

Hi! Not sure if you still log onto here but I read this and was excited to find someone who is going through the same thing as me! im 31 years old. Im a female. For about 6 months or more I have been having these weird pains in my left side of chest. Its not crushing or a squeezing sensation. Its more like a cramping sort of? and it changes in location. Sometimes its between my left armpit and nipple…sometimes its below my left breast. It also as you said…it once in awhile sends a weird sensation down my left arm into my finger tips. These events happen daily but just as yours do…seem to happen very randomly. Also, just like yours, it seems to happen when im at rest the most. When im working, moving around, ect. it doesnt seem to do this. I havent been to a doctor about it because to be honest im afraid. But i work in medical field and have discussed it with some of my coworkers and they all seem to think it isnt cardiac related due to my age and otherwise good health. I know that nowadays anyone at anytime can develop heart problems but they also told me that usually pains that come and go and last for months and months as mine have are more indicating a musculoskeletal issue rather than a heart condition. Im not sure what the heck is causing this..but if it was an injured muscle in my back or shoulder like they say i feel like it woudlve healed by now. The pains seem to be getting more frequent. And also….the area in which these "pains/cramps" are occuring is deep inside…like i cant get to it to try and massage it for relief. Nothing I do seems to trigger it…heavy lifting or exercise doesnt bring it on or relieve it when it happens. I know I should prob see a doctor but im worried they are gonna say its something serious or worse tell me there is nothing wrong and I just have to keep dealing with this and have it get worse. Just so weird that when Im at rest is when it seems to happen the most.

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Hi Hun. I've been having these for 7 months now. Have had all sorts of examinations and nobody ever found out what it is. The last thing is either having a gastroscopy or try a course of antidepressants I was told by my gp.. He's running out of ideas as well. I also developed panic attacks lately usually at night. I'm from medical field as well which makes it harder to be honest constantly trialling what condition this could be as I want answers badly and I'm afraid it's something serious. Have also tried physio with no help and I'm thinking about trying acupuncture. All the best to you

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I was in nursing that's why I suggested cardio or gas pockets Have had them for myself I use Gasx for relieve Gas can be really painful sharp like a knife

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@lioness

@lilb2633 Welcome to connect we aren't Dr,s but can try to help .Your right to me it sounds musculoskeletal not heart but you won't know this till you have an exam by a Dr .The longer you let this go the harder it will be to correct itself ☺️ Are you sure it's not from your Stomach or G.I doing this ?
Gas pockets can hurt and cause pain that's why I ask about G.Iissurs Wish you well and if you feel you can will you let us know we care here at connect

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Hey thanks! Yeah, i know you arent doctors lol. And I know I need to go get checked but deep down I think its something serious. Its not gas pains as the others here suggest. Gas pains dont last off and on for 24 hours a day for 7 months and counting. Plus I know what gas pains feel like. Like someone else said..they are sharp like a knife. These pains arent sharp or severe. They are a dull cramping and sometimes pinching feeling. Once awhile it feels like pressure and radiates down my arm. Now the past few nights when i lay down i feel a lil short of breath and my heart feels like its beating harder. Not FASTER…but beating harder. My pulse and blood pressure both remain normal during these "episodes". Sometimes when I get myself worked up and anxious about it, it makes my pulse go up but for the most part its normal. But lately Ive been catching myself needing to take deep breaths as if im not getting enough air. I dont know, Its just scary. I know I need to go. I did tell my PCP but shes doing telehealth right now and i dont understand how she can properly examine me or my heart over the phone lol. I guess my best bet is to go to an emergency room and let them do an exam and see if they feel i need to see a specialist i guess.

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I’ve also been dealing with left side chest pains for about 10 months now. I’ve had pretty much every heart test done and only thing found was a small amount of blockage. I’ve been in and out of the er a bunch of times especially lately. Tons of blood work and ekgs and chest X-rays etc. everything always comes out fine. Besides talking to my pcp and heart doctor and recently a therapist and psychiatrist. He recommended Effexor for anxiety etc. been on it for a month it hasn’t helped. I do have acid reflux which be had for years and take meds for that. I’ve stopped drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke and have tried other anxiety meds and nothing has helped. I’ve explained to my doctors that it’s a physical pain and and there has to be something to stop it. It’s ruined my life. I can’t work or anything. Please help.

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@jessedude119

I’ve also been dealing with left side chest pains for about 10 months now. I’ve had pretty much every heart test done and only thing found was a small amount of blockage. I’ve been in and out of the er a bunch of times especially lately. Tons of blood work and ekgs and chest X-rays etc. everything always comes out fine. Besides talking to my pcp and heart doctor and recently a therapist and psychiatrist. He recommended Effexor for anxiety etc. been on it for a month it hasn’t helped. I do have acid reflux which be had for years and take meds for that. I’ve stopped drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke and have tried other anxiety meds and nothing has helped. I’ve explained to my doctors that it’s a physical pain and and there has to be something to stop it. It’s ruined my life. I can’t work or anything. Please help.

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Hello @jessedude119, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I know it can be frustrating and scary to not get any answers that help with the pain. It sounds like you are doing the right things to help with maintaining your general health. Until other members can share their experience, here's an article that offers some suggestions that you may find helpful.

Reducing Chest Pain Caused by Anxiety: https://www.news-medical.net/health/Reducing-Chest-Pain-Caused-by-Anxiety.aspx

Have you doctors mentioned any alternative treatments that might help such as deep breathing and mind-calming techniques?

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Hi I am viraj
I have the similar sysmptoms as you had in the chest area. Doctors say it is due to anxiety. Did you find a reason for this chest pain

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@virajroshan

Hi I am viraj
I have the similar sysmptoms as you had in the chest area. Doctors say it is due to anxiety. Did you find a reason for this chest pain

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Hello @virajroshan, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm assuming your question about having similar symptoms was for @jessedude119 or @capt209, who started this discussion. Unfortunately @capt209 did not post again after starting the discussion and may not be receiving email notifications.

Has your doctor suggested or started any treatment for then anxiety diagnosis or done other tests to determine another possible cause?

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Thanks for replying. Actually I had needle stabbing line paining initially for only few seconds, then had a dull pain. Mainly I had both side of the chest, but now I feel even my both hands. I checked Ecg, echo and stress test. all were normal. Doctors saying I have a anxiety. Now I have very tiny pains over the body. But I feel all these pains when I am in rest. During exercises I have no such pains. In addition I don't have any symptoms like painting, sweeting, vision problems during the pains. Primarily I observe these pains are during the evening and night times, very rare in morning. But it never disturb for sleeping. I have good sleep every night. This is been around five months now. Do any one have idea about this ?? I am fed up due to this.
Thanks…

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@virajroshan

Thanks for replying. Actually I had needle stabbing line paining initially for only few seconds, then had a dull pain. Mainly I had both side of the chest, but now I feel even my both hands. I checked Ecg, echo and stress test. all were normal. Doctors saying I have a anxiety. Now I have very tiny pains over the body. But I feel all these pains when I am in rest. During exercises I have no such pains. In addition I don't have any symptoms like painting, sweeting, vision problems during the pains. Primarily I observe these pains are during the evening and night times, very rare in morning. But it never disturb for sleeping. I have good sleep every night. This is been around five months now. Do any one have idea about this ?? I am fed up due to this.
Thanks…

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@virajroshan, I can certainly understand being frustrated that you are not able to get any answers for the pain. Hopefully other members with similar experience will share what has helped them. I did find a couple of articles that may be worth reading that may be related to the symptoms you mentioned.

– "Apr 15, 2019 — Sudden, Sharp Chest Pain That Goes Away: What Is It? … Severe anxiety and panic attacks can cause sudden, sharp chest pain. … arms or back; dizziness or lightheadedness; shortness of breath; fast or “pounding” heartbeat … ": https://www.healthline.com/health/heart-attack/sudden-sharp-pain-in-chest-that-goes-away-quickly
– What is precordial catch syndrome?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320105

Did your doctor prescribe any medications to see if they help?

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@johnbishop

Hello @virajroshan, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm assuming your question about having similar symptoms was for @jessedude119 or @capt209, who started this discussion. Unfortunately @capt209 did not post again after starting the discussion and may not be receiving email notifications.

Has your doctor suggested or started any treatment for then anxiety diagnosis or done other tests to determine another possible cause?

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They have me on too much medication. Clonazepam for anxiety 2 pills daily. I was on that once before and only took 1 pill a day, plus welbutrin which never did work on me and generic cymbalta, plus abilify. I don't take the abilify and am sick of all those pills. I have gotten panic attacks. The chest pain was due to the loss of blood that is when they admitted me into the hospital and did a transfusion and two bags of iron. Plus I take other meds for thyroid, high cholesterol, acid reflux. I fell like I'm taking way too much medications and they all have side effects. I don't think I need to be on 3 depression meds at all, so I don't take one. But even being on two is ridiculous. I'm always tired and that was never like me to be tired constantly. I am just confused with all that has been going on this past year, especially when I had the bad reaction to the latest shingles vaccine.

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Hello, I am new to the group. I’ve been experiencing deep chest/diaphragm pain for the past 4 months, I can’t create the pain, it’s just there always, better in the am but towards the night it gets worse. some light burning in the left pec muscle and pain shooting in back area directly behind chest discomfort. Had ekg, stress ekg, calcium score test(0), endoscopy, seen a DO, chest MRI, chest x-ray, ultra sound of chest, all clear. Did acupuncture, ozone/vit c therapy, massage, etc. no answers. Was told by DO I injured myself in gym, some practitioners mentioned intercostal neuralgia, costracondrotis, teets syndrome. Can’t seem to get an answer. I would sure like some insite. Thank You.

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@funk24

Hello, I am new to the group. I’ve been experiencing deep chest/diaphragm pain for the past 4 months, I can’t create the pain, it’s just there always, better in the am but towards the night it gets worse. some light burning in the left pec muscle and pain shooting in back area directly behind chest discomfort. Had ekg, stress ekg, calcium score test(0), endoscopy, seen a DO, chest MRI, chest x-ray, ultra sound of chest, all clear. Did acupuncture, ozone/vit c therapy, massage, etc. no answers. Was told by DO I injured myself in gym, some practitioners mentioned intercostal neuralgia, costracondrotis, teets syndrome. Can’t seem to get an answer. I would sure like some insite. Thank You.

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Hello @funk24, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. There is an older discussion started in 2011 but it has posts from 2019 that you might find helpful – Costochrondritis/ Tietze syndrome: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costachrondritis-tietze-syndrome/

Have you thought about seeking help from a major teaching hospital or large health facility like Mayo Clinic? If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, contact one of the appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

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