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

@bren85044

Good Day Brandon, do you have an update of your prognosis? I have many if not all of the same symptoms you have had, thanks for your time.

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Welcome to Connect, @bren85044 and @lonewolf85.
I’m tagging @srodriguez @hokiefan @marychapman @mary1121 @hanark0068 @juangarcia90 @bbbogh @izzylt123 @catherinelewis @karolyn as they’ve talked about undiagnosed chest pain, and may be able to share their insights that may help.

I also encourage you to go through these discussions on Connect:
– Ongoing Chest Pain with normal tests https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ongoing-chest-pain-with-normal-tests/
– Chronic Stomach, chest and back pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chronic-stomach-chest-and-back-pain/

I can only imagine how frustrating and worrisome undiagnosed chest pain can be, but there are quite a few conditions that can cause this kind of pain – GERD and other gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, muscle spasms in the esophagus, a gallbladder attack, can cause chest pain and symptoms that mimic those of a heart attack or angina:
– Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/in-depth/heartburn-gerd/art-20046483
However, it is always safer to get it checked out –the more you know, the easier it is to avoid damage.

Based on Mentor @predictable’s post in another conversation, I’d like to ask members in this discussion if you’ve consulted a specialist perhaps, in internal medicine? Or considered getting a diagnosis/treatment from a patient-centered clinic (like Mayo Clinic or a state university institution) that is equipped to examine every possibility? They could provide a second opinion, which might ease some of the uncertainty and stress with which all of you are trying your best to cope.

@hiko

Hello guys I have the same symptoms us you have. I have had this problem over a year now, and it drives me crazy. Almost everyday I struggle with it -:(. Been through many test and they were all normal as they say. I have changed my doctors 4 times and none of them could find out what it is. I have pressure, burning sensation, chest discomfort in many forms… only in my left side of the chest and sometimes dizziness, shortness of breath and back pain comes to. I have an appointment on 18 of January 2019 with heart specialists in Germany hope he can help. I will update you guys if any thing happens. Thanks

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@hiko How did it go

Hi:
Why don’t you make an appointment for a second Opinion at the Cleveland Clinic regarding your aorta and your regurgitation of your valves. Make sure the Cardiologist is an expert on your valves and aorta. I would not wait any longer. Do your own research on who is the best Cardiologist in your problems. Also get your reports and read them very carefully and google the diagnosis. Also get all tests MRI CT Scans and what ever imagines that was done, disks, blood work, Doctor’s notes, and all reports and once you have everything then either mail everything or hand delivered to the new Cardiologist. Make sure it’s registered mail to the correct address.

I am new to all this so If in posting in the wrong place please correct me but 30 years old female and started having chest pains about 3 years ago and when it first started my first reaction obviously was to go to the local emergency room department which I did and they done an EKG and checked my blood levels and said it was acid reflux so I let it go for a while and started taking the medications prescribed and it continued for some time so I went out on my own and made an appointment with a cardiologist he done EKG an ultrasound and I regular stress test without the dye…. Then so then he gotthe test results back and said the exact same thing that the emergency room did and that it was acid reflux so I couldn't accept it so I made another appointment with another cardiologist in the next town over he done a EKG ultrasounds MRI hey did I another stress test with da he done pretty much all the tests he could except for a heart cath and he wouldn't do the heart cath because nothing pointed toward me needing it and said it was not my heart I have also been hospitalized for a night so my heart could be monitored and I could not find anything wrong with my heart .. so now I'm going to have a scope run down my throat to see if it's something there but it hurts so bad that I get ao scared. I've been called crazy several times.. I feel so alone.

@crystal06

I am new to all this so If in posting in the wrong place please correct me but 30 years old female and started having chest pains about 3 years ago and when it first started my first reaction obviously was to go to the local emergency room department which I did and they done an EKG and checked my blood levels and said it was acid reflux so I let it go for a while and started taking the medications prescribed and it continued for some time so I went out on my own and made an appointment with a cardiologist he done EKG an ultrasound and I regular stress test without the dye…. Then so then he gotthe test results back and said the exact same thing that the emergency room did and that it was acid reflux so I couldn't accept it so I made another appointment with another cardiologist in the next town over he done a EKG ultrasounds MRI hey did I another stress test with da he done pretty much all the tests he could except for a heart cath and he wouldn't do the heart cath because nothing pointed toward me needing it and said it was not my heart I have also been hospitalized for a night so my heart could be monitored and I could not find anything wrong with my heart .. so now I'm going to have a scope run down my throat to see if it's something there but it hurts so bad that I get ao scared. I've been called crazy several times.. I feel so alone.

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@crystal06 Hi Crystal, I'm JK, a mentor on Connect. I am really most experienced in transplants and knee replacements so this is a bit out of my field of knowledge, although I do have Barrett's Esophagus, and I do take a PPI — omeprazole.

You definitely seemed to have exhausted tests to discover if you have a heart problem, and thankfully they have all come up negative. You have been advised that it is acid reflux, and it does sound as if it must be. I presume what was prescribed was a PPI, something like omeprazole. They can take a while to really help I understand, so I hope you did not give up on it. If so, you should resume taking it. When an emergency room prescribes something they generally tell you to follow up with your regular doctor so I hope you have, or that you have made an appointment with a gastroenterologist. PPI dosage sometimes needs to be fine-tuned. The gastroenterologist I went to when my Barrett's Esophagus was discovered put me on a large dose of omeprazole initially, then after a month or two it was decreased.

I know how frightening it is to not know what is wrong and to be in pain. You do need to see either your PCP or a gastroenterologist, and I am sure they will help you get through this and find a medication for you that will give you the relief you deserve. In the meantime, you might try googling "diet for gerd" (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). There are a lot of foods that can make you feel worse if you eat them, like citrus, coffee, and anything acidic.

I will be interested in hearing what your doctor has to say. I hope you don't have to wait too long to get to see him/her.
JK

hi I am a 21 year old female and have had chest pains for about 10 months maybe more, it feels like my chest is tightening it is on my left side majority of the time but has moved right in the middle of my chest but mainly on the left side is were I continuously get the pain. It could be my heart with it been on the left side. Any ideas

Welcome to Connect, @court41297. I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion on chest pain as I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

Have you consulted with a doctor, @court41297? How are you coping with the pain?

@court41297

hi I am a 21 year old female and have had chest pains for about 10 months maybe more, it feels like my chest is tightening it is on my left side majority of the time but has moved right in the middle of my chest but mainly on the left side is were I continuously get the pain. It could be my heart with it been on the left side. Any ideas

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@court41297 I'd like to add my welcome Do you think it might be heartburn ?as Kanaaz said see a Dr about this if you haven't.

@kanaazpereira

Welcome to Connect, @court41297. I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion on chest pain as I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

Have you consulted with a doctor, @court41297? How are you coping with the pain?

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Thankyou, I went to the hospital last year I had 3 ECG's done and they were ok, they listened to my heart and I had a regular heart beat or something like that and then they said go to your GP and request the camera down as it might be something gastric. So I told the nurse about me going to the hospital and I have seen a nurse practioner and she prescribed me with sertraline 30mg for depression and anxiety then I went back and they moved me to 50mg, now I am on 100mg and have been taking the 100mg now for about 2 months. I also sometimes wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, my Mum thinks it could be anxiety as I'm worried about my Dad. I take rennies and Gaviscon to help but they don't really help.

@lioness

@court41297 I'd like to add my welcome Do you think it might be heartburn ?as Kanaaz said see a Dr about this if you haven't.

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Thankyou, I did at first but I've had it for about 10 months maybe more and it's mainly on my left side but sometimes goes to the middle and yes I already have seen a doctor.

@court41297

Thankyou, I did at first but I've had it for about 10 months maybe more and it's mainly on my left side but sometimes goes to the middle and yes I already have seen a doctor.

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@court41297 Since you are on meds now your Mom is probably right Mother's usually are Do you take deep breaths when you feel this way breath are so important to get oxygen throughout your body deep breaths. There is a program called Tapping that is good if you want to check it out it's Tappingsolution.com Try to relax

@lioness

@court41297 Since you are on meds now your Mom is probably right Mother's usually are Do you take deep breaths when you feel this way breath are so important to get oxygen throughout your body deep breaths. There is a program called Tapping that is good if you want to check it out it's Tappingsolution.com Try to relax

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I have tried breathing in a brown paper bag, thankyou I will check it out now.

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@court41297

hi I am a 21 year old female and have had chest pains for about 10 months maybe more, it feels like my chest is tightening it is on my left side majority of the time but has moved right in the middle of my chest but mainly on the left side is were I continuously get the pain. It could be my heart with it been on the left side. Any ideas

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Hi @court41297
Are you on steroids? Prednisone contributes to me having esophageal spasms which kind of mimic the pain of a heart attack. I was actually hospitalised for ten days to complete tests to rule out anything to do with my heart. I hope this helps!

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.

@jdad0602 Some medications or combination of medications.. even over the counter ones… can cause the heart rate to go down. If you take any medications ask your pharmacist if anything you are taking can cause the heart rate to go down. Make sure you mention any over the counter medications you take.

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