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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@kimh

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!

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Hi, no I am not on steroids, I am going back to the hospital tomorrow I think to see what advice they give me and alright how old are you?

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@fourof5zs

@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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Hi. No medications. Other than the occasional pain reliever for hesdaches. Which are daily as well

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Hey brandon,

I'm suffering from this condition "EXACTLY THE SAME" for over a year now.
I have done more than 10 ecgs, echo test ,ultrasound and all came out clear.
I was also diagnosed with hiatus hernia….
My symptoms are exactly like yours… pain in left side, radiates to the arm, shoulder, sometimes makes the jaw numb as well, bubble on the lower side of the rib cage which obstructs breathing as well.

I haven't found a permanent fix but these things if you keep taking will remove the pain and probably fix in the long run.

1) Kefir yogurt (Get free kefir grains from somewhere and make yogurt daily and drink almost a liter everyday) *for all gastro issues plus promotes good bacteria – if you are in dubai…i can give you.

2) Nexum. *gastrointestinal issues…

3) pregablin (Lyrica) *Nerve related issues

4) Bromazepam (Lexotenal) *Anxiety

All of these are solutions to these.

I would suggest to try all and see what works for you.

For me all of them work specially kefir since its natural(organic) with no chemicals and still does the job.

Please let me know if any of the above help you out.

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@alp

Hello Forum,

For the past six months, I’ve been feeling fatigue/pain in the upper part of my chest — mostly centralized, but it radiates up my neck when it gets really bad. It constantly hurts to inhale and exhale. My lymph node in my chest (by my L clavicle) also starts throbbing when the pain gets bad.

The activity that makes it hurt the most is talking. Cardio exercise (jogging, biking, swimming) also causes pain, which is a feeling of fatigue or being worn out, combined with soreness. Note that the pain doesn’t happen DURING the exercise, but mostly afterward.

I had bronchitis seven months ago (or so I thought… maybe it wasn’t?) and then a cough that lasted into the following month. The cough disappeared, but since then the pain comes and goes by the day. I should also mention that right around the time the “bronchitis” started, I had a very active weekend — hiking, a potluck with a lot of “belly laughs” (which I feel is somehow linked)…

I’ve been treated for asthma (inhalers), pneumonia (antibiotics) and costochondritis (anti-inflammatories), but none of them have worked. The naproxen has helped to diminish the pain, but not get rid of it.

I also have hypermobility in my joints (I’m very flexible) and have had a lot of soft tissue injuries over the years that took a long time to go away (e.g., plantar fasciitis), which is why my doctors thought it might be costochondritis.

Please tell me if you’ve ever experienced something like this! I really need help since the doctors don’t know what to do with me any more.

Thank you!!

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Hello, I was wondering if you ever received a medical diagnosis? I also experience fatigue and pain in the center of my chest with increased talking. And have a similar story to yours above. Thank you.

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I have also had chest pain for a longer duration- since last Saturday. It seems like an especially panicked run across downtown Chicago to make an evening train may have triggered it. I'm not a runner so by the time I made it to the train I couldn't breathe. Since then I've had trouble taking a deep breath and have felt chest pressure and pain. The pain didn't happen immediately while running, but came on gradually. I've been taking aspirin daily to try and alleviate…seems like taking two is more effective. I've been putting off a doctor's appointment because I'm still paying for an MRI and lab work (from late last year-and I have insurance!) for headache issues. Is it anxiety? Is it my heart? Did something happen in my lungs? I'm scared.

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Welcome @helena4000 @altamash and @jdad0602

I’m truly sorry to hear about your stress and frustration of not being able to pinpoint a cause for your pain – It’s horrible to feel scared and worried!

I encourage you to go through these discussions on Connect, where @astaingegerdm @happyat76 @danab @bonnieh218 @brrn have shared some information and experiences that I think you’ll find useful.
– Chest pain > a month https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-pain-a-month/
– 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/

There are a few conditions that can cause this kind of chest 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.

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@slumpkin

Hello. I am a 28 year old woman and have been experiencing many different issues with my body. I began having anxiety about two years ago. I had two major panick attacks that I went to the doctor while I was having them. Since then it has been pretty decent to deal with. I feel it is getting better and have not had any attacks. I have within the last few months been getting an ache in my left chest area. It feels like my heart has an ache. Its mild but definitely noticable and uncomfortable. Its not a sharp or shooting pain its just a slight ache like a mild headache. It can also somewhat feel as though it goes through to my back on that side. Like its a deep ache. But its happening almost daily. There are days when it doesnt happen. I don't really have any other sympstoms with it. I do get a pounding heart out of nowhere sometimes though also. My heart doesnt race as much as it does pound. And it will do so at rest and just come on out of nowhere. And eventually it will sibside. Sometimes the ache in my heart will go away but sometimes it will last all day. I was getting a lot of heart burn however I changed my diet and feel much better and the heart burn went away so I don't attribute that as a symptom. I believe it had to do with my diet. I am just wondering if I should be concerned with this ache? and the pounding of the heart. The pounding of the heart does not always come with any feelings of anxiety but maybe that is what it is. But I don't know about the heart ache. I don't have any anxiety sympstoms along with this at all. Its just an ache. I have been to the doctor a few times this year and always have good blood pressure and I had an EKG done and it came back good. Should I be concerned about this ache? Is there any explanation for it?

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@slumpkin Hi interesting issue. Im someone who has a histry of arrythmyas and so i know about a few different feelings in the chest area. I have since my arrythmya days received a heart transplant. So back in my arrymyia days i would always get confused between weither it was my heart, stomach or muscle since the all reside i the same area. Usually when i felt any pain tho it usually stomach. On the pounding tho i still get that even with my new heart and im told by my transplant team that is totally normal. I think when you go thru any type of heart issues you become much more aware of what's going on in your body. With me my pounding is usually when im on my side going to sleep and just turning over solves it. But always mention anything that you feel to your doctors.

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@kanaazpereira

Welcome @helena4000 @altamash and @jdad0602

I’m truly sorry to hear about your stress and frustration of not being able to pinpoint a cause for your pain – It’s horrible to feel scared and worried!

I encourage you to go through these discussions on Connect, where @astaingegerdm @happyat76 @danab @bonnieh218 @brrn have shared some information and experiences that I think you’ll find useful.
– Chest pain > a month https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chest-pain-a-month/
– 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/

There are a few conditions that can cause this kind of chest 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.

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Thank you….since I posted I have been to my own doctor, who did an EKG which he said was normal. He immediately jumped to anxiety without suggesting any other tests. I'm like, but I've never had this before, running must have triggered something-I've never had pain in my chest & trouble breathing for a month. He thought it was musculoskeletal. Gave prescription for sertraline and lorazepam, and ibuprofen cream. A week later I called off work & went to an urgent care clinic because it hurt so much, and I still had trouble breathing. They did an X-ray, looked normal. Ibuprofen pills prescribed. Which brings me to today, rapid breathing at rest, continued pain…and everytime I go to the doctor they throw anxiety at me. I'm terrified to go to an emergency room. And people wonder why we don't like going to doctors. They don't listen.

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@helena4000

Thank you….since I posted I have been to my own doctor, who did an EKG which he said was normal. He immediately jumped to anxiety without suggesting any other tests. I'm like, but I've never had this before, running must have triggered something-I've never had pain in my chest & trouble breathing for a month. He thought it was musculoskeletal. Gave prescription for sertraline and lorazepam, and ibuprofen cream. A week later I called off work & went to an urgent care clinic because it hurt so much, and I still had trouble breathing. They did an X-ray, looked normal. Ibuprofen pills prescribed. Which brings me to today, rapid breathing at rest, continued pain…and everytime I go to the doctor they throw anxiety at me. I'm terrified to go to an emergency room. And people wonder why we don't like going to doctors. They don't listen.

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Sorry to hear that. I haven’t posted in a while and I didn’t have the same breathing issues as you but i had chest pain etc for almost 7 months undiagnosed. They threw anxiety and stress at me every time along with musculoskeletal. I ended up pushing them harder and they ordered a CT scan to see my arteries and heart more closely. They found I was 90% blocked in my main coronary artery. I was shocked and so were they. Immediately admitted and had a stent put in. It’s been 2 months since then. Be persistent and stick up for your self if the pains aren’t going away. Best of luck.

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@jemrich

Sorry to hear that. I haven’t posted in a while and I didn’t have the same breathing issues as you but i had chest pain etc for almost 7 months undiagnosed. They threw anxiety and stress at me every time along with musculoskeletal. I ended up pushing them harder and they ordered a CT scan to see my arteries and heart more closely. They found I was 90% blocked in my main coronary artery. I was shocked and so were they. Immediately admitted and had a stent put in. It’s been 2 months since then. Be persistent and stick up for your self if the pains aren’t going away. Best of luck.

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That's awful! I'm glad they finally found it though. Can I ask if you have a family history of heart problems?

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@helena4000

That's awful! I'm glad they finally found it though. Can I ask if you have a family history of heart problems?

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Grateful that we caught it though! My mother had a stent placement at the age of 70. No one as early as me. I just turned 40 and have kept myself in good shape. They believe it was hereditary along with some diet issues. Pretty early though!

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@jemrich

Grateful that we caught it though! My mother had a stent placement at the age of 70. No one as early as me. I just turned 40 and have kept myself in good shape. They believe it was hereditary along with some diet issues. Pretty early though!

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That's super early! I hope I can get my doctor to do more tests. I'm thinking about dropping him.

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@helena4000

That's super early! I hope I can get my doctor to do more tests. I'm thinking about dropping him.

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@helena4000 I had triple by pass at 56 85%,90%95% better ckage I hopr your seeing a cardiologist Idid and was sent right to hospital for catherization then a ballon first didnt work so a gradt from leg still doing fine

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@lioness

@helena4000 I had triple by pass at 56 85%,90%95% better ckage I hopr your seeing a cardiologist Idid and was sent right to hospital for catherization then a ballon first didnt work so a gradt from leg still doing fine

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I emailed my Dr with results of my urgent care visit and he said to schedule a stress test (I'm not even sure he'd recommend that if the urgent care clinic didn't). So I will do that tomorrow. I'm not sure about his judgment at this point though.

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@helena4000 Im glad you did this After stress test is done he will probably send you to a cardiologist if not you insist on it We need to be our own advocate as you know your body not Dr,s listen to your body

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