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

Liked by downtowntiger

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?

REPLY
@ak999

Hello everyone, my name is Ayan and I'm 28 years old. I have been going through the ongoing chest pain which moves around and goes to the back(sometimes) for the last 10 months. I went to ER 3 times, they did chest X-ray, EKG(probably 4 times) and found nothing suspicious. They relieved me asking to find a primary care doctor for proper diagnosis. So, I booked an appointment with primary care and he did a LIPID PANEL test (the results looked good) and asked me to put ICY HOT (pain relieving) cream on the chest areas that hurt. I used it for a while and found out that it gives temporary relief but the the pain doesn't go away. Also, if the pain is like 7 or 8 out of 10 it doesn't really help. Then, he did a bunch of tests like MAGNESIUM, HIV-1/2 AG/AB INITIAL SCREENING, HEMOGLOBIN A1C, COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL, CBC, HELICOBACTER PYLORI ANTIGEN and the results looked good for each of those tests. He also asked me to take FAMOTIDINE but it didn't really work. He is sure that it is non cardiac given my symptons and sent to Gastroenterology dept. So, the doctor from Gastroenterolog dept asked to take Omeprazole (40 mg) for 2 or 3 weeks. I thought initially the pain was a little less but to my surprise I was was experiencing the same pain I used to have. Then he asked me to take Iberogest(purchased from Amazon) 20 drops with water 3 times a day but I couldn't take it for more than 3 days because I felt heaviness, pressure on my chest/stomach and more pain. He then changed it to FD-gard (over the counter medicine) but again didn't help much. In the mean time, I did an endoscopy So, during Endoscopy they found a small lesion in my gastric antrum and they have sent it out for biopsy and the result was benign. They also recommended to do an Ultrasound Endoscopy to get better pictures of the lesion. I did that too and they said it is too small now (like 1.5 cm) and they won't cut it until it shows growth. They advised me to repeat the procedure in next 6 months. They also said that this MIGHT NOT be the reason for your chest pain. So, now the doctor thinks that the nerves around the esophagus and the stomach might cause the pain and I'm taking despiramine (10 mg) daily for the last 5 days He said he will increase the dose every 3 weeks and it takes time to kick in. As of today, I am not sure if it is helping or not because last night only I had severe chest pain which got relieved this morning (not completely though but moderately). I'm not sure what is causing it. I am still so young and it's been a while now. I'm looking for some good advice/recommendations/treatment. Thank you for reading my story out.

Jump to this post

Now, I'm on 50 mg Desipramine and FD-gard but nothing seems to help either. The doctor ordered CT scan for my chest and abdomen now. Waiting for it to get scheduled. He also did a few tests like CRP, SEDIMENTATION RATE AUTOMATED, ANA SCREEN and LIPASE. All the tests were normal except LIPASE (The standard range is 13 – 64 U/L) but for me it was 79 U/L. The doctor said that the pancreas marker is very mildly elevated and it's a little hard to say if this is truly the pancreas issue or not. He will follow up after CT scan. What do you people think? Am I in the right direction of treatment? It's been almost a year now.

REPLY

it sounds like esophageal spasms. i have them and have went thru heart caths, stress tests to determine it is the esophageal spasms. there is a drug called cardizem that will take the pain away/ i have severe erosive gastritis, esophagitis and a motility disorder and also the spasms. there is also a thing you can do to stop the pain almost instant/ take a deep breath and hold it but push like your going to have a bowel movement. do it a few times and the pain will go away. it does something to a part of the brain that stops the spasm.

REPLY
@debiobrien

it sounds like esophageal spasms. i have them and have went thru heart caths, stress tests to determine it is the esophageal spasms. there is a drug called cardizem that will take the pain away/ i have severe erosive gastritis, esophagitis and a motility disorder and also the spasms. there is also a thing you can do to stop the pain almost instant/ take a deep breath and hold it but push like your going to have a bowel movement. do it a few times and the pain will go away. it does something to a part of the brain that stops the spasm.

Jump to this post

Welcome to Connect, @debiobrien, and thanks for jumping in with your input. I hope it will help those who are suffering from this problem.
JK

Liked by debiobrien

REPLY
@debiobrien

it sounds like esophageal spasms. i have them and have went thru heart caths, stress tests to determine it is the esophageal spasms. there is a drug called cardizem that will take the pain away/ i have severe erosive gastritis, esophagitis and a motility disorder and also the spasms. there is also a thing you can do to stop the pain almost instant/ take a deep breath and hold it but push like your going to have a bowel movement. do it a few times and the pain will go away. it does something to a part of the brain that stops the spasm.

Jump to this post

Thank you @debiobrien I will try to hold the breath and see if it works for me. I will also talk to the doctor about it once the CT scan is done.

REPLY

when you hod your breath also PUSH like your going to go have a big BM of have a baby you got to push for it to work i was just at my cardiologist today and we talked about that stopping the chest pains form the esophagus it really works

REPLY
@contentandwell

Welcome to Connect, @debiobrien, and thanks for jumping in with your input. I hope it will help those who are suffering from this problem.
JK

Jump to this post

thank you i suffer form severe gastro issues all caused from a bad gall bladder and bile reflux so i have been thru it all.

REPLY
@debiobrien

thank you i suffer form severe gastro issues all caused from a bad gall bladder and bile reflux so i have been thru it all.

Jump to this post

@debiobrien How are you doing now?

REPLY
@debiobrien

when you hod your breath also PUSH like your going to go have a big BM of have a baby you got to push for it to work i was just at my cardiologist today and we talked about that stopping the chest pains form the esophagus it really works

Jump to this post

Thanks for giving a proper explanation. I really appreciate.

REPLY
@ak999

@debiobrien How are you doing now?

Jump to this post

well i stopped all my meds and am going the natural route since none of the docs could help me. i went on an alkaline diet super strict, i drink aloe GEL not juice, i juice celery every day and drink a couple cups or it a day its super healing and alkaline and great for the belly. i also make fresh ginger root tea and drink lots of it every day. every morning i take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and put it in 4 ounces of water and drink it and also every evening its works wonders takes all the acid right away. i take strong probiotics (renew life ultimate flora 100 billion) every day. i put the heating pad with a damp cloth on my stomach and chest every evening to soothe the stomach and esophagus, i drink "6" 16 ounce bottles of water every day. i use drops called "CELL POWER" NOT cell food, CELL POWER in my water a few times a day. The diet is key all alkaline nothing acidic a very strict diet. Exercise, swim, bike ride, and walk and this is hard for me because i also have fibromyalgia but its all helping that to. now i have been doing this for 9 days now and i can just start to see and feel a difference. i believe it will heal me totally in time. reduce stress also…i also make fresh chamomile tea at night it helps me sleep good. its all natural and all things right here from the earth and i believe in time i will be healed of it all. i met a man a few months ago with all the same issues as me but even worse and this is what he did and hes 80% healed now. but u got to get that gall bladder out it will cause so much damage. it ate the lining of my stomach real bad and my esophagus. bile is like strong acid and its not supposed to be in your belly.

REPLY
@ak999

@debiobrien How are you doing now?

Jump to this post

i tried to send you a link ot my diet but it would not allow me to but just google alkaline diet and alkaline and acidic food chart..

Liked by ak999

REPLY
@debiobrien

well i stopped all my meds and am going the natural route since none of the docs could help me. i went on an alkaline diet super strict, i drink aloe GEL not juice, i juice celery every day and drink a couple cups or it a day its super healing and alkaline and great for the belly. i also make fresh ginger root tea and drink lots of it every day. every morning i take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and put it in 4 ounces of water and drink it and also every evening its works wonders takes all the acid right away. i take strong probiotics (renew life ultimate flora 100 billion) every day. i put the heating pad with a damp cloth on my stomach and chest every evening to soothe the stomach and esophagus, i drink "6" 16 ounce bottles of water every day. i use drops called "CELL POWER" NOT cell food, CELL POWER in my water a few times a day. The diet is key all alkaline nothing acidic a very strict diet. Exercise, swim, bike ride, and walk and this is hard for me because i also have fibromyalgia but its all helping that to. now i have been doing this for 9 days now and i can just start to see and feel a difference. i believe it will heal me totally in time. reduce stress also…i also make fresh chamomile tea at night it helps me sleep good. its all natural and all things right here from the earth and i believe in time i will be healed of it all. i met a man a few months ago with all the same issues as me but even worse and this is what he did and hes 80% healed now. but u got to get that gall bladder out it will cause so much damage. it ate the lining of my stomach real bad and my esophagus. bile is like strong acid and its not supposed to be in your belly.

Jump to this post

@debiobrien That sounds like a good diet I've read about it and have fibromyalgia I have gone of the nightshades I've noticed a difference there feeling better .I'm half way to this diet but not aloe drink yet

REPLY
@lioness

@debiobrien That sounds like a good diet I've read about it and have fibromyalgia I have gone of the nightshades I've noticed a difference there feeling better .I'm half way to this diet but not aloe drink yet

Jump to this post

yes not only night shades but Gluten, EGGS, dairy, sugar are horrible things for fibro. he aloe gel is good for the digestive track, Fresh ginger root tea you make form scratch is great for fibro. If i cheat on any of those foods i go right into a fibro flare for days its so painful.

REPLY
@debiobrien

yes not only night shades but Gluten, EGGS, dairy, sugar are horrible things for fibro. he aloe gel is good for the digestive track, Fresh ginger root tea you make form scratch is great for fibro. If i cheat on any of those foods i go right into a fibro flare for days its so painful.

Jump to this post

@debiobrien Hi Debbie I am off sugar I notice when I eat it I hurt I drink Almond milk or fat free I should get of this Trying to find GF foods We have a good grocery store that has alot of GF items .I do feel better when I'm of this I will have to do better though.Thanks for your post

REPLY
@debiobrien

well i stopped all my meds and am going the natural route since none of the docs could help me. i went on an alkaline diet super strict, i drink aloe GEL not juice, i juice celery every day and drink a couple cups or it a day its super healing and alkaline and great for the belly. i also make fresh ginger root tea and drink lots of it every day. every morning i take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and put it in 4 ounces of water and drink it and also every evening its works wonders takes all the acid right away. i take strong probiotics (renew life ultimate flora 100 billion) every day. i put the heating pad with a damp cloth on my stomach and chest every evening to soothe the stomach and esophagus, i drink "6" 16 ounce bottles of water every day. i use drops called "CELL POWER" NOT cell food, CELL POWER in my water a few times a day. The diet is key all alkaline nothing acidic a very strict diet. Exercise, swim, bike ride, and walk and this is hard for me because i also have fibromyalgia but its all helping that to. now i have been doing this for 9 days now and i can just start to see and feel a difference. i believe it will heal me totally in time. reduce stress also…i also make fresh chamomile tea at night it helps me sleep good. its all natural and all things right here from the earth and i believe in time i will be healed of it all. i met a man a few months ago with all the same issues as me but even worse and this is what he did and hes 80% healed now. but u got to get that gall bladder out it will cause so much damage. it ate the lining of my stomach real bad and my esophagus. bile is like strong acid and its not supposed to be in your belly.

Jump to this post

@debiobrien Thank you for explaining your diet. I hope you get well soon 🙂

Liked by debiobrien

REPLY
Please login or register to post a reply.