Unknown chest pain: sharp, stabbing, and throbbing.

Posted by mikquack @mikquack, Oct 22 7:52pm

Help!
Hello! My names Mikayla I am 22 years old and have been having chest pain (sharp,stabbing/throbbing?hard to explain) since this March 2020. I have seen doctors and they have done a ct scan of my lungs finding a nodule on my lung and they sent me to mayo Rochester but they said my pain has nothing to do with my lungs. Then recently I had an endoscopy done and all my results came back normal. I am just now see a cardiologist but they are saying it’s highly unlikely that its my heart causing problems. My chest hurts everyday all the time just in different levels of pain from day to day and nothing triggers it either. Some days it’s a 8/10 and others 3/10 pain level. Im just so tired of dealing with this everyday and not having an answer as to why I’m in so much pain ): or feeling like I could die at any minute. Today I actually for the first time had chest pain and it hurt to breathe (sharp pain under my rib when deep breathing) also my left arm hurt for awhile but I’m not sure if that was from something else. 8 months is just a long time to deal with this and not having a good plan ):

@mikquack
Hello there,
Years back a friend of mine had similar symptoms to yours all her tests were also normal. She was ultimately diagnosed with Costochondritis.
Have you had a Holter monitor test done?
Take care,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@mikquack
Hello there,
Years back a friend of mine had similar symptoms to yours all her tests were also normal. She was ultimately diagnosed with Costochondritis.
Have you had a Holter monitor test done?
Take care,
Jake

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Thanks for the reply! I know this happens to a lot of people and it’s unfortunate because it’s very hard to diagnose sometimes and may be miss diagnosed. I have never had a Holter Monitor Test done , they have done very little about my heart yet in these 8 months because they believe I am too young and healthy all they have done and this was just a couple weeks ago was an ekg

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Hello @mikquack,

I'm glad that you posted your concerns here on Mayo Connect. Let me welcome you to our online patient support community. We are glad that you are here.

I admire that you are taking charge of your health and looking for answers to the chest pain. There are numerous reasons for chest pain as you have probably guessed by now. The fact that doctors have not yet found a reason does not mean that a reason does not exist.

I'm wondering if you have ever kept a pain journal? By this, I mean writing down the times/days when you have the pain (and also the level of pain from 1 to 10). Then also write down what you were doing when the pain started, i.e., had you just finished eating, or were you hungry, exercising, watching TV, etc.? Keeping journals of symptoms can be very helpful, especially when visiting a doctor. It can help the doctor to understand your symptoms better.

I'm also wondering, if when you went to Mayo Clinic, did they suggest any other reasons for your chest pain?

I look forward to hearing from you again, @mikquack.

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It is possible that you have a form of asthma or other breathing issue. Are you a smoker, exposed to cigarette smoke, or other type of fumes? A breathing test could be done. It could also be an allergic reaction. A skin scratch test could be helpful. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is going on. You need to continue to be an advocate for your own body and your own health. Teresa’s journal suggestion is a great idea. Keep asking the doctors the right questions, and eventually you will get the right answer.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @mikquack,

I'm glad that you posted your concerns here on Mayo Connect. Let me welcome you to our online patient support community. We are glad that you are here.

I admire that you are taking charge of your health and looking for answers to the chest pain. There are numerous reasons for chest pain as you have probably guessed by now. The fact that doctors have not yet found a reason does not mean that a reason does not exist.

I'm wondering if you have ever kept a pain journal? By this, I mean writing down the times/days when you have the pain (and also the level of pain from 1 to 10). Then also write down what you were doing when the pain started, i.e., had you just finished eating, or were you hungry, exercising, watching TV, etc.? Keeping journals of symptoms can be very helpful, especially when visiting a doctor. It can help the doctor to understand your symptoms better.

I'm also wondering, if when you went to Mayo Clinic, did they suggest any other reasons for your chest pain?

I look forward to hearing from you again, @mikquack.

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@mikquack
Hi again,
Yes, like @lagrange5 I also think Teresa’s idea of a journal is an excellent one. My problem is epilepsy/seizures, journals are very common and extremely helpful much of the time.
Since the number of other conditions can cause symptoms that mimic cardiac problems have you
experimented eating a low fat low acid diet?
Doctors are often quick to blame stress or anxiety and depression as causes for various illnesses I know they do that a lot with epilepsy which usually turns out ot to be the case so I was curious if you had a high stress job or if you suffered any of those issues? Do you think you could’ve strained or pulled any muscles.
One major problem I’ve noticed in the medical community is the fact that doctors often jump to wrong conclusions for example, my father would be walking down the street and get sick. He went to the doctors many times specialists you name it. Of course this was 65 years ago so all the imaging technology and other technology wasn’t available however that didn’t mean he wasn’t sick. As it turned out the doctor told him I don’t know but I think you have a brain tumor and I think it’s right here. That doctor operated and my dad had a brain tumor causing his symptoms. My nieces daughter went undiagnosed for 5 to 6 years went from extremely active to a wheelchair. Doctors told my dad he had a heart attack I told them he did not and although I had to take those doctors to court I prove that he did not he did not in fact have a heart attack.etc. Doctors make mistakes all the time it’s very common place. Sometimes they don’t wanna be bothered there’s all sorts of reasons it’s sad but it’s true. Have you had an ultrasound done of your heart how or a noninvasive MRI/CT these are sometimes used in place of angiography. Ask your doctor why you’re symptomatic and demand a diagnosis. If he can’t give you one demand a referral if your insurance requires one. Sometimes insurance companies will become involved, give them a call, maybe they can help. When it comes to checking out a problem I am off an unrelenting. Doctors have refused to see me because I am so demanding on occasion which I look at is a good thing because it shows how incompetent they are in the first place. My doctor knows she better give me an answer that will appease me you’re all be there all night long standing in front of the door and not letting her out. I supposed the point of all this long winded jabber is just to be demanding something is obviously wrong you’re not symptomatic for no reason demand a reason go to the emergency room every day go to different emergency rooms every day
Don’t be afraid to do whatever it takes to get a diagnosis whether it’s a major medical problem or minor one, you deserve an answer, GET IT!!!
Hang in there,
Jake

Ps I also wanted to ask if you were male or female symptoms can be different is the reason for this question. Don’t be offended but I don’t know you so I’m going to ask a couple other questions do you smoke drink or do drugs?

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@jakedduck1

@mikquack
Hi again,
Yes, like @lagrange5 I also think Teresa’s idea of a journal is an excellent one. My problem is epilepsy/seizures, journals are very common and extremely helpful much of the time.
Since the number of other conditions can cause symptoms that mimic cardiac problems have you
experimented eating a low fat low acid diet?
Doctors are often quick to blame stress or anxiety and depression as causes for various illnesses I know they do that a lot with epilepsy which usually turns out ot to be the case so I was curious if you had a high stress job or if you suffered any of those issues? Do you think you could’ve strained or pulled any muscles.
One major problem I’ve noticed in the medical community is the fact that doctors often jump to wrong conclusions for example, my father would be walking down the street and get sick. He went to the doctors many times specialists you name it. Of course this was 65 years ago so all the imaging technology and other technology wasn’t available however that didn’t mean he wasn’t sick. As it turned out the doctor told him I don’t know but I think you have a brain tumor and I think it’s right here. That doctor operated and my dad had a brain tumor causing his symptoms. My nieces daughter went undiagnosed for 5 to 6 years went from extremely active to a wheelchair. Doctors told my dad he had a heart attack I told them he did not and although I had to take those doctors to court I prove that he did not he did not in fact have a heart attack.etc. Doctors make mistakes all the time it’s very common place. Sometimes they don’t wanna be bothered there’s all sorts of reasons it’s sad but it’s true. Have you had an ultrasound done of your heart how or a noninvasive MRI/CT these are sometimes used in place of angiography. Ask your doctor why you’re symptomatic and demand a diagnosis. If he can’t give you one demand a referral if your insurance requires one. Sometimes insurance companies will become involved, give them a call, maybe they can help. When it comes to checking out a problem I am off an unrelenting. Doctors have refused to see me because I am so demanding on occasion which I look at is a good thing because it shows how incompetent they are in the first place. My doctor knows she better give me an answer that will appease me you’re all be there all night long standing in front of the door and not letting her out. I supposed the point of all this long winded jabber is just to be demanding something is obviously wrong you’re not symptomatic for no reason demand a reason go to the emergency room every day go to different emergency rooms every day
Don’t be afraid to do whatever it takes to get a diagnosis whether it’s a major medical problem or minor one, you deserve an answer, GET IT!!!
Hang in there,
Jake

Ps I also wanted to ask if you were male or female symptoms can be different is the reason for this question. Don’t be offended but I don’t know you so I’m going to ask a couple other questions do you smoke drink or do drugs?

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I guess you are up.
You hold your doctor hostage???
For your Survey NO, I don’t smoke no drugs, it I do drink bottled water.
And yes, doctors make mistakes all the time.

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@mikquack

Thanks for the reply! I know this happens to a lot of people and it’s unfortunate because it’s very hard to diagnose sometimes and may be miss diagnosed. I have never had a Holter Monitor Test done , they have done very little about my heart yet in these 8 months because they believe I am too young and healthy all they have done and this was just a couple weeks ago was an ekg

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@mikquack
You made the statement you think your doctors believe you’re too young to have a heart a attack or other heart disease, nonsense. Unlikely yes but that doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to the best medical care possible. Granted children and infants don’t have them very often but they do in fact have them so just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t have a heart attack or other heart issues. Maybe your doctors forget that some babies require heart surgery prior to birth.
Jake

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@mikquack
Would it be possible for you to go to the Mayo Clinic for an evaluation or the Clevelend Clinic. I would think if anyone could rule out heart issues it would be Mayo or the Cleveland clinic.
Jake

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@mikquack Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You will notice that I changed the title of your discussion. I did this to make it easier for members like you to connect.

It sounds like you have had chest pain since March. You are seeking appropriate medical care but the cause of your symptoms has not been determined.

May I ask if any provider mentioned anxiety as a cause of your pain? Anxiety, panic disorders, etc. can cause intense physical symptoms and pain. No, I'm not saying it is in your head. If it were anxiety, your pain would be no less valid. I'm just wondering if you and your providers have explored this as a possibility?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @mikquack,

I'm glad that you posted your concerns here on Mayo Connect. Let me welcome you to our online patient support community. We are glad that you are here.

I admire that you are taking charge of your health and looking for answers to the chest pain. There are numerous reasons for chest pain as you have probably guessed by now. The fact that doctors have not yet found a reason does not mean that a reason does not exist.

I'm wondering if you have ever kept a pain journal? By this, I mean writing down the times/days when you have the pain (and also the level of pain from 1 to 10). Then also write down what you were doing when the pain started, i.e., had you just finished eating, or were you hungry, exercising, watching TV, etc.? Keeping journals of symptoms can be very helpful, especially when visiting a doctor. It can help the doctor to understand your symptoms better.

I'm also wondering, if when you went to Mayo Clinic, did they suggest any other reasons for your chest pain?

I look forward to hearing from you again, @mikquack.

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That is a good idea! I will buy a journal to start recording my pain. Thanks for the response

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@jakedduck1

@mikquack
Hi again,
Yes, like @lagrange5 I also think Teresa’s idea of a journal is an excellent one. My problem is epilepsy/seizures, journals are very common and extremely helpful much of the time.
Since the number of other conditions can cause symptoms that mimic cardiac problems have you
experimented eating a low fat low acid diet?
Doctors are often quick to blame stress or anxiety and depression as causes for various illnesses I know they do that a lot with epilepsy which usually turns out ot to be the case so I was curious if you had a high stress job or if you suffered any of those issues? Do you think you could’ve strained or pulled any muscles.
One major problem I’ve noticed in the medical community is the fact that doctors often jump to wrong conclusions for example, my father would be walking down the street and get sick. He went to the doctors many times specialists you name it. Of course this was 65 years ago so all the imaging technology and other technology wasn’t available however that didn’t mean he wasn’t sick. As it turned out the doctor told him I don’t know but I think you have a brain tumor and I think it’s right here. That doctor operated and my dad had a brain tumor causing his symptoms. My nieces daughter went undiagnosed for 5 to 6 years went from extremely active to a wheelchair. Doctors told my dad he had a heart attack I told them he did not and although I had to take those doctors to court I prove that he did not he did not in fact have a heart attack.etc. Doctors make mistakes all the time it’s very common place. Sometimes they don’t wanna be bothered there’s all sorts of reasons it’s sad but it’s true. Have you had an ultrasound done of your heart how or a noninvasive MRI/CT these are sometimes used in place of angiography. Ask your doctor why you’re symptomatic and demand a diagnosis. If he can’t give you one demand a referral if your insurance requires one. Sometimes insurance companies will become involved, give them a call, maybe they can help. When it comes to checking out a problem I am off an unrelenting. Doctors have refused to see me because I am so demanding on occasion which I look at is a good thing because it shows how incompetent they are in the first place. My doctor knows she better give me an answer that will appease me you’re all be there all night long standing in front of the door and not letting her out. I supposed the point of all this long winded jabber is just to be demanding something is obviously wrong you’re not symptomatic for no reason demand a reason go to the emergency room every day go to different emergency rooms every day
Don’t be afraid to do whatever it takes to get a diagnosis whether it’s a major medical problem or minor one, you deserve an answer, GET IT!!!
Hang in there,
Jake

Ps I also wanted to ask if you were male or female symptoms can be different is the reason for this question. Don’t be offended but I don’t know you so I’m going to ask a couple other questions do you smoke drink or do drugs?

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I went to the er 2 weeks ago because I was in so much pain and they didn’t do anything only gave me Ativan which I took but it didn’t stop my chest pain only made me fall asleep. I hate going to the er because I just don’t like having to deal with the medical costs that come with it for my mom I just feel guilty and since they haven’t found anything yet she’s to the point where she doesn’t know what to do and basically says there’s nothing else we can do so I doubt she would let me go to the er again and she’s annoyed that I complain everyday about my pain.
I don’t have a high stress job I only ask covid questions before people come in to see an eye doctor and before that I was unemployed so even when I was just at home I was having pain. It doesn’t ever go away I would say it’s always there sometimes I can deal with it better because it doesn’t hurt as much.
I am a female and I do vape and occasionally smoke weed. But with my lung scan and X-ray coming back fine the doctors don’t think that’s what’s causing my pain. Now I know vaping isn’t well and I am trying to quit. I also want to say ibuprofen doesn’t help

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@erikas

@mikquack Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You will notice that I changed the title of your discussion. I did this to make it easier for members like you to connect.

It sounds like you have had chest pain since March. You are seeking appropriate medical care but the cause of your symptoms has not been determined.

May I ask if any provider mentioned anxiety as a cause of your pain? Anxiety, panic disorders, etc. can cause intense physical symptoms and pain. No, I'm not saying it is in your head. If it were anxiety, your pain would be no less valid. I'm just wondering if you and your providers have explored this as a possibility?

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Yes that has been brought up but this is a constant pain and I’ve had anxiety for years. I also tried Ativan and that didn’t help

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@mikquack
One more thought. When you went to see the cardiologist, did they any run any other test other than an EKG? I would recommend asking for an Echocardiogram. An Echo will show the doctor more of the heart functioning than just an EKG. Just a suggestion. Jake's suggestion about visiting Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic (or another major heart center) are good suggestions. If you live near a well-known heart center (often part of a university medical school) you will get very thorough care.

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@mikquack You should get an appointment with a good cardiologist As Teresa said a Echocardiogram or stress test will let the Dr know if there is a problem I know at your age this is scary but better save then sorry so please don't put this off

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@mikquack

I went to the er 2 weeks ago because I was in so much pain and they didn’t do anything only gave me Ativan which I took but it didn’t stop my chest pain only made me fall asleep. I hate going to the er because I just don’t like having to deal with the medical costs that come with it for my mom I just feel guilty and since they haven’t found anything yet she’s to the point where she doesn’t know what to do and basically says there’s nothing else we can do so I doubt she would let me go to the er again and she’s annoyed that I complain everyday about my pain.
I don’t have a high stress job I only ask covid questions before people come in to see an eye doctor and before that I was unemployed so even when I was just at home I was having pain. It doesn’t ever go away I would say it’s always there sometimes I can deal with it better because it doesn’t hurt as much.
I am a female and I do vape and occasionally smoke weed. But with my lung scan and X-ray coming back fine the doctors don’t think that’s what’s causing my pain. Now I know vaping isn’t well and I am trying to quit. I also want to say ibuprofen doesn’t help

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Vaping and smoking can cause chest pain for people who have asthma or other lung conditions. The inhaling of the Vape or smoke can trigger a tightening of the bronchial tubes, which in turn can cause pain. Chest pain can radiate or refer into other parts of the body and can mimic a cardiac condition, such as a heart attack. You may also be reacting to allergens, either at home or elsewhere. A board certified pulmonologist or allergist might be the way to go. With journaling, you can hopefully identify what environments or scenarios are the triggers. I agree with the good advice that the best places to find good doctors are respected medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic or a teaching hospital. Think of your medical issue as a journey to a destination known as the answer to the question.

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