pain in my breastbone, ribs and chest

Posted by happyat76 @happyat76, Oct 30, 2019

I have had every test there is on my stomach to find out what this pain is. I kept saying it wasn’t my stomach. Someone told me it may be Costochondritis and I looked it up and think it may be. The only thing is, this has been going on for years, not days, weeks or months. How do I find out exactly what this is. My Dr. isn’t sending me to anyone else and isn’t requesting any more tests. Should I see some kind of Specialist? I can’t breathe properly and am in pain most of the time. The pain is where the breastbone meets up with the ribs. I hope someone understands and ca shed some light on this for me. Thanks very much

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@bdade59

Thank you! I have been waiting on some one who I could identify with I have the same exact pain for Last 20 yrs .I was also told I have concostorithis. Had an attack yesterday at work..the pain,the pain is real!!..arthritis in my neck,my back under my ribs and at times pulling in my gut..ok it sounds. Crazy,then cramps under my back

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@happyat76 You might want to look at myofascial release physical therapy. It can help a lot of physical problems that are the result of overly tight tissues. The fascia is a webbing net that runs through the body and it can have tight areas that keep the body from moving properly and causes pain. I have thoracic outlet syndrome and am rehabbing with MFR. It has helped a lot, and I am still working through the layers. Here is our discussion with information. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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@jenniferhunter

@happyat76 You might want to look at myofascial release physical therapy. It can help a lot of physical problems that are the result of overly tight tissues. The fascia is a webbing net that runs through the body and it can have tight areas that keep the body from moving properly and causes pain. I have thoracic outlet syndrome and am rehabbing with MFR. It has helped a lot, and I am still working through the layers. Here is our discussion with information. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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Ty. We had a hunch that it was that. Thank you for your information

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@happyat76

Hi boomer76
So very sorry I am only now getting back to you. Yes that is exactly where I get the pain. It really hurts me to breathe at times. I hate having to live like this all the time. I really don’t know what to do now. My Dr. has never examined me, nor suggested a chest x-ray, scan, nothing. What kind of Dr. should I ask her to send me to? Any suggestions?
Thanks

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I have been getting so many messages but I do remember messaging you. You might want to ask the doctor to test you for myofascial trigger point disease. There's really not much they can do about it other than make you comfortable with muscle relaxers. But you can make your back muscles stronger by going to the gym. Also you're going to have to change your lifestyle by using heating pads anywhere and everywhere you sit and lay down. I'm sorry to tell you this but at least it said somewhat towards the right direction of finding out exactly what you might have. I hope you don't have that because at time is my husband it's pretty bad. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. but if it's not that have your doctor check to see if you have scoliosis. That at least can be corrected I might take time but it can be corrected at least 90%. if you message me back I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I would love to know what's going on with you. I'm here

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@happyat76

Hi susanjane@77
Thank you so much for your response. I honestly get a lot of pain in my left arm and wrist. I was thinking it may be carpal tunnel syndrome. Now I am thinking about this differently. I get lots of pain in my upper back, shoulders. The worst pain though is in my breastbone, ribs and chest area. When I have the pain, I can barely breathe and I have to put my head on the table to breathe. The pain feels like someone has a knife in that area and is ousting it through to my back. As far as pain meds, my Doctor won’t give me anything as I have problems with meds and them causing pain in my stomach. Aspirin just about kills me. To be honest, my Dr. has never suggested my having any x-ray, cat scan, m.r.i. or anything on my chest, back or anywhere. I have had cat scans on my stomach, abdomen etc and I have an hiatus hernia and a tumour in my pancreas. No Dr has told me that these would cause this pain. I just don’t know what to do at this point. I am so tired of suffering with no answers. I have never used Albee for pain, but imagine that it is useless. Let me know your thoughts after reading this. Thanks

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I think I know what exactly kind of doctor might help but it's hard to remember exactly what kind. I will definitely be getting back to you very soon. It's kinda like a specialist that finds things normal doctors don't. There's a name for them. My best friend sees one. As soon as I call her in the morning I'll find out what kind of doctor he is.

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@happyat76

Hi susanjane@77
Thank you so much for your response. I honestly get a lot of pain in my left arm and wrist. I was thinking it may be carpal tunnel syndrome. Now I am thinking about this differently. I get lots of pain in my upper back, shoulders. The worst pain though is in my breastbone, ribs and chest area. When I have the pain, I can barely breathe and I have to put my head on the table to breathe. The pain feels like someone has a knife in that area and is ousting it through to my back. As far as pain meds, my Doctor won’t give me anything as I have problems with meds and them causing pain in my stomach. Aspirin just about kills me. To be honest, my Dr. has never suggested my having any x-ray, cat scan, m.r.i. or anything on my chest, back or anywhere. I have had cat scans on my stomach, abdomen etc and I have an hiatus hernia and a tumour in my pancreas. No Dr has told me that these would cause this pain. I just don’t know what to do at this point. I am so tired of suffering with no answers. I have never used Albee for pain, but imagine that it is useless. Let me know your thoughts after reading this. Thanks

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I forgot to ask you if your a girl or guy

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@happyat76

Hi boomer76
So very sorry I am only now getting back to you. Yes that is exactly where I get the pain. It really hurts me to breathe at times. I hate having to live like this all the time. I really don’t know what to do now. My Dr. has never examined me, nor suggested a chest x-ray, scan, nothing. What kind of Dr. should I ask her to send me to? Any suggestions?
Thanks

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U said u got your pancreas tested right? Or tumor on it? you really should look up the information on the side effects or symptoms of having a tumor or something even benign on your pancreas. It can cause chest pain nausea and some of the symptoms that you were describing.I think you should get at least four or five opinions that's what I did for my daughter when every doctor said no she does not have scoliosis. You will eventually find a good doctor who cares

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@veteranspouseinpain

I have been getting so many messages but I do remember messaging you. You might want to ask the doctor to test you for myofascial trigger point disease. There's really not much they can do about it other than make you comfortable with muscle relaxers. But you can make your back muscles stronger by going to the gym. Also you're going to have to change your lifestyle by using heating pads anywhere and everywhere you sit and lay down. I'm sorry to tell you this but at least it said somewhat towards the right direction of finding out exactly what you might have. I hope you don't have that because at time is my husband it's pretty bad. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. but if it's not that have your doctor check to see if you have scoliosis. That at least can be corrected I might take time but it can be corrected at least 90%. if you message me back I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I would love to know what's going on with you. I'm here

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I just read your reply. Thanks for all the advice. I will talk to my Dr. about all of it when I see her. I will keep in touch and thanks again.

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@happyat76 I just happen to come across your post a few minutes ago. I am not sure if my information will help you but it's worth a shot. I have been having chest pain in the same area you are describing off and on since April of 2017. I have a range of multiple symptoms, but this particular type of pain was very unsettling to me. I have had EKGs and a echocardiogram with negative results for any major heart issues. I have also had tests regarding stomach and GI issues. An appointment at Mayo Clinic in September of 2018 opened the door to my official diagnosis. Neurology referred me to a Geneticist in Jacksonville where I was diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome. It is a connective tissue disorder that affects collagen making it too flexible. I said all that to say that they believe my pain is coming from my rib joints moving and my muscles working overtime to keep them in place. It wears them down and can cause undescribable pain. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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