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Jan 1, 2019 · Constant Chest/neck/back pressure/angina in Chronic Pain

yes i had an Normal ECG, wore a Holter Monitor for 2 weeks, did the treadmill stress test with ecocardiogram, and all came back with no issues. i havent had a heart cath done however, and was hoping to avoid it, being only 37 years old and in good shape and athletic condition

Dec 22, 2018 · Constant Chest/neck/back pressure/angina in Chronic Pain

I am a 37yo male who has been experiencing persistent chest pain and pressure for the past 4 months. Here is my personal and medical background: 37 years old, 5’11” 195lbs. I’m very active. Played college and Pro hockey, and still play 3 times per week. 2 years ago, after some really bad hand and feet pain, my rheumatologist said I have an autoimmune disease because of a HLA B27 chromosomal mutation which produces a very arthritic response to bacteria. Since then I have been on a Paleo diet (meat, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs, and butter only) and that seemed to have rectified everything. Randomly I would fall off the “diet” to enjoy a few of my favorite foods or a few beers, but would get right back to healthy eating. Additionally, I’ve have heartburn for 20 years which I take a daily omezaprome for. Also, I have been smoking marijuana daily as an alleviation from the joint pain as well as past injuries/surgeries from my profession. 5 months ago, I began noticing shortness of breath (not being able to take a deep satisfying breath) that coincided with one of the “off the diet” spans. It began very mild and got worse for 3 weeks. It really started worrying me, and because of it, I developed anxiety that peaked with a full blown panic attack that I thought was a heart attack. In the ER, I had a D-dime test for a PE, chest X-ray, CT with contrast, all which came back fine. I also did a lung test, stress echo, and wore a monitor for 2 weeks. All test showed no issues. My general practitioner attributed it to anxiety, and gave me Xanax which I have used only when I get really tachycardic. My feeling is that I developed the anxiety BECAUSE of the symptoms, and not that the anxiety CAUSED the symptoms. 8 weeks ago i completely stopped using marijuana and I took a round of prednisone, thinking my autoimmune disease caused costochondritis. It helped my breathing to the point where now, 80% of my breaths are “satisfying”. But I’m still experiencing chest tightness (mostly left side, sometimes right side too), pain between my shoulder blades, left side neck pain, and increased head pressure constantly on a daily basis. When I’m working out or skating, I don’t notice my symptoms. When I’m sitting around, driving, or being inactive, it really bothers me and can never get comfortable. Hopefully I didn’t make this too long of a post, but really hope someone might have some insight or has been able to figure out their own similar issues