I have Osteoarthritis and lately I did lift a lot of heavy paper boxes which were I agree, too heavy for me. I started having pain in my chest and upper back but this is usual for me… but then I went outside for a walk and could not do it I had awful chest pain including crucifying pain on the side of my cage rib and upper chest… stopped walking it would go away, was not loosing my breath or anything but had to stop was too painful. About 4 days later I started back, then could not walk more than 3 to 4 minutes it would start back, finally decided to go to my doctor. Well he panicked and sent me to emerge for "heart tests" within no time I had done all of them, the only test that puzzled them was the "Stress test" walking on that strap did not do at all what it did when I was walking outside… but the doctor did not like that I had pain when not holding to the bar, when my arms where loose and moving while walking. So, he sent me for "Angiogram" which turned out to be completely normal and no blockage . Now they are giving me "acid reflux" pills saying it must me that ! I also started seeing and getting treatment at a Chiropractor, but this hurts soo much…
Please tell me, HOW do they diagnose "Costochondritis" ? and if it is that, what can we do to make it better? I suspect I've had that for quite some time which comes and goes now and then, is that at all possible.
Waiting for any help you can give me.
Thank you for reading.