Myself 38 year old male. Never touched tobacco or alcohol.
It all started from late last year (October 2009), when I felt I've some problem in breathing and a pinching pain at the left chest at times. The pain often radiated to the left shoulder and left arm. In the arm the pain was particularly in the inner sides and near the armpit. The pain
As suggested my primary care physician(PCP) I underwent an ecg followed by an treadmill stress Eco test (full Doppler and color Doppler). All results were normal.
The PCP told it might be a case of anxiety/stress.
Days went on and the pain came and go. The duration of pain varied from a few seconds to several hours. Sometimes it felt like a sharp pinch and sometimes a dull ache or tightness or just plain discomfort. Even after the pain vanishes, sometimes I had a feeling of malaise for a whole day. The breathing difficulty was also there.
I've noticed physical exertion has little role in causing the pain, but if I'm awake late at night say till 1-30 AM or get angry and shout it causes the pain to appear.
In January end this year I had a strong discomfort while sleeping at night and that woke me up. I went to my PCP next morning and got an ECG done, all normal again. Next week I had a 'nuclear stress test' with all normal results. The doctor again said it could be a skeleto-muscular pain triggered by stress/ anxiety.
Till date I live with the pain that comes and goes.Same varied chest pain that radiates to shoulder and left hand.
I've the problem of breathing too. It's not that I've to gasp but it feels like my lungs are not completely filled up. Late night out triggers the pain and I'm trying to go to bed early. I've no sleeping problem.
Painkillers like Naproxen or Ibuprofen helped me only little. I've located some points on my ribs and rib joints that pains when I press them, but that's NOT severe pain and the pain on those points comes and goes too.
So what's going wrong ? My PCP(splz. internal medicine) ruled out cardiac problem. Or do I have to consult a cardiologist ? can this be a case of Costochondritis or anything else?
BTW I've a high uric acid detected since May,2009 and I'm also deficient in Vitamin D, for which I'm taking Vit. D supplements.
Any suggestions or sharing of experiences is most welcome