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Chest and upper back pain, abdominal pain left side?

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  • Posted By: pepshi
  • October 3, 2007
  • 05:49 PM

For almost 4 months I have been getting pains in my chest (they aren't as frequent now as before) - in the middle and also on the left. The pain is ussualy in the middle or left side of my chest. Also, the pain I have is localized (not diffused) and it can be either sharp, burning or just aching. Also, I sometimes have pain in my left arm and shoulder, underarm pain on the left, pain in the upper left abdominal quarter. Moreover, I have pain in my upper and thoracic region of my back, and pain and soreness in my neck (usually on the left side). These problems started suddenly, so I was pretty freaked out by them. At first the only pain i had was in my left shoulder and arm - afterwards I had pain in my chest and neck..now...Almost every day i have pain in my upper back. The pain rarely get's worse with breathing, It doesn't seem to be linked to physical effort.I am 23 years old, I don't smoke, I am fairly active, no heart problems for mum or dad - the only downside is that I spend around 8 hours a day at my desk, in my office (on the computer,papers and stuff) .I have had 2EKGs, an Xray and my blood tests...visits to my family Doc...also I have been checked by a cardiologist and as she said it seems there's nothing wrong with my heart. Around a month ago my doc gave me antibiotics for a mild pneumonia and some Calcium (mild lack of this one)..It all should have been fine - still it isn't. Any Ideas?

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  • Do you have an elevated sedimentation rate?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
    • 09:12 PM
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  • No,it was normal.. I have to mention - even if I sometimes get chest pain the pain in my left shoulder and/or arm is almost constant . It's just that it changes in intensity and the way i feel it -now it's in the shoulder, an hour from now it could be my forearm that's hurting. Could it be due to bad posture? Any answers are welcome..
    pepshi 2 Replies
    • October 5, 2007
    • 07:44 AM
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  • An elevated white blood cell count?The reason I ask is your symptoms could be indicative of something like pericarditis. The pain can be in your shoulder, neck (esp. left side), arms (both), upper back near scapula, center chest to near collar bone, lower sternum near abdomen, bloating in abdomen, collar bone, and even on the right side. It's usually sharp pain, alleviated by sitting forward, and aggravated by lying down or deep breaths.Although it can begin as a dull pain, atypical, and eventually change to a sharp pain. You usually have a fever with it, malaise, and an overall ill feeling.You can read more about it at the following website:http://www.mssm.edu/cvi/pericarditis.shtmlMount Sinai - Cardiovascular Institute and Center for Cardiovascular Health
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 06:51 AM
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  • You're right, but the pain i have usually isn't sharp and it isn't made worse by lying down.
    pepshi 2 Replies
    • October 7, 2007
    • 07:14 AM
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  • Have you been tested for h-pylori? It is the infection that causes ulcers. I had it couple of years ago. It is treated with a cocktail of drugs consisting of two antibiotics and a drug that will protect your esophagus from erosion. I had it at age 29. I was experiencing the same symptoms that you are. When my doctor did my blood work, my white blood cell count was high, but I did not seem to have any of the usually kinds of infections. This was found after multiple trips to the ER and urgent care. thankfully, it was discovered before I developed an ulcer.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 06:19 PM
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  • I have had the same symptoms for years. Leaning forward too long can bring it on and laying down does make it worse for me. I also get waves of pain thru my chest and up my head. Most of the time i just want to cut my left arm off and I have constant pain in my left arm pit. The only thing they can find to this point is my gall bladder. They kept telling me it was okay. I finally did the last stand test and my gall bladder came back at 21 percent. However, the textbooks say this type of gall bladder pain typically does not radiate to other areas. I will watch you posts, Im in the same situation as you.
    sagewy 13 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
    • 03:23 PM
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  • -i would be willing to bet the farm that it is one of the two. Either 1)costoclavicular syndrome/anterior scalene syndrome - TOS componentsor 2)hiatal hernia. --do a little research on these two. both are amongst the leading causes of E-room visits with concerns of heart attack. do you have any gastrointestinal irritation that accompanies the pain. both can cause this. heart palpitations can also occur in both due to the innervation of the vagus nerve(CN10) - it innervates the stomach, diaphragm, colon,(amongst several other anitomical structures) and it passes from the medulla and travels around, down, and anteriorly where it splits between the anterior and medial scalenes. so in the case of ant scalene sysndrome you can have a compression/impaired communication of the vagus nerve to its target organs resulting in palpitations, GI problems, and some studies have enen shown an associated increase in blood pressure. Now with the other case - hiatal hernia the portion of the stomach will protrude through the stomach resulting in excess gas and bloating as well as other GI related issues, well this air that gets cought in the fundus(upper portion of stomach)will "brush up against" if you will the vagus nerve and cause a tickling sensation of the heart because that portion of the gut is putting pressure on(due to structural changes and things being where the should not be) the pericardium which is the space that the heart occupies. not only can this lead to the afformentioned heart abnormalities but a CONSTANT amount of pressure substernally and this IS the leading #1 misdiagnosis and reason for E-room visits all of last year(study didnt discuss extended timelines). - well there you have it. and like i said i would bet the farm that it is one of the two. look into these extensively and i'm sure you will be relieved that you can atleast start looking at treatment options. good luck!
    payton 2 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 06:15 PM
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  • Could you post a link to information about: costoclavicular syndrome/anterior scalene syndrome - TOS components I have had similar pains and a quick google search yielded nothing intelligible to me, and it seemed to be focused on women. (also, what does TOS mean?)
    HaroldA 1 Replies
    • December 26, 2007
    • 09:24 PM
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  • Could you post a link to information about: costoclavicular syndrome/anterior scalene syndrome - TOS components I have had similar pains and a quick google search yielded nothing intelligible to me, and it seemed to be focused on women. (also, what does TOS mean?)Thoracic Outlet Syndrome search that not the other two headings.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 04:41 PM
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  • For almost 4 months I have been getting pains in my chest (they aren't as frequent now as before) - in the middle and also on the left. The pain is ussualy in the middle or left side of my chest. Also, the pain I have is localized (not diffused) and it can be either sharp, burning or just aching. Also, I sometimes have pain in my left arm and shoulder, underarm pain on the left, pain in the upper left abdominal quarter. Moreover, I have pain in my upper and thoracic region of my back, and pain and soreness in my neck (usually on the left side). These problems started suddenly, so I was pretty freaked out by them. At first the only pain i had was in my left shoulder and arm - afterwards I had pain in my chest and neck..now...Almost every day i have pain in my upper back. The pain rarely get's worse with breathing, It doesn't seem to be linked to physical effort.I am 23 years old, I don't smoke, I am fairly active, no heart problems for mum or dad - the only downside is that I spend around 8 hours a day at my desk, in my office (on the computer,papers and stuff) .I have had 2EKGs, an Xray and my blood tests...visits to my family Doc...also I have been checked by a cardiologist and as she said it seems there's nothing wrong with my heart. Around a month ago my doc gave me antibiotics for a mild pneumonia and some Calcium (mild lack of this one)..It all should have been fine - still it isn't. Any Ideas?I have similar symptoms. I have nerve impingement on C2 and C3 in my neck which can cause scapula pain and radiate around my side under the armpit and through to my chest. It doesn't help when you have degenerative disk disease to amplify the problem. I do have pain in my left arm. Years ago, I had neck surgery to relieve some of these symptoms, and it worked for several years, but has since come back. Posture can have a lot to do with it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 29, 2010
    • 02:49 PM
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  • I had this very same problem. I had a sharp shooting pain in my left side of the body, I seriously thought I was having a heart attack at the age of 26 but the doctor stated it was stress. My musculoskeletal system was the problem, by doing the same movements from day to day on my job it took its stole on my body and stress made it worst. I felt a sharp shooting pain from my left arm and my upper left side of the chest was tightening up when I would breathe, it scared me to death. I had an ekg done and everything was fine, my doctor said to not stress so much and exercise daily so my body doesn't get so tense. Hope this helps.
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  • I had these symptoms and, after 4 1/2 years of getting sicker, went to a teaching hospital where I had EUS and ERCP. I had chronic pancreatitis caused by Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
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