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Cant get any relief

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  • Posted By: Kellimac
  • February 16, 2009
  • 07:16 PM

I am a 39 year old single mother of two wonderful boys. I have been in pain for 5 years now. I have electrical shocks running through my neck, chest, hands and arms constantly. My chest pain is horrible and I feel like I am going to have a heart attack everyda. My neck is stiff everday, my shoulder continually pops, along with my neck. When this pain first started I went to the ER numerous times. I was told my heart was fine and my blood work came back good. I was first told it was pleurisy then I was told it was a pinched nerve in my neck, then it was costochondritis and each time I was told that it was stress. Now it is five years later and my neck gets worse each day. Most of the pain is on my left side but it is now traveling to my right side. I have tried motrin. advil, naproxen, aleve, heat, cold and I can not get any relief. I am scared to be by myself all the time for fear I am dying. My father died of a heart attack at the age of 50 and on November 21, 2008 my wonderful boyfried died of a heart attack at the age of 39. I can not get out of this pain and if it was not for the love of my children I am not sure I would be able to go on. I work full-time still to support my children, but I have a hard time concentrating on anything else besides this pain. I do smoke and have never been a big drinker, but I find myself drinking a lot more these days to numb all of the pain I am in. I exercise daily and am not overweight. I was wondering if anyone else out there feels this way. Some people have told me that they believe it is Fibromylagia, others have suggested Lyme Disease. I am at my wits end and at this time I do not have any health insurance so I am unable to go to the doctor. I have looked up both of those chronic diseases but most of them have to do with being very fatigued, I do not feel that. although by the end of the day I feel tired from fighting the pain all day.

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  • I am a 39 year old single mother of two wonderful boys. I have been in pain for 5 years now. I have electrical shocks running through my neck, chest, hands and arms constantly. My chest pain is horrible and I feel like I am going to have a heart attack everyda. My neck is stiff everday, my shoulder continually pops, along with my neck. When this pain first started I went to the ER numerous times. I was told my heart was fine and my blood work came back good. I was first told it was pleurisy then I was told it was a pinched nerve in my neck, then it was costochondritis and each time I was told that it was stress. Now it is five years later and my neck gets worse each day. Most of the pain is on my left side but it is now traveling to my right side. I have tried motrin. advil, naproxen, aleve, heat, cold and I can not get any relief. I am scared to be by myself all the time for fear I am dying. My father died of a heart attack at the age of 50 and on November 21, 2008 my wonderful boyfried died of a heart attack at the age of 39. I can not get out of this pain and if it was not for the love of my children I am not sure I would be able to go on. I work full-time still to support my children, but I have a hard time concentrating on anything else besides this pain. I do smoke and have never been a big drinker, but I find myself drinking a lot more these days to numb all of the pain I am in. I exercise daily and am not overweight. I was wondering if anyone else out there feels this way. Some people have told me that they believe it is Fibromylagia, others have suggested Lyme Disease. I am at my wits end and at this time I do not have any health insurance so I am unable to go to the doctor. I have looked up both of those chronic diseases but most of them have to do with being very fatigued, I do not feel that. although by the end of the day I feel tired from fighting the pain all day.Are you on any medication? I know when i was getting off my zoloft i was getting the electric shock feeling. Usually when i hear of the electric shock feeling it could be linked with a damaged nerve.Have you injured your neck recently or even years ago?
    jilliankma 9 Replies
    • February 19, 2009
    • 03:46 AM
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  • No, I do not take any medication for any depression or anxiety. I was given Paxil many years ago, but I never felt that it helped me. The only medication I have ever been prescribed was Naproxen. Although I do believe that now I would take any help I can possible get. i am truly going out of my mind with pain. Cant concentrate on anything, all I can think about is how much pain I am in. I wake up several times a night and feel the same. I pray everyday that I will get up in the morning and feel no electrical shocks or chest pains. It has yet to happen. Thank you for answering my post, it helps to be able to talk to someone. I have a wonderful mother, but it is really hard to explain to her what is going on. I feel like no one understands how I feel each day and how much of a struggle it is for me to simply get out of bed.
    Kellimac 2 Replies
    • February 20, 2009
    • 03:45 PM
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  • Hi. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. :(I see many clients that present as you suggest. Of course, without actually feeling things, there is no way for me to know for sure. I'm a massage therapist, btw. The 'tests' for what I suggest are notoriously inaccurate. Any medical, systemic type of thing like vertebral disarticulation or such should be ruled out. It sounds to me like you may possibly have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. How is your posture? Do your shoulders round forward? Do you work on a computer much? Have you ever had a neck injury (like a car accident)? TOS happens much of the time when the scalene muscles of your neck 'clamp' down on a nerve/vein plexus known as the brachial plexus. The pec minor muscle is also usually involved. This causes those 'electric'-like feelings in your arms, neck and chest. Your rhomboid muscles in your middle back kinda work in conjunction with your pectoral muscles....they are most likely weak (does not necessarily mean not strong) and need to be worked as well. You are not dying, at least I don't think so. Much of the time, anxiety surrounding this feeling can actually make it worse. Changing your thought patterns here is of great benefit to you physically. Thinking about this pain all the time is really not helpful to you overall.....I know it hurts and feels weird, but your thoughts about that pain can really make a difference. A trained, licensed, therapeutic massage therapist should be able to provide you with relief of your symptoms. Be sure to check credentials, all are not the same. Also, while you may feel relief after the first session (many feel immediate relief).....your own posture and breathing can contribute to exacerbate the symptoms and cause the issue to reoccur over and over again. Sometimes many sessions are required, along with you being observant of your postural holdings and breathing (try to breath deeply, from your belly). This can take time to 'cure'.You may even be able to effect change just with breathing techniques. Lie on your back in a comfortable, quiet place. Place on of your hands on your stomach just below the rib cage. Practice taking very slow, long breaths where your hand rises before your upper chest. Try to begin inhaling for a count of 5 or 6, increasing the depth of the breath to 30 or so over time. Pause on the inhale before you exhale, for a count of one or two--even three or four if you can. Then exhale forcefully through your mouth (inhaling through your nose). Practice this several times a day if you can, for just a few minutes at a time. Gradually, you should notice your 'normal' breathing becomes deeper--less from your upper chest and more from your lower. ALWAYS return to normal breathing if you become tingly or numb in your hands!! Your body will not be used to such an intake of oxygen and such and may take time to adjust. Of course I have no way of telling you this is precisely what you are experiencing over the internet. But, it is certainly worth checking into. If this is the cause (TOS), there is relief in sight. Best of luck to you!! :)
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 20, 2009
    • 04:26 PM
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  • Thank you for all of you advise. As a matter of fact, I have a very poor posture. I remember my mother always telling me to sit up straight, but I never did because it was not comfortable to me. I also have worked as a secretary for 20 years. I have been answering phones and typing on typewriters or computers all of my life. I really want to believe that all of this pain is caused by my nerves, but because of how much i suffer each day, I find it hard to believe that this is the cause. I was also in a car accident in 1997 and my sternum was badly bruised (chest crashed into steering wheel). I am going to take all of your advise and pray that this will help me. Thank you again for responding to me and also giving me hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Take care and God Bless
    Kellimac 2 Replies
    • February 21, 2009
    • 04:17 PM
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