I am 24 years old and have had a history of substance abuse from age 18. I have tried nearly all illegal drugs, but had a run with cocaine at 19, and most recently meth. I used meth for no more than 5 months, but it quickly became a daily thing. Although I smoked everyday, I never used a great amount in one day. Recently I decided to quit, but it has been a challenge. On Friday, I smoked meth and several hours later I began to feel chest and abdominal pain, almost as if I was being hugged super tight. I knew that it was probably from the meth and decided to completely abstain from it, for the first time since I began, on the next day (Saturday). I did not feel any pain late Friday night or at all on Saturday. Sunday morning when I woke up, however, I smoked a small amount. I did not experience any pain on Sunday, but when I got up for work today (Monday) I felt a dull/achy/pressure/pain on the left side above my breast- but no longer near my ribs. I worked a few hours and decided that I should see a doctor about it.
Side bar- I spent the last 2 weeks getting over a sinus infection, most likely caused by meth use. I did not see a doctor, but after reading a ton of material on the subject, I decided I may be okay now since the mucus is clear again and im no longer congested.
At the doctors office, a chest x-ray revealed no abnormalities. I was not honest with the doctor about any drug use, only that I am a cigarette smoker. He said that if I were having heart problems I would know- the symptoms would come and go quickly, not over several days. (heart attack, death... whatever) So he gave me ibuprofen, but here I am laying on the couch at home and I do not feel any better. What should I do? The pain is not better or worsened by certain activities and I have NOT used drugs today.
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