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Chest, back, abdominal pain, head burns, lots of weird symptoms along with it...

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  • Posted By: frustrated75
  • February 12, 2010
  • 06:39 PM

I'll try to make this as short as I can. I am a 34 year old women who has been in pain for at least 15 years now. I have chest, back, abdominal pains as well as pains in my head and sensations of my face going numb, numbness and tingling in my arms/hands and legs/feet. Sometimes I get lightheaded and feel like I'm going to pass out for no reason. I break out in a sweat and feel like my body is being filled with boiling water but sometimes I am absolutely freezing and I live in Florida and it could be 90 outside. I had my gallbladder removed in 2005 and I had a blood clot in my lung in may of 2009 after a bad pregnancy and constant bedrest. I am what you would consider obese but otherwise pretty healthy. I do not have diabetes or high blood pressure or anything of the sort. I have been overweight since I was a child so I have had my thyroid tested repeatedly and they always say its normal. I have had 4 stress tests on my heart and they were normal. Hundreds of visits to emergency rooms feeling like I'm having a heart attack, all the ekgs and chest xray and cardiac enzymes you can imagine and they always come back fine. Worn a holter monitor and had a couple of echocardigrams too. Said I have trivial mitral valve prolapse but otherwise nothing. Told that would never cause my symptoms and not to worry about it at all. I have been off and on medications for everything from muscle aches and pains to anxiety and depression. None of them seem to do anything for my symptoms. I have had a full GI work up as well and nothing was found there. I have been through counseling and keep a journal. I have seen many different doctors and my current doctor thinks its anxiety and I am on Lexapro 20mg, nexium 40mg, and alprazolam .05mg as needed as well as a mulit vitamin plus iron and calcium. I have also had anemia off and on. I am currently going to OMT and getting manipulation done to see if it helps with the pain but as of yet I am still in pain and still unable to function "normally". I was wondering if anyone else out there has gone through anything similar as I still feel as though the doctors have missed something and there is something else going on with me. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.

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  • I'll try to make this as short as I can. I am a 34 year old women who has been in pain for at least 15 years now. I have chest, back, abdominal pains as well as pains in my head and sensations of my face going numb, numbness and tingling in my arms/hands and legs/feet. Sometimes I get lightheaded and feel like I'm going to pass out for no reason. I break out in a sweat and feel like my body is being filled with boiling water but sometimes I am absolutely freezing and I live in Florida and it could be 90 outside. I had my gallbladder removed in 2005 and I had a blood clot in my lung in may of 2009 after a bad pregnancy and constant bedrest. I am what you would consider obese but otherwise pretty healthy. I do not have diabetes or high blood pressure or anything of the sort. I have been overweight since I was a child so I have had my thyroid tested repeatedly and they always say its normal. I have had 4 stress tests on my heart and they were normal. Hundreds of visits to emergency rooms feeling like I'm having a heart attack, all the ekgs and chest xray and cardiac enzymes you can imagine and they always come back fine. Worn a holter monitor and had a couple of echocardigrams too. Said I have trivial mitral valve prolapse but otherwise nothing. Told that would never cause my symptoms and not to worry about it at all. I have been off and on medications for everything from muscle aches and pains to anxiety and depression. None of them seem to do anything for my symptoms. I have had a full GI work up as well and nothing was found there. I have been through counseling and keep a journal. I have seen many different doctors and my current doctor thinks its anxiety and I am on Lexapro 20mg, nexium 40mg, and alprazolam .05mg as needed as well as a mulit vitamin plus iron and calcium. I have also had anemia off and on. I am currently going to OMT and getting manipulation done to see if it helps with the pain but as of yet I am still in pain and still unable to function "normally". I was wondering if anyone else out there has gone through anything similar as I still feel as though the doctors have missed something and there is something else going on with me. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.=================================================================I would go back and see if you are subclinically hypothyroid like I am.....I have all those symptoms (and then some!) CHECK YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE upon waking! Mine was 94-95 degrees (that is a classic give away symptom of hypo that is often overlooked). I'm either burning hot then the next minute I am burning cold. My hair is so thin on top, I was a extremely thin child and until I was about 30..then I gained a LOT of weight and couldnt figure out why - it was my thyroid.It took 5 doctors before I got one that really dove into my problems..also Look for a goiter on your neck (I had that). If it is not that, check your gallbladder - maybe something is not right there - after getting it out you might be having a hard time with food.I hope that this helps somewhat..good luck!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
    • 03:43 AM
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  • My first instinct is that this is a heart attack. A heart attack usually occurs when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood through a coronary artery — a blood vessel that feeds blood to a part of the heart muscle. Interrupted blood flow to your heart can damage or destroy a part of the heart muscle. But, if this is ruled out, my second guess would be a panic attack. A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and that triggers severe physical reactions. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Angina is another possibility. Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) is a symptom of coronary artery disease. When you have coronary artery disease, your heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen-rich blood. This lack of blood flow may cause chest pain. Angina is typically described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. Many people with angina say it feels like someone is standing on their chest. Pneumonia isn't out of the question. Pneumonia is an inflammation of your lungs, usually caused by infection. Bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is a particular concern if you're older than 65 or have a chronic illness or impaired immune system. It can also occur in young, healthy people. Although unlikely, you could be suffering from a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a condition that occurs when one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to your lungs from another part of your body — most commonly, your legs. I'm reaching here, but aortic dissection is a very unlikely possibility, but I wouldn't rule it out completely. An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart. Blood surges through this tear into the middle layer of the aorta, causing the inner and middle layers to separate (dissect). If the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside aortic wall, aortic dissection is usually fatal.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
    • 04:49 PM
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