I started experiencing chest pain 3 months ago. It occurred when I breathed in deeply, sneezed, coughed etc., although I wasn't coughing or sneezing a lot so it wasn't a symptom. The pain was intermittent and sometimes felt like more of a pressure all around the lungs. I also became breathless on exertion. I went to the Dostor where I was told it was probably a symptom of the asthma that I have had for 11years. I was put on reliever inhlaer 4 times a day a sent to see an asthma nurse. My peak flow was good and my airways sounded clear and the asthma nurse could not link the pain to asthma so I returned to the Doctor. I was told it was likely to be inflammation of the pleurae and just to take paracetamol if I needed it. A few weeks later the symptoms worsened - pain occurred more often and I had to stop exercise as I became breathless quite easily. I was put on paracetamol and took it for 3 weeks, 4 times a day - it had no effect on easing the pain. I had a chest X-ray that showed nothing, an ECG showed normal heart sounds, and a blood test to test for a clot was negative. Since all these tests showed nothing serious, the Doctor decided it was likely to be a viral infection around the pleurae even thought the X-ray was clear and my white count was not elevated. He told me to take a steroid inhaler twice a day to ensure the airways are getting enough oxygen into the lungs. This had no effect but when I went back to the clinic I was seen by another Doctor who told me to take the reliever inhaler more often as well. This has had no effect. On top of the pain I had begun to feel dizzy and nauseous and had a headache intermittently. Over the last few days these symptoms have become almost constant and I am begining to have a stiff neck. I am 19 and in University but am now finding it difficult to cope with work. I am managing to get in to lectures but the headache, dizziness a and nausea worsens throughout the day. Could these symptoms all be linked? or might I have a viral pleuritic infection that is taking a while to resolve and a bit of a flu on top of it?Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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