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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 20, 2006
  • 03:04 PM

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?

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  • One thing that doctors are not always aware of is a symptom called Tietzes Syndrome. I had very similar chest pains and shortness of breath and it took a year before any doctor could diagnose what I had. You probably do have another infection as well from a flu or something similar that has not cleared because of the tietzes. Tietzes is easy to treat and if it is what you do have, you will feel considerably better within two weeks. I suggest that you google Tietzes and take the info to your doctor. It is worth a try. I do hope you find the solution.RegardsLouis
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    • November 21, 2006
    • 06:39 AM
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