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Chest Pain & Breathing Problems

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  • Posted By: wutiswrng
  • August 27, 2007
  • 07:29 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm hoping that I could get some ideas aor at least find out that I'm not alone. I have been having constant chest pains for about 5 years. It all started back in Feb. of 2003. Here is a little history:

I work in payroll, a very stressful job. The summer of 2002 was pretty much a party. I was drinking and getting drunk everyday. I smoked about a pack a day as well. I started to feel pressure in my armpits. The only way I can discribe it is, how your arm feels when you throw it out. I didn't think much about this. In Feb. of 2003 I was away for training for work. While sitting in the class my chest, out of no where, began to feel like it was caving in. I started to get very hot and clammy. I though I was going to die. When I got back to the Hotel everything was still the same but the shortness of breath started. I laid down and went to sleep till the next day. When I was in the class the next day it started all over.
When I returned home after the training I went to the ER. The ran all the tests on me; EKG, Chest X-ray, Blood test, Stress test, Echo, etc. They all came back normal. I was then told to follow-up with my doctor.
When I did my doctor told me that the tendons in my chest (that attach my muscles to my ribs) could be inflammed. He gave my an anti-inflamatory that did not do a thing. I later went to go see a shrink, who told me that it was all anxiety. I have been put on every anxiety/depression medication know to man, some at the same time. They have done nothing.
I have been to the ER so many times that I have lost count. Everytime I go I get all the same tests for my heart, and they all come back normal. My doctor, I guess to try to ease my mind in a weird way, told me not to worry about it being my heart because if it was I would be dead by now.
The doctors went on to thinking it might be GERD. I had an upper GI done, which did show that I did have GERD. I was put on medication for that, Aciphex. This helped the burning, but did nothing for the chest pain and shortness of breath.
I tried everything. accupuncture, chiropractor, etc.
The only time it feels fine is when I'm doing manual labor or exercise, but it starts to hurt and get worse after I stop. The other thing, which made me try the chiroprator, is when I bend backwards my chest cracks right at the sternum. Like when one cracks thier knuckles. I stopped smoking for almost 3 months think that that would help.
I am totally at a loss, and so is my doctor. PLEASE can anyone give me some ideas or some insight?

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  • First of all, stop smoking completely. Secondly, don't drink any booze for a while.Ask the doc to scope down your throat and esophagus.(endoscopy)Start a yoga class to get a handle on your panic disorder. The pain is real, and that makes you panic. Look up erosions of the esophagus.Can you get into another line of work? Payroll is very stressful!
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 11:48 AM
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  • I have stopped smoking. I have been smoke free for almost three months. I know it's not long, but it sure is a start. I hardly drink anymore. Maybe a few beers every 2-3 months. All I drink now is water, Sprite, and Soy Milk.I did have an upper GI (endoscopy). It just confirmed that I had minor GERD. I was put on Aciphex, which stopped the burning feeling but had no affect on the pain or shortness of breath. I'm off of the Aciphex though, because I moved to a new job and my insurance doesn't start up for 6 months, 2 more months to go. I will try the yoga. I'm willing to try anything. And no I can't get out of payroll, it's all I know. :(
    wutiswrng 3 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 06:15 PM
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