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?