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Chest pain for almost one month straight?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 23, 2010
  • 11:58 AM

I have had fairly constant chest pain for the best part of a month. It started randomly one morning, the entire right side of my chest felt like something was pushing from the inside, I would get random twinges of pain in my right shoulder blade and down my arm, and there was intermittent numbness in my right arm. For those few days, I was so tired I could barely stay awake at work, and even the thought of eating nauseated me. Since then, I'm eating normally and am not as tired, and the pain isn't as intense as it was, but it just feels like a generalised ache under my ribs. It seems to move to different places over the course of the day .. under my armpit, up into my back, sternum etc, sometimes it's on the left side or in the centre, but I'd say on the right side at least 80% of the time. Sometimes it feels like someone is just squeezing my entire chest really hard, or down the bottom centre-right of my ribs it will feel heavy and tender for an hour or so, or sometimes it will be a stabbing, burning kind of pain in localised areas. At night when I'm trying to sleep, sometimes it will feel like my chest is so congested and heavy that I can't breathe, but whenever I cough there's nothing. Intermittently, touching anywhere on that side seems a little tender. I have had a bit of a dry cough and my throat feels sore and like there's a lot of mucus, but I haven't had much of a wet cough, and the pain isn't any worse when I breathe in (if anything, it just makes me feel like I want to cough) It doesn't really change with when I eat or drink, although if anything it seems to be a little worse at night or when I'm cold. Occasionally I feel twinges of pain or ache in my right groin area, in my lower back or in my legs, or abdominal cramps (possibly from antibiotics, I don't know) - all of this only started when the other symptoms did, as far as I can remember.

I went to the doctor when this first started and had blood tests (fbc, kidney and liver function, thyroid) and everything was normal, and he told me my liver wasn't enlarged. The pain didn't go away, and one night three weeks ago my entire chest felt so hot and closed up that I felt like I couldn't breathe and was losing my voice, so I went back and had a chest x-ray, which came back clear. I was given two courses of antibiotics (amoxicillin and another) and told I had a lung infection or bronchitis, but the symptoms don't really seem to be going away after nearly a month. Anyone have any ideas?

Sorry for the essay, just wanted to be detailed enough. Also: I'm 22, female, 5'2" 100 pounds, in otherwise good health, don't drink or smoke. Thank you in advance!

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  • I know you guys get a whole lot of chest pain threads, but I used the search function and nothing seems to quite be the same as this, so any possible insight would be awesome.(I'm not being impatient at all, I just saw this thread had fallen back to the third page or so and possibly no-one had seen it)
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    • August 25, 2010
    • 05:33 AM
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