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Chest pains for two years... still undiagnosed!!!

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  • Posted By: Monday's Child
  • August 10, 2010
  • 03:24 PM

Hello there :) Long post warning!!!

I'm a 17 year old girl and I've been having this problem for just over two years. It's a sharp stabbing pain in a part of my right lung whenever I breathe in, with the affected area probably being about the diameter of a golf ball, but the pain spreads outwards too. It's a constricting sort of feeling too, as though I can't breathe in fully. It's nearish the sternum but the ribs aren't tender to touch or anything. Sometimes the pain spreads to my right shoulder and neck too :S

I first got these chest pains in the summer of 2008, and they just came out of nowhere, but soon afterwards I had a MASSIVE coughing fit that lasted about an hour. They stayed really bad and almost constantly for about a month afterwards, but became less constant after that. However, some days I still get them and often the pain occurs in other parts of my lungs. I've had a chest x-ray, ECGs, blood pressure tests, have been prescribed an inhaler and have had a blood test, none of which have returned any diagnosis. However the blood test results did say "Abnormalities noted" which my doctor helpfully chose not to explain :rolleyes:

I have several other medical complaints too- I suffered from migraines, "silent migraines" (aura without migraine pain), "ice-pick headaches", I don't sleep well, I have a real problem with visual disturbances and have had some issues with anxiety and depression. The problem is, now I'm seeing a psychiatrist, I'm worried that any biological causes for the chest pains will be ignored. It has affected my health (I'm normal weight, bordering on underweight, but have terrible stamina and poor fitness :o and my ability to take part in strenuous activities. I'm open to the idea that the pains are psychological, but steps haven't been taken to prevent them in this area either.

If anyone has any ideas as to the cause or has had experience in this before I'd be ever so grateful :)

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  • Hello there :) Long post warning!!! I'm a 17 year old girl and I've been having this problem for just over two years. It's a sharp stabbing pain in a part of my right lung whenever I breathe in, with the affected area probably being about the diameter of a golf ball, but the pain spreads outwards too. It's a constricting sort of feeling too, as though I can't breathe in fully. It's nearish the sternum but the ribs aren't tender to touch or anything. Sometimes the pain spreads to my right shoulder and neck too :S I first got these chest pains in the summer of 2008, and they just came out of nowhere, but soon afterwards I had a MASSIVE coughing fit that lasted about an hour. They stayed really bad and almost constantly for about a month afterwards, but became less constant after that. However, some days I still get them and often the pain occurs in other parts of my lungs. I've had a chest x-ray, ECGs, blood pressure tests, have been prescribed an inhaler and have had a blood test, none of which have returned any diagnosis. However the blood test results did say "Abnormalities noted" which my doctor helpfully chose not to explain :rolleyes: I have several other medical complaints too- I suffered from migraines, "silent migraines" (aura without migraine pain), "ice-pick headaches", I don't sleep well, I have a real problem with visual disturbances and have had some issues with anxiety and depression. The problem is, now I'm seeing a psychiatrist, I'm worried that any biological causes for the chest pains will be ignored. It has affected my health (I'm normal weight, bordering on underweight, but have terrible stamina and poor fitness :o and my ability to take part in strenuous activities. I'm open to the idea that the pains are psychological, but steps haven't been taken to prevent them in this area either. If anyone has any ideas as to the cause or has had experience in this before I'd be ever so grateful :)And whats your spine?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2010
    • 04:28 PM
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  • Precordial Catch Syndrome.http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/I have this. Take a really deep breath in and you'll feel alittle pop. You feel like you dont want to breath in as its alittle discomforting. But when you do it the discomfort instantly disappears.The docs dont know the cause but believe its a trapped nerve. They also believe its not serious. According to what i've read.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2010
    • 00:01 AM
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  • I had same pain for 3 years, would come and go on average lasted 12 hours to 2 days, sometimes longer, would start in my side and felt like trapped gas then would get worse and feel like a catch or 'stitch' in my side and I had trouble breathing because it hurt to take a deep breath would get worse again and the pain would spread to right around my sternum, just below it at the top of my stomach it would hurt when I pressed on it but was hard to describe exactly where the pain was coming from went to er many times, sometimes twice in 2 weeks, sometimes once every couple months, they did ct scans, chest xrays, bloodwork, ultrasounds, pelvic exams..wasn't gallbladder, wasn't appendix..only abnormality was white blood cell count was a little high, never got a diagnosis..my last episode started on june 25th of this year, (nothing ever eased the pain, tried everything) this time it was worse than ever the next day I started vomiting had to call 911 on june 27th went to different er(had used same one for 3 years with no answers) and with 1 ct scan they found that I had a very rare hernia (less than 3% of people get it) the layer of fat that holds my intestines in was detached and my intestines punctured a hole in my diaphragm and became lodged in chest wall next to heart, circulation was cut off to hernia it was close to rupturing(it would have also ruptured my heart and killed me instantly) had emergency surgery on the 27th feeling a million times better so happy to be pain free! The name of the hernia is an 'incarcerated foramen of morgagni' hernia you should ask your dr to do a ct scan and look specifically for that I was a ticking time bomb for 3 years, could have died at any moment! So scary! I hope this helps and I hope you feel better soon! P.s. currently researching medical malpractice and negligence lawyer for possible case against first hospital for misdiagnosing me and misreading ct scan results at least 10 times and 3 years of pain and suffering hope you have a better experience and good luck! I wish you the best
    DomsWife 2 Replies
    • August 11, 2010
    • 06:49 AM
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  • This pain actually led me to quit smoking. I smoked on and off for about 8 years, at most 1 pack per day. However when I was smoking, smoking a cigarette in the morning would make the pain worse within a few minutes which led me to quit.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 11:48 AM
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  • The chest pain sounds like Pleuricy or Costrochondritis. Both can cause severe pain upon inhalation and both can cause coughing fits afterwards. Because your ribs do not hurt, I would lean toward Pleuricy. I've had it off and on for years with auto-immune issues (SLE).....I'm sorry if that's what it is; it's no fun. I highly recommend you request a copy of your blood work results as well as a full explanation of what exactly is abnormal. This is about your health and you have every right to know these things-- it is not okay for a doctor to simply 'choose' not to discuss it. It's not their choice, it's yours-- you pay them. Best wishes to you!
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 01:36 PM
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  • Precordial Catch Syndrome. http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/ I have this. Take a really deep breath in and you'll feel alittle pop. You feel like you dont want to breath in as its alittle discomforting. But when you do it the discomfort instantly disappears. The docs dont know the cause but believe its a trapped nerve. They also believe its not serious. According to what i've read. Thanks, that's very helpful :) although I've tried the taking a deep breath thing and it very rarely works, but thanks anyways.
    Monday's Child 3 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 04:58 PM
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  • I had same pain for 3 years, would come and go on average lasted 12 hours to 2 days, sometimes longer, would start in my side and felt like trapped gas then would get worse and feel like a catch or 'stitch' in my side and I had trouble breathing because it hurt to take a deep breath would get worse again and the pain would spread to right around my sternum, just below it at the top of my stomach it would hurt when I pressed on it but was hard to describe exactly where the pain was coming from went to er many times, sometimes twice in 2 weeks, sometimes once every couple months, they did ct scans, chest xrays, bloodwork, ultrasounds, pelvic exams..wasn't gallbladder, wasn't appendix..only abnormality was white blood cell count was a little high, never got a diagnosis..my last episode started on june 25th of this year, (nothing ever eased the pain, tried everything) this time it was worse than ever the next day I started vomiting had to call 911 on june 27th went to different er(had used same one for 3 years with no answers) and with 1 ct scan they found that I had a very rare hernia (less than 3% of people get it) the layer of fat that holds my intestines in was detached and my intestines punctured a hole in my diaphragm and became lodged in chest wall next to heart, circulation was cut off to hernia it was close to rupturing(it would have also ruptured my heart and killed me instantly) had emergency surgery on the 27th feeling a million times better so happy to be pain free! The name of the hernia is an 'incarcerated foramen of morgagni' hernia you should ask your dr to do a ct scan and look specifically for that I was a ticking time bomb for 3 years, could have died at any moment! So scary! I hope this helps and I hope you feel better soon! P.s. currently researching medical malpractice and negligence lawyer for possible case against first hospital for misdiagnosing me and misreading ct scan results at least 10 times and 3 years of pain and suffering hope you have a better experience and good luck! I wish you the best Ooh that is scary :S I'm glad you're better now. I've been pestering my doctor for a MRI scan, so hopefully that could show up something like that, but thank you for your reply :)
    Monday's Child 3 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 05:01 PM
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  • The chest pain sounds like Pleuricy or Costrochondritis. Both can cause severe pain upon inhalation and both can cause coughing fits afterwards. Because your ribs do not hurt, I would lean toward Pleuricy. I've had it off and on for years with auto-immune issues (SLE).....I'm sorry if that's what it is; it's no fun. I highly recommend you request a copy of your blood work results as well as a full explanation of what exactly is abnormal. This is about your health and you have every right to know these things-- it is not okay for a doctor to simply 'choose' not to discuss it. It's not their choice, it's yours-- you pay them. Best wishes to you! Thanks :)That's one of the first things my doctor suggested to me. Pleurisy also seemed like the most likely diagnosis too.I will also see to getting the bloodwork results, but my doctors are naturally very sloppy and disorganised! Ten years ago they misdiagnosed my brother's pneumonia and seven years ago they misdiagnosed my dad's life threatening pituitary tumour, they're really kind of bad doctors :oAs for paying them- I'm from South London so we have the NHS :pThanks very much again :)
    Monday's Child 3 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 05:05 PM
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