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I cant get a diagnosis!! Help!!

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  • Posted By: tjohn012
  • September 10, 2007
  • 10:24 PM

I am 26 years old, female. A week ago I started having a pain on the left side of my chest under my breast area and in my back and shoulder. After a few hours I went to the ER. They did a CT Scan of my veins, an EKG, and blood work. They said they did not know what it was, that my tests came back ok. The pain lasted 5 hrs, after that i still have a pain in my chest its like a heavyness, dull ache. It is there almost 24 hrs a day and the sharper pains come and go during the day. A lot of people said it might be stress so I went ahead and continued my daily schedule. Two days later the pain is still there but tried to go running (Im in the military) I could not run far at all and I felt like my chest was going to crush in, I felt like I could not breath. I was running fine before this all started. So I went back to the doctor. I still have no idea what is wrong they siad to take a inflammitory (not sure spelling) which I have been taking and to come back in about 10 days !! Shouldnt they be running some test. Th pain is going to drive me crazy, Im scared to do anything that will raise my heart rate because the sharp pain and crushing feeling comes on really strong. I dont know what to do, and im so tired of hurting. I feel so tired and the pain wakes me up off anf on during the night some nights. Please if anyone has any ideas. Tests that i can ask for, Something. I feel like no on cares because im so young. Ive also been having headaches lately for a couple of months which I have never really had many headaches before. Thanks in Advance. Tracy

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  • So sorry to hear about the problems you are having. I sure hope I'm not too late joining this forum to get this message to you! I don't mean to scare you, but my husband had the same EXACT problem you are having, pain on exursion, the shortness of breath, pain under the shoulder blade (left) and back. You HAVE TO get to a CARDIOLOGIST A.S.A.P.!!!!! Demand that they do a THALLIUM STRESS TEST, they will watch you closely for any problems with the heart that can arise. When he got onto the treadmill, they stopped him immediately. He was transferred to a wonderful hospital (we live in a remote area without good surgeons or hopitals for that matter!) and had emergency open-heart surgery. After surgery, the doctor told me that he was within a week of having a massive heart attack! The main valve going into the heart (the aorta, I think) was torn, because of pressure from blockage (this is where the pain was coming from), plus he had 3 other blockages, 2 of which they opened and one they had to bypass. So he got by with a double bypass! Believe it or not he was even told by a doctor two years prior that his problem was asthma! he doesn't have asthma, all his problems went away after the bypass. He had his own construction business and was very active, so that really helped him in his recovery, the doctors were impressed. So since you are military, that will help you too. Just follow doctors orders and don't over do it. I sure hope this helps, please let me know how everything goes.......Sheila
    luv_being_mamaw 3 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 11:56 PM
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  • Sorry to hear of your symptoms...have you asked about getting a nuclear stress test? It would create images of your heart and related arteries before and after you exercize. I would check into this given the location of your pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 11:57 PM
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  • Have you had a chest xray? and yes, do the above. Be calmly firm and say "something is very wrong". Have you had trauma to the area? Collapsed lung? Can your parents help? Your commanding officer?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 10:26 AM
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  • Thanks for all the replies, I called my provider today to ask to see a cardiologist. No they have not given me any stress tests or X-ray. The people have seen dont really talk to me much about what they are doing or checking for. What I was wondering was if (Luvluv_being_mamaw) if your husband had a CT scan prior to the stress test, cause i had one and would that not show up? This is what I mean, I have no clue what is going on. My own fault, I guess. Well thanks I am going to ask about all of this.
    tjohn012 3 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 01:54 PM
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  • No, he never had a CT scan, they don't show any problems with arterys, etc, it takes the dye to show up any problems. They also have a special scan that they put my husband in first that he sit upright in, and his arms were held up so they could turn him to get complete 3D images of the heart. They also done an Echocardiogram (I hope I got this right, it's the one that is like an ultrasound). Don't put this off, as bad as your pain and is, you need to be checked....like yesterday! Keep us posted! Take care......:o Sheila
    luv_being_mamaw 3 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 01:40 PM
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  • So just wanted to post an update, I had the cardiolite stress test today and an ultrasound next week, so hopefully will know something soon. Thanks again. Tracy
    tjohn012 3 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 05:06 PM
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  • You could also have something like pericarditis which can cause those exact symptoms too (and other conditions can as well).You are never to young to have heart problems - especially if you were born with them. Some problems don't arise until the heart is put under stress such as vigorous exercise.Glad you went for the cardiac stress test. I had one done on me because of shortnesss of breath and chest pain. It turned out to be symptoms of sleep apnea which I had already figured out and asked the cardiologist the day he began the testing. He agreed that was more than likely the cause but did the stress test to be sure.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 10:43 PM
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  • hi! sorry about your problem, but i had a few ideas that you might help me find any conclusion about your case (sorry about my english, but i`m brazilian, and i`m not fluent in your language). First of all, i don`t have much experience to help you because i`m only a medicine student, but i made some hypotheses. You may be included in a "chest pain syndrome", which lead me to think in some specific diseases. First is myocardial infarction, but your story wasn`t typical at all of that (it should be a more acute thing, although the characteristic of the pain is classical). Always that we think about infarction of the cardiac muscle we must think about angina, which may have a large range of characteristic which you had shown (thats why they have told you to make that stress test). in chest pain we should think in aortic dissection (but it should be an acute story too, but if you have done a CT of the chest it should be visualized). In your case i have thought in Pulmonary Embolism, or any condition that made you acumulate "liquid" between your pleura (there is a technical name for that but i don`t know how to say it in english). To investigate the pulmonary embolism there are some exams, which includes arteriography of the lung and X-ray of the chest (but it doesn`t always show the lesion), and to investigate that "liquid" between the pleuras a X-ray is enough.there are lots of causes for a chest pain, so i think a good cardiologyst can help you. Hope you may find a solution for your problem
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 01:24 AM
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  • So glad to hear you had the tests, please let us know the outcome! Sheila
    luv_being_mamaw 3 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 03:59 AM
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  • I had the same symptoms, had an CT scan, the whole works. Guess what, it turned out to be a rib out of place. Yes, it was a chest pain that I couldn't exercise without losing my breath. I'm so glad I had a chiropractic appt and told him about what was going on. One adjustment, kinda tender, but it solved the problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
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  • thnaks for all the post, im still waiting for my follow up appointment for all my results, the doctor told me to watch for anypain in my legs but what kind of pain, the only pain i have had started right after my chest pain but it is on the outer part of my thighs, i feel it when i sit for a while or lay donr, it looks a little swollen in the area and hurts if you press on it, it is in the same spot on both sides. I dont think it has anything to do with it but was curious. Ill keep everyone posted. Thanks again. Tracy
    tjohn012 3 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 00:16 PM
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  • Perhaps I'm not reading your description of your symptoms right, but this sounds like it could also be a good old case of ultra-painful pleurisy. I've had it twice, and it made my heart area and shoulderblade areas hurt like crazy. It felt like muscle/heart pain, but it was the infection of the pleura around my lungs. It also made things like running and such difficult, since those require heavy breathing, and pain would shoot all over my body (especially the groin).Just a thought!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 02:45 PM
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  • Sorry To hear you are having all the problems. I have been going through a lot of the same symptoms. Mine started about 2 months ago, with the chest pain, and shortness of breathe. I have been to the ER, had a chest cat scan, ekg, blood work. They have sent me to a Pulmonary (lung) dr a cardiologist (heart) I also had a stress test too. I have also been to a Hemotologist. He was convinced he knew what it was, and now the blood test don't show anything, so he has no clue what to do for me. I have the pain so bad, I can't even walk across my house I feel like my chest will explode. Have they done a Stress test, and also my doctor checked me to Polycythemia Vera. (I have all the symptoms for it) but the blood test didn't show it. It is where your blood is too thick, and everything has to work harder to push it through the body. I am only 30, and no one will help me. I am so tired of being in pain. I want to scream if I hear, you are only 30, one more time. I have never smoked, don't drink, and have never done drugs, and they still can't help. I live by Cleveland Clinic in OH, supposed to be one of the best. I would talk to a hemotologist, maybe an extensive blood test will help, Good Luck.
    Chris07 1 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 06:17 PM
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  • Don't use pain meds, for your legitmate claims will be turned against you. One, you need a new hospital, two, an MRI or Spiral CT to rule out certain inflammation and any unidentified orthopedic problems, and once all those have been ruled out, I would see an infectious disease specialist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 07:05 PM
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  • For the unregistered post, can you be a little more clear on your post. A little more detail perhaps. Thank You.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
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