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Intermitten chest pain - Probably not heart though.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 20, 2009
  • 03:58 PM

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I was hoping if anyone could help me find a diagnoses. I have had intermittent chest pain for over a year now.

I have had intermittent chest pain for almost two years located along the left breast bone where the cartilage is. When I first had this problem it started when I was running and the pain was in my chest and also my jaw. It felt like my back teeth actually hurt. I'm an experienced runner and I knew immediately that it wasn't normal chest pain. I went to the PA and was given an EKG and it returned normal. So I was tested for -

Gerd – negative
Chest inflammation – negative

I eventually got frustrated because I have this pain every single day it hurts for about 1-8 minutes. It's an aching feeling that just comes and goes with varying levels of pain. Sometimes it will Ache, Feel like a hot dripping, or crush. One day while my chest pain was bothering me on and off more then normal I went to the doctor and requested I have EKG done because my chest was hurting. Aha – The EKG came back Possible left atrial enlargement. It was bittersweet because now I was worried my pain was more serious then originally thought. I was refereed to a cardiologist who did the stress test and the echo-gram (the thing they use on pregnant woman). I can still remember praying saying please let my chest hurt while I'm here and it did not during the tests no matter how much I wanted it to.

So they didn't find anything. ::sigh:: Back to the drawing board.

So I did what any normal person would do if it wasn't serious...I ignored it. A year went by and the pain never let up.

So it started to get worse.

The pain happens around 20-30 times a day and is worse at night. I've actually awoke in the night because of the pain alone. I get random fits of feeling really out of breath (during rest) where I have to take large deep breaths to try and feel better. Sometimes the muscles in my neck will feel like their tearing and I'll will get a aches in the back of the neck.

What started about 3-4 weeks ago are these spasms. It started like this weird twitch in my back sorta in the center. It's not like a normal twitch it feels more like something is inside moving around. Like a foreign object is moving. Then it started around the bottom of my left ribcage. I've actually had it where I jumped up and hit the area because it feels like a foreign object moved and it frightened me at first.

So...They started treating more for..
Costochondritis!
No amount of muscle relaxer or anti-inflammatory has helped. I recently just had three steroid injections into the cartilage of my left breast bone area. The steroid injection did not work. (was EXTREMELY painful though :O)
Now that was a real eye opener. If it truly was an inflammation of the cartilage the steroids should have given me some kind of relief.

So I was laying in bed one night and the pain started to kick off and I held my breath. The pain continued. The pain didn't care if my lungs were moving it just still kept on hurting. So I came to this epiphany what if the EKG I got wasn't just an artifact. What if it was real because I caught the pain in the act so to speak? The whole time I was at the cardiologist my chest pain didn't start hurting at all.

So...I'm in need of help. The doctors are just as confused as I am now.

I've had full blood work ups
MRI of the chest – Unremarkable.
Bone scan – unremarkable
I'm at a loss.
I'm a 25 year old male.
With the failure of the Steroids I have to start all over and all I can think of is it's a phantom thing that has to be caught in the act on an EKG in order to be seen. When I run it doesn't typically bother me but later that day I will suffer more then normal.

Note – Last night while I was just sitting around the muscles in the right side of chest tore (Like really tore. Intensely painful) out of nowhere and caused extreme pain. Now it's the next day and if I look down or do much of anything with my right arm the right side of my chest hurts. Perhaps this isn't a heart issue and it's more of a muscle spasm issue. What could be doing this for a year like that then?
I hope any of you can help!

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  • have you had your thyroid checked? have had unexplained chest pain and shortness of breath to extreme degree after brief activity. i was just recently diagnosed with thyroiditis.Warning - Incoming wall of textI was hoping if anyone could help me find a diagnoses. I have had intermittent chest pain for over a year now. I have had intermittent chest pain for almost two years located along the left breast bone where the cartilage is. When I first had this problem it started when I was running and the pain was in my chest and also my jaw. It felt like my back teeth actually hurt. I'm an experienced runner and I knew immediately that it wasn't normal chest pain. I went to the PA and was given an EKG and it returned normal. So I was tested for - Gerd – negativeChest inflammation – negativeI eventually got frustrated because I have this pain every single day it hurts for about 1-8 minutes. It's an aching feeling that just comes and goes with varying levels of pain. Sometimes it will Ache, Feel like a hot dripping, or crush. One day while my chest pain was bothering me on and off more then normal I went to the doctor and requested I have EKG done because my chest was hurting. Aha – The EKG came back Possible left atrial enlargement. It was bittersweet because now I was worried my pain was more serious then originally thought. I was refereed to a cardiologist who did the stress test and the echo-gram (the thing they use on pregnant woman). I can still remember praying saying please let my chest hurt while I'm here and it did not during the tests no matter how much I wanted it to. So they didn't find anything. ::sigh:: Back to the drawing board. So I did what any normal person would do if it wasn't serious...I ignored it. A year went by and the pain never let up. So it started to get worse.The pain happens around 20-30 times a day and is worse at night. I've actually awoke in the night because of the pain alone. I get random fits of feeling really out of breath (during rest) where I have to take large deep breaths to try and feel better. Sometimes the muscles in my neck will feel like their tearing and I'll will get a aches in the back of the neck. What started about 3-4 weeks ago are these spasms. It started like this weird twitch in my back sorta in the center. It's not like a normal twitch it feels more like something is inside moving around. Like a foreign object is moving. Then it started around the bottom of my left ribcage. I've actually had it where I jumped up and hit the area because it feels like a foreign object moved and it frightened me at first. So...They started treating more for..Costochondritis!No amount of muscle relaxer or anti-inflammatory has helped. I recently just had three steroid injections into the cartilage of my left breast bone area. The steroid injection did not work. (was EXTREMELY painful though :O)Now that was a real eye opener. If it truly was an inflammation of the cartilage the steroids should have given me some kind of relief. So I was laying in bed one night and the pain started to kick off and I held my breath. The pain continued. The pain didn't care if my lungs were moving it just still kept on hurting. So I came to this epiphany what if the EKG I got wasn't just an artifact. What if it was real because I caught the pain in the act so to speak? The whole time I was at the cardiologist my chest pain didn't start hurting at all. So...I'm in need of help. The doctors are just as confused as I am now. I've had full blood work upsMRI of the chest – Unremarkable. Bone scan – unremarkableI'm at a loss. I'm a 25 year old male.With the failure of the Steroids I have to start all over and all I can think of is it's a phantom thing that has to be caught in the act on an EKG in order to be seen. When I run it doesn't typically bother me but later that day I will suffer more then normal. Note – Last night while I was just sitting around the muscles in the right side of chest tore (Like really tore. Intensely painful) out of nowhere and caused extreme pain. Now it's the next day and if I look down or do much of anything with my right arm the right side of my chest hurts. Perhaps this isn't a heart issue and it's more of a muscle spasm issue. What could be doing this for a year like that then?I hope any of you can help!
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    • December 20, 2009
    • 10:55 PM
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  • have you had your thyroid checked? have had unexplained chest pain and shortness of breath to extreme degree after brief activity. i was just recently diagnosed with thyroiditis.Yes, they checked for thyroid issues to my knowledge. (I'll ask)I'm actually seeing my doctor tomorrow. I'm going to ask if maybe I could possibly have Prinzmetal's angina or some sort of muscle issue that causes the muscle in between my ribs to pull or spasm. Those are the two best Ideas I can come up with. I'll post tomorrow what he says!Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 22, 2009
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  • Well it's come to this - The Doc is wiping his hands clean of me and just saying it's anxiety. ::sigh:: So now I have anxiety pills for this pain that has been with me for a while now. Well...I'll do what he says and take it. Let you know if it works.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2009
    • 00:44 PM
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  • Well it's come to this - The Doc is wiping his hands clean of me and just saying it's anxiety. ::sigh:: So now I have anxiety pills for this pain that has been with me for a while now. Well...I'll do what he says and take it. Let you know if it works.have you had a camera down it may be a haitus hernia i get aches off mine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2011
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