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Left sided chest pain, help appreciated

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 28, 2007
  • 06:44 PM

Hi all

I have a 4 year history of left sided chest pain which radiates to the top of my left arm, the symptoms are not constant but can last for weeks when they come, i avoid smoking as this definitely makes it worse and alcohol if over indulged in makes it much worse(not a hangover!). Symptoms seem to be worse at bed time and it can be very difficult to get comfortable, sometimes i experience pins and needles around my left shoulder blade and a numb pain at the top of my left arm, a sore upper back is also a problem. When the symptoms are present exercise is also not a good idea which is hard for someone like myself who loves sport.

I have been to A+E on many occasions fearing a heart condition or heart attack and each time i have been told it is not my heart. I have had countless chest x-rays, ECG`s and more recently a treadmill test and ultrasound of the heart. All these come back normal.

I am only a 26 year old guy and this is really effecting my life, without a diagnosis your mind is never at ease and i would appreciate any ideas you may have or anyone who has suffered from similar problems.

Many thanks in advance.

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  • No help on this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 11:42 PM
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  • You say you like sports - do you lift weights alot? What sort of sports do you usually do? It is possible you injured your spine and it is out of alignment, causing muscle contraction and pain radiating to your upper chest. Does the pain have a burning sensation? Does it feel muscular to you, or a "nervy pain"? Is the pain worse after rest or worse after movement/exertion? Do you also suffer from anxiety or insomnia? Have you tried any physical therapy, massage, chiropractic or acupuncture to help with this pain? I would recommend it. A chiropractor or acupuncturist would be able to look at your symptoms in a different light. Acupuncture is excellent for pain syndromes. Please consider this. As all of your tests have come back normal, you should try to relax. I know it may be hard, and that is why I suggest choosing alternative methods to treat your pain, as Western treatments don't seem to be offering your many good options. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the response, i went to a chiropractor for two years and he didn`t really help. I did lift weights for a period a few years back, this along with running and football would have beeen my main exercise. As for the anxiety question, when i first started having these symptoms i has several fairly bad panic attacks though i put that down to fear of the condition, I no longer have these panic attacks.The only arguement against it being muscular is that it is worsened by smoke.Is anyone familiar with costochondritis? could it be that?Thanks again for the response.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I, and a lot of people I know, have had pains in their heart, sometime to the point of going to the emergency room. It turns out our hearts are fine, its just anxiety.Once I had an EKG, proving my heart was fine, all my problems stopped. I still have severe anxiety, but I don't feel pain there.
    Wolf Dreamer 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • If chiropractor didn't help, then try acupuncture. Often times one will work better than the other. It may take some time to see results, but you should really notice an improvement after a few treatments.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wolfdreamer when i thought it was my heart i definitely suffered from anxiety however not any longer since tests have shown my heart to be healthy. Also acuann, im going back to my GP next friday to talk about costochondritis, iv never actually tried any anti inflamitory products which im hoping he can give me. On the acupuncture front i`ll give that a try too, i`ll try anything to be honest im determined to get to the bottom of this once and for all.Again thanks for the feedback.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • iv been through the same, if you find anything update the thread. thanks
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  • Get your spine an MRI. The whole thing. Sounds like a disc herniation.
    loiskerr 29 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had this left sided pain also. The only way I could describe it was it felt like hunger pains that came and went right below my heart and rib cage. I have emphysema and I have tachacardia (spelling is probably wrong). I am also interested in receiving a diagnosis. Is the pain like I described? I also have trouble sometimes getting comfortable and end up sleeping on my right side. I have been diagnosed with lung nodules but they have not said that was causing the pain.
    linda kidney 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • dudeI have a bit of costochondritis that comes and goes.When the weather is warm its gone, if it gets cold ,I'm hurting. Alternating heat and cold packs help me.Also Vicks vapo rub helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wolfdreamer when i thought it was my heart i definitely suffered from anxiety however not any longer since tests have shown my heart to be healthy. Also acuann, im going back to my GP next friday to talk about costochondritis, iv never actually tried any anti inflamitory products which im hoping he can give me. On the acupuncture front i`ll give that a try too, i`ll try anything to be honest im determined to get to the bottom of this once and for all.Again thanks for the feedback.i have the same pain too i went to the er cause i thought i was having a heart attack but wasnt i have pleurisy but it only hurts on the left side, thats odd but i take naproxsin sodium for the inflamation
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 01:49 PM
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  • Wolfdreamer when i thought it was my heart i definitely suffered from anxiety however not any longer since tests have shown my heart to be healthy. Also acuann, im going back to my GP next friday to talk about costochondritis, iv never actually tried any anti inflamitory products which im hoping he can give me. On the acupuncture front i`ll give that a try too, i`ll try anything to be honest im determined to get to the bottom of this once and for all.Again thanks for the feedback.i have the same pain too i went to the er cause i thought i was having a heart attack but wasnt i have pleurisy but it only hurts on the left side, thats odd but i take naproxsin sodium for the inflamation
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 01:56 PM
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  • I have the same problem. Check my thread out. "Chest pain and breathing problems" I'm getting sick of every doctor having no clue what is wrong.
    wutiswrng 3 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 05:54 PM
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  • Hey..Im not really sure how to work this site .. my apologies, so im probably writitng this in the completely wrong spot.. but i want some helpI am a 17-year old girl, I am about 162cm and weigh about 45kg..I get a pain in the left side of my chest. It doesnt feel muscular, and doesnt last for long, but it is really intense when it is there.I have experienced this several times a year for a few years now. It may only happen a few times a year but it is really scary when it does.I dont know what it could be.Any help? please....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
    • 00:14 AM
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  • i had the same symptoms for a long time, and also thought it was my heart. it later turned out i had a large lymph node which was causing the pain.im now on chemo and it seems to be going ok. i think u need to explore the option of lymphoma, especially hodgkin's. one of the rare symptoms is pain when drinking alcohol. i dont want to scare u, and please dont worry, but its worth having it checked out just to be safe.also try having your LDH levels checked next time u have a blood test.take care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
    • 07:20 AM
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  • How about Acid reflux? Feels like heart pains when I get them. Been taking naproxin for a bad bad, and every day for 4 days have gotten intense reflux. I take a Zantac and it goes away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 04:43 AM
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  • I had costochondritis last year. Mine was related to fibromyalgia but my sister strained her chest wall cleaing her gutters and another friend had costrochondritis after marathon mulching of her garden.In my case I was in the ER twice in 4 days with the second visit resulting in the costrochondritas diagnosis.I have the same problems with sleeping. Nothing seems to work completely although placing a long pillow under the injured side to expand the chest wall and sleeping on the back helps. I've done aqua therapy (PT in a heated pool) which helps to reduce the pain but the problem has not gone away. I find that exercise, in moderation or in water, helps.I don't smoke but suspect if your chest wall is stained, smoking will make breating just that much more painful.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 01:24 AM
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  • Chest pain...I experience the same symptoms that you described....did you ever figure out what it was?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2009
    • 08:50 PM
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  • I had the treadmill test and ecg etc., one more test that might put your mind at rest finally... might be worth doing depending on what your dr said..my dr said my treadmill test came back normal and it was up to me whether I wanted further investigation..but there was something that could mean there was a problem but very unlikely..he was very suprrized to see from the test where they squirt the dye round the veins to your heart -that I had some narrowing of the artery. The test is costly of course for the NHS to perform but as the patient I was only in there about 10 mins and any anxiety I had prior to this was unecessary its quite an easy test to have. I am not saying this is the case for you at all - I now have a stent fitted and okay but some of the very small veins that feed the heart can cause chest pain..it might just be worth enquiring further into this..it does not sound like you will have a full blown attack..also indigestion caused by gallstones can feel like this...not sure this will help you but lets us know what happens.. Hi allI have a 4 year history of left sided chest pain which radiates to the top of my left arm, the symptoms are not constant but can last for weeks when they come, i avoid smoking as this definitely makes it worse and alcohol if over indulged in makes it much worse(not a hangover!). Symptoms seem to be worse at bed time and it can be very difficult to get comfortable, sometimes i experience pins and needles around my left shoulder blade and a numb pain at the top of my left arm, a sore upper back is also a problem. When the symptoms are present exercise is also not a good idea which is hard for someone like myself who loves sport.I have been to A+E on many occasions fearing a heart condition or heart attack and each time i have been told it is not my heart. I have had countless chest x-rays, ECG`s and more recently a treadmill test and ultrasound of the heart. All these come back normal.I am only a 26 year old guy and this is really effecting my life, without a diagnosis your mind is never at ease and i would appreciate any ideas you may have or anyone who has suffered from similar problems.Many thanks in advance.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 08:41 PM
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