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  • Posted By: habster00
  • April 4, 2009
  • 09:58 PM

I have pain in my upper left chest (below shoulder) and upper left arm. It radiates to my upper back above shoulder blade and to my neck. I have numbness in my left arm that extends down to my left hand. I also have numbness in my left leg down to foot. Sometimes I have some of the numbness on my left face or lips as well. I have bouts of headaches and some nausea.

In the past 2 yrs I've had blood tests and urine tests with no results.

I've had really bad heartburn and trouble swallowing. I went to the doctor and he put me on Omeprazole figuring it was reflex. It helped the heartburn but none of the other symptoms.

I've been to neurologists (past 5-10 yrs) for the numbness. I've had Cat Scans and MRI's and they could not come up with answers.

A year ago I had all these symptoms and got so scarred I went to the ER. I thought I was having a heart attack. They did an ekg, blood tests, and chest x-ray and said I wasn't having a heart attack.

I realize that some of this is caused (or made worde) by anxiety but there has to be a root problem.

Any ideas?

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  • Any history of surgery?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • No Surgeries. I did some more research and I'm wondering if the pain in my upper left chest (radiates to upper arm, neck, and back) could be Costochondritis. I sit hunched over a desk at a computer all day at work. Maybe some of my other symptoms are un-related (numbness in extremities) I'm 6-4 could be a circulation issue. I think I get so worked up about the discomfort that I think I'm having heart issues and that where the headaches, nausea, and anxiety come from. Any thoughts?
    habster00 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had similar symptoms that were misdiagnosed as "panic attacks." I was actually having gall bladder attacks. Perhaps it's your gall bladder.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the info, it definetely has some of the same symptoms I have but is felt on the right side. If have had no (or at least very little) problems on the right side. It's all been on the left side.
    habster00 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Might be worth while asking fo a Hida scan or perhap even some bowel tests (colonscopy, gastroscopy etc) bowel could cause this pain. (maybe even spleen, gall bladder ??? You've mentioned CT scan and MRI but there are other more specific tests that might just help so push with your Doctor for more testing if you can. Costochondritis would show up with the hida scan (did for me anyway :) )Best of luck I know how tough it is finding the cause of our pain. CheersSammyhttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I asked another "expert" online and he suggested all the issues were caused by migraines. I do get headaches often, could all of this discomfort and worry be caused by migraines? The gall bladder and colon have come up in some discussions. I have had some other symptoms. I often have a presistant itch in my anus and my bowl movements often are flat like there's something pressing against them. I brought this up to my GP and he said I needed more fiber. Not sure, if that has anything to do with the rest of this?
    habster00 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • habster00--I don't think your problem is with one of your organs-- I think it's muscular. Check out Thoracic Outlet Syndrome......more specifically, in your case, check into the pertoralis minor muscle causing entrapment of the brachial plexus at the costoclavicular joint. Entrapment neuropathy ensues. A physical therapist or well-qualified massage therapist should be able to restore normal function, with some work from you. One thing to begin right away that will help is to maintain a proper body posture while you are sitting at the computer......most of us slouch; I'm assuming you do too. The leg neuropathy is likely sciatic pain, also caused by sitting in an abnormal posture for long periods. Of course, I don't know you and can't say for sure.....but with your symptoms I would definitely check it out. They can do some tests (a PT) to determine if this is in fact your problem. Good luck!! :)
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
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