For the last 6 months I've been getting this pain that starts off as a dull pain in my back. It makes me very uncomfortable at first. Then it gradually gets worse, it starts in my back or so it feels like, then spreads all over the torso of my body, then in my chest and ribs until my breathing feels constricted. Then right through the torso it feels as though I was impaled by something the pain is so bad. If I move it feels worse so I try to lay still in one spot until it's gone but the pain is so unbearable I can't even describe. I can normally feel everything throbbing from pain. Sometimes my stomach will get nauseous too. Tonight was the first time the pain woke me from my sleep. These episodes happen spontaneously, even when I'm extremely relaxed, and maybe come about once a month or even more. To date I've had about 8 of them and I can't bear to experience another.
Usually when I feel this episode coming on, I take 3 extra strength Tylenol and in about 20 minutes, the pain will be gone but I really need a diagnoses for this. It could be something very serious, and I've been to the hospital 3 times in the past while it was happening and they passed it off as an anxiety attack and did nothing. I know this is not an anxiety attack.