Any suggestions would be appreciated with this chronic and now rather annoying issue... Here are the details -
40yr male, 6ft, 170 lbs. I reside in Denver (just moved from NJ).
Blood Pressure ave: 120/70
Heart Rate: 65-70
Pain Location: nipple area
Pain Type: Dull, stabbing (pain level of 1, if that)
Frequency - Intermittent, Chronic
Cholesterol: HDL 40, LDL 196, Total 255, triglycerides 140
Homocysteine, LP(a) - both under range and no sign of inflammation
WBC count - normal
Urine - slight blood found
Stools - 2 per day, very light/fluffy, brown color. Sometimes slight undigested food if lots of fiber consumed. Taking enzymes now to see if this improves.
GI/DNA series and tests - nothing found except achromobacter.
chest X-Ray results - nothing found
Diet - high fiber, no soda, takeout foods, etc. Eat dark chocolate daily. Eat whole grains, fruit/veggies daily. Take niacin, C, various 3/6/9 oils, multi vitamin, red yeast rice, COQ10, hawthorn and a few others.
Exercise - walking only 2-3 times per week. Little cardio exercise. No pain when running (feels almost relieved after exercise).
Cardiologist appointment last week: EKG, physical, prodding, listening, etc, nothing found. Stress test (echo) scheduled for 2 weeks. Allowed me to continue mild running/exercise.
Other - very slight numbness sometimes left side of face
Had chiropractic work done 6 weeks ago for right shoulder pain
History - used to be marathon runner 10+ years ago. Stopped due to knee issues. I have average fitness level and am not overweight.
Mother at 65 has mild MI/stents, etc. Father (72) runs daily - no ailments.
2 years ago I had nuclear stress test due to chest pains - results were negative. Chest pain then due to anxiety.
Pain started 5 weeks ago and lasted 2 weeks. Went away. A week after that I ended up in hospital with what was thought to be appendicitis. Had multitude of tests, but nothing found. Pain went away after a week. Was only painful when pressing the belly button.
Chest pain came back a week ago. Started at 3am and woke me up. Pain was very slight, throbbing, but enough to wake me up. Went back to sleep. Pain still there when I finally woke up in the morning. Comes and goes through the day. I don't look forward to sleeping as waking up at 3 or 4am is rather frustrating. The pain is slight and feels between a throb and a stab. I may get a few stabs and then it goes away, it may throb for 5 minutes and then go away for half an hour before it comes back. Rarely I feel the pain in my back and side. Sometimes I feel like I'm conscious of my breathing and sometimes I feel slightly light headed. Pain does not increase when taking a deep breath.
Cardo could not see anything and approved for continued exercise. Ordered a stress/echo in 2 weeks. I'm hoping the pain will go away by then or I can at least find out what it could be. Cardo suggested is could be inflammation of rib cavity area.
In have scoured the internet looking for possible solutions. can't really find anything with my symptoms. If anyone could say what this could be, it would be appreciated.
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