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Long Term Chest Pain - Muscular?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 20, 2009
  • 11:59 AM

Since January this year, I have been experiencing random but pretty constant chest pains. They last for a few seconds in duration, are not too painful but I get them up to 20-30 times a day. I was totally convinced it was my heart and they landed me in A&E 2 months ago with a panic attack. (I thought I was having a heart attack)!

All along, the doctors have told me that they think its the muscle band around my chest and I was told to take Ibuprofen which I have been doing. Now, I THINK they are helping as they are never too bad or frequent in between tablets but they are still always there. They are not worse when I exercise but I always notice them afterwards. They do not worsen with stretching or changing position either.

I have had 3 ecg's, a chest X-Ray and a CT scan of the Thorax and abdomen last week. I am awaiting the results for this but all the other tests came back fine. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are absolutely fine too.

The ongoing pains have induced my first ever panic attacks and are starting to rule my life!

My question is, can muscular pain last 7 months with no improvement and why hasn't it healed yet? Could it be a heart problem?

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  • Since January this year, I have been experiencing random but pretty constant chest pains. They last for a few seconds in duration, are not too painful but I get them up to 20-30 times a day. I was totally convinced it was my heart and they landed me in A&E 2 months ago with a panic attack. (I thought I was having a heart attack)!All along, the doctors have told me that they think its the muscle band around my chest and I was told to take Ibuprofen which I have been doing. Now, I THINK they are helping as they are never too bad or frequent in between tablets but they are still always there. They are not worse when I exercise but I always notice them afterwards. They do not worsen with stretching or changing position either.I have had 3 ecg's, a chest X-Ray and a CT scan of the Thorax and abdomen last week. I am awaiting the results for this but all the other tests came back fine. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are absolutely fine too.The ongoing pains have induced my first ever panic attacks and are starting to rule my life!My question is, can muscular pain last 7 months with no improvement and why hasn't it healed yet? Could it be a heart problem?Hi there,I read your post and I too have been dealing with the same thing. I would love to converse with you about this to see if we are experiencing the exact same thing. please e-mail me at dnarine@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2009
    • 11:20 PM
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  • Hi there,I read your post and I too have been dealing with the same thing. I would love to converse with you about this to see if we are experiencing the exact same thing. please e-mail me at dnarine@hotmail.com yeah me too. Its been 5 months. Ive been to probably 50 or so dr. appts. since end of march. No answers on what it is. Please let me know if you found out anything. email is knuckleface01@yahoo.com Thanks
    Blackhawkcrewdog 54 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 01:40 AM
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  • Since January this year, I have been experiencing random but pretty constant chest pains. They last for a few seconds in duration, are not too painful but I get them up to 20-30 times a day. I was totally convinced it was my heart and they landed me in A&E 2 months ago with a panic attack. (I thought I was having a heart attack)!All along, the doctors have told me that they think its the muscle band around my chest and I was told to take Ibuprofen which I have been doing. Now, I THINK they are helping as they are never too bad or frequent in between tablets but they are still always there. They are not worse when I exercise but I always notice them afterwards. They do not worsen with stretching or changing position either.I have had 3 ecg's, a chest X-Ray and a CT scan of the Thorax and abdomen last week. I am awaiting the results for this but all the other tests came back fine. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are absolutely fine too.The ongoing pains have induced my first ever panic attacks and are starting to rule my life!My question is, can muscular pain last 7 months with no improvement and why hasn't it healed yet? Could it be a heart problem?Hi,Hope you do not mind this random approach from someone you do not know. I read you post on chest pains from Wrong Diagnosis.com I have exactly the same.. have constant but mild chest pains that the docs do not think are heart related. BUT.. they cannot find out what it might be. Did you get your resolved… I would appreciate any clues you might have…Many thanksGREGSouthampton, UK
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  • Hi,Hope you do not mind this random approach from someone you do not know. I read you post on chest pains from Wrong Diagnosis.com I have exactly the same.. have constant but mild chest pains that the docs do not think are heart related. BUT.. they cannot find out what it might be. Did you get your resolved… I would appreciate any clues you might have…Many thanksGREGSouthampton, UKMaybe Costochondritis /Tietze syndrome Ive had it now for over three yrs, tightness like my chest is getting squeezed heavy like there are weights on my chest and back, breathless, exhausted, heart attack symptoms like sharp pains in my chest in my arm up my neck etc. nothing really works and doctors do not no much about it Ive gone through a few they say its rare and they don't understand it but im finding a lot of people have it!
    blackcherry 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe Costochondritis /Tietze syndrome Ive had it now for over three yrs, tightness like my chest is getting squeezed heavy like there are weights on my chest and back, breathless, exhausted, heart attack symptoms like sharp pains in my chest in my arm up my neck etc. nothing really works and doctors do not no much about it Ive gone through a few they say its rare and they don't understand it but im finding a lot of people have it!I have been told they cant fix it so im living with it, i had posted a blog with more info if you can find it....im told it will affect me for the rest off my life but some people only have this from a few weeks or a month and it goes away, try seeing a rheumatologist mine couldn't help but at least i was diagnosed...it affects my whole life and i cannot do much anymore...if it is this i hope it goes away for you because you don't want it to get to the stage mines at where i have heart attack symptoms 24/7 without the heart part! its very painful!!!
    blackcherry 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe Costochondritis /Tietze syndrome Ive had it now for over three yrs, tightness like my chest is getting squeezed heavy like there are weights on my chest and back, breathless, exhausted, heart attack symptoms like sharp pains in my chest in my arm up my neck etc. nothing really works and doctors do not no much about it Ive gone through a few they say its rare and they don't understand it but im finding a lot of people have it!I have been told they cant fix it so im living with it, i had posted a blog with more info if you can find it....im told it will affect me for the rest off my life but some people only have this from a few weeks or a month and it goes away, try seeing a rheumatologist mine couldn't help but at least i was diagnosed...it affects my whole life and i cannot do much anymore...if it is this i hope it goes away for you because you don't want it to get to the stage mines at where i have heart attack symptoms 24/7 without the heart part! its very painful!!!
    blackcherry 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I too have had constant chest pains for about 7 or 8 years. They're pretty "classic" heart attack symptoms - pain in the chest going down my left arm, shortness of breath. I went to doctors a few times, one thought it was muscles and prescribed a muscle relaxant which didn't work. Another ordered an EKG which showed nothing. Another did an overnight pulse/ox which showed nothing. It wasn't related to a panic disorder - it was just there. I stopped pursuing it when they mentioned "pulling one over" on them or a psychiatric condition. They're not going to diagnose or treat this, they were getting me to pay them for nothing. It's still there, not getting any better or any worse.Since January this year, I have been experiencing random but pretty constant chest pains. They last for a few seconds in duration, are not too painful but I get them up to 20-30 times a day. I was totally convinced it was my heart and they landed me in A&E 2 months ago with a panic attack. (I thought I was having a heart attack)!All along, the doctors have told me that they think its the muscle band around my chest and I was told to take Ibuprofen which I have been doing. Now, I THINK they are helping as they are never too bad or frequent in between tablets but they are still always there. They are not worse when I exercise but I always notice them afterwards. They do not worsen with stretching or changing position either.I have had 3 ecg's, a chest X-Ray and a CT scan of the Thorax and abdomen last week. I am awaiting the results for this but all the other tests came back fine. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels are absolutely fine too.The ongoing pains have induced my first ever panic attacks and are starting to rule my life!My question is, can muscular pain last 7 months with no improvement and why hasn't it healed yet? Could it be a heart problem?
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  • I have just joined after finding this thread. I too have had a chest pain on/off for a number of years, used to be just twinges. In recent months it has become stronger and more constant. I have had ECG's and blood test and met various doctors. They are saying this is definitely not heart related which is a relief, but it's really getting quite painful with tingling down my left arm. Next steps for me are physiotherapy as they believe they can see an inbalance in muscle tone and it may be muscular or nerve related. I have also read it can be related to anxiety, the thing I have been most anxious about is that this could be a heart attack! The more it aches the more I worry, so in a funny kind of way it may be anxiety that is feeding it.. There is a useful reference here...(www.nhs.uk/conditions/chest-pain/Pages/Introduction.aspx) plus tips for various treatments for anxiety - I think I will try and take more exercise and look at ways of relaxing and hopefully either the physiotherapy or the relaxation will help bring this back down as it's been keeping me awake at night!Hope this may be of some use to others who have this problem, scary when you think it may be a heart attackl Now persuading myself it isn't and trying to relax, but its very frustrating when you can't seem to shake it! What ever you do don't ignore it
    MIDDLEAGEDMAN 5 Replies
    • October 18, 2012
    • 00:42 AM
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  • I know this topic is older but I found it interesting because I have been dealing with this problem for over 11 years now. I'm 30 years old right now, I became really sick about 11 years ago and nobody knew the cause, I started throwing up quite often and it turned out I had Hashimoto's Disease, which is an Autoimmune Disease that attacks and slowly kills off the thyroid. I started having really bad panic attacks and these were brought on by pain in the chest area, I was diagnosed with chostrochronditis, pleurisy and was even told I just aggravated my chest muscles by throwing up so much. Even though I was so young, all the panic attacks really had me down and out, I kept going to the hospital and my doctor and nobody knew what it was, I did like 30 EKG's, 20+ chest X-Rays, Cat Scans and even a stress test and echocardiogram. Everything always came back normal, my Cholesterol is normal, my blood pressure is mostly normal, it can be a little high when I'm panicky, but overall it is fine. The main reason I tend to freak out so much is because of my size, I'm 6'4" and 330 pounds, I used to play football and I've always been large, but I was active and ate pretty good. Turns out a lot of my weight has to do with my bad thyroid, but even with my thyroid in check it's been 11+ years of this pain in my chest, sometimes light pressure like I'm wearing too tight a shirt. What really gets me is the little twinges that I get along the breast bone on either side. If I bend over or turn a certain way I'll get a quick pain, then I'll get a panic attack. It has pretty much ruined my life, I want to lose more weight, but when you are always panicking over your chest hurting it is hard to really exercise as much as you'd like. I would love to swap stories or find out if anyone else has had the same issues as I have, so please message me or reply back. Thanks.
    Angelus 2 Replies
    • February 3, 2013
    • 05:20 AM
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  • I tried replying to this before but it didn't show up?
    Angelus 2 Replies
    • February 5, 2013
    • 11:37 PM
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  • Have you seen a rheumatologist? Have you had a CT scan of your bones? Sounds like you have the symptoms I started with 20 years ago. Then it was diagnosed as sternocostoclavicular hyperostosis. It is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis. I had lidocaine injections for a number of years. They didn't do a thing. I took Voltaren an nsaid drug to get relief. Eventually the flare ups in my chest got lesser and lesser and sometimes I had long intervals with no pain.Twenty years later I had a flare up again and this time it was much more painful and involved my clavicle, neck, shoulder. After many tests and doc visits I finally went to a rheumatologist who gave me a CT scan of my bones and was able to give me a new diagnosis, SAPHO syndrome. You can look it up on the internet, don't forget to put in the word syndrome. Also please check out my thread Sapho syndrome discussion. I hope this helps you get some treatment. You are not alone. Lismay
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  • I tried replying to this before but it didn't show up?Go for an MRl of dorsal spine....It may be TB/Dorsal disc prolapse
    Dr.Nisar 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have this too. It's been off and on for years. Since the birth of my daughter (18 months), it's been pretty much non-stop. I like many others here have been to the ER multiple times. Eventually I ended up with a psychiatrist and a heavy stack of ER bills. Whatever this pain is, sure is interfering with my life. I have a lot of trouble believing that my chest pain does not involve my heart. I'm happy it's not my heart, but I wish I could resolve this in my mind. Any answers or advice?
    mkrisch 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been suffering with chest pain for years now. I also have pain in my left shoulder and arm feel nauseous, palpitations. I too have been to a&e Worried I maybe having a heart attack to which I'm not. Doctors have told me my chest pain is muscular, my shoulder pain I'm currently waiting on acupuncture. I've had heart traces also a scan on my heart to which it has come back clear. I just wish i knew why I felt so awful all the time I just want to feel normal again. I also worry every time I get the pains that something bad is going to happen to me I must admit I worry as I have 2 young children and don't want anything to happen to me.
    Tuckwell 1 Replies
    • October 13, 2013
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  • I have too facing same problem, I did stress test, 2D echo, 4+ times ECG but every thing is fine. I had LS spine MRI and diagnosed with Mild diffuse disc bilge of L4-5 disc. I am not getting this problem is because of spine or thyroid or anything else. I really frustrated because of this.
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  • I have had this also, and my doctor also noticed that I have had worsening allergies, and was able to diagnose me with Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) which apparently has cause inflammation in my arteries leading to the chest and arm pain. Albuterol helps stop the attack.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 11, 2014
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  • please tell me you have some kind of answer? I have been dealing with this since jan. everything you say sounds just the same.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 27, 2015
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  • Its anxiety attack. If you have anxiety you become sensitive in your body. You react if you feel even a slightly pain. Can you tell me when exactly you feel the tightness of your chest? What do you do before it triggers? What do you eat before it triggers? Chest pain can sometimes a result of heartburn. But since all your test is normal probably the prime suspect is anxiety or anxiety attack.. avoid caffaine, soda, chocolate. Then see if your condition will improve.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2016
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